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Do you let your pets lick the dishware after you are done eating from it?


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Willie B. good Profile
Willie B. good answered

No, that biofilm they leave behind grosses me out.

Call me Z Profile
Call me Z answered

No, it’s a hierarchy thing. 

The dogs don’t eat off of our plates or sleep on our beds and we return the favor.

Flora Huang Profile
Flora Huang answered

No it’s unhealthy like Darren said

Darren Wolfgang Profile
Darren Wolfgang answered

Nope , that is unhealthy acts and my cousin makes my stomach turn every time she tries to share ice cream with her Cat She sleeps with her cats and wonder why she never feels good. Well , BINGO her cats could be causing her to feel sick and giving her a illness . They tell you that sleeping with your pets can give you the same illness that causes stomach flu and food poison. When i get a new Cockerspaniel it will be crate train and she will sleep in her crate at night .

Taila Nevado Profile
Taila Nevado answered

I have had only cats and they have never licked my plate or
anything else. In fact, they did not eat from the same dishware that we do.
They have their separate ones. I think sharing these with your pets is not very
healthy, no matter how much you love them.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

We have 2 rescue dogs, so I usually cut up whatever I am going to feed them on a dinner plate and then scrape off 1/2 of the plate into each bowl.

On the other hand, if I had only one dog and one bowl (I'm not a cat person), I would probably still scrape the food into the dog bowl and not put the plate down---but more because I have become a creature of that habit, not because I am particularly worried about contracting some disease.

If you are absolutely against a pet licking your plate, here's the site that totally agrees with you:

We love our pets and consider them part of the family, but there’s one area in which I think separation is a must: Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always advised against feeding pets and people from the same dishes. I’ll even go so far as to say that I think that pet food and water dishes should be washed separately from the dishes, glassware and silverware used by people.

That’s because bacteria such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)and leptospira, as well as some internal parasites, can be spread between pets and people. Kitchen hygiene can help keep the microscopic bugs at bay — and is especially important if you and your pets live with young children, seniors or people with compromised immune systems.

I'm not the only one with concerns: Both the FDA and the CDC warn of risks in handling pet food and treats and the potential for humans to get sick from Salmonella-related illnesses — which is why it is important to be careful.

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