There's no way on earth I'd feed my cats vegan food. I'm a vegetarian NOT them. Unlike us, they are obligate carnivores and need meat to survive. They risk deafness, blindness, liver and heart problems, and nerve damage due to a lack of minerals found in meat. And vegetarian versions aren't always absorbed well by the cat.
My cats get dry cat food because it's good for their teeth (and have a water fountain to encourage drinking) and I make sure that fish is the first ingredient in the list. I buy grain free food for them as well.
Just as I wouldn't slap down fish for my guinea pigs, they're vegetarian and are fed as such, I wouldn't give the cats vegetarian food.
Dogs are slightly different. They eat meat but are technically omnivores, like us, and a vegetarian diet can be manageable.
If you're finding the texture and smell hard to deal with you could always try switching to dry food. You'd need to mix the two together for a bit until kitty gets used to it.
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