Dogs and cats are different, and so are their nutritional needs

Dogs and cats are different, obviously. They look so different that they have more in common with their wild cousins than the “sister or brother” with who they share love and attention from their owner. And their personalities are even more different than their look. So yes, they have very little in common.

Their nutritional needs are of course also different: Dogs need to eat dog food and cats need to eat cat food. Again, this might sound very obvious. But every owner who has a dog and a cat might wonder at times why he or she bothers buying two heavy bags of food of the same brand and the same flavor, when he or she spends so much time getting his dog’s teeth off the cat food and his cat’s paws out of the dog’s bowl. It looks as though the dog would happily eat cat food and the cat could just as happily eat dog food.

So what are the differences between cat’s and dog’s nutritional needs?

First, their energy needs are obviously different. Rarely do we see cats as active as dogs, or dogs as inactive as cats.

Next, and more importantly, they need different minerals and vitamins. Dogs need 22 amino acids, twelve of which they can produce themselves and ten that they must absorb from their food. Cats instead need 23 amino acids, and their body produce eleven of these amino acids: they therefore need to absorb the remaining eleven from their daily diets. To make things even more complicated, those eleven amino acids are somewhat different than the dog’s, and they cannot be absorbed from the same food. For example, while dogs can, cats cannot absorb vitamin A from herbal sources. Same thing with niacin and taurine. A cat being fed dog food will therefore lack certain vitamins and minerals.

Another difference: cats are considered pure carnivores while dogs are omnivores. For this reason, cats need a higher percentage of proteins than dogs.

Finally, urinary PH and ashes content need to be tracked very closely in cat food to avoid blockages.

While you should not panic if your dog eats your cat’s food, or your cat eats your dog’s food, you do need to make sure that they each have a bowl of food that meets every one of their specific nutritional needs.

You want to read more about the differences between cats and dogs? Here is how different their perspective on their life with you can be… :)

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary……
8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary…
Day 983 of my captivity… .

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomited on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am. Bastards.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’ I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.
The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now……… ……

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