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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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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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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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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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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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If any brand suggestions I'm willing to look into any of them.

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Ahh I see - that's likely the problem then. If she's used to being spoiled rotten and getting all the "good stuff" from the table - and as mentioned, table food isn't necessarily bad depending on what it is - then her kibble probably isn't enticing enough to make her want to eat. If it's only been four days, I'd guess she's being stubborn more than anything about eating the kibble. You could certainly try different varieties to see if you can find one she's more enthused about, though it may just take a bit of time for her to accept she's not getting all her meals on a platter ;) Personally, I like Orijen; our boys eat Six Fish and they LOVE it. You can also purchase a can or two of various meats while you're at the pet store - if you don't want to give her exclusively canned food, try mixing in a small spoonful to her kibble.
 

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They do not see that at our pet store. There is one that sells it but it's a bit farther away. I started with the chicken because I didn't want to mess up to her belly. Our dogs we had loves the bison and rabbit we never used bird because of allergies. Our cat also eats this food and prefers the rabbit. The other one we used is taste of the wild in bison as well. Should I stick with this brand and maybe mix in Another flavor or switch all together? I've never used wet food for dogs do I stick with the same brand as the dry food or something else?

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What is available at your local store? There's certainly other options, just a matter of what you can get locally. There's no need to stick within one brand for the kibble and canned foods if you want to try mixing both for her - we buy the same kibble all the time and mix up the canned food every time we have to buy a new one, buying various different meats and brands.
 

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Oh ok. Honestly I don't know. I've never used canned dog food. I've used that fresh pet stuff for our dog who had cancer to get him to eat but never canned. I'll definitely look into it. Thank you 😊

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would either of these be a good choice? There isn't much raw pre-made I can get pretty close. These seem pretty easy. I'm not sure she would eat it but could try

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I know the instinct is good.

I'm going to be minority here, but my dogs are kept at sport weights and she looks lovely to me. Pet weight tends to be heavier, and also not healthy.
 

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I don't know....you've only had her for four days. She could just be anxious about her new setting and not really interested in food yet. She'll likely come around.

I also know Chis can be fussy. Dorothy will go days and eat and eat and eat and then have periods where she barely eats at all. We have dubbed these "food days". If Dorothy is having a "food day" then she'll eat three times. And then it's quite possible she will go the next two days hardly eating at all.
 

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She is hungry she is begging for treats and wants people food. I prefer to not feed table food! I'm going to try a good quality wet food on top of some dry and see if she eats.

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Is it normal to feed them 3x a day vs 2x a day? Also if we do the pre-made raw does it have amounts to feed them? She will be spayed the first week of April and I worry about her not wanting to not eat at all after going through that. She has been with us almost 6 days and seems to be her normal self here. I was told to do some bacon grease on top of dry but I don't know how healthy that is.

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I generally feed twice a day (sometimes once, sometimes three times, it depends what they are having) but if you want to add weight several small meals are better.
It is hard to tell from pics if she is truly underweight, some Chis do have a very lean build. Her ribs should be covered, you should be able to feel them easily but not see them. If you can see her hips or spine those are also signs she is underweight.
My girls tend to lose weight when they have a season, so if she has been in season recently that could explain it. They soon put it back on though
 
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