If your household is like mine, it’s challenging when you have cats and dogs that enjoy eating each other’s food. This can create problems for cat health, though, if left unchecked.
Pets enjoy anything that’s new, including new food in a new bag. For pets on a special diet, it’s important to monitor his intake to ensure he’s getting the maximum benefit from the new food regimen. When another pet eats the special diet, it can be a problem for both.
When Cat Is Eating Dog’s Food
In cases where the cat moves quicker and gets to the dog’s food before the dog does, it may be necessary to feed your dog in a different room. Close the door to keep the cat from entering. Cats can jump over gates, so closed doors are one sure way to keep them out of the room while your dog eats.
When Dog Is Eating Cat’s Food
When the situation is reversed and the dog is eating your cat’s food, put your cat’s food dish up high enough so your dog can’t reach it but your cat can.
Another option is installing a baby gate to prevent your dog from getting access to your cat’s food. Gates with a smaller door for cats to pass through work very well, especially if your cat isn’t able to jump to a higher spot for meals.
Although it’s definitely NOT recommended to feed your dog a steady diet of cat food, some can satisfy dog’s nutritional needs for a very short time.
It is important to note that this does NOT work in reverse. Cats have very specific nutritional needs. They cannot get the vitamins and minerals they need to stay healthy with a steady diet of dog food. In order to maintain cat health, they must have a diet specifically developed for felines.
If you have questions about nutritional needs of your cat or dog, check with a certified veterinary nutritionist.