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How Safe is Cat Food For Dogs? Can A Dog Indulge in Cat Food?

Cats and dogs are known to be unfriendly. Cats are often chased by dogs as they consider cats to be a sumptuous meal for them. We may pet both the animals but feeding similar food to both the animal may not be a very good idea.


Cat food and dog food bear similarities in certain ingredients but poles apart in real product. There are certain points to be kept in mind while feeding a dog with cat food:

  • First of all, it is not a good idea to feed your dog with cat food. Cat food is high in protein and dogs don’t need high protein foods. Once or twice can be an exception but regular feeding with the cat food can lead to nutritional issues. So it is not recommended to make it a habit to give cat food to dogs.
  • Apart from the protein level, the cat foods also contain high content of fats which is a dietary requirement for the cats. But dogs don’t need high level of fats in their food. This will to imbalance in nutrition and cause obesity in dogs. Hence cat food is harmful for dogs.
  • The vitamin and mineral level in cat food is not beneficial for dogs. Hence it is not a good idea to feed dogs with cat food.
  • Dog requires high content of carbohydrates which is not present in desirable content in cat food. Dogs need more energy than cats and so carbohydrate in their food is a must.

The issue can be sorted in households which pet both cats and dogs. It is advisable to feed both the animals in separate rooms so that cat food is not accessible to the dog and the problem is also sorted.

Here we go finally with the conclusion that dogs should not be given cat food. The effects can be serious and fatal in the long run.

Dogs can be given cat food only as a treat. Rare it means. Habitual giving of cat food is definitely not a good idea unless you want your dog to grow fat. But other than fat, cat food can pose serious health problems to the dogs.

Cat food is desirable to a dog as it is high in fat and protein. But high calorie food is bad for the dogs as we know by now. So to get rid of the nutritional imbalances, it is better to stick to the respective foods for cats and dogs. This is the best option to avoid complications and give a healthy life to your pet. After all, only keeping a pet is not enough. But taking good care in terms of feeding them is also vital. So opt for the best for your pets as they too are a part of your family.




Hailing from Delhi, Prateek Tiwari is an avid animal lover who believes in Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” A graduate in Biotechnology, he has vast knowledge about different breeds of pets and pet food that are both nutritious and promote healthy growth. In order to make people aware about pets and pet care, he shares his expertise through his blog posts.

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