Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

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Dogs have dog food and cats have cat food. It all seems simple until your pooch finds a way to get to your cat’s food bowl and gobbles all that cat food up. But is cat food toxic to dogs? And can cat food be used as a replacement for dog food in a pinch?

Is cat food safe for dogs?

Cat food is not toxic to dogs. Your pup will be fine if it accidentally snacks on the cat’s food. However, it’s important that you do not feed your dog cat food on a consistent basis. Dogs need dog food for a reason—it has been carefully balanced to meet a dog’s required nutrition. And that is different from cats, who are carnivores.

Contrary to popular assumptions, dogs are omnivores, not carnivores, and their diet should consist of meat and some vegetables. Cats, on the other hand, are carnivores and must eat meat. So while a little cat food while not hurt your dog—in fact, they might seem to enjoy eating it—you should stick with the dog food that your vet recommends.

What are the risks of eating cat food?

If your dog gets into the cat bowl once or twice, you are probably fine. However, repeated consumption of cat food can lead to malnutrition and other health problems like obesity and pancreatitis. 

If your dog is lethargic, vomiting, having diarrhea, or in abdominal pain after eating cat food, you’ll want to consult your veterinarian right away. 

Tyler Kupcho
Author: Tyler Kupcho

Animal lover, proud husky parent. Writing Intern at DogFriendly.com

Tyler Kupcho
Author: Tyler Kupcho

Animal lover, proud husky parent. Writing Intern at DogFriendly.com

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