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Can Cats Eat Dog Food?

It would be a surprise to know that many cat owners feed their furballs dog food. But here are important reasons why cats should not be given dog food:

  • Many dog food products don’t contain vitamin A or don’t contain enough amounts required by cats on a daily basis. Unlike dogs, cats are unable to convert beta carotene into vitamin A that their body needs. 
  • While dogs can make their own taurine from their diet, while cats are unable to. Thus, they need sufficient quantities of taurine in their diets on a daily basis. Dog food tend to be deficient in this essential protein and if cats eat dog food every day instead of premium cat food, they can suffer from heart disease (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). 
  • Dog food may not contain arachidonic acid but this is an important nutrient for cats. 
  • Cats have very high requirements for protein. While there are some dog food products that contain very high levels of protein, most don’t have enough protein required by cats. Being on a low protein diet for a considerable length of time can have negative implications on a cat’s health and well-being. 

Consult your veterinarian Rochester, NY about the best way to meet your pet’s dietary needs. Visit this site for more information.

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