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Probably one of the worst things tuna has, is the high levels of mercury. Even in humans, high levels of mercury acts as a neurotoxin, damaging the brain and nervous system. Since cats have a much smaller body mass than humans, their tolerance for mercury is going to be lower as well. For that reason, it's important to limit how much tuna you feed your cats. ...


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This FDA page has the majority of the answers to your questions. The Jerky Pet Treats Fact Sheet (PDF) is an FDA-hosted resource for pet owners. I will summarize the major points below, but if you are concerned, you need to visit the FDA site. Regarding the news alerts The primary FDA Jerky Treats page updates with alerts. This has been going on since ...


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I don't think it is possible and more importantly and don't think it is needed. Trying to hide the treats? The olfactory capabilities of dogs are tens of thousands times more developed than ours. That means that even if you find a treat bag and that the dog can't smell the treats, as soon as you open it the dog will smell the treats. Then your fingers will ...


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As Matt S. says, I've never seen any situation where a cat overdosing on catnip did worse than vomit (spectacularly in this cat's case...). That said, since vomiting isn't a particularly enjoyable experience, it makes sense to limit your cat's access to catnip and keep the dosage to a level she can tolerate - let her get high without going overboard. In ...


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I have not come across any cases of catnip overdose where the cat did anything worse than vomit.Some cats know when they've had enough, an some cats don't. Luckily, there doesn't seem to be any harmful side-effects. So the cats that don't know any better don't risk harming themselves. I can't say that I've seen any behavior indicating addiction either. I ...


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When deciding on treats for your cat, remember that they are obligate carnivores and shouldn't be eating much other than meat. If you want to give your cat treats, try to look for freeze dried raw meats like beef liver and chicken. These are usually cheap and my cat loves them. Any vegetables, dairy, candy and the like should be avoided, and probably never ...


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Treats can be a very important part of training your bunny. Like many pets, bunnies can be motivated by attention and/or food rewards, so using treats can be a great training device. Any high-sugar treat like fruit should be only a small part of bunnies diet, so moderation is important. It has been recommended that fruit is not more than 10% of a bunnies ...


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We have an aggressive chewer as well and I have found a few chews that she won't destroy too quickly: Himalayan Chews : A lot of pet stores sell these in several different sizes depending on the dog's size. These are yak-milk products, but are cured so they do not cause the intolerance issues that cheese normally does for dogs. They are very hard, and it ...


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In general, I would avoid giving cooked bones to a dog. Cooking makes the bones very brittle and much more likely to shard and cause injury. It's also because they're cooked that they crunched through them so quickly, they just won't stand up to any real pressure from the jaws of a dog. If you want to give them bones, you might want to look around for a dog-...


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It would be hard for us to say what is "special" or not. We don't really know your cat. We don't know her likes or dislikes or the kinds of treats or food you normally feed. If you were to be asked the same question for yourself, it would vastly differ from what my answer would be for myself. Probably the best thing to do is to give her the food that she ...


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In my experience the benefits of chewing raw or smoked bones far outweigh the draw backs. They work really well keeping the dogs teeth clean... much better than brushing I have found. They really help give puppies and young dogs something to chew on to meet that need. I hear that it also serves as a good calcium source but I don't know the scientific facts ...


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Another issue with using canned tuna as the bulk of the diet as opposed to tuna cat food is that the tuna won't have the additives that are added particularly for cats. Cat food has added taurine, the absence of which can lead to blindness. This would not be an issue for using tuna as a treat.


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I've found that my rabbit loves to eat timothy hay, bananas, slightly peeled grapes, mostly stuff that's sweet. He hates veggies. Tried most kinds of greens that are available in the grocery store. Other than timothy hay, the rabbit will not eat anything green. He even has a preferred brand. Here is a complete list of dos and don'ts that I've found in ...


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Both of my cats (mother and daughter) have a fondness for catnip. Like typical dry treats, shaking the packaging it comes in will make a noise your cat should be able to hear without difficulty. The mother cat has a fondness for wet cat food, but will not eat dried fish treats (though she is very interested in the smell). Her daughter is the exact opposite:...


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Ferrets, like cats, are obligate carnivores and should not eat much else other than meat! It's best to avoid grains, fruits, vegetables.. anything that's not meat. Treats like Marshall Bandit Ferret Treats contain wheat flour and shouldn't be fed to your ferret. Even occasionally feeding your ferret these sugary snacks has the potential to cause ...


