Most people are familiar with the greedy cartoon cat Garfield who’ll eat anything you put in front of him, and then some. Unfortunately, our real life kitties can also be incredibly voracious eaters who will try to eat more than the cat food we put out for them. In homes where cats and dogs live together this can be a problem if the feline starts to eat the pooch’s food.
It’s not just the fact that having your cat eat your dog’s food is going to hike up your pet food costs, but it can actually cause your kitty problems when they eat dog food. Their diet is very specific and requires nutritional boosts of taurine, arginine, and important amino acids that keep them healthy. Dog food doesn’t contain any of those elements because it’s tailored to the dietary needs of canines, and often includes cereal that has no benefit for cats.
Thankfully, it’s not very difficult to stop this from happening and making sure your cat is satisfied with their food, whether that’s regular dry or wet food or occasional treats like Temptations, which are great for boosting your cat’s nutrition while staving off their desire to snack on dog food. The guide below offers some top tips for how to stop your cat from eating dog food.
Invest in an automatic pet food feeder
A simple way to stop your cat getting into your dog’s meal is to buy them both automatic pet feeders that dispense food at a specific time of day. Put feeders far apart from each other, and time them to feed at the same point every day. It’ll take a little patience to get both your cat and dog used to the schedule but eventually they will, and hopefully your cat will stick to their feeder and by the time they’re finished your dog will have eaten its dispensed food.
Watch your dog while you feed him
Another easy way to prevent your cat from eating dog food and making sure it eats cat food only is to watch your dog when you feed it. Dogs love to eat and do so quickly, so this won’t take a huge chunk of time out of your day. And it means you’ll know that your dog’s bowl is empty so that your cat won’t have any choice but to eat the cat food you’ve left out.
Keep your cat’s appetite at bay with treats
For an inexpensive way to make sure your kitty only eats her dinner and isn’t hungry for the food of its canine companion, buy a bag of cat treats. A great example is Temptations, because they have only two calories per piece and have an ideal mix of all the nutrition that your cat needs. When they snack on a few of these, kitties won’t even be thinking about dog food.
Experiment with cat food varieties
One reason your cat might not be eating its food is that it doesn’t like the flavor or texture. Experiment with different types of wet and dry food until you find one that they like. It’ll be pretty obvious that they’re a fan of the brand when they rush over at feeding time and clean their bowl, because cats tend to pick at their food throughout the day instead of gulping it down at once.
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