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Old 02-17-2011, 08:53 PM   #11
 
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Typically it's the food that's bad for us that's bad for them. Sure, you've got things like grapes that are toxic to dogs, but on the whole if you're eating healthy meats and vegetables, so can your pets. That twinkie that's bad for you is also bad for Fido. Most grains and breads are useless and harmful to us, and also to our pets. Many dog foods are also just bread and bones, so don't think that those dog foods are always good for your dog, either.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:01 PM   #12
 
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I feed my Sunfish hotdogs at the weekend as a treat. And i also feed my mollies & platys peas every now and again.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:55 PM   #13
 
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I sometimes give mine regular food. My dog loves anything and everything, but I don't allow her to have it as often as I used to. Now she knows that if there's food out in the kitchen, she has to be out of the room. Occasionally I put some bits in her food, and she loves any kind of fruit we have. She'll just go out to the garden, hop the fence, and graze on plums, apples, and any boysenberries that she can get to without getting pricked.

As for my cats, one doesn't care for anything but his food because he was a stray and has never had any "people food" before. The other is a garbage gut. She loves anything and everything, including my fishes' algae wafers, shrimp pellets, and crisps. She comes charging in chattering at me when she hears the tank cupboard open, the little brat. Admittedly I don't help the problem. She's just so darn cute with her huge owl eyes staring at me that I can't resist giving her tidbits.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:00 AM   #14
 
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ya same with my cat drew she will eat my fish food if she can get to it,my oldest cat maxs steals my cheetos and chips or anything he can get, and lexy only eats cat food most of the time except when shes eating french fries she goes nuts!
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:01 PM   #15
 
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Dogs and cats are carnivourus. They eat most of the time. In nature they graze on grass, but they don't necassary eat the grass. for the cats, we just give them raw meat and fish.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:41 PM   #16
 
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ya it is so funny
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:42 PM   #17
 
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Typically it's the food that's bad for us that's bad for them. Sure, you've got things like grapes that are toxic to dogs, but on the whole if you're eating healthy meats and vegetables, so can your pets. That twinkie that's bad for you is also bad for Fido. Most grains and breads are useless and harmful to us, and also to our pets. Many dog foods are also just bread and bones, so don't think that those dog foods are always good for your dog, either.

Totally agree here. There are a few foods on the "toxic to dogs" list but as a rule, healthy foods are healthy foods. My dogs often enjoy a meat left overs as long as I have not added a bunch of salt or anything. Also, my dog that just had major surgery was taking 6 pills a day. He gobbled them down in a bit of chicken vegetable soup. It was home made and not full of salt and crap.

I do also give my dogs kibble. I use the grain free foods and supplement with a bit of lowfat, plain yogurt and some meats and veggies.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:24 PM   #18
 
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I know this thread is over a month old, but I felt like I really wanted to chime in. I have worked in the vet industry for many years from kennel work, to dog training, to rescue & foster, to vet tech work, even use to run a dog & cat advice line via the internet.

As far as table scraps go for pets, it isnt the greatest idea. However, some foods work great, even as staples, while other human food can cause anything from obesity to upset stomaches to death.

In the vet world, if a dog has an upset stomach (as in it has been having runny feces or vomiting), the best food to feed is boiled white rice, baked or pan seared chicken breast (boneless and skinless), and either peas or green beans or carrots....all seasoning free with no added flavors like butter, oils, or sugars.

The biggest issue with giving a dog (or cat) table scraps is the seasonings humans use to flavor their food, most of these are harmful in various ways to our pets. Once in a while (like once a week or less) it is okay to give your pet a little something they normally shouldnt get in their doggie or kitty diet... like that little piece of steak you didnt eat.

Another prime reason not to feed pets table scraps is that they taste so much better than their kibble, and sometimes will refuse to eat what they are suppose to if they know they can convince you to give them the rest of your food or such.

Dogs and cats have stomaches that are not designed to digest most of the foods humans can digest (just like our bodies cant digest wet dog food due to the high portions of ground animal bones). And dog and cats have specific dietary needs that they cannot get from human food.

Is it okay to give your cat the juice of the can of tuna you opened to make yourself lunch? Yeah, once in a while, but it can and will give your cat the runs...which can lead to dehydration.

Is it okay to give your dog a piece of cheese, a spoon of peanut butter, or that hot dog you accidentally dropped? Yeah, again though, only once in a while or when having to give medicine if you dont know how to give pills without the treat.

Is proper dog and cat food the best source? Yes it is.
Canned/wet dog and cat food however come with their own issues...
Canned cat food is higher in nutrients and is great in the right cases, however always feeding it can cause gum disease and loss of teeth (same in dogs).

Even grocery store or Walmart bagged dog food can come with its own issues...always compare nutrition lables and ingredients...you want a meat to be the first thing listed, not a grain or corn.

Allowing a cat to eat dog food is bad as it doesnt have enough protein for cats, and cat food is bad for dogs because it has too much protein for them.

And just a few reminders...
Always have you pet spayed or neutered to help control the pet population and to prevent cancers that can occur if left intact.
Always provide fresh clean water for your pet, and get your dog or cat to the vet at least once a year for a check up and their shots.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:47 AM   #19
 
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Great post!

Hehe I'm guilty of feeding my cat dog food in the past, but it's only happened a few times when I've run out of cat food and couldn't make it to the store.

With the thing about wet cat food causing tooth/gum issues... what about mixing it with dry food? That's what I've always done with my cat. I worry about feeding dry food only because my cat will NOT drink water from his own dish... and I don't want him to get dehydrated and suffer other health complications due to that. I literally have NEVER seen him drink from his dish. He will only drink the dog's water (and he's lucky if he can get to it without being squished by the dog) or else he will sit on the fish tank and dip his paws in the water as it flows out of the filter and then lick his paws.

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Old 03-26-2011, 12:17 PM   #20
 
What ever you feed just make sure it is healthy for the animal. There are good options for both wet and dry foods as well as raw diets. My kitties were Science diet for about 13 years then my oldest went diabetic and was put on insulin. That changed everything about how I looked at pet food. A lot of it is garbage IMO. The science diet was. Even the prescription diabetic foods by Hills and Purina were crap(though Purina was the better of the two). Eventually we settled on the canned fancy feast, but even then only certain flavors were okay. This food isn't good for their teeth though. We were able to get him off the insulin within about a week, so we were lucky there.It made my kitties do a flip flop. The begger never begs anymore, and the non-begger is always after your food. I had the diabetic one almost transitioned to raw food at one point, but not everyone in my family was comfortable with it. That though would be my preferred diet to feed them.
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