I had an iguana for 15 years and I was so happy that she was vegetarian! The ate the best looking salads! I've always wanted a chamelion but I can't bring myself to buy live crickets to feed it so I am doing without.
Now I have a small flock of chickens and they only eat grains and veggies. It is perfect!
I know how you feel. I bought some vegan dog food for my dog awhile ago because I didn't feel right buying him the regular kind. He liked it just fine but I noticed that he was losing weight, so I put him back on his regular diet. Like other posts have said, I think cats are a little different. From what I have read, it is more difficult to put cats on a vegan diet as opposed to dogs. So, unfortunately it is probably best to keep them on the canned food. If you have questions though, I would ask your vet if they have any suggestions.
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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My dog is on a raw diet...I feel guilty every time I stock up the freezer with the assortment of meats he consumes in a month. But, i tell myself that at least MY meat consumption is no longer a factor so hopefully it helps even out...or so I try to convince myself. I can't feel too guilty (or at least I try not to) since he's eating what's natural and right for him and it's my job as a responsible pet owner to make sure he's as healthy as possible.
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And yes I understand what our companion animals would eat in the wild but buying these canned and bagged dry food is just don't the opposite of living a cruelty free lifestyle. And for the record - my cats love textures soy protein. I looks like meat and always try to steal it off of my plate :)
Just as we can eat healthy and obtain nutrients from other sources - so can our pets.
Here is some information from PETA's website on feeding our companions:
If you have a hard time feeding them meat and don't want to try the vegan options - don't have a pet. I mean that in the kindest way! I struggle with feeding my five cats everyday. I decided to feed them the rest of their canned foods until they run out. I will do my best to get them the nutrients they need!
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I love my kitties to bits--they're my furry kids! I definitely don't love everything they eat, but I know that I am doing what's right for them by feeding them good meat that comes from humane sources. You can find lots of cat food that is from good sources--you just have to look for it.
When you think about it, it's really just about being comfortable with the food chain. Even people who don't eat any meat or animals at all have to remember that there are rodents living in those fields of wheat and lettuce and whatnot, and unfortunately some of them will die when it comes time to harvest. No one is completely free of it.
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I suppose it depends on why you are vegetarian/vegan. I have been vegetarian for 38+ years (I'm 54 now). The reason for me to be vegetarian is because I have horrible stomach aches when I eat meat (always did). I've no desire ever to eat meat again, yet my dogs and cat are carnivorous - they do best on meat-based diets. Although it can be gross to handle, I actually feed my dogs fresh meat. Cat gets canned food because she is old and has deteriorating kidneys. Canned is easier for her to digest than dry.
Even if your pets lived in the wild, they would eat meat. They'd kill rabbits, birds, or small game. Feeding them canned meat equates to the same death as if they caught and ate their own meat... not sure this helps. Just my viewpoint.
Julia Sonoran Desert Joyfully owned by two retired racing greyhounds. Happily vegetarian for over 40 years.
One of my Daughters was walking down the hill where we lived..and saw someone toss a paper bag out of a car. She heard noises from the bag. It was 3 little kittens in the bag. We called the animal shelter and they said they would accept them..but would have them destroyed if no one adopted them after 5 days....So, we kept one and found homes w/friends for the other 2. I wasn't a vegetarian then. so I had no problem with the canned food thing. After both children left for college and moved far away..I still had "Kitty"...for 11- 13 years before she just laid down in a corner and went to sleep. BUT those years that we were together she would sit in the window and then run to the door and meet me when I came home from work. I am still missing her.
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Your very brave BILBY4! I personally don't feel safe without my dogs. But then again I live on the side of a canyon and every year in the summertime you can't walk after dark because of the mountain lions that roam our street, and the bear sightings every year. Having a dog doesn't stop the wildlife in our yard and neighborhood though. We have every thing you can think of spotted at least once or twice a year. Luckily that last few summers there haven't been reports of dogs and kids getting taken by Mountain Lions. For a few years it was getting really bad!
Also to the other posters... You can also choose to give your animals dry food instead. Yes soft food is easier to eat, but if you through some water in dry food, you get soggy easy to eat food. Just a suggestion.
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I had a rescue cat for a while and felt the same thing. When I was able to find a home for it I decided not to have any more pets. Aside from what is fed to them, it's not the relationship I wish to have with animals. I've come to the position that animals should be wild and free, not the unwilling servants of homo sapiens. So now my connection with animals is through habitat preservation activities in the bushland around where I live and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. I have pademelons who prowl around the house at night feeding on this and that - even on banana skins from my compost, sometimes - and that's wonderful. The reality is, if I had a dog or a cat the wildlife would not be comfortable in this environment.
i can see your point, but remember cat are meat eater by nature, that is what makes them healthy. As a pet owner it is your responsibility to feed them what makes them healthy. You don't have to feel good about it. Its the best for your kitty. If I sound to hard I don't mean to be just being realistic
Ooooopppss.....in the last few months when I open up a can of cat food...I think.."this is part of what was a living, breathing animal"....and get depressed. Has anyone else had this problem? I know cats are carnivorous, but...it's getting harder and harder to distance myself from what's in that can.
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