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    So, Bella grew up with the cats food just out 24/7, and she only eats when she is hungry. The cats wont eat cat food, so we just have Supercoat adult out, and fresh water out all the time. She has never been overweight, and i was wondering If i should put the food for the cats somewhere high, and feed Bella like a dog, not a cat? i would use bellas food as motivation for training now and again, and put it in her treat dispensing ball. What do you think of doing that? i think one of the problems with her training is she isnt hungry. How often would I feed her and how much? she is about 6-7 kgs, and doesnt exercise much (lazy little dog...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    So, Bella grew up with the cats food just out 24/7, and she only eats when she is hungry. The cats wont eat cat food, so we just have Supercoat adult out, and fresh water out all the time. She has never been overweight, and i was wondering If i should put the food for the cats somewhere high, and feed Bella like a dog, not a cat? i would use bellas food as motivation for training now and again, and put it in her treat dispensing ball. What do you think of doing that? i think one of the problems with her training is she isnt hungry. How often would I feed her and how much? she is about 6-7 kgs, and doesnt exercise much (lazy little dog...)
    Say what??? Your dog has been on cat food forever??? Blunt again...but is this a joke?

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    Boxerini, how old are you? Are you only a teenager, is this your dog or your parents? You are giving the dog food to the cats and the cat food to the dogs? Do you realise that they are made differently and called differently for a reason? I think you need to rethink how you are handling the animals you have, not everybody has the same opinion on things but this is getting quite ridiculous. You can not sit there and tell me that what you are doing is the correct way. Can you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Say what??? Your dog has been on cat food forever??? Blunt again...but is this a joke?
    That's not blunt. This is...
    WTF?

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    Oh God, what if you're actually serious...

    Dog food and cat food are very different for many reasons. Won't waste my time going into that here. Dogs should be fed a suitable dog diet, and cats a suitable cat diet. Simple. Not the other way around!!!

    How often you feed her depends on her age. How old is she? Also depends on what you feed her, and I sure as hell hope that you will start feeding her a dog's food.

    As for her not getting much exercise because she's lazy, I think you're calling the worng person lazy. You are the one that is supposed to exercise her.

    Look, are you for real or is this a stupid immature wind-up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Look, are you for real or is this a stupid immature wind-up?
    I would like that question answered as well.

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    Maybe i should rephrase the question. bella is not on cat food. the cats are on the dog food. They refuse their own food, they eat bellas food, which is out 24/7. Should i put some food 24/7 where bella cannot get it, for the cats to eat solely, and feed Bella like a dog is meant to be fed, i.e the correct amount for their weight, at regular intervals. I am a teenager. She is the first dog I am solely resposible for. Except my mum doesnt agree with feeding bella like a dog( at regualr intervals), instead of like a cat(24/7). the Dane will be the family dog, but i will be caring for it(food, training etc.)
    Do you understand now?

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    I am not an Immature 'wind up'. She is about 2 years old. I take her for walks every day, and play with her all the time. What i meant by lazy is that she will not do exercise voluntarily.

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    Look, I am on here for a reason. That reason is to get help with my dog when I need it, and to learn more. I have already learnt alot just from being on here for the few days I have. I have learnt what stacking was, that there are swimming pools for dogs, etc etc.

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    OK so if Bella's kibble runs out do they top it up straight away?

    No you should not put some of Bella's food out of reach for the cats you should feed the cats in an area that Bella can not get to and you should feed them cat food. Dog food is not good for cats.

    Feed Bella where the cats can not get to her food and only feed once a day or split the meal in half and and give her breakfast and dinner.

    I would be giving Bella a chicken neck for breakfast, a 1/4 cup of kibble and some raw mince for dinner. You can alternate between raw eggs and sardines and mince so she is getting a bit of everything.

    I also think you need to excercise your dog, not always by walking but by making play time and walk time fun, so then she does it because she wants to.

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