Dogs and Cat Food


This article was submitted to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Richard Thomas


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How to keep dog from eating cat food- read these incredible tips that every pet owner want to understand to keep your dog from eating cat food.


Principally, all kind of pets has a special kind of food designed for it. The food can, however, be interchanged and used by any of them. A cat can, for example, eats a dog’s food and vice versa. Though this can happen, not all types of food can be interchanged. There is cat food which could be poisonous for a dog. The opposite is true. To avoid such danger, it is always better to feed each pet with its kind of predetermined food. The dog is very notorious for picking cat’s food. How then do we stop it from eating the cat’s food? Read through the article.

Is it harmful to feed cat food to a dog?

It is not always advisable to feed the dog entirely on cat food. The composition of the food specifically meant for a particular pet. The food is not as harmful as it sounds, but it is not the best option to feed the dog with. Dogs need a lot of fiber, proteins and some other essential nutrients. These components could be essentially imbalanced in the cat food as it is not a major requirement. Should the cat food possess a lot of protein, it is then bound to be hard on the dog’s liver and kidney as well. Long term exposure to such kinds of food is harmful in the long run. It then requires you as the dog owner to provide proper nutrition to the dog and to stop it from eating the cat food.

How then do we keep the dog from eating cat food?

Dogs are cheeky. They tend to pick on anything they find on their way and chew it. As a responsible dog owner, you can do the following to minimize this impact. These actions are not limited:

  • 1. Learn to feed all the pets at the same time. This can be achieved by observing a regular time tor feeding. Schedule your time.
  • 2. Feed the pets in isolation. Establish separate feeding rooms in the pet’s den so that no one can trespass to the other’s food.
  • 3. Always hide the cat food from the dog.
  • 4. Keep the dog distracted while feeding the cat. This is when you are not feeding them together.
  • 5. Where possible, avoid exposing the dog to the cat food and vice versa. This may not, however, be fully practical because some foods are shared between the pets.
  • 6. Train the dog to stop eating cat food. You can follow the following steps to implement this:
    • a. Feed them consistently using different colored bowls. With time, each pet will get used to the color of its bowl.
    • b. Dogs do listen and understand. Train them to take word commands such as “Leave It”. Once he hears you say that, it will surely stop eating the cat food.
  • 7. Give the dog plenty of food. When the dog is not staying on an empty stomach, chances of it poking the nose on to the cat food are minimal. This is practicable too for the cat. You should, however, be careful not to overfeed the pets as it may be harmful to them in the long run.
  • 8. Lock in the dog for the period that the cat is feeding. This will greatly help in restricting the dog from accessing the cat’s food.
  • 9. Where you are feeding both pets in the same room, the dog can have its food from the ground. The cat can be fed in a little bit higher place. Dogs cannot climb high places; hence the cat can have his food in peace.
  • 10. Provide restricted access for the dog to the area where you feed the cat.
  • 11. Install a pet gate to where you feed the cat. The gate should not be able to be knocked down easily.

What are the negative effects of a dog eating the cat’s food?

The dog will have complications in the long run. Among the organs to be affected are the kidneys and the liver.

In the short run, the dog is going to face stomach upsets with the following being the most likely indications:

  • i. Vomiting.
  • ii. Diarrhea.
  • iii. General body weakness.
  • iv. Dehydrated body.

It is not wise to conclude that the dog is suffering from the effects of cat food before getting help from the vet. Let the vet examine the dog first to ascertain whether these conditions are as a result of the cat food or not.

What makes the dog desire cat food?

This can be motivated by:

  • The love for the taste of the cat food.
  • A search of essential minerals not available in the dog’s body. They include taurine (amino acids) and arachidonic acids.


Keeping the dog from eating the cat food is a simple thing. Just a little practice and everything will turn out to be fine. Cat food is not the best choice for the dog’s body, hence the need to restrict access all the time. Where possible, the dog should not even taste the cat food, unless under the strict guidelines and supervision of the vet. Keep your dog healthy by feeding it exclusively on dog food.