Why is dog food bad for cats?

Asked By: Gust Klein
Date created: Thu, Dec 3, 2020 11:09 PM
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But dog food is not a substitute for cat food. They do have many of the same ingredients. But cat food is specially formulated for a cat's needs, which include more protein as well as certain vitamins and fatty acids. A steady diet of dog food can cause your cat to be severely malnourished.
Answered By: Gladys Greenholt
Date created: Sat, Dec 5, 2020 1:12 AM
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Just as it's dangerous to feed only cat food to dogs, cats cannot survive on dog food alone.

dog food lacks sufficient vitamin A and taurine, two nutrients cats need to live healthy lives.

dog food is also deficient in arachidonic acid and lacks the adequate meat-protein levels that cats need.

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It's fine for kittens to eat the occasional bite of puppy food, but they cannot subsist on it, mostly due to the lack of adequate taurine in dog and puppy food.

Therefore, commercial cat and kitten diets have supplemental taurine added.

Other than taurine, dogs and cats require the same essential amino acids.

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An occasional bite of dog food won't hurt your cat. But dog food is not a substitute for cat food. They do have many of the same ingredients. But cat food is specially formulated for a cat's needs, which include more protein as well as certain vitamins and fatty acids.
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An occasional bite of dog food won't hurt your cat.

But dog food is not a substitute for cat food.

They do have many of the same ingredients.

But cat food is specially formulated for a cat's needs, which include more protein as well as certain vitamins and fatty acids.

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Cats are "obligate carnivores" meaning their diets must be meat-based.

Cats have a higher protein requirement than dogs, and also must have an adequate supply of the amino acid called taurine in the diet.

However, it is important for your dog and cat to eat pet food that is formulated specifically for Cats or dogs.

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Here's why cats can't eat dog food: Dogs can make their own.

Many dog foods may be deficient in taurine, the result being a cat who suffers a devastating kind of heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

This also happens when cats eat a fish-only diet, since fish meat is so deficient in this amino acid.

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An occasional bite of dog food won't hurt your cat. But dog food is not a substitute for cat food. They do have many of the same ingredients. But cat food is specially formulated for a cat's needs, which include more protein as well as certain vitamins and fatty acids.
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