Can your pet be vegan?

Whole Life Times article by Lindsay Rubin featuring Dr. Wakefield

Read the opinions of several veterinarians discussing vegetarian cats and dogs.  Here’s what they have to say about veg kitties:

vegan dog

Riley, the vegetarian Whippet

“Feline intestines are specifically designed to digest raw meat quickly and efficiently. If you’ve ever seen the remains of a cat’s hunting feast, you’ll notice they eat every part of the catch, except perhaps a mouse’s tail.

Since cats also have much higher protein requirements than dogs, Dr. Wakefield, who runs the resource page www.vegetariancats.com, cautions that a cat’s vegan diet must be more regimented than a dog’s. She warns that, “Home-cooked pet food (vegan or not) without a supplement can lead to serious nutritional problems such as heart and eye disease.”

In a study group of vegan cat on fully supplemented diets, Dr. Wakefield reports no serious nutritional deficiencies, although three of the cats had low – but not critically low – taurine levels.

However Dr. Larsen, who has treated taurine deficiency in a cat that almost died on a commercially available vegan diet, cautions that, “Home-prepared options would be expected to have similar or even more concerning problems.”

See the full article and read more about vegan dogs here.

 

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