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12th May '18 11:34:51 AM Pichu-kun
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* Japolo from ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' is a WeaselMascot but is depicted as a herbivore.
12th May '18 11:32:07 AM Pichu-kun
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* Makoto from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' received two Goldfish at a carnival years ago. He loved them however he kept them in a fishbowl. They died, though it's presumed the writers were going for the "goldfish have short lifespans" myth rather than "Mako mistreated his fish".

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* Makoto from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' received two Goldfish goldfish at a carnival years ago. He loved them them, however he kept them in a fishbowl. They died, though it's presumed the writers were going for the "goldfish have short lifespans" myth rather than "Mako mistreated his fish". Goldfish need to be kept in tanks, not fishbowls.



* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' has right in the first scenes Lady being served coffee (as noted above, toxic) and a donut (lacking in nutrition for humans and other animals alike). Also another part has a dog with a muzzle for longer than 30 minutes, something extremely dangerous for the animal.

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* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' has right in the first scenes Lady being served coffee (as noted above, toxic) and a donut (lacking in nutrition for humans and other animals alike). Also another part has a dog with a muzzle for longer than 30 minutes, something extremely dangerous for the animal. This can be choked down to ValuesDissonance, possibly DeliberateValuesDissonance, as the film takes place in the early 20th centuy.



* The titular Literature/{{Stargirl}} has a pet rat. She's a good owner overall but she only has ''one'' rat. Rats are extremely social animals, and unless the owner can devote at least four hours every day toward playing with the rat, it's recommended you have at least two to keep each other company.

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* The titular Literature/{{Stargirl}} character of ''Literature/{{Stargirl}}'' has a pet rat. She's a good owner overall but she only has ''one'' rat. Rats are extremely social animals, and unless the owner can devote at least four hours every day toward playing with the rat, it's recommended you have at least two to keep each other company.



* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'':
** Womrats (a fictional rodent-type creature similar to a hamster or guinea pig) are depicted living in a ''maybe'' 5-gallon plastic cage. In reality, that type of cage should never be used because not only are they too small, but they do not give the animal adequate ventilation. One of the creature's animations might even be lampshading this: it actively and repeatedly tries to escape the Containment Unit by climbing the front wall.

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''VideoGame/TheSims2'' Womrats (a fictional rodent-type creature similar to a hamster or guinea pig) are depicted living in a ''maybe'' 5-gallon plastic cage. In reality, that type of cage should never be used because not only are they too small, but they do not give the animal adequate ventilation. One of the creature's animations might even be lampshading this: it actively and repeatedly tries to escape the Containment Unit by climbing the front wall.


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** The ''VideoGame/TheSims4'' expansion pack DLC ''My First Pet Stuff'' allows you to own pets like hamsters and guinea pigs for the first time. Starting in the 2000s, as more understanding of the pets have emerged, it's generally become seen as improper to consider small pets "first pet" material because they can be just as much work, if not more, than something like a dog or a cat.


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* In one ''Literature/HaroldAndThePurpleCrayon'' episode, the young protagonist is shown keeping his goldfish in a fish bowl. The fish dies not soon afterwards (presumably under the myth that goldfish are short lived, not because it was kept in a bowl) and [[DeathIsASadThing Harold learns about death]].
10th May '18 1:27:27 PM Everdream
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* ''Film/SevenPounds'' features a dog that is according to its owner a vegetarian. While it is possible to do this ''under strict vet supervision'', the food she's shown feeding the dog would cause long-term health problems.

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* ''Film/SevenPounds'' features a dog that is according to its owner a vegetarian. While it is possible to do this ''under strict vet supervision'', it's still a very ''stupid'' idea and the food she's shown feeding the dog would cause long-term health problems.
10th May '18 4:32:33 AM EdnaWalker
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AutomatonHorses is a species-specific subtrope for cases where a riding animal (a horse or the [[HorseOfADifferentColor in-universe equivalent]]) is portrayed as needing far less care than it realistically should. Some {{Stock Animal Diet}}s fall under this trope (carrots are actually very bad for rabbits, and ''cheese is deadly'' for mice, for example.)

