I know dogs cannot eat cat food, but can cats eat dog food?
Topic: Synthesising sources of protein
July 15, 2019 / By Columbine Question:
And if not is the reason the same as it would be for a dog to eat cat food? I ask because recently our 1 cat has started eating our dog's dog food. I shoo him out, but if i leave the room the cat is right back in there.
Best Answers: I know dogs cannot eat cat food, but can cats eat dog food?
Bernice | 5 days ago
There are some who believe that it is all right to feed dog food to cats. There are others who feel that it is all right to feed cat food to dogs. It is time to set the record straight on the nutritional habits of our favorite furry family friends. "Cats are very peculiar in their dietary requirements," says Dr. Allan Paul, small animal Extension veterinarian at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine at Urbana. "They are not small dogs."
The first major difference between cats and dogs, explains Dr. Paul, is that cats are true carnivores, requiring a diet mainly of meat and meat products. Dogs are omnivores, having the ability to exist on a diet of meat and plant products.
"There are certain nutrients that cats need that can only be found in animal sources," claims Dr. Paul. "Dog foods are higher in grain products and lack some of these essential nutrients."
Taurine is an essential amino acid that is crucial for a cats health and is only found in animal tissues. Without taurine in the diet, cats can experience heart problems, blindness, and respiratory problems. Dr. Paul remarked that the blindness caused by a lack of taurine in the diet was first seen in cats that were fed strictly dog food.
The next nutrient Dr. Paul mentioned was vitamin A. Dogs have the ability to convert beta-kerotene to vitamin A. Cats on the other hand need pre-formed vitamin A in their diet, which can only be found in animal tissues.
Arachidonic acid, a necessary fatty acid, can be synthesized by a dog using linoleic acid. The cat is unable to do this and needs to ingest arachidonic acid in their diet. This, too, can only be found in animal tissues.
Finally, Dr. Paul stated that cats have a much higher protein requirement than dogs because they use protein as an energy source. "Because of all of these differences, you should not feed dog food to your cat," states Dr. Paul. "Because cat food is not formulated for dogs, you should not feed cat food to your dog. If you would like further information on this topic, contact your local veterinarian.
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Originally Answered: Do you think wet food is better for cats or dry food? Can I feed them both types of food?
Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingredient a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s, constipation, and a host of other problems. Male cats are especially prone to blockages
from dry food. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. ( Have a fat cat?)
An even bigger problem is that it IS dry and it dehydrates no matter how much your cat drinks
Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food. Cats are not naturally big drinkers.
95% of the moisture is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Think about it.
Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.
THE BEST CAT FOODS CONTAIN NO GRAINS NO BYPRODUCTS
Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters
Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck in between.
Please read about cat nutrition.
Prescription diets It is extremely rare that they should be fed
The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with the people pushing it on
them with their own research showing how great their food is. Who is going to spend money or research for animals these
days. The food companies that is who. Their research is designed not to hurt their bottom line
Believe me a company researching their own products are in it for profit
Some vets are behind the times when it comes to nutrition
but more are reading and becoming up to date
Times change information changes over time as more is learned. Please do your research
. Notice grants for for this nutritional class in a vet school
Hills Science Plan, a pet-food brand owned by Colgate-Palmolive, boasts that: 'More vets feed Hills than any other pet food.'
Last year, Hills sponsored the British Veterinary Association's 2009 Congress (the biggest meeting on the veterinary calendar).
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It's not exactly harmful, but dog food doesn't have as much protein as cat food. Also cat food contains taurine, which if a cat does not have it in its diet, the cat can go blind. Another different is that cats are carnivores and dogs can eat meat and plants. A few nibbles won't hurt as long as kitty eats its own food also. Also, free choice is not necessary for dogs or cats. Kitty may be just trying out the dog food and this may not last.
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If cats eat ONLY dog food, I've heard that it can cause blindness because of a certain vitamin lacking. Not sure how true that is, but I wouldn't risk it. It's fine if they eat a bit of each others food, mine do that all the time. However, they should primarily be eating their own food. The two foods are designed for two different animals, and you want your pets getting the best nutrition for their own species.
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I'm not completely sure, but I would guess it isn't that harmful. The reason dogs can't eat cat food is because of the taurine, but dog food doesn't have that kind of an additive that would make cats sick.
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Originally Answered: Can i change my cats food to something else?
From my research, I think the best manufactured cat foods are Newman's Own Organic, Wellness, Royal Canin and Nutro.
Here's a site you can use to educate yourself on reading cat food labels. I hope it helps you pick a good, healthy food http://www.buzzle.com/articles/the-healt...
This guy has done a ton of research and lists the good and less desirable brands here: http://www.hugsandstitches.com/petfood.h...
If none of the healthy foods are available where you live, you do have the option of having some shipped to you. Life's Abundance is one I highly recommend.