What to Do if Your Dog Only Eats Cat Food

Does your dog have a strange habit of only eating cat food, which leaves nothing left for your poor cat to eat? There isn’t really a need to overthink this. Your dog is most likely eating the cat food because either he is spoilt or the cat food simply tastes a lot better than whatever dog food you give to him.

For health and diet reasons, it’s important to prevent your dog from eating the cat food. Dogs and cats have different dietary needs and pet food in general is formulated to meet the needs for whatever animal the food is designed for. Cats require more of meat-based protein diet than dogs. As a result, you might find that cat food has a higher concentration of meat than dog food. This could be one reason why your dog likes to eat cat food so much.

To prevent this behavior from your dog moving forward, we would first suggest to review your dog’s diet and make sure he is getting everything that he needs on a daily basis. Sometimes, dog may try to eat food that aren’t for them due to health or dietary issues. For example, if the majority of the dog’s diet is based on kibbles and the cat gets wet food then it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see your dog trying to eat some of the cat food.

You could also try feeding the dog and cat in different areas. For cats, you may want to consider higher surfaces, such as the kitchen counter, where the dog can’t easily reach. It may also help to teach your dog the “leave it” command. Once you master this command, you can teach your dog to ignore the cat food whenever he tries to approach it.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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