Asked by: Debbie Nitschke
asked in category: General Last Updated: 27th February, 2020

Is it bad if my cat eats dog food?

Dog food isn't dangerous to cats, but it shouldn't be eaten in place of cat food on a regular basis. A cat can eat some dog food without illness even though it's not the best nutrition for them. But cats cannot survive on dog food alone for their long term diet.

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Furthermore, can cats eat dog food occasionally?

While an occasional nibble of your dog's food won't hurt your cat, long-term feeding of food formulated for dogs certainly can. For proper nutrition, feed your kitty only food specifically labeled for cats. Cats have different nutritional needs from dogs and become malnourished if fed a diet designed for canines.

Secondly, why does my cat keep eating dog food? Because dog food lacks certain nutrients that are an essential part of maintaining a cat's health. Vitamin A is an ingredient added to cat food because, unlike dogs, whose bodies can turn beta-carotene into the vitamin, cats need that extra boost to remain healthy.

Beside above, will dog food hurt a cat?

Dog Food. An occasional bite of dog food won't hurt your cat. But cat food is specially formulated for a cat's needs, which include more protein as well as certain vitamins and fatty acids. A steady diet of dog food can cause your cat to be severely malnourished.

How do I stop my cat eating dog food?

Put cat bowls on elevated spots like counters, cat trees, or the washing machine so they're out of reach of nosy dogs. When the cat's food bowl is next to a preferred sleeping and lookout spot, your cat also will be less likely to graze from the floor level dog dish.

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