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Hummingbirds are Go

Why won't hummingbirds come to our backyard? [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Babycare secrets that you didn't even know to ask about.

We have a very new baby (as of two weeks ago) as an inveterate optimiser (read, lazy person) I am looking for all the little tips and tricks you have picked up for managing tiny babies. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on May 27, 2014 - 52 answers

When can babies or children be taught bad eating habits?

I am feeding my infant on demand. Said infant gets no sleep whatsoever. Friends are pointing me to various methodologies, many of which schedule discrete eating times (such as feeding all of the calories in a 12 hour period and none in the remaining 12 hour period). I do not wish to do this because I think that this doesn't respect a baby's hunger and worry that, down the road, the child will not be able to recognize hunger/satiety clues. On the other hand, of course I would love to try scheduling like this because it's pretty miserable getting no sleep. All things being equal (the merits of on demand vs. scheduling), is there literature out there in psychology or any other field that has looked to this? Where should I go to find out whether scheduled feedings may have a long-term impact on children?
posted by juliagulia on Oct 30, 2013 - 32 answers

Feeding Teenage Cats

I have two six-month-old kittens. I am worried I'm not giving them enough food. Advice? [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Sep 27, 2013 - 14 answers

Cat. Wet food. Nothing is easy.

Pumpernickel is having UTI issues and needs to go on a strict wet-food-only diet. After buying more brands and flavors than I can count, I think we've found some he likes. BUT, he never eats enough of the wet stuff and at this point supplementing with dry needs to stop. How do I help this cat! [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird on Sep 3, 2013 - 30 answers

How does the mother bird know which baby bird to feed next?

Little daughter and I were watching a birds' nest this morning where four little sparrows were getting fed by their mom (or maybe dad?) Each time the mother bird came back, all four sparrows would screech and open their mouths wide and the mother would give one of them some food. My question is: how does the mother ensure that each chick gets enough food? I can think of at least two theories: 1. The adult bird has enough working memory to know who got the last bit of food, or even who's gone the longest without food; or 2. Hungrier chicks screech louder and the adult bird gives food to the loudest screecher. Do we know which of these is right, or whether the real answer is something else entirely?
posted by escabeche on Aug 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Cat Food Fever

How much grain free wet food should an indoor, high energy, just over 1 years old, seemingly still growing, not fat, 15lb, male cat eat in a day? [more inside]
posted by radiopaste on Jul 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Food...for a kid...on a plane.

Seeking suggestions for non-perishable foodstuffs to feed a toddler while flying cross country. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 23, 2013 - 22 answers

Foolproof way to feed baby kittens?

I've got three new baby kittens with no mother, and I need to feed them. I don't have access to any good pet stores or veterinary clinics, but I do have lactose-free baby formula and a plastic syringe with the needle removed, which I've been using to feed them so far. But is there a foolproof method of holding them or something to get them to drink from it? I can usually get them to drink, but only about half of the amount recommended. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Apr 23, 2013 - 20 answers

Am I starving my cat?

How much to feed my cat? My vet tells me half a 5oz. - 6oz. can twice a day, the can of cat food says one can twice a day. I can find backup online for either statement. Help? [more inside]
posted by edbles on Dec 7, 2012 - 25 answers

Hungry Hungry Kittehs

Scheduled, portion-controlled feeding is failing for my cats. One ravenous kitty versus one food-agnostic kitty equals lots of frustration for me. Can anyone share some tips for making this work? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jul 5, 2012 - 17 answers

The Prodigal Cat

My cat came home again! Now what? [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden on May 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Looking for some feeding program best practices/policies for our inner city feeding program. We have no documented rules and needless to say it is resulting in chaos.

Looking for some feeding program best practices/policies for our inner city feeding program. We have no documented rules and needless to say it is resulting in chaos. [more inside]
posted by hrhcc on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Why won't you eat your cheezies?!

Getting a cat back on kibble? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Mar 30, 2012 - 13 answers

I don't even like small dogs.

