After reading an article about vegetarian and vegan pets on peta.org I thought I’d share my opinion on the matter and explain why my cat will always be a meat eater.
Peta does state that you should monitor your pet but this in itself is a red light for me.
I’m not completely denying that SOME cats may thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet but without hard evidence that this dietary lifestyle is keeping a cat healthy I find it difficult to believe.
Is it hypercritical that I don’t eat meat but allow my cat to keep doing so? I don’t think so. Just because I choose to eat a certain way or live a certain lifestyle doesn’t mean I should force my cat to do the same. The reason I don’t eat meat or animal products is because I care about the life and welfare of animals, because I cannot stand animal cruelty and I believe animals are not ours to do what we please with and by putting my cat on a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle I would (in my opinion) be doing the very thing I despise so much.
Cats are obligate carnivores and no matter how much you wish that wasn’t true it is plain and simple. Cats need meat to thrive, to meet their nutritional needs and maintain their protein requirement. They get many key nutrients from meat including vitamin b12 and Taurine, these vitamins can not be gained sufficiently from plant based foods. You could argue supplying your cat with extra supplements containing these vitamins whilst on a plant based diet would be sufficient but would you really want to take the risk? I know I wouldn’t. When cats don’t meet their nutritional needs they can start showing problems with their liver and heart, playing with my cats diet is not something I’d chance no matter how well I researched and planned it out.
My cat’s a house cat so she doesn’t go out but she still manages to gobble up spiders and the crane flies that come in through the window in summer despite my protest. Cats that go outside will find some bit of disregarded meat, hook out a fish from a pond or find a mouse to catch so as far as I’m concerned that is cats showing us they are meant to be meat eaters.
Without looking at the health facts for a second I’m also going to think of my cats enjoyment too.My cat loves her food and adores meat and fish but she is a fuss pot. A lot of cats are the same, they would rather go hungry then eat something they didn’t like.
If your thinking of getting a cat and putting them on a vegan diet then I’m sorry but please get a rabbit or a hamster. I’d love a snake but couldn’t stand to feed them what they eat so I’d never have one
Please consider your pets before changing their diet to match yours, if putting your cat on a meat free diet is going to cause them harm then you are being an irresponsible pet owner.