Most cat food has higher levels of fat and protein than dog food — making it very appealing to your dog. But that extra fat and protein can quickly lead to weight gain.

Chances are, your dog has probably eaten stranger things than cat food, but it's still not good for him to eat. Plus, some dogs have sensitive stomachs and may get sick. If your dog experiences vomiting, diarrhea, or other troubling symptoms after eating cat food, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Here are a few tips to help stop your dog from eating cat food:

    • Move your cat’s food to a separate room.

    The best way to keep your dog from eating cat food is to move your cat’s bowl to another room — one your dog can’t get to. If you have a small dog, set up a gate that your cat can jump over. If you have a large dog, install a small flap in the door or set up a tall gate with a doorway for your cat. That way your cat has free access to her food, but your dog doesn’t.

    • Elevate your cat’s bowl.

    If you don’t have a separate room for your cat’s food, put the cat’s bowl on a high surface like a counter or a bookshelf. Most cats have no trouble jumping to high places that a dog can’t reach.

    • Don’t leave food out.

    If you leave cat food out throughout the day, there are plenty of opportunities for your dog to sneak over and grab a few bites. Try feeding your cat at specific meal times instead and put away any extra food when she’s finished eating.

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