Many people wonder what difference there is between a raw dog and cat food and here we answer some of your questions
Can cats eat dog food?
Yes, a cat can eat a small amount of a dog’s food and not have any toxicity or lasting effects. While a nibble of stolen dog food will not harm cats, it will definitely not help them achieve their best possible health.
What difference is there to a cats food compared to that of a dog?
Cats are obligate carnivores, this means that they require a diet of meat based proteins and various animal fats in order for all of their body systems to function correctly, however your dog is in fact an omnivores and have a much more flexible diet to fullfill their needs and can eat meats and vegetables.
How does a raw dog and cat food raw formula differ?
Cats experience taste differently to our dogs. Cats, unlike dogs, lack the ability to taste sweetness, and even the number of taste receptors are different between cats and dogs.
Cats have just 470 taste buds, while dogs have 1700
As cats are strict carnivores they require a very high level of protein from their meals, whilst many of the complete raw dog foods have a high protein level they don’t meat the cats requirements for protein intake.
Cats along with humans, don’t have the ability to create their own taurine.
Cats without taurine in their diets can suffer from, digestion problems, loss of vision and weakened hearts.
Raw cat foods include taurine to ensure that the cats needs are met.
In addition to taurine, a cat also cannot create Niacin (Vitamin B3) which is another essential organic compound of a Cats diet.
In a raw cat food, the main source of Niacin is animal tissue, this can be found in plants but in much lower concentrations. Grains found in some kibble dog foods contain niacin but not at sufficient levels to sustain a cat.
Arachidonic acid is a fatty acid that cannot be created by cats either—it must be ingested by them through their food.
Cats suffering from low arachidonic-acid levels have nonspecific signs of illness, such as:
Abnormal liver/kidney values
Occasionally, increased skin issues
Our dogs can create this fatty acid on their own, and therefore dog food is not routinely supplemented with it.
Vitamin A is yet another dietary element that cats cannot produce on their own and must have supplemented for them in their diet.
While raw dog foods do sometimes contain vitamin A supplements, these foods will never contain high enough amounts for optimal cat nutrition.
Cats suffering from a lack of vitamin A will have:
Poor quality coats
Muscle weakness and deterioration
Possible night blindness