This morning began as many mornings do, with Jen looking to me and asking, “What do you want to write about today, Rumpy?”
But this morning I was busy watching the cats eating their breakfast, and plotting a way to get a taste for myself.
Then it hit me: Why not write about why dogs love cat food?
Cats are carnivores and require a protein-rich diet, while dogs are omnivores and require more fiber in their diet. But dogs like the taste of meat, so they’re going to want to have a taste of the cat’s food. (OK you raw diet feeders, don’t go preaching now)
Did you know that some people feed only cat food to their dogs? It’s not a good idea. Why? Because the mix of high protein, high calories, and high fat is bad for a dog’s gastrointestinal tract and lends to obesity.
It’s also bad to feed your cat only dog food, because cats require certain nutrients that dogs can produce themselves, such as Taurine and Arachidonic acid. Did you know that a diet of only fish is also bad for cats, because fish lacks Taurine? It’s true. A cat whose diet lacks that vital amino acid can develop hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an abnormally enlarged left ventricle of the heart.
Dogs can get Vitamin A from carotene, whereas a cat needs the real thing. A cat that eats only dog food will suffer, and may even die, from a diet lower in protein than needed.
Now before you panic, we’re talking about a regular diet here. If your dog gets into the cat food, he might have an upset tummy, but that’s probably not life-threatening. And if your cat decides to help your dog eat his food, that’s not going to hurt kitty.
But it is best to feed your dog or cat foods specially formulated for them.