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Unread 04-04-2007   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dog food and cat food don't mix?

I've been told it's bad for my dog to eat my cat's food (other than the cat going hungry). They both eat dry food. I thought dogs were omnivores... so why would it matter?
 
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It matters because for instance I have a cat and dog my dog always tries to eat my cats food, but it's bad for her to do that because cats food has much more Sugars then dogs...That's why don't feed cat food to you dog!but the reason it is bad for them is for several reasons, it will make them overweight( which is too easy for pugs), and it doesn't have the nutrients for a dog. that would be like feeding your cat hamster food, it just isn't made for them. I can tell you why it is so irresistible to them, its the flavor and smell, to them its like leaving a bowl of people food on the ground. what i do is keep my cats food at a higher level, i have a special shelf just for his food where my dog and cat cant get to it..
 
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Dogs can eat cat food and be ok, its not ideal, as it is not their nutrional balance but they will be ok. The problem is the cat eating the dog food. It is REALLY hard for cats to digest dog food and will suffer malnutrion.While it is true that dogs are ominvores they are MORE of meat eaters than say humans or bearded dragons. Also they are less of meat eaters than cats. Cats will still eat plants, though seldomly (well, that depends on the cat and the plant I guess.) Where as a true carnivore, like a seal eat meat and nothing but meat.The food is different based on protien content, vitamins and amino acids. The dog food is bad for the cat is the dog can make more amino acids than the cat and has different vitamin requirements. The dog CAN eat the cat food/.Ominvores vary in nutrional needs and protien needs.My suggestion is, put the cat food higher than then dog can reach. Its an easy way to solve the problem
 
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