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AutomatonHorses is a species-specific subtrope for cases where a riding animal (a horse or the [[HorseOfADifferentColor in-universe equivalent]]) is portrayed as needing far less care than it realistically should. Some {{Stock Animal Diet}}s fall under this trope (carrots as a staple, consistently, or to the exclusion of other vegetables and Timothy hay are actually very bad for rabbits, and ''cheese is deadly'' for mice, for example.)



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* In ''Anime/YokaiWatch'', Jibanyan, a cat yo-kai, is seen frequently eating and enjoying chocolate. Despite the fact that chocolate is very bad for cats (and most animals), cats normally don't even like it since they can't taste sweetness... It's a good thing Jibanyan is [[DeadToBeginWith already dead]]. It's also {{Lampshaded}} in one of the games.

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* In ''Anime/YokaiWatch'', Jibanyan, a cat yo-kai, is seen frequently eating and enjoying chocolate. Despite the fact that chocolate is very bad for cats (and most animals), cats normally don't even like it since they can't taste sweetness... It's a good thing Jibanyan is [[DeadToBeginWith already dead]].dead]] and on top of that, a yokai. It's also {{Lampshaded}} in one of the games.



* At the very beginning of ''Disney/TheAristocats'', the evil butler Edgar actually pours some of Madame's sleeping pills into the titular cats' milk (and Roquefort the mouse due to him eating from a cookie that was dipped into the milk) so he can drug them and take them all away from her mansion while said cats are sleeping. In real life, the amount of sleeping pills Edgar used to drug the cats is enough to kill a ''human'', never mind a cat! Since Edgar's goal was to get rid of the cats, he probably wouldn't have cared if he killed them, but the fact that they survive at all shatters suspension of disbelief. Not that it's advisable to give adult cats milk anyway, but at the time the film was made, [[ScienceMarchesOn that wouldn't have been common knowledge]] - it still isn't as well known in this day and age as it should be, especially given the complication (for human comprehension) that some adults cats actually can cope with cow's milk without any reported side-effects.

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* At the very beginning of ''Disney/TheAristocats'', the evil butler Edgar actually pours some of Madame's sleeping pills into the titular cats' milk (and Roquefort the mouse due to him eating from a cookie that was dipped into the milk) so he can drug them and take them all away from her mansion while said cats are sleeping. In real life, the amount of sleeping pills Edgar used to drug the cats is enough to kill a ''human'', never mind a (small species) cat! Since Edgar's goal was to get rid of the cats, he probably wouldn't have cared if he killed them, but the fact that they survive at all shatters suspension of disbelief. Not that it's advisable to give adult cats milk anyway, but at the time the film was made, [[ScienceMarchesOn that wouldn't have been common knowledge]] - it still isn't as well known in this day and age as it should be, especially given the complication (for human comprehension) that some adults cats actually can cope with cow's milk without any reported side-effects.



* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' has right in the first scenes Lady being served coffee (as noted above, toxic) and a donut (lacking in nutrition for animals). Also another part has a dog with a muzzle for longer than 30 minutes, something extremely dangerous for the animal.

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* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' has right in the first scenes Lady being served coffee (as noted above, toxic) and a donut (lacking in nutrition for animals).humans and other animals alike). Also another part has a dog with a muzzle for longer than 30 minutes, something extremely dangerous for the animal.



* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has the titular puppies at one point being fed on cow's milk, straight from the source. Most animals are lactose intolerant, and dogs are no exception. The puppies were probably already past the age at which they could digest milk, so in RealLife it would have given them severe diarrhea and upset stomachs. (A case of ScienceMarchesOn, since the movie came out in 1961.)

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* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has the titular puppies at one point being fed on cow's milk, straight from the source.source (in other words, raw milk). Most animals are lactose intolerant, and dogs are no exception. The puppies were probably already past the age at which they could digest milk, so in RealLife it would have given them severe diarrhea and upset stomachs. (A case of ScienceMarchesOn, since the movie came out in 1961.)



* In ''Film/HomeAlone 3'', Doris the white rat doesn't have any cage-mates to live with. Fancy rats are ''extremely'' social animals that, barring temperament problems, should never be kept as solitary individuals.

