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Q: finicky dog, slobbery cat- Best solution for keeping the cat out of the dog food?

September 30, 2009 | By Kayla L. | 5 answers | Expired: 1831 days ago

Kayla L.

I have tried not free feeding the dog. I have tried adding canned to her food to get her to eat. My cat doesn't fear my yelling at him or "spankings" or the water bottle. He's stealthy and as soon as she walks away from the food, he'll eat it. Even the dry by itself, and he's trying to teach his sissy, Yue, to do the same thing.
How do you prefer to deal with these things?

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Oct 09, 2009

My kittens LOVED dog food. They would always steal the kibbles and lick them even though they were too big to eat. The reason? Most dog foods are very bland, but dog food companies make the kibble more enticing by spraying it with lard / animal fats. This makes the kibble smell and taste delicious (on the outside) which can tempt dogs and cats alike.
Your cat is probably just attracted to the "junk food" appeal of the dog kibble. It's like trying to get a 5 year old not to like candy. I would try switching to a more natural dog food that is both healthier and less tempting for the cat :]

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Jillian
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Oct 02, 2009

i wouldn't use spankings or a water bottle on a cat. cats respond best to rewards and using discipline can alter the outcome you were looking for.
do you feed them at the same time? is your dog truly hungry when you put her food down? try feeding them the same time, but in separate areas. cats usually prefer cat food b/c it has a richer taste. wet food is also more beneficial to cats, so if he isn't getting enough meat protein he's more likely to pick at your dogs food.

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Lori
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Oct 01, 2009

The only thing I can think of is to put the cats in the bathroom until the dog has had time to eat. My bird will steal my food if I let him, so I put him in the cage when I eat.

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Amber
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Oct 01, 2009

our cats used to get into our dog's food sometimes. we switched to a different kibble that was a different shape and size and the cats couldn't eat it.

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Mary C.
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Oct 01, 2009

Cats usually will only eat until their nutritional requirements are met, so my first question would be if the cats food is nutritional enough to satify him, if it is, then my response would be to just pick up the dog's dish when he walks away. You may have to stand by to monitor but eventually he may get the point!

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