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do you feed your pets fruits and veggies?

I guess this is a funny question, but if they are good for us, are they not good for them? Should I encourage my cat to eat grass rather than laughing hysterically when he does?

Wed. Jun 6, 4:41pm

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The nutritional needs of your cats are drastically different than yours. Cats are carnivores and lack the digestive enzymes to break down vegetable matter - if you could get a cat to eat fruits and veggies - it would probably make them sick. You simply cannot impose your purely human viewpoint of what is and is not a 'good' diet onto other speicies. It doesn't work that way. Please do some research on the specific nutritional needs of your cat before you inadvertently torture them in a well-meaning attempt to 'make them healthy.'

Your cat likely eats grass to alleviate gastric discomfort due to hairballs, or because of some nutritional deficiency (see the link).


Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 5:19 PM

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^-- Also - if the grass contains pesticides or fertilizer it could pose a hazard to your cat.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 5:21 PM

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Many cats eat grass (you can get cat grass). My little guy trys to steal cantaloupe whenever I have it. I gave it to him once, just to see what he'd do, and he loved it (wouldn't shut up after that)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 5:24 PM

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special cat grass for a cat is OK. My dog sometimes eats grass, too.

Cats and dogs aren't human and they shouldn't eat our food. Even if they beg for it. If you give in to them, you probably give in to yourself.

Nutrition for pets should be as important as your own... read their food labels and feed them according to their weight.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 5:57 PM

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playing devil's advocate to the above post (which i do agree with) - pet foods weren't invented until recently. dogs and cats survived for centuries on our table scraps, trash, and what they could find in the yard long before we invented pet food.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 6:03 PM

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Some human fruits / veggies are poisonous!

Be careful! Talk to your vet before feeding your pet people food. Grapes/raisins can cause kidney problems, chocolate can kill a small dog or cat because of the caffeine in it (would probably just give a large dog GI problems)... some things are okay like carrots, but talk to your vet. Dogs being overweight cause the same problems it does for us... arthritis, diabetes, heart problems, etc. If you love your dog, give them only things that keep them in good health!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 6:20 PM

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5:57 here

You're right, pet food isn't that old and animals will survive on table scraps.

'Survive' isn't the same as 'thrive' and doesn't mean a 'long and healthy' life..

Kinda like PEOPLE!


Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 6:23 PM

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My dog likes compost....

My dog eats just about anything - although we feed him expensive scientifically balanced pet food. He seems to get more enjoyment from picking over the compost heap. He especially likes apples & goes mad when he sees us eating them :-)

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 5:55 AM

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My dog could very easily be a vegetarian. She loves apples and carrots. She'll sit at my feet when I'm peeling or chopping veggies and hope something falls on the floor. Oh, and popcorn! She can't get enough of that either. I know about raisins and grapes though. We don't share those with her. :o)

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 6:47 AM

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my dogs go absolutely nuts for apples. their mouths drool and leave puddles whenever they watch me eat one, but it doesn't happen with other food. i'll usually give them the core when i'm done (please, no lecture about cyanide in apple seeds. i know).

as for them rooting through the yard - i always figured that they have better noses and better instincts than i do, and they know what they need to eat. at least i thought that until they found the gopher poison spilled in the shed and ate it. i had to take them to the dog ER. then they readily ate activated charcoal without any prompting. they got admitted to the dog ICU for the night and released the next morning without any ill-effects. now i just think my dogs are idiots who will eat anything they can find - including poison and charcoal.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 9:38 AM

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