Can you give cat food to dogs?
Dogs must not be fed cat food, and dog owners who have cats must ensure that their dogs’ access to cat food is restricted. One reason is that cats are carnivorous and almost exclusively eat meat. Dogs, on the other hand, are omnivores and need a much more balanced diet to meet their nutritional needs.
Why is cat food bad for dogs?
Cat food is usually high in fat, calories and protein, which means that it is not ideal for dogs. Dogs with a sensitive stomach may develop gastrointestinal complaints, illnesses and diarrhea after eating cat food. Those who eat it regularly are at increased risk of obesity and potentially fatal pancreatitis, an inflammation of the organ that aids the digestive process. Unlike foods that contain toxic chemicals like chocolate, however, eating cat food stolen from an unsuspecting cat bowl is very unlikely to kill a dog.
How can the dog be prevented from eating cat food?
You should always keep cat food out of your dog’s reach. If you think he has eaten a significant amount, you should consult a veterinarian. Also keep in mind that dog food is not good for cats.