Ask Seth: Dogs and Cat Food

Hi Seth, I'm hoping you could help me with a problem.  Recently, my dog is eating cat food.  I tried putting the food up on my cat's steps that she uses to get on my bed, but because she has arthritis, going up and down the steps was difficult for her.  Do you have any suggestions?  And, is cat food bad for dogs?  BTW, my dog is a cocker spaniel mix. Thank you, Rae V.

Cat food is not necessarily bad for dogs but has a different composition designed for cats.  Cat food can cause gastrointestinal upset and even pancreatitis in dogs that eat a lot of it.  Here are a few tips to keep the dog out while letting your older arthritic cats to have free access to the food.

  1. Place a small dog door in the door where the food is located that the cat can fit through, but not the dog.   Similar to the ones that allows cats to go outside through.
  2. My family put the cat food in the laundry room and installed a slatted door (they kind of look like shutters) and removed one slat until the cat could fit and not the dog.
  3. You can get the swing door baby gate and place that 5 inches off the ground,  limiting the access to the room by the dog while letting the cat sneak under with ease.
  4. Look into a door propping device.  This allows you to keep the open just a few inches and the cat can get to the food.

One of these adjustments will work for you and keep both your cat and you happy.

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2 Responses

  1. Rae Valverde says:

    Thank you for the response Seth. I am trying the gate, and I like the idea of cutting out slats so the cat can still roam the rest of house. Rae

  2. Bill says:

    We have a 100lb Chocolate Lab & two cats. Our solution: Carlson 0941PW Extra-Tall Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door $49 ON AMAZON. The pet door is big enough for a cat but too small for most dogs.

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