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nvr2many 03-09-2013 09:22 AM

Something is eating my dogs food at night??? Any ideas??
 
Hi,....... well, recently my husband has noticed that at night our dog is in the bedroom with us, door closed and in the morning all his food is gone. I have three other dogs that sleep behind a gate and cannot get into this area and they eat the same food anyway and still have food in the morning anyway.
What the heck do you think it could be?? We have a dog door but the other three would not let anything come in and run a muck without notice.

Mice is a thought but wouldn't we notice and how the heck could they eat that much food?? We are talking a bowl at least 10 inches around and 2-3 inches of food. I am freaked out! We confirmed last night that it was there at 11 pm and gone by 3 am.

Any ideas??

Muppetgirl 03-09-2013 10:03 AM

Skunk? They're part of the cat family and love dog food.....your other dogs might be terrified of getting skunked!!!

Maple 03-09-2013 10:06 AM

I was thinking maybe a raccoon?

Muppetgirl 03-09-2013 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Maple (Post 1929944)
I was thinking maybe a raccoon?

Yes another member of the cat family.......my dogs have never seen a raccoon, as I live in AB, but if they see a skunk, they never bark.....they know what will happen!

Foxhunter 03-09-2013 10:11 AM

Haven't a clue as to what might be eating it but my suggestion would be to feed the dogs then remove the food. A dog should eat all when put in front of it.

Your dogs wouldn't stand a chance around here - anything not eaten immediately gets scoffed by another dog!

Speed Racer 03-09-2013 10:14 AM

Raccoons, possums or skunks. Or perhaps all three.

Maple 03-09-2013 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Speed Racer (Post 1929957)
Raccoons, possums or skunks. Or perhaps all three.

House party? :-)

nvr2many 03-09-2013 10:15 AM

^^^ LOL. Yes mine are free feeding and do not over eat. I am actually trying to put weight on this one so want him to have food all the time. As far as skunk and raccoon, it would have to come in a dog door with three barking toy poodles, scale a gate about 3-4 ft high and back out without a sound. Our very large standard Poodle sleeps in our room.

This is in our kitchen on the other side of the wall to our bedroom. I sleep with earplugs because of my husband *cough *snoring *cough, I think we will do a stake out tonight. Definitely buying mouse traps in case. But no mouse could eat that much food. Do they move it and store it?? And where?

BigGreyHorse 03-09-2013 10:19 AM

Raccoon! They love dog food.

Speed Racer 03-09-2013 10:19 AM

Wild animals know how to be stealthy. Unless you think it's a fisher, those are the only three species I know that will eat dog and cat food.


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