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Top 5 Weird Pet Eating Habits

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Top 5 Weird Pet Eating Habits

By Gallagher Flinn for HowStuffWorks, via Animal Planet

Our pets have some strange ideas about what counts as food.

While it’s understandable that kibble and canned food every day might motivate a search for a few supplementary delicacies from time to time, their choices never seem well thought out.

Why would a cat eat lawn clippings if it always throws up afterward? Why do dogs think it’s so hilarious to eat poop? Is it safe to make a meal of potting soil and garbage?

We’ll take a look at five weird pet eating habits and the reasons behind them.

No. 5: Dirt

It’s normal to see a dog snuffling and digging in the dirt, but what about when your pooch starts eating it? Last time we checked, dirt wasn’t digestible. It does contain a few minerals dogs can use, such as potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Sick dogs are often seen eating dirt, and they may be chowing down to correct a nutritional imbalance.

But while a few chomps of soil are probably harmless, making a meal of mud pie on a steady basis can be a dangerous thing. All dirt has the potential to contain traces of fecal matter from other animals, and eating it regularly is a dependable way for your pet to pick up some nasty parasites.

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9:05AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:16AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Thanks.

8:27PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

YUCK!

8:24PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

So weird!

10:50AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

I'm lucky my cats don't eat anything too weird, or chew on electric wires! Thanks

10:50AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

I'm lucky my cats don't eat anything too weird, or chew on electric wires! Thanks

7:29AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

yuk

3:18PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Thanks for sharing this article... but not for splitting it in 5 pages.

11:07PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

My two dogs just love sweet, crunchy, red capsicum; between the three of us, we'll polish one off in one "sitting".

11:06PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

My two dogs just love sweet, crunchy, red capsicum; between the three of us, we'll polish one off in one "sitting".

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