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Is cat food bad for dogs?

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Pet food manufacturers formulate cat food to meet the nutritional needs of cats, so feeding a dog a consistent diet of cat food will lead to deficiencies and possible health problems. The occasional cat food treat will not harm a dog, nor will it become ill if it accidentally eats cat food.

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Cat food is high in protein and fats, and the amount of protein in cat food is too high for most dogs to digest properly. Feeding a dog a diet of cat food will eventually lead to problems with digestion, including vomiting and diarrhea.

Cat treats are perfectly fine to feed a dog or use as incentive rewards during training. However, any dog that vomits or seems to have gastrointestinal problems afterward should avoid eating any type of cat food.

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