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Old 03-21-2016, 08:42 PM
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I'm sorry for all stupid questions ahead of time. I'm not sure how much a 5lbs chihuahua should eat or how often. I feel like she hardly eats. She is used to mostly table food and we do this feed our pets table food. Am I doing something wrong? I fed her 1/4 of a cup yesterday morning and this morning she has most of it left. I gave her a fresh 1/4 of a cup this am and it's almost all still in her bowl. She does drink water all day as normal but I don't think she eats enough. I'm not sure how big she should be but I was told she is about 5lbs. She looks a little lean to me but I'm not used to toy breeds so maybe I'm wrong? Can anyone lend me some knowledge on this subject? I've added a couple pics hopefully they help. Thank you in advance.

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Old 03-21-2016, 10:23 PM
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She does look a bit on the skinny side to me. Mine is 6 lbs and eats 1/4 cup twice a day plus treats if he's still hungry but he is also very active.

What kind of food do you feed her?
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:36 PM
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She is very active to. I don't know how to get her to eat more. I'm switching her from nature recipee chicken and barley * she is very itchy and doesn't care for it* to nature's instinct raw boost. It's what we used for our dogs and our cat also eats. Sometimes we switch it up with blue buffalo. She is very active. She loves to chase the laser light with the cat and will do it for and hr or 2 at a time.

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Old 03-21-2016, 11:51 PM
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If she's not eating her meals, but will take everything else, she's not eating because she's not hungry and it's the lamest thing being offered. If someone feeds me cupcakes all day and then gives me a meal with meat and veggies, it's not going to be enticing enough to make me want to eat it if I'm not hungry.

I'd suggest you need to cut back on her table food, and consider the possibility of finding a new/better food for her actual meals.
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She doesn't get table food with us. We have only had her for 4 days. She got to eat from the table, have a bowl of coffee every day and whatever treats they could buy at walmart. The only treat she gets here is her pig ear to chew on and her food. We don't feed our pets table food. She eats some in the evening and that is it.

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Old 03-21-2016, 11:58 PM
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If she won't eat kibble consider a different form of food. I am not a fan of kibble for lots of reasons.
There is nothing wrong with table foods, maybe you should switch entirely to home cooked so you are certain she is getting a balanced diet.
There are great canned, freeze dried and frozen options now as well, all of which are superior to kibble.
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While I understand a lot of people do the home cooked or raw food I prefer not to. I've thought about the freeze dried but I'm not sure about it yet. I'm just starting to switch her over to this food so I'll give it a few days and run it past the vet this weekend when she goes.

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Like I said, there are lots of great choices available now, it doesn't have to be kibble.
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