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Posted by: michelle | 2004/10/01

Puppy eating the cats food

I have a 2 month old Yorkie who has decided she would rather eat the cat's IAMS than her own Royal Canin puppy food. Could this be detrimental to her health in the long run?

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For a Yorkie, probably no (not detrimental). Try to get her to at least eat other food as well. Always remember though that a lot of research goes into commercial pet foods, and puppy foods have been put together in a very particular way, because it is the ideal combination of nutrients for that particular age and size of dog. This is of much greater importance in the large breed dogs where the correct diet must be fed to avoid joint and bone problems. That type of problem is uncommon or rare in small breeds like the Yorkie.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town

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Posted by: Lucia | 2004/10/01

Hi Michelle

It's not that bad for her but then again, cat food contains the right amount of goodies suited for cats and not for teeny, tiny little miss "almost nothings". She should stick to her own balanced brand of food which was formulated for doggies.

Here's a suggestion - the cat can jump - place his/her food on top of something where that little mouse cannot get to. Shouldn't be hard to find something - a stable milk crate with a platform on it would do just fine (the idea is for the cat to feel secure and not fall off from whatever you place the bowl on).

Enjoy that tiny bit of love and remeber, the better her diet, the longer she will be with you.

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