Optimistic Vegan

Vegetarian Pets
June 1, 2010, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Animal Rights, Food, Lifestyle | Tags: , , ,

Thank you to Michael for providing the topic for today’s blog! We had a lovely conversation today, which led to another conversation with my art teacher 🙂

If you’re vegetarian, what do you feed your pets?

As of now, our cats and dogs eat Costco brand food, snakes eat frozen mice/rats, tarantulas, turtle and scorpions eat crickets, and cockroaches eat fruit and veggies (look at those vegans!)

As you may or may not know, dogs are omnivores and cats are carnivores. I’ve read that it is possible for a dog to survive on a veggie-based diet (in dog food, there are veggies as well!) but cats are carnivores and need their meat. My idol, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau wrote a lovely blog entry using her personal experience for basis, that answered this question. After health issues with a 100% vegetarian diet, her cats now eat a meat-based diet. She supports a meat-based diet for cats, as they are carnivores and need the nutrients to survive.

This is a tricky subject for me, because I think it comes down to which animals we want to live. Let’s face it-in the wild cats do not eat beef or even chicken-they eat rodents and birds they can catch. We kill our cows and chickens and fish to feed our kitties, making the choice that cats deserve life more than they. I wouldn’t be able to deprive Baby Nigel of his nutrients for another’s life, but it is still an ethical problem that I have to consider.

While talking with my art teacher, she suggested that if I didn’t want to kill other animals to feed my pets that I keep herbivores so that it wouldn’t be an issue. DSCF7282While I think this is a lovely alternative (and fully plan on becoming friends with cows) it’s hard for me to think of another Baby Nigel without a home. Adopt a homeless cat or an herbivore?

All in all, cats are carnivores that need to eat meat to thrive. If you want to try a vegetarian diet for your cats, speak with your vet, but besides the fact that it seems to be (not much research has been done) detrimental to their health, it’s a choice you are making for your pet. While your kitty cannot speak, you must make the choice for them, but you should be making the choice in their best interests. There are more “humane” pet foods, such as those that don’t test on animals or contain nasty parts of the original animal, which is something to look for when shopping for kitty food.

Best wishes to you and your pets!


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