I've put the cat food up on the counter, so the dog can't get to it, but how do I keep the cat out of dog's food? I recently switched the dog's food from regular IAMS to senior, which is bigger pieces and I thought that would do the trick. Plus, I figure senior food wouldn't taste as good. But the cat is still eating it. My pet sitter recommended mixing in mushed up cooked vegetables, but that made the dry food soggy, so it's not as good for the dog's teeth and the cat still eats it anyway.

Amy
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I've put the cat food up on the counter, so the dog can't get to it, but how do I ... dry food soggy, so it's not as good for the dog's teeth and the cat still eats it anyway. Amy

Don't free-feed the dog. Put the dog's food down and supervise for 15 minutes (max) then take the dog's food away. We feed dogs twice a day, but others, with smaller dogs might feed more frequently. It normally takes our dogs less fewer than five minutes to finish eating.
I've put the cat food up on the counter, so the dog can't get to it, but how do I ... would do the trick. Plus, I figure senior food wouldn't taste as good. But the cat is still eating it.

What Montana said.
Something else to consider... I want to know immediately if my dog goes off her food. That's often the first sign you get that something is amiss.(1) Scheduled feedings will also make the dog's bowels regular. Abnormalities in bowel habits are also a good early warning sign of problems, but you can't really rely on that if you free feed your dog.
My pet sitter recommended mixing in mushed up cooked vegetables, but that made the dry food soggy, so it's not as good for the dog's teeth and the cat still eats it anyway.

Just FYI, re soft food and soggy teeth, feeding hard food will not clean your dog's (or cat's) teeth. Hard food sticks to their teeth in much the same way that Cheetos stick to ours.
There are all sorts of good reasons to choose one form of food over the other, but the ability of kibble to clean teeth isn't one of them.

(1) In fact, it can sometimes be the only sign of a problem. I've taken my dog to the vet solely because she did not gobble up her food. Diagnosis, badly bruised soft pallet (I have a feeling I'm misspelling that)).

Shelly
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pallet (I have a feeling I'm misspelling that)).

palate. HTH!

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
palate. HTH!

Thank you! Teh Google was no help, and I couldn't get close enough to the correct spelling to make Dictionary.com give me what I wanted. I think I'm going to blame it on being an art person (we have palettes, thankyouverymuch, but not in our mouths).

Shelly
http://cat-sidh.net (the Mothership)
http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
I've put the cat food up on the counter, so the dog can't get to it, but how do I ... dry food soggy, so it's not as good for the dog's teeth and the cat still eats it anyway. Amy

Simple - Don't leave the dog food down! Not a problem in our house - as the meal is gone within about 15 seconds. (I'm guessing you don't have a lab!)

Sue and Atty
(I'm guessing you don't have a lab!)

Heh. Our mutts have always had healthy mix of "chow hound" in their make-up.
I've put the cat food up on the counter, so the dog can't get to it, but how do I ... the dry food soggy, so it's not as good for the dog's teeth and the cat still eats it anyway.

What everybody else has said about not free-feeding. But also..

Why aren't the decisions about what to feed your dog based on what is best for your dog and not on what you think the cat won't eat?

Judy
I've put the cat food up on the counter, so the dog can't get to it, but how do I ... dry food soggy, so it's not as good for the dog's teeth and the cat still eats it anyway. Amy

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I guess I don't understand why this is a problem you can't solve. Can't you separate them when you feed them; give the dog what is good for the dog. Don't change the dog food to make it unappealing to the cat and probably the dog also. Keep one or the other in a separate room or crate while the other one is eating.
Why should the dog suffer because of the cat.
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