After a long assault from my SO of horrible puppy pics of things with short legs, smashed faces, or freakishly long bodies, I agreed to this. Which is a 9 week old chihuahua. He joins these two as the four legged contigent of a family that also has two boy child types. So now I need to feed all of them. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Mar 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me put one cat on a diet without starving another! Staying sane would be nice too.

Please share your most brilliant advice on switching cats from free feeding to scheduled feeding in a multiple-cat household [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Nov 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Got Milk?

How much breastmilk do I really need to send to daycare each day? And how much should I have in the freezer? And all sorts of other questions. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Oct 26, 2011 - 24 answers

Are my cats addicted to carby grains?

Should I force my cats to switch to the healthier food or let them continue eating the not-so-great stuff they seem to prefer? [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on Aug 10, 2011 - 19 answers

Your tips for feeding four cats while I'm out of town?

Overnight is one thing, but how can I make sure my four feline snowflakes get proper nutrition while their humans are off on a three-day cross-country jaunt? Given we've got one cat with food intolerances, one super-picky princess, one food-snatcher, and one with what the vet has described as a "highly efficient colon" (meaning she needs wet food every day), things are going to need a bit more consideration and prep-work than just leaving a big bowl of crunchies out. Please, kittyfolks, share your wisdoms! [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me feed my kitty

I understand that the best cat diet is exclusively wet food. Kittens are supposed to eat small portions every few hours. I am asleep all night and at work for 8 hours during the day. Can I leave wet food out for free feeding or will it go bad? What if she won't eat left-out food? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 1, 2011 - 19 answers

I'm in my extrememly late 30s and still can't cook

Please help me change regarding how I feed my family. I know the following is lame and stupid, but I haven't been able to overcome it my whole life. Maybe you have the right words of encouragement! [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Jan 31, 2011 - 46 answers

My cats have clashing eating disorders

How do I help one cat lose weight while allowing the other cat to eat enough? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Dec 8, 2010 - 25 answers

Is it okay for a cat to live on hamburger alone?

Is it okay for a cat to live on hamburger alone? How can we get her to quit bugging us? [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt on Dec 1, 2010 - 52 answers

Chia Seeds

Can anyone tell me if chia seeds are unsuitable for breast feeding mothers
posted by the noob on Oct 13, 2010 - 6 answers

I want to feed a giraffe for my birthday near DFW. Hope?

Feeding the giraffes: does anyone have personal experience with this at the Fort Worth Zoo or the newly opened Dallas Zoo exhibit? What is it like -- can you purchase food? Is there a better possibility as a day trip from DFW? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Jul 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Cat food free-for-all

Our three cats--two 2 year olds and a kitten--only ever want to eat each others' food. Is this something I should put a stop to, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by girl scientist on Jul 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me help my neurotic dog.

After 5 years of the same routine, my neurotic dog still has not adjusted. How do I teach her to be patient? [more inside]
posted by thejanna on Jun 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Picky post-dental-op cat is hungry.

My very fickle, post-dental-operation (one of her canines had to be removed) cat is getting hungry. She doesn't like wet food -- she'll lick up the juice and ignore the rest. I tried softening some dry food with water, but she's not interested in that either. So I've been giving her tuna, which she eats and enjoys. Should I just stick with that for the next couple weeks or is there something else I should try feeding her?
posted by The Great Big Mulp on Mar 23, 2010 - 27 answers

Stop nursing now or taper off more?

Is my daughter basically weaned? [more inside]
posted by lemoncello on Feb 12, 2010 - 5 answers

How to estimate breast milk production?

