Unfortunately, not all dog owners delve into the particular feeding of their fourfold friend. Some of them, not finding on the shelf the right diet, acquire food intended for cats. Others - seeing that the dog eats “crackers” from the cat's bowl with pleasure, also gives him more liked food. In addition, smart dogs often gnaw their "meowing" comrades until the owner sees this "crime." But if you ask the vet if the dog can be given cat food, then any of them will respond negatively. How harmful are similar rations for representatives of another species?
Why Barbosa is not suitable Murkin feed
When selecting a suitable diet for a dog, the veterinarian takes into account the characteristics of the animal - its age, weight, quality of wool, food addictions and other factors. After all, not every dog fits the same feed. Food should provide the body with essential elements, be nutritious, healthy, balanced.
In addition, manufacturers develop numerous formulas, focusing on the needs of the animal species for which the product is intended. Therefore, it is not surprising that the composition for cats is not suitable for dogs. What indicators in animal feed vary widely?
The cat and dog, even with the same size, still belong to different biological species. Normal feline blood contains significantly more glucose. In this regard, these pets need frequent meals in small portions. Dogs are given food 1-2 times a day, usually this is a very satisfying meal, providing a feeling of satiety until the next dose.
Of course, these nuances are taken into account by the feed manufacturers, and if the dog constantly eats food for cats, then you can soon expect disruptions in the functioning of its body.
Taurine is a vital amino acid for cats that gives the animal energy and activity. In addition, it ensures the full functioning of the heart and protects the animal from cardiac diseases. Therefore, this component must be included in the composition of dry rations intended for cats.
But the dog's body does not feel the need for additional taurine, as it independently produces it in the right quantities. Eating food containing this amino acid can cause an oversupply and disturbances arising from this.
So that taurine is better absorbed in the feline body, and the level of acid in the stomach has increased, the feed is saturated with products containing large amounts of protein.
As it turned out, in the process of evolution, cats are more predators than dogs, and they require an increased amount of protein. Therefore, their food is not suitable for dogs, it can cause diseases of the digestive tract.
In addition, many decorative dogs suffer from allergies, which provokes protein.
Vitamin and mineral supplements
For barking pets, certain components are required in the right proportions, for purrs - others. Therefore, the balance of vitamins and minerals can be seriously disturbed if the animal does not consume its food at all. This condition can lead to the development of various diseases.
Watch the video and find out what happens if you feed the dog with cat food:
How to wean a pet from the cat diet
Often, dogs eat from a neighbor's bowl, not experiencing any particular predilection for what lies in it, just sincerely believing that it tastes better there. Puppies can be attracted by someone else's food solely because of natural curiosity. Having quickly eaten their own food, they will surely stick their nose to a leisurely chewing cat. Did not get a fight? So you can eat here too!
Dogs that have an excellent appetite and a penchant for overeating are similar in their behavior. They always have enough space in the stomach for a few handfuls of cat crackers. Also greed for food is often shown by dogs aimed at leadership in the house among pets, or puppies, which did not have enough provisions during their stay with their brothers and sisters.
Since dogs seldom consider cat food as a more delicious food, special weaning is not required, it is enough for the dog to restrict access to someone else's cup. The sooner this happens, the lower the risks of developing various pathologies and disorders.
Greater attention to the four-legged scoundrels is attracted by the economy-class fodder, which is rich in various flavor additives that the cat does not benefit. They should not feed a single pet, regardless of species.
When weaning, you can use the following recommendations:
- feeding the cat and the dog should be separate - give them food better in different rooms, and any theft should be stopped and immediately punished;
- It is possible to place bowls at different heights - dogs are not able to climb significant elevations, but for a cat it will not be difficult to stay even on a closet, so the problem will be solved by itself;
- dishes should remain empty after eating - as soon as the cat has eaten, the leftovers should be removed before the next meal.
In addition, the owner himself needs a certain organization. It is not necessary to give the pet food that does not suit him - the dog only needs dog food!
The life of a four-legged friend and its quality largely depend on the conditions of detention and proper nutrition. Therefore, the owner should not give the dog products that worsen her health, this category also includes cat food.