Is it bad to have my yorkie dog on a meow mix cat food diet?

I have 5 cats and 1 dog. My dog is a yorkie and she absolutely refuses to eat her dog food. It just sits there and goes to waste. I have tried tons and tons of different brands but she refuses. The only thing she will eat is meow mix! She loves it! Is it ok for her to be eating meow mix and nothing else?
Ok, after reading all the responses and now that I know its bad, what brand of dog food would you suggest for a 1 1/2 yr old yorkie?

yes, it is bad for them. It is not formulated for a dog. But cat food does smell and taste better than most dog foods, so I understand her position on the subject. This link answers exactly the same question as posted here with an excellent answer. Please check it out, it says it better than I ever could!

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Dogs-701/Dog-eating-cat-food.htm

since your dog is picky, I would try wellness super 5 mix. My bichon loves it! and the kibble is small enough for a smaller breed dog.

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20 Responses to Is it bad to have my yorkie dog on a meow mix cat food diet?

  1. Bozema says:

    It’s not a great diet for the cats and it’s definitely not a good food for your dog. Get the cat food out of his reach – put it up high where only the cats can reach it and get her a high quality dry dog food and offer that. She may refuse for a day or so but eventually she will eat.

    And get the cats on something better than Meow Mix. It’s kitty junk food.

    I feed both my cat and my dogs California Natural (canine and feline versions).
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  2. DaveSFV says:

    Of course this is bad. Meow mix isn’t even a good cat food. Dogs do poorly on cat food as it does not meet the nutritional requirements for dogs. You have to feed the cats out of reach of the dog and then only feed the dog, dog food.
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    50 years of owning, raising, and training dogs.

  3. krennao says:

    Cat food isn’t that great for dogs, it has more fat in it, which is not good for a dog. Cats and Dogs needs nutritionally are different. May try can dog food mixed with dog food, because he is a little dog you may need to get a smaller pellet type food. Dogs normally don’t like dog food due to taste or the size, smell or food that will gag them. You may have to keep looking for his sake.
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  4. Maggie says:

    YES. there is too much fat in cat food, also there are more grains in cat food as well. Dogs don’t need grains at all. I would get your dog HONEST Kitchen. you can get it online. it’s human grade food formulated for dogs.

    HONEST KITCHEN

    http://www.honestkitchen.com
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  5. ZeroCharisma says:

    Cats and dogs have very different nutritional needs. Your dog will come around. Simply do not allow her access to your cat’s food. It may be more difficult, but if she refuses to eat her food- let her refuse. Do not feel bad because you think you are "starving" her. She is an animal, if she is hungry she will eat whatever you put in front of her. While your dog may live on cat food, she will not be as healthy as she would if she were getting the proper nutrition designed for a dog.
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  6. wenchgirl04 says:

    Yes, this is bad for your dog. Cat food is designed for cats. Cat food is too high in protein and wont meet the amino acid requirement of your dog, thus making her deficient. Deficiencies in anything that is essential to your dog will cause problems in the long run.
    Your dog needs to learn to eat whatever it is given. Take the cat food away and give her dog food, if she refuses to eat it, don’t give her anything else to eat, she will eventually eat it when she get hungry enough. Dogs are sorta like children, when they get hungry, they will eat what you give them.
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  7. Karen W says:

    YES it’s bad, cat food contains taurine and higher protein amounts than dogs need.
    Is it OK for a steady diet? NO.
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  8. mygolden"thor" says:

    no!! it has to much protiens in it for her . feed her in a different room and do NOT give her any thing else to eat when she gets hungery she WILL eat the dog food. then she will get used to it . and put the cat food where she cant get to it
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  9. Justforfun says:

    DON’T LET YOUR DOG EAT CAT FOOD!!
    It is not good for their digestive track!!!
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  10. Linda says:

    Not a good idea. Could cause alot of heath issues.
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    work at a vet

  11. dedum says:

    yes, it is bad for them. It is not formulated for a dog. But cat food does smell and taste better than most dog foods, so I understand her position on the subject. This link answers exactly the same question as posted here with an excellent answer. Please check it out, it says it better than I ever could!
    http://en.allexperts.com/q/Dogs-701/Dog-eating-cat-food.htm

    since your dog is picky, I would try wellness super 5 mix. My bichon loves it! and the kibble is small enough for a smaller breed dog.
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  12. Firekeeper says:

    No. Cats are true carnivores, while dogs are omnivores. Their nutritional requirements are vastly different. If your dog eats nothing but cat food, she will eventually show signs of nutritional deficiencies and get very sick.

    Try feeding your cats somewhere the dog can’t reach, like on a countertop, and refuse to allow your dog any cat food or anything else, but provide the dog food of your choice. She may not eat for two or three days, but eventually she’ll get hungry enough and eat.

    Alternatively, you could try a homemade diet. Most dogs are amenable to that, as it’s quite tasty. Just make sure to research diets online and try to find one that was developed by a veterinary nutritionist to make sure your dog gets everything she needs. I haven’t had time to research it myself yet or I’d suggest one.
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  13. ponygirl says:

    No,it’s not ok.Cats and Dogs have different nutritional needs and dogs should eat dog food.Check with your vet but your dog is probably spoiled and she may need to be retrained to eat dog food.
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  14. jilly says:

    Not the same Nutrients.
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  15. Carl M says:

    Look at the ingredients and they are almost identical to the ones on the dog food. Meow mix provides a smell which draws more attention to it than the dog food. Our yorkie was hand fed regular human food for the longest time until we almost killed it with excess fat that caused him pancreatitis. Get some chicken thighs and boil them. The house will fill with the smell and as soon as the dog smells them on a plate (without the fatty broth) with a little plain rice…you will see how quickly smell is related to their eating habits.
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  16. Lizzy P says:

    Cat food is not good for dogs and Meow Mix isn’t good for cats. You are setting your dog up for liver and kidney problems and pancreatitis, as well as bad gas and diarrhea.
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  17. Pandora R says:

    Yorkies need extra protein due to their high energy. You need to get her at least dog food & probably small breed food.
    Dogs need much more protien than cats. Meow mix is not good for your dog.
    I know it sound mean but put the cats food up where she can’t get it and let her go hungry. She will eat the DOG food when she is REALLY hungry. HONESTLY SHE WON’T STARVE!!

    Love is the answer, Pandora
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  18. ELLAMIA says:

    everyones right cat food is not good for your little one. i think that you should try science diet small bites for dry food, its great with all the nutritional stuff, and for the first couple of days mix it with soft food of the same or different brand, then casually reduce the soft food until there is only dry food. also you might try buying her a special bowl and dont let the cats near it or if your dog really likes the cat bowl buy the cats a new one and let her keep the cat one.(even if it says meow or fish on it, jeje!)
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  19. ulcrm says:

    Meow Mix– UGH!!!!!!!!

    Try feeding your dog Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul. It’s a good affordable food.

    Go to this link and try to buy a good food for your dog. THe higher the rating the better the food. Rule of thumb, ALL grocery store brands are garbage.

    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
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  20. ed031639 says:

    Yep, very bad… the cat is a pure carnivore the dog/canid is not & they typically get their veggies from the stomach & intestines of the animal they kill… baring that, you feed them some vegatable matter to make it a balanced diet.
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