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24/06/2016, 12:00

Is your dog a cat food addict?

If you asked a dog what their favorite food was, we’re pretty sure that nine times out of ten they would say “cat food”. For some reason, no other non-dog food seems as attractive to pups as cat food.

To many dog owners, this insatiable need to devour cat food seems a little odd. I mean, cat food and dog are basically the same, right? On the surface, cat food and dog food do share a very similar appearance, but on the inside, there are some major differences.

As some of you may know, cats are obligate carnivores, not omnivores. This means that in order to survive they need to have meat as their main food source. 

Dogs, on the other hand, are omnivores and need more fiber than a carnivore’s diet can provide.

But if dog food has meat in it too, why do they find cat food so appealing? We’re not 100% sure of the reason behind this, but it could have something to do with the higher protein content and the impact it has on the flavor of cat food.

While cat food isn’t necessarily bad for dogs, too much of a good thing can make them sick. Think of cat food like cake for dogs; while having a little bit once in a while is fine, if it becomes a regular in your diet there will be negative results.

Since dogs are not designed to eat the protein-rich diet of cats, regular consumption of cat food can cause diarrhoea and vomiting as well as long-term issues such as liver and kidney problems.

If your dog has an iron stomach and a love for cat food, using a few pieces of kibble as a treat every once in a while is fine. However, if you notice your dog is experiencing some GI-issues after the treat, cut it out of their diet completely. Unfortunately, some dogs just can’t handle such protein-rich foods.

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