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* In ''Film/HomeAlone 3'', Doris the white rat doesn't have any cage-mates to live with. Fancy rats (and any brown rat for that matter) are ''extremely'' social animals that, barring temperament problems, should never be kept as solitary individuals.



* In the History Channel's documentary ''Film/{{Hippies}}'', the narrative of how LSD was invented is backed up by footage from early experiments with the drug, including a shot of a hamster trying to chew its way through the bare metal mesh at the bottom of its cage. Exposed wire-floor cages are ''terrible'' for pets' feet. (Also a case of ArtisticLicenseBiology, as the context implies that the animal is chewing the wire ''only'' because it's drugged out of its mind, but gnawing on objects and attempting to dig its way free is perfectly normal behavior for a hamster, and any other rodent, that feels frustrated.) Research animals were often kept in bare metal mesh cages back in the day. Things have gotten [[SocietyMarchesOn MUCH better nowadays]].
* Animal Planet's ''Series/CallOfTheWildman'' centered around show star Ernie "Turtleman" Brown Jr. catching and removing wild animals with his bare hands instead of using the kinds of tools that most professional animal control services use, like poles, snake hooks, or live traps. This put both him ''and'' the animals he was catching at unnecessary risk. One of the prime examples was an episode where he grabbed a coyote by the tail and lifted it off the ground. Like all mammals, an adult coyote is too heavy to be safely lifted in this manner, doing so meant that it was at massive risk of a spinal injury.

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* In the History Channel's documentary ''Film/{{Hippies}}'', the narrative of how LSD was invented is backed up by footage from early experiments with the drug, including a shot of a hamster trying to chew its way through the bare metal mesh at the bottom of its cage. Exposed wire-floor cages are ''terrible'' for pets' feet. (Also feet, especially those of rabbits, whose feet donít have pads. Also a case of ArtisticLicenseBiology, as the context implies that the animal is chewing the wire ''only'' because it's drugged out of its mind, but gnawing on objects and attempting to dig its way free is perfectly normal behavior for a hamster, and any other rodent, that feels frustrated.) frustrated. Research animals were often kept in bare metal mesh cages back in the day. Things have gotten [[SocietyMarchesOn MUCH better nowadays]].
* Animal Planet's ''Series/CallOfTheWildman'' centered around show star Ernie "Turtleman" Brown Jr. catching and removing wild animals with his bare hands instead of using the kinds of tools that most professional animal control services use, like poles, snake hooks, or live traps. This put both him ''and'' the animals he was catching at unnecessary risk. One of the prime examples was an episode where he grabbed a coyote by the tail and lifted it off the ground. Like all mammals, mammals (even tiny mice), an adult coyote is too heavy to be safely lifted in this manner, doing so meant that it was at massive risk of a spinal injury.



* Averted, believe it or not, in Music/TobyKeith's song "Beer for My Horses" -- some Thoroughbred trainers do give their horses beer as an appetite stimulant. Guinness is the traditional choice. Horses are very large and their digestive systems naturally produce large amounts of enzymes that break down alcohol, so they're pretty unlikely to be harmed by alcohol, and the ingredients in beer are grains, hops, yeast and water, all things horses will eat on their own (possibly excepting hops).

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* Averted, believe it or not, in Music/TobyKeith's song "Beer for My Horses" -- some Thoroughbred trainers do give their horses beer as an appetite stimulant. Guinness is the traditional choice. Horses are very large and their digestive systems naturally produce large amounts of enzymes that break down alcohol, so they're pretty unlikely to be harmed by alcohol, alcohol. Can say the same for cattle, tree shrews, and some species of fruit bats, but canít say the same for humans, cats, and dogs. Plus, the ingredients in beer are grains, hops, yeast and water, all things horses will eat on their own (possibly excepting hops).



** One arc ended with Snoopy becoming [[ItMakesSenseInContext too sick to play tennis]] after eating an entire box of chocolate chip cookies. In real life, slight nausea would probably have been the least of his problems.

