Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?


We all love our pets, but it’s important to be aware of some things that may affect them negatively. For example, can dogs eat cat food? The answer is yes—but it isn’t always a good idea. Let’s take a look at why this is the case and how to keep your dog away from the cat’s food bowl in the first place.

Can Dogs Eat Cat Food

Can Dogs Eat Cat Food

Cats are carnivores, while dogs are omnivores. Cats have different nutritional needs than dogs do. Carnivores need more protein and fat than omnivores like dogs do. Additionally, their bodies can’t produce taurine, an amino acid that cats need for a healthy heart but is not present in dog food (and shouldn’t be added to it).

Why Do Dogs Eat Cat Food

There are several reasons why dogs may eat cat food—the first being that it tastes good to them. Dogs will often eat other animals’ food when given the chance, just like cats do. Cat food is also a cheaper source of protein than most dog foods, so if your pet has a red hot hankering for something meaty and delicious (cat or otherwise), this might be the best option. Finally (and perhaps most tragically), some dogs have been known to steal cat food in order to supplement their own diet or because they simply want more food than they should be getting at meal time.

How to Keep Your Dog Out of the Cat Food Bowl

There are several ways to keep your pup out of the cat food bowl, including:

  • Putting the cat food in a high place where the dog can’t reach it.
  • Making sure that your dog cannot get to any food that’s been left out, especially if it’s cat food.
  • Preventing them from seeing you eating cat food.
  • Not leaving any cat or dog food lying around—either in bowls or bags.
Yes, they can, but they shouldn’t.

It is possible for dogs to eat cat food, but it’s not good for them. Cats are meat-eaters and dogs are omnivores. Their nutritional needs are different because they have different digestive systems, which process their food differently. Cat food contains taurine, an amino acid that helps with heart muscle contractions and eyesight in cats. Taurine is not found in dog food (or in most other types of pet food either), so it could be bad for your dog’s health if he eats too much cat food over time.

In addition to taurine, cats need other nutrients that aren’t found in dog foods: Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is an essential nutrient for both species; L-carnitine helps burn fat; folic acid helps build blood cells; B12 keeps nerves healthy; and choline supports brain development in infants like those who drink milk from their mothers’ bodies during gestation periods.[1]


If you have a dog that’s been eating cat food, it’s important to get them back on track with their regular food. If they start eating cat food regularly, your dog could develop a lot of health problems down the road. So make sure they don’t get into the cat food bowl unless they’re really hungry!





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