Is It Ok To Feed A Cat Dog Food
Dear Cat Lady Theresa: Thanks for your question about feeding your cat dog food. We have a few words of caution and maybe some ideas to try. Note that we are not veterinarians, but we do have six cats between us, so we can at least offer our own experiences as well as research on the topic.
Section: Why Shouldn’t Cats Eat Dog Food?
Section: How Can You Tell if Your Cat Is Healthy?
Section: Possible Causes of Bella’s Picky Eating
Section: What to Do About Bella’s Picky Eating
Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My cat Bella has not been eating her food. She has been picky. My husband and I have tried many times to switch her to a different brand but she won’t eat it. We tried the gravy stuff, still didn’t eat. We have read on some sites that if you have a dog you can feed the cat that dog food as long as it’s not an eel recipe because it will make her sick. Is this true? — Cat Lady Theresa
Cats and dogs are both carnivores, but they have different nutritional needs. Cats need more protein than dogs do and rarely need to eat carbohydrates (the exception being when they’re pregnant or nursing). Dogs are omnivores who can digest carbs well, but their bodies are better suited to digesting grains and vegetables than cats’. This means that dog food isn’t necessarily a good alternative for your cat if she’s missing out on vital nutrients like taurine or arachidonic acid.
That said, there are a few situations where it may make sense to feed your cat dog food:
- You just got back from a trip where the only thing available in the airport was hot dogs wrapped in aluminum foil—and you really want one right now because you’re starving!
- You’ve been stranded on an island with no other options for sustenance besides raw fish and coconuts. It’s worth noting that coconut milk is actually pretty nutritious (it contains potassium), although we wouldn’t recommend mixing it up as part of your daily diet unless there’s nothing else around except coconuts!
~Landon, Lady-Sasha, and Vera
Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require a diet of meat-based protein and fat. Dogs are omnivores, which means that their diets can include both animal- and plant-based protein. Cats are more sensitive to the quality of their food than dogs are because they need more nutrients from digestible sources than dogs do. Cats also have different nutritional requirements than dogs due to their unique physiology and digestive systems.
No! Cats should never be fed dog food unless they’re stranded in the wild during an emergency situation, and even then you should try to find cat food first.
The answer to this question is no. Cats should never be fed dog food unless they’re stranded in the wild during an emergency situation, and even then you should try to find cat food first.
Cats are carnivores, while dogs are omnivores. That means that cats need meat to survive while dogs can get their nutritional needs from plants and animals (including meat).
Cat food is formulated specifically for a cat’s unique nutritional needs: it contains high levels of protein, fat, and taurine (an amino acid) which are all essential for a healthy feline diet. On the other hand, dog foods contain different proportions of nutrients such as vitamin E and calcium; these nutrients may not be necessary for your cat’s health if he does not have any health issues caused by deficiencies in those nutrients.
We know it can be difficult to get kitties to try new things, but if you’re willing and able to put in the time and effort it takes to find the perfect cat food for your feline friend, we guarantee you’ll succeed. Cats are picky eaters who need high-quality nutrition. Don’t settle for second-best!