The food of cats and the food of dogs have a very different nutritional balance. Both cats and dogs have different needs and that is why there are croquettes specially designed for each of them and even for each of the different stages of development.
Dog food contains beta-carotene (its organisms make it into vitamin A), while cat food is composed of vitamin A and taurine which is a necessary amino acid for cats but dogs produce it naturally so food for these does not contain such substance.
Cat foods contain a much larger amount of protein and fat. This makes the dogs love the taste but that does not mean that they can eat it because besides that it will not cover their nutritional requirements, it can lead to kidney or liver damage.
The diet for cats should contain more fat and protein than that of dogs. Although there are cats that can live with low intakes of protein, it is not the most appropriate for their health.
In short, cats are carnivores by nature, while dogs are omnivorous.
Diet for cats should contain more fat and protein
Can the cat like the dog’s food and eat it from time to time? If you provide it as a daily diet what will happen is that you cause poor nutrition since the protein levels in dog food do not meet the needs of cats.
Likewise, dogs that like to eat cat food may like the taste of cat food a lot. But if it becomes a habit to eat, it can cause a lot of damage due to the lack of nutrients necessary for its development or excess of proteins that it does not need. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea and ultimately can lead to liver or kidney damage.
Dog food contains beta-carotene, while cat food is composed of vitamin A and taurine
What to do if your dog likes cat food or vice versa?
The solution is to feed them separately at the same time and remove the cat food from the reach of your dogs.
Do not leave the food within reach of your pet throughout the day, but at the indicated time only.
Do not expect him to “understand” that he should not eat that food.
If it is a little difficult for you to teach them that they should not eat the other’s food then it is best to put them to eat at the same time but in different places.
As we already mentioned, for a dog the food of cats may know very well but it can do him much harm.
Do not forget to consult your trusted veterinarian to advise you on the best diet for your pet.