How to Keep the Puppy From Eating the Cat's Food

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It's important to keep the cat's food away from the puppy because these are completely different species and have different nutritional requirements. Keep the puppy from eating the cat's food with help from founder and CEO of 911 VETS in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Dr. Steve Weinberg, your 911 vet, and today we're going to talk about how to keep the puppy from eating the cat's food. It's important to keep the cat's food away from the puppy because these are completely different species and have different nutritional requirements. So we're going to learn about how to handle that situation. Cats and dogs have completely different nutritional requirements. If one eats the other's food, you can actually have serious medical consequences. So it's very important to prevent that from happening. So what you want to do obviously is try to separate the feedings out so the puppy cannot get to the cat's food and vice versa. So one thing that I like to do is if I have a cat and a dog in the house and there's a problem with that, I will put the cat's food on the kitchen counter. That makes it exceedingly difficult for a little puppy especially to get to the cat's food. Obvious solution. Another possibility if you can't do that is to separate the feedings into different rooms. Now if you don't want to keep doing this by running back and forth to different rooms and on the kitchen counter and all that kind of thing, you can use some aversion techniques with a negative stimulus. You can use some cayenne pepper on the food provided the cat is not there and you'll see the reaction of the puppy and the puppy will never understand why the cat likes this food ever again. So you can also try other things like a clicker or noise distractions to direct the pet to their own food and give them plenty of praise. I do like to use the counter method. I don't mind having the cat jump on the counter. It does prevent the intermixing of the foods. So if you keep the correct food for each pet, you are going to ensure adequate nutrition and a healthy life for both.

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