Veggie Cats & Dogs

Edward

This article was imported from the International Vegetarian Union website:  http://www.ivu.org/faq/animals.html

It is probably one of the best arguments I’ve read for feeding your pets a cruel free diet.


Both cats and dogs can be fed a vegetarian diet, although neither is a vegan by nature — dogs are omnivores, and cats are carnivores. While both dogs and cats belong to the class carnivora, this doesn’t mean a lot, so does the panda bear which is near vegan.

By nature cats and dogs wouldn’t eat anything like what is commonly found in a can of pet food either. Special diets must be provided for cats, as they require an amino acid called taurine — found in the muscles of animals.

Synthetic taurine has been developed, and is used in commercial (non vegetarian) cat foods. Vegetarian cats should be fed it as a supplement. Taurine deficiency can result in blindness and even death. Cats also require pre-formed vitamin A and arachidonic acid.

All known vegan cat foods contain these essential ingredients and the companies listed below provide them in their cat foods. Ask your vet about changing your pet’s diet if concerned.

Not only is it POSSIBLE to feed most cats and dogs a non-meat diet, it is also DESIRABLE. Buying “normal” pet food is supporting the same meat industry with its attendant cruelty, exploitation, waste, and environmental damage that veganism is so opposed to.

Why should ten horses/cows/chickens/ducks or something have to suffer and die every year just to support your pet cat/dog?

This is not a matter of “imposing your beliefs” on your pets (or companion animals, or whatever you call them) since you are not forcing them to eat it and you are not stopping them eating local wildlife on their wanderings round the neighbourhood.

Also animals don’t have morals or beliefs. They do whatever is necessary to survive, with no preference one way or the other about the impact on anything else. We however can make moral/ethical decisions – like the decision to be vegan.

In the wild, surviving may mean “kill something or else starve to death,” but if your animal is being fed anyway, this becomes unnecessary. It is also no more unnatural for a pet cat/dog to be eating vegan food than any other food.

Firstly, the domesticated cat/dog bears little resemblance to its wild cousins so we’re already in an artificial situation.

Secondly, the whole act of feeding it from a tin (as opposed to letting it find food for itself) is unnatural, so you might as well make the best of it. Thirdly, the actual contents of the tins of commercial pet food bear no resemblance to what a cat/dog would eat in the wild anyway… Could you imagine your darling moggy killing horses and cows and going deep sea ocean fishing for tuna?

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    Are you serious? “Why should ten horses/cows/chickens/ducks or something have to suffer and die every year just to support your pet cat/dog?” – because cats are carnivorous creatures. That is what they’re meant to eat. Half the vegan arguments centre around humans having molars, instead of fangs, etc. as evidence that they shouldn’t be eating meat. Cats have fangs, and claws, and their body can’t function without meat/fish – their diets need to be approximately 90% protein (dogs it’s closer to 60%). If you really feel quite so strongly against having meat or fish in the house, don’t get a cat!

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