Both my dog (2 years old, female) and my cat (6 months old, male) eat premium-class dry pet food (Hill's).

For some reason, the cat prefers the dog's food -- even though it's harder to eat (bigger pieces). I'd rather they stick to their own food.

I only give the dog her food at given times -- but even then, the cat gets there before she does and starts eating, I have to physically take him away so she can eat.

Any ideas for how to prevent them from eating each other's food are welcome.

  • Is it just the cat eating the dog's food or does the dog also steal the cat's food. If the latter is also applicable, can you detail what deterrents you've implemented? Oct 31 '18 at 3:56
  • @Pyrotechnical I give them both food at the same time. The cat goes straight to eating the dog's food, no matter how many times I take him away from it. He doesn't eat his own food, and if I leave it there, the dog eats it at some point later. The cat is not hungry after eating a few bites from the dog's food.
    – noamtm
    Oct 31 '18 at 8:56
  • I'm not sure I understand your question about deterrents. The only way I found to prevent the cat from eating the dog's food is feeding the dog inside a large flight cage that I have, but I'd rather not do it. Likewise, the only way I found to prevent the dog from eating the cat's food is placing his bowl under a cabinet that has legs tall enough to allow the cat to be there but not to the dog.
    – noamtm
    Oct 31 '18 at 9:00

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