High protein, grain free air-dried raw food for dogs and cats
Due to the fact that dogs need a special balance between fat, fiber and protein, cat food does not meet up the nutritional needs of dog food.
Cat kibble is higher in protein than most dog kibble, but usually not by that much. If you compare the ingredients, you wouldn’t be able to tell one from the other. Taurine is essential to cats, it’s naturally occurring and won’t hurt dogs. If I see a bag of good quality cat/kitten food on sale, I’ll buy it for my Lab. It’s a protein boost. I use it as a snack or mixed in with her regular kibble.
We're a pretty picky bunch too (our suppliers say our uncompromising standards are even more demanding than most of the human food companies they work with). We only make products that we're excited to feed to our own cats and dogs, that they’re excited to eat, and that make a meaningful, positive difference in their lives. Anything less wouldn't be worth all the bother.
Petcurean: Premium Pet Food for Dogs and Cats
Freshpet | Natural Pet Food and Treats for Dogs & Cats
It is okay to feed the dog food to cats and vice versa, but it should not be for every meal (intermittent feeding only). Our cat foods were formulated for cats and the dog food for dogs, but we often interchange foods with our dog and cats frequently. Dogs and cats are part of the carnivora family which means they are meat eaters at heart. We geared all of our formulas with this in mind. There are differences between the dog food and cat food. For instance, we add taurine (an essential amino acid for cats) to the cat food but not the dog food. A dog’s body produces taurine from the food it eats whereas as a cat cannot do it as efficiently. There is naturally occurring taurine in the meat, so there will be natural taurine in all formulas.The question of whether it’s safe for dogs to eat cat food comes up fairly often in homes where dogs and cats live together because it’s often difficult to keep the dog out of the cat food.According to AAFCO's standards, a dog's diet should be comprised of between 18 and 22 percent protein, compared to 26 to 30 percent for a cat. A cat is an obligate carnivore, meaning her protein should come from animal-based sources. Animal meat provides a cat the amino acids she needs for her good health -- particularly taurine, a vital amino acid found only in animal protein. One of the other many differences between cat and dog dietary requirements and food is fat content. Cat food tends to have a higher fat content; fats are not only a good source of energy for a cat, but provide fatty acids and help absorb fat-soluble vitamins.Cat f ood and dog food have different formulations because cats and dogs have different nutritional requirements. Cats are obligate carnivores—they must eat meat in order to maintain their health—while dogs are omnivores, which means they eat both meat-based foods and plant-based foods to fulfill their nutritional requirements.