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Cats originated in the desert and have evolved to obtain water requirements almost entirely from the moisture content in food. Canned diets contain enough water that cats consuming them rarely need to drink. Thus the cat needs to drink less than 1 oz. of additional water per day whereas a cat consuming a dry diet needs to drink over 7 oz. of water per day.   This can be difficult because cats are not naturally big drinkers and frequently leads to bladder and kidney problems.


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        Dr. Ernest has been a member of

       the Veterinary Information Network

       since 2001.  She is a regular member

       and contributes to discussions frequently.

       She has access to a database of

       veterinary  journals, colleagues, and

       specialists of all fields…………      

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Did You Know

  • The life span of a pet ferret is 5 to 7 years.
  • Ferrets have a very short gastrointestinal (GI) tract and it takes about 3 to 4 hours for food to go from one end to the other and thus they absorb food rather inefficiently. Because of this, ferrets tend to eat several smaller meals throughout the day.
  • Ferrets are strict carnivores and require a diet that has highly digestible meat-based protein and is highly concentrated with fat. The first three ingredients on any pet food should be meat-based.
  • Ferrets can be litter trained as long as the area they are in is not too big.  Otherwise, they like to potty in corners.
  • Ferrets love to eat rubber - toys, bottoms of tennis shoes, etc.  These are not digestible and frequently have to be removed surgically.
  • Ferrets like to steal things and hide them in secret stashes.



           Rabbits make great pets.  They do have special housing needs  

           to keep  them safe and happy.

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Food Dos and Don’ts

Never allow a bird to eat from your mouth. The natural bacteria in a bird’s mouth and a human’s mouth differ, and human bacteria are always pathogenic to birds.  Birds will greatly enjoy sharing dinner with their owners. They can eat most things that people should eat (healthy foods).

Never give "fortified" items with extra vitamins or minerals; especially human foods that have additional zinc. Some human enriched-products already have zinc levels that can be toxic to pet birds.

Safe suggestions include: air-popped popcorn, toasted oat cereal, puffed wheat cereal, unsalted baked crackers, plain rice cakes, cooked rice or pasta.                                                                                                                                  



 Guinea pigs are herbivores and require a similar diet as rabbits with plenty of  grass hay and greens and limited   commercial pellets. They have continuously  growing incisors and molars which wear down, as in the rabbit, with the normal  action of eating. Guinea pigs also produce nutrient rich cecotropes in a similar  manner as the rabbit which they eat directly from the anal area. Guinea pigs  should have unlimited grass hay for the same reason as rabbits. While other  rodents, rabbits and ferrets can produce their own vitamin C inside their  bodies; guinea pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C and require an external  source.  Dark, leafy greens are very high in vitamin C, for instance a cup of  fresh kale contains approximately 250mg of vitamin C compared to a cup of  oranges (without the peel) which contains only 50mg of C. The minimum daily  requirement for vitamin  C

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