Another reason as to why dog food is bad for cats is the lack of enough moisture.
The majority of dogs and cats in the United States eat food and treats manufactured specifically for their particular species (i.e., dogs eat dog food and cats eat cat food). As a holistic veterinarian, I focus highly on the quality of nutrients entering my patients’ bodies and strive to get them eating whole-food-based diets with the same grade of nutrients as we humans consume. By providing their pets with commercially available dry and moist foods and treats, owners are lulled into a false sense of security that their pet’s best health is being served.
If our families are eating healthier, fresher foods, why shouldn’t our dogs and cats? We make our meals with fresh, all natural ingredients, gently cooked in our Freshpet Kitchens and refrigerated for freshness.
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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.For starters, the ingredients found in dog food aren’t in any way dangerous or unhealthy for your feline furball. On the contrary – they offer just as much nourishment and nutrition as any food should offer. Unfortunately, the amounts of nutrition in dog food do not meet a cat’s essential need of proper nourishment.Before we start with the details, here’s a quick fact – most cats won’t even be tempted to taste dog food, let alone munch on it on regular basis.Supermarket cat food and even the exclusive veterinary brands are not what nature has intended for our felines to eat. If a cat eats from a dog’s food bowl that was comprised of raw meat, vegetables, and a few grains the cat would have a potentially adequate nutrient base. Yet there is much more of a difference between diets for dogs and diets cats if they are consuming a dry kibble diet.