10 Tips for Bringing Dogs and Cats Together

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Like the litter box, your cat's dining area should not be a shared area.

Each pet should be able to eat undisturbed by the other, so set up individual feeding stations. You may want to serve the cat's meals on an elevated surface such as a countertop or windowsill to prevent the dog from wolfing down her food as well as his own. In addition to allowing each pet to dine in peace, "separate tables" ensure that each will eat his or her own food. Cat and dog food are not nutritionally interchangeable. While most cats have zero interest in Fido's menu, dogs find the higher protein and fat content of cat food very appetizing. Regular cat food consumption can result in a nutritional imbalance and weight gain for dogs.

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