Can Dogs Eat Cat Food? Can Cats Eat Dog Food? - petMD
Nov 10, 2014 - But dogs and cats don't metabolize foods the same way we do, and many of the foods we eat without problems can hurt, and even kill them.
At the end of the day, a little bit of kitty kibble won’t hurt your dog, and a bite or two of dog food won’t harm your cat. But dogs and cats have different nutritional needs, and neither one should rely on the other’s diet. Cats and dogs can live together harmoniously, but their diets just don’t mix.
Many of us tend to think that dogs and cats can eat what humans eat. We often don’t think twice about giving them a bite of our cookie or worry too much when they scavenge for food. But dogs and cats don’t metabolize foods the same way we do, and many of the foods we eat without problems can hurt, and even kill them. Here are eight of the most harmful foods to keep away from your pets.
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Do you switch your pet's food around
What can happen if a dog eats cat food?
Well, it is certainly better than the dog eating the cat's poop.
True. But will it make the dog sick?
A dog eating the cat's food one time or even occasionally snacking on it won't hurt him. Though if they are doing that a lot, you'll probably want to upgrade what you're feeding the dog.
What happens if he's eating it all the time?
Then the dog won't get all of the nutrition he needs.
I've heard that cat food actually has more protein than what dogs need.
A dog eats a lot of cat food, it might be because he smells the meat that is so much better than his dry kibble. Add meat to his diet or pour grease from your skillet onto his food so he'll eat his own.
We do that from time to time anytime. What happens if he keeps it up over the long term?
Eating a lot of cat food can make the dog fat, increasing the odds of pancreatis. He could end up with liver and kidney problems.
And it could make the dog sick immediately.
It seems like everything makes a dog throw up. Then again, wild dogs are considered to have a communal stomach.
Eating too much high protein cat food can also give him diarrhea.
And then you have to be careful that he doesn't eat the poop.
His or the cat's.
When they say that cats are like women and men are like dogs, no one ever mentions habits like this. No man I've ever met was that disgusting.
I think that's a complement.
I do wish I could give them the same food, but it sounds like that's not really an option.
But you can add the same chicken scraps and bacon fat to both their bowls.Cats and dogs have different nutritional needs. Neither will do well on the other's food. The other answers make some good points, but I want to say more.
If the dog never did eat very well, and has seen the vet since the problem existed, you may be over feeding it. A vet check still won't hurt. Many dogs will wolf down more than is good for them and look for more. Others refuse to eat more than than they need. Evaluate the dog as illustrated in this link, You may want the vet to confirm your judgment. Adjust the dogs food and exercise as needed to reach its ideal body condition.
The worst thing you can do is to bribe a dog with rich foods or different brands into eating more than it needs. Instead, as the first answer, put down the dish with what the dog should eat, and give it 15 minutes to eat. Then take it up. Do not give it anything to eat until its next scheduled meal. In a few days, it should be eating what it needs. Continue to check its ribs and adjust the food as needed. This is not easy. I had a Shepherd go 3 days on a few nibbles. I was a wreck, but she was fine. It is almost unknown for a healthy dog not to eat what it needs. Unfortunately, in too many cases, it is less than the package says, and less than the owner thinks the dog should have. Many dogs are quite good at holding out for tastier chow. Like kids, sometimes it calls for tough love.