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  1. Benya

    Hello Dr. Wakefield,

    thanks for contributing to spread the vegan pet message! I’d like to know, how can I raise my two kitten vegan? Until now they eat 1/4 vegan, but they still love more eating the meat than the veggies.
    I have ordered Vegekit from Hoana and will try that out. Have you got some tips for me how to accustom them right?

    Also, how can it be that cats can eat vegan, if they need a high protein diet? I mean if I feed her rice and chickpeas, there’s more carbohydrate than protein inside. Where do they get their protein from?
    (I think this is a good question for cats :)

    Regards

    Benya

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Benya,
      Thank you for your comment. Cats and kittens do have very high protein requirements. Consider feeding them a 50% conventional diet and 50% Vegekit. There are high-protein recipes that come with the Vegekit. You can get them accustomed to beef for the conventional part of their diet to minimize the number of animals impacted (and because beef cattle generally are raised with higher welfare standards than most farm animals). Have their Taurine and B12 checked with your veterinarian after 1 month to make sure they are getting adequate nutrition.
      All the best,
      Lorelei Wakefield, VMD

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  2. Jeanine

    Hi Lorelei,

    I was part of your study. I just stopped by to thank you for this website. It is good to have sound advise for people. My oldest vegan cat is now 20 years old. I can’t remember if she was one of your subjects in the study. I think she missed out on it and her girlfriend Sara was in the study. She has been vegan for 12 years and is still doing good. She can still climb her ladder. We now have 5 vegan cats.

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  3. Jeanine

    Hi Again Dr Wakefield,

    Since your study I found a researcher that was a college professor that confirmed the idea that cats can be vegan. He did extensive research with his students and found that gut length is actually determined by diet and not the other way around. Their studies showed that if an animal that is considered a carnivore is fed a vegan diet their gut will be longer than the same animal that is fed a meat diet. Also, he points out that there are many animals that are classified as carnivores that have a naturally vegan diet. Koala eat Eucalyptus leaves, Bears eat grass, berries, etc. Here is a link to a website that tells about this researchers background. http://amazinghealth.com/AH-SpeakersWriters-WalterVeith. There is a video where he talks about his research that you can get from that website. It is called “The World According To Darwin”. I found it on youtube and here is the link to that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leeS3I_jNGo

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  4. John

    hi there. My wife and I are looking at getting a couple of kittens. We have two young children and think they will make a good addition to the family. We are strict vegetarians so we cannot buy meat in shape or form. The only thing holding us back now from getting these kittens is wether or not cats can live on a vegan or vegetarian diet? We have read many different views but would really just like to know wether there are living examples of healthy cats on non meat diets and that we wont be doing any harm by feeding them this way?
    Here in NZ one type of vegan food for cats available is http://www.veganpet.co.nz/. What else would we need to cook or prepare to supplement if any?

    Please enlighten us :)

    Regards, JOhn and Donna

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi John, Many cats can do well on a vegan diet, but plenty don’t in my experience. You can try under close veterinary supervision, monitoring urine as well. Females do better than males as males seem more prone to urinary obstruction on this diet. Veganpet has a good reputation and I’d check with them about cook/prep/supplement with their food. Good luck!

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  5. Niti

    Hi Dr. Wakefield

    Thank you for this informational website. I am researching as to which diet should I start feeding my cats. I was hoping to buy Ami products. Curious, which brand do you feed your cats? And if I understand correctly, your cats are not 100% vegan?

    Also what are your thoughts of feeding fish alongside vegan food?

    Thanks
    Niti

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  6. Manon Hétu

    Hello,

    We are living in Canada (province of Québec). We have many cats. One of them is Cocotte, she is diabetic since one year. Sometimes, she is in remission for few months, sometimes not and we have to start again with insulin.
    We have decided to try a vegan diet for all our cats progressively.
    We would like to know the best vegan diet for a cat like Cocotte. Is there something particular for her because we are afraid of the high carboydrate level in vegan diet? Is there something we can read about that?

    Thanks for your web site.

    Manon Hétu

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    1. admin Post author

      It depends. If she is diabetic secondary to obesity, any diet for weight loss will work. This includes a high fiber vegan diet as long as she is monitored closely. If she is not overweight, you can try the highest protein vegan cat diet you can find. If she keeps coming out of remission despite these attempts, a vegan diet may not be suitable for her. Regardless, I recommend seeing her vet regularly and home monitoring her blood sugar or at least urine sugar regularly.

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