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One instance of a cat drinking 4oz of water in a sitting is not really alarming, but if you are noticing a pattern of your cat drinking more water than usual, repeatedly emptying the bowl in one sitting, or other unusual patterns of excessive water drinking, that is a reason to take your cat to the vet. It can indicate diabetes or kidney disease, or a ...


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While this may sound odd, I had a cat that was addicted to coffee. She would hang around my feet in the morning while I made the daily brew, hoping for me to make a mistake and spill some beans or grounds. I gave in every now and then and would allow half a bean to drop, but decided to ask her vet if this should be allowed as she got older. It appears that ...


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As you probably know, rabbits love to chew and they need to chew. Fresh wood is generally a good thing and you can give them fresh cut apple branches. When we still had rabbits, we used to supply them with plenty of apple branches from our yard (we had 3 apple trees) all year round. In the spring and summer that meant also getting leafy branches, but even in ...


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Possibly something like a Ziploc bag would work. But like Cedric said, dogs' senses of smell are much greater than ours. There are treat pouches used for training that you can take with you. I doubt that they keep the dog from smelling the treats, but they at least make it possible to carry them around with you without them crumbling in your pockets. ...


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The biggest danger I'm aware of (aside from possible chewing off a piece bigger than they can chew and choking) is that the rawhide can expand when it gets wet. So when a dog ingests rawhide, it expands either in their stomach, or in their intestines, blocking their normal bodily functions and causing them harm. Another is a manufacturing issue. Rawhide is ...


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Tuna in oil is the only thing my sick cat can digest at the moment. He has lung inflammation and is on medication; the coughing is making him swallow air, which in turn is making him "gak" a lot. That fake kitty tuna is plastic or something; after 6 hours after digestion, it comes up whole, whereas tuna for humans is giving him moisture and is getting ...


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Fish in general is something cats love but it isn't so great for them. Fish can have relatively high levels of magnesium and phosphorous. This isn't an issue for some creatures but one of the main things that can cull cats later in life are urinary tract problems. Magnesium and phosphorous can contribute to the formation of kidney stones and adversely ...


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So... I did a little research. There exists in the world a substitute for chocolate that is doggie safe: carob. This is much less sweet and lacks the toxic substance (theobromine) that makes chocolate dangerous to dogs. Even white chocolate has this issue, though much less so. and suffers from sugar volume. Basically, take 3 cups of white carob chips and ...


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If a dog is too excited by something (either positive or negative) he may refuse a treat that he would normally accept. You can think about it this way: You're walking down the street and see a quarter. You might bend down and pick it up. But what if you also see a $100 bill a few feet down the road? You're much less likely to pick that quarter up. At ...


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You can try distracting her with something else. My dog gets this way with balls and she's an expert guarder. Squeek a toy that she can't see, or try acting like you're about to go out (jingling keys, putting on shoes, etc.). If she's super into either of those things she'll likely drop the bone to see what's up. Generally though, to train her to drop the ...


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I would guess that it's some combination of being high in protein, high in fats (cats are as tuned to seek high-energy-source foods as we are, but it's claimed that they don't much notice sugar), having an interesting texture (consider potato chips as an equivalent), having a smell thst they can recognize and anticipate from a greater distance... My previous ...


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I feed my horse only with grass, hay, oats if I trained him and supplementary minerals adapted to his blood tests. As a treat I use pressed flax pellets (what remains when pressing flax oil) or for special occasions small parts of organic carrots. I don't feed apples or bananas because they contain huge amounts of sugar. Apples are also very acidic which is ...


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Treats There are countless treats which are safe for horses. The majority of fruits and vegetables are safe, along with some foods you might not expect, like candy. In general, as long as you aren't feeding them more than a little at a time, they'll be fine. It's hard to list every single food you could ever consider feeding a horse, so here are the most ...


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Just like in most terrestrial animals, humans included, sunlight is needed to produce vitamin D. It is not the vitamin D that is the most dangerous, but the content of vitamin A is. But your question is about vitamin D so I will focus on this here. In the summer your cat will get the vitamin D it needs from the Sun and it only need about 20 minutes of ...


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