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My cats keep getting into my dog's food when I feed her. Carmen can't get any food, so I've started letting her eat the cat food, but she's a chihuahua, so the fat is very bad for her. My only option is to keep cat food away from her, how can I keep my cats out of it, while keeping it available to my dog?

Please note: my cats can open doors and my dog eats at random times, I can't watch her eat her food because she's so on and off
 

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Our new kitten keeps getting in dog food as well. We've actually started putting the food up at times since the dog doesn't really care either way and sometimes keep the kitten in a separate part of the house.
 

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The answer is simple, keep the food locked up and feed them separately. Many of us have to do this. My girls have been fed separately for years.
 

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Separation of the dog and cat when feeding is usually the answer to your problem, but the fact that Carmen "eats at random times" doesn't work for her unless you train her to ask for food and then lock up the cat while she is eating. If you're home a lot this may work out but not if you work outside home most of the day. Can Carmen go for 8 hrs. or more without being fed, or does she have a medical condition that prevents this?
 

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I have school for 7 hours and work for another 6 most days, so I'm gone most of the time. Even though my brother is usually at home, I can't get him to do anything at all (he won't even clean his room, which is littered with liquor bottles).

Also: Carmen is 12 years old and she never responded to trainers that we took her to. I'll try to train her myself, but I'm not sure if it'll work out.
 

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There are automatic pet food dispensers on the market that might work. Some of them can be operated with a smart phone app. Sucks that your brother seems to be an alcoholic. Is there anyone else at all in your house that could help?
 

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No, my mom is constantly working and elderly, I don't want to ask too much of her. Especially not for her to bend down. The last time she couldn't get up without help. I'll see about the dispensers, but my cats can and will get into everything and that would require my lazy dog to be awake and alert to get it.
 

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Don't consider myself a cat expert, but have had dogs my entire 63 years of life and cats for the last 10 years.
Some say cat are stupid. I say no they are not just creatures of routine. My cats get fed in the morning when we wake up, around 4pm and again around 8 pm. DST screws them. They have been at the feeding room door an hour ahead meowing. If we sleep in, they are on top of us, saying, "It is feed time."
My cats get fed in a separate room. Could you establish a separate feeding room for the cats?
I would put the dog feed up and start feeding the dog and cat at the time in separate rooms. The dog will learn very fast that it is feeding time and the cats also.
My cats will eat the dog's left over feed at times and it hasn't hurt the. You are correct that cat food is not good for dogs, especially one that small. Higher fat content cat food.
Elderly mom. My mom is 91 and I understand. I am wondering if you can get her one of those elderly pick-em up devices and maybe take a hair dryer or heat gun to bend the handle of a measuring cup to make it easy for her to feed them without bending over.
 
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