Why does a cat eat slowly and a dog eat fast?

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  1. Myn Is Me profile image73
    Myn Is Meposted 8 years ago

    Why does a cat eat slowly and a dog eat fast?


  2. kapeedranos profile image39
    kapeedranosposted 8 years ago

    dogs are the chasing animals..they grasp their food and are to their business very quick...where as cat are shy animal in compare to dog.unlike dogs they they are neither a night watcher nor a ..protectors animals .. that's why they prefer to have a baby love from their owner.so they eat slowly  then the dogs..

  3. Nature by Dawn profile image80
    Nature by Dawnposted 8 years ago

    I think dogs eat fast because of they way their wolf ancestors had to. Wolves share their food with a pack so they try to eat as fast as they can as much as they can to keep the others from getting it. I see this when I feed my two dogs. My dog Sephi was the alpha and she would have bullied Maya from her food so she could have it if I wasn't watching her. Also, it is more difficult for wolves to hunt and get enough to eat. So when they catch a big meal, they gorge. They can go days without eating after gorging. Their bodies are designed that way.

    If we were to consider wild cats, they are more private than dogs. They don't roam in packs. So what they catch is theirs and theirs alone. They do have to worry about other predators stealing their food, but a cat can carry what it kills to someplace private and eat as needed. When wolves catch a larger prey, they have to leave behind what they can't eat.

  4. ackman1465 profile image61
    ackman1465posted 8 years ago

    This happens because dogs are always in a hurry to chase the next car that passes down their street.... or, they anticipate that someone is going to throw a tennis ball or Frisbee that they must go fetch and return to the thrower....

    Cats don't give a darn if someone throws ANYTHING, or WHAT vehicle passes down their street!!!!

  5. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image61
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 8 years ago

    Good question, and something I plan on following up on with my pet nutrition professor for more information. I do not recall ever discussing this subject in our class. Here are my thoughts however, based on my current knowledge. Cats are not really grazers, but we have made them into grazers with the high carbohydrate food we feed them. They are naturally carnivores and when living on their own survived by hunting rodents and other small animals such as lizards.

    Dogs, descended from wolves, or at least very closely related to them, are omnivores. They may actually be more scavenger and grazer than felines, except that when wolves and other canines hunt they typically feed off the food immediately and cache some for later. They frequently drag some of their food away from the kill site to eat. They may eat leisurely, but typically wolves are pretty hungry by the time they have made a kill and dig right in. I think there are dogs that eat quickly and dogs that don't.

    I had a German Shepherd who I had to work at getting to eat, and currently have a Golden Retriever who would eat until she couldn't eat anymore!

    In my experience, breed as well as individual experience affect a dog's appetite. For example, dogs that have been nutritionally deprived - starved - tend to eat a lot, given the opportunity. Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers love to eat and tend to gain weight.

  6. Mr Knowitall profile image72
    Mr Knowitallposted 8 years ago

    The ancestors of our domestic cat were solitary animals, hunting singly. When one made a kill, it could eat in peace. Our dogs are descended from animals which hunted in packs, and all fell on a kill together, each eating fast to get the largest possible share.


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