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Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

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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    BOB R
    10 months ago at 1:52 PM Reply
    ho sin
    at my house we dont use the cat door.we lock the cat in the room till she is done.If she does not eat it all,we take it away.
    7 months ago at 2:41 PM Reply
    Keith Brown
    I have the same problem. My Australian Terrier can jump high and climb.
    6 months ago at 6:37 AM Reply
    Katie at Just Right
    If your dog's a jumper, try feeding your cat in a room with a door that closes so your dog can't get in, and remove the food when your cat is finished eating. (Ho Sin has the right idea!)
    6 months ago at 1:09 PM Reply
    Ali Mirza
    Nice Blog
    8 months ago at 10:18 AM Reply
    Emma Gwozdzicki
    My cat is disabled so moving the food to another room won't help I need more advice. Seeing the vet tomorrow. Hopefully he can help.
    7 months ago at 4:12 PM Reply
    Katie at Just Right
    Can you put your dog in a separate room with a closed door while your cat eats, then take the food away when your cat is finished? Hope your veterinarian had some good ideas for you too! :)
    6 months ago at 1:11 PM Reply
    Sherry Miller
    My problem is the cat food is outside. We have tried to move it to the picnic table when she goes out but she will jump on the seat then to the table. Then the cats will jump on the table and I don't like them on the table.
    6 months ago at 2:30 PM Reply
    My 2 cats have big personalities so feeding them at intervals causes chaos in my house. If food is not readily available, as it should be for cats and dogs are feed at intervals, then my cats will start to get angry. Cat food on the counter is not ideal, who wants cat fur on their kitchen counters? nonetheless them constantly jumping up onto your sanitary kitchen counter where your food goes? This should be more on training your dog not to eat cat food and training them to know that’s not their food vs just keeping it separate. None of these options are ideal.
    5 months ago at 5:55 PM Reply
    I couldn’t agree with you more about this! Exactly. Cats are able to eat when they want and not go overboard. They simply don’t eat what they don’t like. Dogs sometimes eat everything in site. It’s annoying the cats have to make all the changes.
    3 months ago at 2:47 PM Reply
    Erin Bowman
    I have no idea what to do. Me and my boyfriend, we've tried everything, and our dog is still eating our cat's food. She always does it, in the middle of the night, or when we're not home. I have no idea what to do. Please let me know. Thank you.

    2 months ago at 7:10 PM Reply