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Q: will it hurt my chihuahua to eat cat food?

June 2, 2009 | By tina :. | 12 answers | Expired: 2020 days ago

will it hurt my chihuahua to eat cat food?

we bought him dog chow but he keeps eating catfood only, will this hurt him?

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Catdog101
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Jun 05, 2009

it shouldnt hurt him at all, but it could possibly be he likes the flavor of the cat food better.
look for different brands and go through the different flavors for dog food. a great food is natural choice but it is expensive. a good brand that works as a substitute for natural choice is diamond.
i hope my advice helped.

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Ginger G.
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Jun 04, 2009

Dogs should never eat cat food & cats should never eat dog food. There are many brands of dog food out there. Keep trying until you find one your dog likes & stop feeding your dog the cat food.

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Midwestwoman
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Jun 03, 2009

No on occasion by accident, but yes, on a regular basis. Cat food is higher in fat and protein, which makes it tastier to dogs, but not good for them.

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Justine B.
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Jun 03, 2009

My vet told me to make sure to keep the cat food away from the dog.Put it up higher where the dog can't get to it. May cause stomach and skin problems. I have a 110lb dog, I think a little dog like yours with such a small stomach would have more problems especially.
I think the best dog food is Natural Balance by Dick Van Patten..They make a fish and potato flavor that the dog loves and it smells like cat food!! I switched him a year ago and he's healthier then ever.

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Ethel02
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Jun 02, 2009

Yes it will hurt him, he won't e getting the proper nutrients , get a good quality dog food, some smell better than what I cook, and I'm guessing taste better to, one of my dogs favs, is blue buffalo, holistic, they have it in petsmart now, she love the Salmon with sweet potato & asparagus.

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m s.
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Jun 02, 2009

Find out from a Chihuahua expert what a Chihuahua's diet consists of -- what are the must-haves for Chihuahuas to live a healthy nutritious life. The fact that he likes cat food means that it is tasty -- it probably will not hurt the chihuahua. Find out what is best exclusively for Chihuahuas.

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Norrie
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Jun 02, 2009

Watch out if he starts to purr!

Seriously , you need to try other dog foods on him, there must be something similar but made for dogs.

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Yang Q.
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Jun 02, 2009

Between cat's food and dog's food,they are not the same as the nutrient composition.If your dog sometimes eats cat food,it doesn't matter.But if often eats,can let your dog malnutrition or fat.This is not conducive to the healthy growth of your dog.

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Roudygirl22
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Jun 02, 2009

I also wanted to add that I mix my dogs food with a very little amount of wet food with his dry food, just to give it some juiciness and he gobbles it up, and we have to watch the cat food or put it up when the cats not eating to prevent theo from getting into it. If your able to do that.

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Roudygirl22
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Jun 02, 2009

Immediatly, no but like one other said over the long run it can cause issues, dog and cat foods are specially formulated for that specific animal, and if he fills up on the cat food and won't eat his own he'll be missing out on the nutrition he needs.

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