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If I put glutamic acid in my cats food, to stop my dogs eating

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If I put glutamic acid in my cats food, to stop my dogs eating it, will the cats refuse their food.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

Unfortunately - the answer is yes.

CriticalCareVet :

From experience - cats can be quite fickle with their food intake and there is a very good chance they may develop of a food aversion with a change such as this.

Customer: so is there anything else I can do.
CriticalCareVet :

This is normal for them in the environment - it is called copraphagia: LINK

CriticalCareVet :

What then happens - they eat the stool laced with something that tastes bad, they then associate the stool with a bad taste, then in the future understand and associate the taste and stool - then stop eating and going after the stools

Customer: I know it is. But is there a solution.
CriticalCareVet :

See above

CriticalCareVet :

There is also a product on the market called Forbid (LINK HERE) - more for dogs that eat their own stool rather than dogs that eat other's stools.

Customer: Ok as you've said and as I know cats are very picky so what can I put in their food to make it unpleasant for the dogs.
CriticalCareVet :

Forbid would be an option for you.

CriticalCareVet :

Otherwise I would not use chemicals.

CriticalCareVet :

Moreover, anything you add to the diet, tasty enough for them to only going to entice the dogs more, not deter them

Customer: Therefore there's not much I can do. Oh well. I guess I'll just have to grin and bear it.
CriticalCareVet :

I Would certainly consider training them, listed above - as with many causes in dogs - they respond to training well!

CriticalCareVet :

My personal dog responded best to training with bitter apple for issues such as this.

Customer: Ok. Thanks
CriticalCareVet :

You are very welcome!

CriticalCareVet :

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