Starting a vegetarian or even a vegan diet may suit some people but what about our feline friends? What is possible for humans seems rather impossible for cats. Animal rights activists and advocates of the vegan lifestyle still argue about whether this is healthy or harmful to the animal. These foods simply no longer provide all the nutrients your cat needs for a healthy life.
Cats are obligate carnivores by nature, which means that they eat almost exclusively meat and that their specific nutritional needs can most effectively be met by consuming animal meat. Only vegetarian or vegan food diets for cats simply do not provide all of the nutrients your cat needs for a healthy life.
Taurine is an amino acid every cat needs for their body – and they can’t make it on their own. If they are deficient in taurine, cats can develop heart disease, problems with imagination and vision, and other health problems. Taurine is most effective given through weight loss programs and is only available through animal assets.
Despite the fact that there are artificial dietary supplements to be had, this is not recommended.
Vitamin A and arachidonic acid also need to be fed into your cat’s diet and are widely available through animal sources.
Due to these requirements of a proper diet, cats cannot safely eat vegan food only. Even with synthetic supplementation, it is difficult (and dangerous) to produce a whole cat food that meets all of a cat’s dietary needs without including meat in the diet.
So, if you choose to adopt a vegan diet, we ask that you hope don’t expect your cat to eat the same way!
Using the layout, a plant-based diet isn’t one nature planned for cats.
However as already discussed, the same arguments can be put forward for a standard meat-based cat diet, although one could rightly argue that it is much easier to meet the requirements of a cat’s diet in the latter’s use.
What is clear is that the cat’s dietary desires can be fulfilled through plant-based, mineral, and synthetic-based substances, however, close interest should be paid to the adequacy of food from food sources, and owners must comply with the usual veterinary examinations. – as recommended for all animals – to ensure optimal health.
As a human (unspecified fruit eater) eating a plant-based diet, I have to say that I am no longer comfortable with challenging animal biology and feeding him what is essentially an unnatural diet, despite the fact that it is viable. to maintain a suitable fitness.
However, in conducting the research for this newsletter, it quickly became clear that this was not a one-dimensional debate. There are many elements to remember.
To be honest: “cat ownership” can be bad for a cat’s health.
Quality and type of processed meat, dairy products, and snacks, the environment in which they live, the level of exercise: all of these things have the potential to harm a cat’s fitness.
Millions of owners harm their cats on a daily basis with the help of unwittingly feeding them low-quality meat, and in some cases by deliberately feeding cats dairy products and treats with excess refined carbohydrates.
The beef we feed our cats also contains artificial ingredients such as hormone enhancers and antibiotics.
Additionally, many cat owners restrict exercise by keeping cats indoors for the purpose of feeling friendship and trying to reverse their herbal hunting instincts including the killing of birds and rodents.
The truth is a nutritionally balanced plant-based weight loss program, along with essential access to exercise and areas to explore may be healthier than a low and good canned meat and dairy weight loss program coupled with a sedentary lifestyle program.
Even so, a part of me continues to feel uncomfortable with the concept of a cat that is completely vegetarian, vegan; because we are basically experimenting on obligatory carnivores until we come up with the vegan diet model, it is able to keep them healthy and alive as long as possible.
And for what? To relieve our sense of right and wrong? To show that cats might be vegan? To make it on hand to own animals in a more moral way?
Wouldn’t it be more ethical to allow cats to forage on their own, as they have evolved to do?
A fully plant-based diet allows vegan cat owners to avoid the moral confusion of feeding their cat meat, yet at the same time raises the question: are we without hesitation doing this for the animals or for ourselves?
This is a question that you really have to ask yourself as a vegan pet owner. Because you could get the same idea with your dog or pet snake.
Is it feasible to produce food from plants and microorganisms and use it to feed a cat and keep alive and healthy as long as a carnivorous cat? Well, studies have tested that.
But the reality is there isn’t enough technological know-how to tell us whether or not this will be relevant for all cat breeds, and there are no large, controlled long-term cohort studies to pick out unique problems if any.
Further tracking is needed, in particular with regard to urinary alkalization and examination of absorption problems, particularly in cats of current fitness due to poor breeding and lack of proper care.
So, the answer to the question “Can cats be vegan?”…yes, it’s possible. But definitely not without loads of supplements
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