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** One arc arc, ended with Snoopy becoming [[ItMakesSenseInContext too sick to play tennis]] after eating an entire box of chocolate chip cookies. In real life, slight nausea would probably have been the least of his problems.problems, but as it still makes him feel sick to some extent, this is a downplayed example.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' had an emu being fed avocados, which are poisonous to birds.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' had an emu being fed avocados, which are poisonous to birds.birds [[note]]Not all birds are poisoned by avocados though. Avocados are very fine for quetzal birds. In fact, quetzal birds can swallow avocado pits and they play a crucial role in dispersing them.[[/note]].



** Fluttershy has a job dealing with wild, non-CivilizedAnimal animals. This includes ferrets, who apparently live outside and everything. Ferrets are domestic animals and should ideally be inside, or at least caged.

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** Fluttershy has a job dealing with wild, non-CivilizedAnimal animals. This includes ferrets, who apparently live outside and everything. Ferrets (as in domestic European polecats, not black footed ferrets) are domestic animals and should ideally be inside, or at least caged.
6th Apr '18 11:24:35 AM Mooncalf
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* A meta-example occurs in ''Webcomic/Unshelved'' when Tamara outlines a book (a real-life one, as the characters did from time to time) where the lead habitually lets her dog lick the chocolate frosting off her cupcakes (which is supposed to symbolize how close they are). The kid she's explaining the book to points out that chocolate is deadly for dogs. When Tamara tries to explain that "it's okay, it's just a little", the kid points out that it's still dangerous, and ''very wrong''.
17th Mar '18 10:56:45 PM Discar
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-->'''Jared:''' Wait, you mean you just figured out that animals like it when you pet them and give them treats? Who gave you your science license?
5th Mar '18 3:50:29 PM Yuihime
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* Consciously averted in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. When Florence, a genetically-modified wolf, has a dinner date with Winston at a French restaurant, she has to call her order ahead of time to make sure her food is free of garlic and onion, two major staples of French cuisine that are deadly to canines. She ends up with a filet of sole in butter. Her dinner conversation is on [[HumansThroughAlienEyes how weird it is]] for humans to eat jalapeno other hot peppers just for the flavor. On another occasion, she mentions that coffee would be just as deadly to drink, but [[RuleOfFunny as an engineer, she craves the smell of it anyway]].

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* Consciously averted in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. When Florence, a genetically-modified wolf, has a dinner date with Winston at a French restaurant, she has to call her order ahead of time to make sure her food is free of garlic and onion, two major staples of French cuisine that are deadly to canines. She ends up with a filet of sole in butter. Her dinner conversation is on [[HumansThroughAlienEyes how weird it is]] for humans to eat jalapeno and other hot peppers just for the flavor. On another occasion, she mentions that coffee would be just as deadly to drink, but [[RuleOfFunny as an engineer, she craves the smell of it anyway]].
5th Mar '18 3:49:55 PM Yuihime
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* Consciously averted in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. When Florence, a genetically-modified wolf, has a dinner date with Winston at a French restaurant, she has to call her order ahead of time to make sure her food is free of garlic and onion, two major staples of French cuisine that are deadly to canines. She ends up with a filet of sole in butter. Her dinner conversation is on [[HumansThroughAlienEyes how weird it is]] for humans to eat jalapeno other hot peppers just for the flavor. On another occasion, she mentions that coffee would be just as deadly to drink, but [[RuleOfFunny as an engineer, she craves the smell of it anyway]].
4th Mar '18 7:25:26 AM RedBerryBlueCherry
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** Although, horses ''can'' and will eat meat if given the chance... doesn't mean it's that healthy for them though.
3rd Mar '18 3:00:49 PM SomberCaelifera
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* ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'': Rob's mother attempts to put her cat on a vegetarian diet. This, realistically, causes the cat extreme distress, at one point leading to her ask Rob to put her out of her misery. He leaves her with several hundred dollars in cash and a barbecue restaurant delivery menu, which is probably only a little better, depending on what's in the sauce/rub. For example, if there's onions in it, they'll destroy her kidneys.

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* ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'': Rob's mother attempts to put her cat on a vegetarian diet. This, realistically, causes the cat extreme distress, at one point leading to her ask to beg Rob to put her out of her misery. He leaves her with several hundred dollars in cash and a barbecue restaurant delivery menu, which is probably only a little better, depending on what's in the sauce/rub. For example, if there's onions in it, they'll destroy her kidneys.
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