Is there a simple way to estimate how much breast milk my baby is consuming? [more inside]
posted by lexicakes on Jan 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Help us keep the baby safe from pulling the g button out at night

Very active one year old with G button (MIC-key low profile) During night feeds and traveling in car how do I keep her Button from being pulled? It has come out once before in the crib by her moving so much the slack in the feeding tube got caught in crib and pulled out. It was painful for her since the balloon was fully inflated. I want to keep this from happening again. How do other parents keep thier kids g buttons and tube feeding cord protected at night. She is a wiggly thing and often turns in her sleep many times from belly to back and forth. The feeding is necessary and cannot be missed. [more inside]
posted by Snoogylips on Nov 19, 2009 - 6 answers

when is 6oz not 6oz? Baby formula measuring.

How do you measure how much formula your infant is eating? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Nov 6, 2009 - 12 answers

How to feed our cats?

Question on the feeding of two cats with different eating disorders. [more inside]
posted by lolalivia on Sep 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Fuckin' cats, Donny.

Question about the feeding of two cats on different diets. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Sep 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Not the Good China - Tableware for Toddlers

I'm interested in a nice set of tableware for our 15-month old. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Sep 15, 2009 - 11 answers

Diaper suggestions for small infant?

Our newborn pees right through the preemie diapers, through two layers of clothes and into the crib/blanket. This happens every time. Help! [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Feb 11, 2009 - 25 answers

automatic cat feeder usage?

I've had enough and I really need an automatic pet feeder so my cat will stop waking me up at 6am. However, her food situation is a little complicated... [more inside]
posted by illegiblemess on Jan 21, 2009 - 16 answers

So what do they feed kids in other countries, anyway?

Infant feeding: Having just had my third baby, I'm struck once again by the rigidity of North American guidelines on feeding wee ones. I'm curious as to what is done in other countries and cultures, and what we did in the past. Resources? [more inside]
posted by Zinger on Jan 21, 2009 - 29 answers

Why was I mirroring my grandmother?

Last night I visited my grandmother's nursing home at dinner time and ended up spoon feeding her for the first time. No matter how hard I tried to suppress it, my mouth kept reacting to the spoon. Why? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Dec 5, 2008 - 15 answers

Where to feed and entertain children in Toronto

Where do two foodies take a family with children in Toronto? And once we've eaten, what are the must see places for boys, 6 and 8? [more inside]
posted by gesamtkunstwerk on Jul 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Can we make breastfeeding work under these circumstances?

Breastfeeding, daycare, and erratic schedule: please help us figure out a plan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2008 - 20 answers

What to do with cats who don't eat wet food?

My cats are effectively ignoring their wet food in favour of their dry food. What can/should I do to keep them eating healthily? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on May 29, 2008 - 35 answers

Good, healthy cat food - whats the real deal and not just fluff that I pay extra for?

Good, healthy cat food - whats the real deal and not just fluff that I pay extra for? [more inside]
posted by Carialle on May 8, 2008 - 37 answers

BabyFilter: I'm looking for advice on how to schedule late night baby feedings once I go back to work.

BabyFilter: I'm looking for advice on how to schedule late night baby feedings once I go back to work (details inside) [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on Jun 14, 2007 - 16 answers

Sick kitty needs nose to work again.

Tips for getting a sick pussycat on a feeding tube to eat by mouth again (and a cautionary tale)? [more inside]
posted by Scram on Jan 26, 2007 - 34 answers

99 bottles of breastmilk down the drain

Tricks for getting a breast-fed baby to delight in the joys of a breastmilk filled bottle? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer on Jan 6, 2007 - 17 answers

How do I feed frogs live crickets easily?

Ummmm HELP, I have to feed 30 live crickets to my friend's frog. How can I do this so I don't have crickets jumping around her house? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Aug 17, 2006 - 5 answers

Good wet food for kitties?

Help me find good wet food for my cat. [more inside]
posted by calistasm on Feb 7, 2006 - 15 answers

How can I alter our cat's feeding schedule?

How can I change our cat's feeding schedule? [more inside]
posted by Hillman Cobs on Jan 6, 2006 - 13 answers

Will Box Elders Make Them Croak?

Can I feed box elder bugs to a frog? [more inside]
posted by jeribus on Oct 11, 2005 - 3 answers

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