What will happen if a dog eats cat food? Is cat food bad or safe for dogs to eat?
Well, there are two answers. Helpful, I know, right?
Yes and no.
Here’s the short answer – cat food is not bad for dogs on a one-time basis. However, it can be really bad for them in the long run.
How and Why is Cat Food Bad For Dogs?
Well, before we delve into the nasty details, let’s get something straight – cats and dogs have VERY different nutritional needs and different ways of absorbing the food they are eating.
While cats are natural carnivores and need lots of raw meat products, healthy acids, and thiamine, dogs aren’t like that.
Dogs are omnivorous creatures and they can’t live on just straight up meat, unlike cats.
Cats need plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine, and proteins from real meat, because they cannot produce these types of nutritious supplements on their own.
On the other hand, a dog’s body is perfectly capable of producing enough levels of vitamin C and vitamin A on its own. Thus, dog food lacks the same kind of nutrition cat food offers.
So…Is It Really Bad For Dogs? What Are The Consequences and Side Effects?
In terms of long-term consumption, it can lead to pretty severe consequences. According to PetMD, dogs that get into kitty food regularly are at a greater risk of developing pancreatitis, which can be fatal.
Due to the fact that dogs need a special balance between fat, fiber, and protein, cat food does not meet the nutritional needs of dog food.
The raw meat products, the thiamine excess, the fat, as well as the excess proteins in cat food, will affect a canine’s stomach in negative and problematic ways which will eventually lead to various diseases affecting the dog’s metabolism, teeth, kidneys, liver, and stomach.
But Why Do Dogs Like Dry And Canned Cat Food?
Cat food contains more fats, more moisture, and more flavor than dog food because of the special fibers, meat-by products, and additional vitamins and healthy acids. Canines will never miss their chance to snack on some kitty treats instead of on their own.
Thus, if you’re planning on getting a dog and a cat you should always keep in mind that cat food should be kept out of your canine pal’s reach.
Your kitten won’t be tempted to try out dog food due to the fact that it does not smell and taste as appealing as cat food does. However, if your dog gets a taste of cat food, it will start craving more and more of it. On the other hand, the cat also won’t like the fact that the doggy is eating out of its bowl!
There are various signs showing that dogs can’t handle cat food.
Diarrhea and puking are the most common side effects that cat food has on dogs. Over time the symptoms will get worse and the cat food will start affecting the dog’s metabolism in other unpleasant and life-threatening ways.
So, to sum it up – cat food is bad for dogs in the long run, but it can lead to behavioral problems even with the first few binge snacks, so it’s better to keep the dog away from cat food.
If you want to take care of a canine pal and a feline furball in the same household, make sure to have separate feeding posts and to always keep an eye on the things your dog is munching on.