Did your cat and dog switch food bowls? Don't let it happen too regularly.
Cats and dogs may both be carnivores, but they have distinct nutritional needs.
Cat food is specially designed to cater to the specific requirements of felines, boasting a higher protein content and more taurine, an amino acid vital for cats that they can't synthesize themselves. In contrast, dog food might not supply enough of these essential nutrients for your cat's well-being.
Now, if your cat nibbles on a bit of dog food every so often, it's generally not a cause for concern. In moderation, dog food can offer some nutritional perks to cats. For instance, certain dog food brands pack extra vitamin E, which can give your cat's immune system a little boost.
But a steady diet of dog food or large portions of it could lead to malnutrition in the long run because it lacks certain vitamins and minerals that cats need to thrive. Plus, while the occasional snack might be okay for healthy adult cats without underlying health issues (like kidney disease), it's not the best choice for kittens or elderly or unwell felines.
The bottom line? While it's technically safe-in-moderation for healthy adult kitties, let's not make a habit of offering them the canine cuisine too frequently.