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Can my chihuahua get sick if she eats cat food?

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August 26, 2012 12:06AM

If she eats only a small amount occasionally, then it won't hurt her. But if she eats it as her regular diet, then yes, it can make her sick. Cat food is formulated for the nutritional needs of cats, which is very different from the nutritional needs of dogs.

For example, cats require a higher protein diet than dogs do, and too much protein can harm the dog's kidneys. So you need to keep your dog (no matter what breed it is) on a good quality dog food, and resist the temptation to give it table scraps (including bones, as they can be very harmful), which is not good for dogs because it causes weight gain, heart problems, and the extra fat, sugar, and sodium is harmful to them.