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:
“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.