What should I feed my pets?
Posted by veggiegirl66 at 02/25/2013
I have been a vegetarian for 17 years and recently decided to become vegan. I have always had this question, what do you guys feed your pets? I have always fed my dog and cats regular dog and cat food, is there any other alternatives?
** Female cats can be vegan.
** With male cats, you have to be careful.
The way their urinary tract is designed (narrow) combined with the relative acidity of meat to vegetable proteins can cause urinary blockages (crystals) in male cats that can even turn life threatening. As such, experts recommend you feed males cats only a 25-75% vegan diet and females a 50-100% vegan diet. Of course, many cats (both make and female) will thrive on a vegan diet and never have any complicatons from urinary tract infections or crystal formations. These recommendations are to be sure you're on the safe side.
For in depth information about vegan cats and the urinary tract issue I discussed, see: http://www.vegancats.com/veganfaq.php
All this said, don't go making your own vegan cat food. They need certain taurine requirements that only a balanced vegan diet can give. So you need to order vegan cat food designed for this: http://store.nexternal.com/vegancats/vegan-cat-food-c1.aspx
Find vegan dog food here: http://store.nexternal.com/vegancats/vegan-dog-food-c3.aspx
They also carry the AmiCat and AmiDog, which is kind of pricy but it is an Italian gourmet pet food brand if you want your pets to have the best, Ami is the best vegan pet food out there, except for homemade but who the hell has time to cook meals for dogs and cats HAHA!
Evolution and Ami vegan dog and cat kibbles are the best vegan pet foods in the world, literally.
my parent's cats and dogs gobbled it up dry without even needing to gradually mix it with their old kibble, went to 100% vegan dry kibble and they love it.
Taylor Hill05/16/2013 20:42:00
At Web MD, Cailin Heinze,VMD, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and assistant professor of nutrition at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, is quoted as having said, "For cats, it’s really inappropriate. It goes against their physiology and isn’t something I would recommend at all."
At the same website, Lew Olson, PhD, author of Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs, made this analogy: “Trying to feed a cat a vegan diet would be like me feeding my horses meat. You’re taking a whole species of animal and trying to force it to eat something that it isn’t designed to handle.”
From my own experience, when I was first selected as a cat caretaker some 12 years ago by my first two cats, Bob and Jasper Baby, I made the mistake of buying a cheap generic dried cat food. The cats gained weight. My vet told me to check the ingredients for the cat food. She asked if the first ingredient listed was some type of meat. I looked and the main ingredient was corn. I switched the cats over to a meat based dried cat food and introduced moist cat food into their diet.
I feed the cats one can of moist food per day. The dried food is always available to them 24/7. My cats healthy and happy. Jasper Baby who had gotten fat eating the generic cereal has long since gotten back to his slim/trim self.
As a final parting thought, I will say this. I made a choice to become vegan. I cannot and will not make this decision for my cats.