Is cat food bad for dogs?
Most dogs find cat food very tasty. They will certainly not leave it to empty the cat food bowl, if this opportunity arises. But although dogs love the cat food, it is not wise to feed a dog. Cat food lacks important ingredients and nutrients that are very important to a dog. A cat is a real meat-eater, in addition to meat, a dog also needs a small amount of vegetables every day. The dog is actually a ‘meat-plus’ eater. If the dog has secretly eaten a little bit of cat food, then that is not good, but fortunately it can not be that bad. It becomes a different story when a dog regularly eats large amounts of cat food. In that case it can have very harmful effects on the health of the dog.
Cat food is not tailored to dogs
Cat food is tailored to the nutritional needs of a cat and not to that of a dog. It contains other ingredients and has a different composition. Cat food contains less vegetables, more salt and a larger amount of meat and is much richer in protein. Cats can easily process and break down these large amounts of salt and proteins, not a dog. The organs of a dog have much more difficulty with this. If the proteins are taken often and in large quantities, they will accumulate in the organs and can lead to serious kidney problems and cause serious damage to the dog’s health. The lack of important nutrients, vitamins and minerals can also seriously damage the health of the dog. It will reduce the resistance of the dog, it inhibits growth and development and it can damage the organs.