Will you give in to your
Today’s post will look into the risks of giving your
I’m holding a treat now and my
cat’s begging me for it.
Ok, if you’re in that situation right now, then you should consider two things: distract or let kitty nibble on a few bits. Treats should be measured as part of a
Now dogs and cats have specific calorie requirements. The larger and more active canines will need more calories to keep up with their lifestyle. Dog treats may help maintain a dog’s energy levels.
Meanwhile, cats are designed to hunt and fast. So constant feeding is not encouraged for feline care. Occasional
Dog treats don’t necessarily have those benefits with them so giving your
Can cats eat dog food?
In bulk, dog food may cost less than
Cat food should incorporate more protein and the fresher the protein, the chunkier the meat, and the less processed, the more expensive it gets.
While there are
Can cats eat beef jerky?
So we’ve settled on the fact that cats are carnivores so the dog-favorite treat jerky should be ok to give to cats, right? Beef or chicken jerky are meat-based, but also laden with salt and preservatives.
While it may not hurt to let cats have a taste of the jerky your dog loves so much, it is wise not to get into the habit of giving your pets jerky as a treat. Yes, your canine friend will do well on a limited consumption of jerky too.
Cat food vs. dog food
Ever wondered if your cats and dogs can just share their foods? While it would sound more convenient to buy only a single bag of foods for your furry pals, it’s good to know what components make these food options different:
- Vitamin A vs. beta carotene: Dog food makes do with beta carotene to maintain clear vision, but cats require Vitamin A. Dogs can easily convert beta carotene during digestion to get the Vitamin A that they require, something which cats can’t easily do.
- Taurine: Cats are more likely candidates of falling short of taurine owing to their largely fish-prominent diet. Taurine deficiency not only affects a
cat’s vision but can also lead to heart disease. Meanwhile, dogs can make their own taurine.
- Essential fatty acids: Like taurine, dogs can make fatty acids like arachidonic acid. Cats, on the other hand, will need supplementation of this essential fatty acid through
- Protein: Dogs are omnivores so they don’t have to consume protein levels as high as cats do.
Can cats eat bones?
Dogs aren’t the only ones who will jump at the chance to chew on some bones. Cats, being the carnivores they are, can devour their prey whole, bones included.
Chewing on some bones can be good for your
The danger is in giving cats cooked bones which can splinter and cause digestive problems. With that, raw bones are preferred as long as it is from fresh meat to avoid contamination with bacteria. Bones for dogs may also contain preservatives.
Dog bone-shaped treats may also come with potential allergens for cats such as peanut butter-laden dog bones and cheese-flavored dog treats.
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Can dogs eat fish skin and fish flakes?
If you prefer to give your feline and canine friends the same treats, you may want to lean towards your
Adding fish to a dog’s diet may even contribute to a longer lifespan. Fish treats are for cats and dogs, too. These are grain-free and rich in omega fatty acids and other essentials for a healthy coat or fur.
Can cats eat sweets?
While sugar is not toxic to cats, too much can lead to weight issues. Cats eating candy may result in diarrhea, vomiting, or an upset stomach. They may lick a bit of an ice cream cone, but lactose intolerant cats will have gastrointestinal problems eating ice cream, as do dogs.
Chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs. If you have a sweet tooth, you will want to eat your chocolate bar in secret as chocolate can cause seizures and death in cats as well as dogs.
Are there treats dogs and cats can enjoy?
When your furry friends are fighting like cats and dogs over treats, opt for a compromise. There are treats made for multi-pet households. These treats should be packed with protein and are grain-free.
Liver is good for both dogs and cats, but only in small amounts. Cats consume organs of the animals they prey on. However, too much liver can cause Vitamin A toxicity. For dogs, just three servings of liver a week may lead to bone problems.