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Does anyone have any info. on veg. diets for companion animals? I am especially interested in research avail. on longevity and animal health as it relates to veg. animal diets. Please cite specific references and dietary sources if you have it.


PS I have three terrific cats ages 17, 10, and 7

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    Posted by scout at 05/11/07 14:22:14

    We feed three different kinds of vegetarian foods to our dog, but back when I was doing all my research (I can't remember where I read everything but I spent hours upon hours online searching for info) I did find that experts and vets were all pretty much in agreement that cats should NOT be fed a vegetarian diet. We're fostering a red-tailed boa and we shudder at what he simply must eat, but we have found a place that "humanely" euthanizes rats and this is where we order his food from.

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    Posted by toxiegirll at 09/26/07 06:07:36

    if you search online there is a few different vegan animal foods to choose from, but they are a bit pricey.

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    Posted by Vegan Mom at 11/07/07 17:17:43

    I've had a number of dogs (and currently 2) who have lived long and very healthy lives as vegans. In fact, I adopted a dog a number of years back. They tried to convince me not to take her because she was old and could hardly move. They expected her to live about 2 weeks. The vet said the same thing when I took her in for a check-up. We had her for over three years! Shortly after becoming vegan, she was walking well, and then she began to run. She was very healthy and happy!

    As far a cats, I don't feed my cats a vegetarian diet because I have studied the subject and there is just too much negative about doing so. There are things they would lack in their diet, is my understanding. Their systems are so different than dogs and as far as I have learned at this point, I don't think it's a good idea. I feel guilty when I feed my cats, but I try to find the best with no additives and such.

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    Posted by Tatiana at 12/03/07 13:18:51

    Has anyone tried making their own dog food? I have a great recipe for raw vegan dog food I'd like to try. Also, like others have said, there are some animals who cannot eat veg. I have geckos who only eat live prey (they eat crickets and worms). Unless I could get a carrot to dance.....

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    Posted by Tatiana at 12/03/07 13:22:31

    Hey, I should post the recipe! I haven't tried it yet, so no guarantees, but it looks great (I might have to steal some from her doggie bowl!)

    1 clove garlic
    1 tbsp sea salt
    1 c sunflower seeds, soaked
    1 c other nut of choice, soaked (ex: almonds, walnuts)
    2 c greens and vegetables
    1 tbsp fresh herbs
    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    Process garlic and salt. Add seeds and nuts and process into powder. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well (all in food processor). May add olive oil drizzled on top or mix in wakame or spirulina.

    -This recipe is from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen

    I hope to try it soon and I'll let you know how she likes it! (If I don't eat it first, that is!)

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    Posted by Worldly Wags at 05/04/14 02:01:03

    Check this info out:

    We use waste chicken or egg yolks for flavor, not really for nutrition. Of course, this is for strays. If you have a dog at home you can adjust them to the vegan diet easily!

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    Posted by ahimsa32fa at 05/04/14 06:40:28

    Dogs are omnivores close to the carnivorous end of the spectrum. They do well with a variety of diets.

    Humans are omnivores close to the herbivore end of the spectrum. We tend to do best at the vegan end of the spectrum.

    Cats are true carnivores, but will also supplement with plant foods.

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