DRY CAT FOOD FOR BIRDS?

by Pascal
(st peters missouri)

I hope this is not ultimately bad for wild birds but for the last ten + years I've been feeding wild birds with fairly inexpensive generic dry cat food that I also feed my 2 cats. I've been doing this throughout the year but more so in the winter months. Blue jays, Robins, Cardinals as well as starlings all seem to love it (and the squirrels too!). I first noticed the birds stealing the dry cat food that I had put outside for the occasional stray cats in the neighborhood.

BUT if this is ultimately a bad idea by all means let me know!

Pascal


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Pascal, offhand, I can't think of any reason why this would be bad for birds.
Susan

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Apr 26, 2013
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Food for thought! NEW
by: Katie from NS

Love all the recipes I've read. I was told some time ago that feeding dry cat/dog food to birds is not a good idea. The reason being that the dry food swells when it gets wet so when the birds eat it, it swells in their bellies and can harm them. Strictly food for thought or something to check in to. I only wanted to pass this information on to anyone that might want to investigate further. Keep the great ideas coming!

Jun 06, 2012
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Dry Catfood for birds
by: Mei

I would try this. It seems easy too! Thank you for posting this page about dry catfood.

Oct 10, 2011
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Catfood for birds
by: Montysmum

I've started feeding the birds dried cat food and also the leftover dregs of canned cat meat that my cats won't eat (fusspots). Female blackbirds used to come into the house in search of the cat biscuits before. They now wait by the kitchen door for it every morning!!

Feb 10, 2011
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cAT fOOD mIX
by: Marine Patriot

Just mixed Meow Mix cat food, raisens, dried cherries, and curnchy peanut butter. Used a small food processer to break up the cat food, heated the PB in the microwave and mixed it all together. We put it out on the patio in plates and the birds seem to like it quite a bit.

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