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Dog and Cat Food
A normally carnivorous companion animal or "pet" can be converted to a vegetarian or vegan diet. This type of diet can extend the lives of both cats and dogs and save millions of other animals each year.
Our Happy, Healthy Vegan Cats
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Our vet, who has no experience with a vegan diet for cats, says that our cats look really good and are in great health (he always seems in great disbelief, as though they should look unhealthy!)...
People who eat and kill animals are indeed imposing their will on their companion animals. It seems so obvious, yet there is endless discussion about the dire importance of feeding meat to a dog or cat, even by ethical vegans! The pet food industry has convinced people to believe that we must feed our cats and dogs a diet similar to a wild animal diet. The truth is, cats and dogs living in homes, who do not have to worry about where their food is coming from, or whether a predator is nearby, do not need to eat the diet of a wild animal.
We have two rescue cats, a boy and a girl, we have raised as vegan since birth. One is 2 years old and the other is 5 years old. Our vet, who has no experience with a vegan diet for cats, says that our cats look really good and are in great health (he always seems in great disbelief, as though they should look unhealthy!). We give our cats Evolution cat food mixed with veggies, oils, etc. such as is suggested. If people want to veganize their cats, start by mixing the regular cat food with the vegan cat food, slowly increasing the vegan cat food. If the cat is finicky and will not change foods, many people will use tuna (in small amounts), mixed with the vegan cat food, slowly eliminating the tuna until the cat(s) are eating a diet of vegan cat food and fresh veggies, oils, seeds and nuts. Our cats are crazy for corn on the cob and steamed broccoli with quinoa and grapeseed oil. We must keep corn on the cob in our kitchen at all times and also cashews, broccoli and watermelon. We offer them Better than Cream cheese (vegan!), soy "butter" and a variety of cold pressed oils, which they love (!) to no end. When we make our food, we make a plate for our beautiful felines as well. They are basically eating when we eat and so in essence, we all eat together. They have their days where they won't eat a certain food, so we have to make sure they get what they need and they are sure to let us know. Cats are very "talkative" and will let you know what they need if you become involved in their food. The best way to develop a special "talking" relationship with your cat or dog, is to feed them REAL food. Yes, it is true! Certain foods make our cats really vocal and we know their preferences by the way they attack the food. Our cat Ben just turned 2 years old last month and we all celebrated with his favorite food: watermelon. He was so excited, he visited his special happy birthday bowl all day and even let our girl cat share.....very cute, super sweet!
We feel that keeping cats indoors is not natural to cats, so everything about their life must be accommodated accordingly, like us humans. Humans live extremely unnatural, sedentary, indoor lives and so we must accommodate our diets to make up for this constant sitting. The vegan diet is essential for humans as well as for the animals we keep in our homes. Getting lots of enzyme rich food, chlorophyll, natural vitamins and minerals and good clean water from our food is of utmost importance to our health....so that we (and our animal companions) can grow old more gracefully than one does on the usual dead meat and potatoes diet. Sadly, we lost our previous family member/cat, Pluto, two years ago. He was with us for 18 years and he was a vegan for 6 of those years. Towards the end of his life, our vet could not believe how great Pluto looked for his age. We truly believe that the vegan diet would have extended his life much more so, had he been vegan for his entire life. He was active, playing like a kitten! until the very end. It was so obvious that changing his diet to vegan increased his energy levels, and gave him his beautiful coat of super fluffy fur he did not ever have before. We meet people all the time who are feeding their dogs vegan dog food from the national brand stores. They immediately notice the difference once their dogs are eating real food, not diseased, rotten "food". Vegan cats are slowly catching on here in the U.S., but not nearly as fast as the large population of vegan cats in Europe. We are slow to change here, because there is so much bad information (lies) about the success of a cat or a dog on a vegan diet, broadcast mostly by the pet "food" industry, which is nothing more than an offshoot of the factory farm industry. This industry is so wicked and evil to promote the idea that all animals must eat their "food" or they will die. The truth is, there is no perfect food-in-a-bag for a sedentary animal. All animals (like human animals) need real fruits/vegetables: green, yellow, red, orange, etc. in their diets. Enzymes are essential!
Then there is the whole taurine/arachodonic acid discussion. For humans it's: "where do you get your protein?" and for cats its: "where does your cat get his/her taurine?". All cat food, vegan or not, is supplemented with taurine/a.a.. If someone feels that the taurine/a.a. amount in the vegan cat food is unacceptable, they can buy these at a health food store or online and add it to the food. We humans are really good at complicating an issue to the point that the real problem never gets addressed. Taurine/a.a. is the easy part, getting enzyme rich food into a cat or dogs diet is the part that is missing. The pet food industry has confused the issue to no end, and so cats and dogs end up eating toxic, diseased crap, with plenty of taurine/a.a.! Just like humans: gobs of protein (dead animal parts and their body fluids) and no enzyme rich foods.....bleh! Switching to an enzyme rich diet is a matter of replacing the ever present cooked food habits with new habits that involve fresh, colorful food that came out of the organic ground. Our human problems stem out of really bad death-path habits that are never replaced with good, life-giving habits.
We are happy to impose our will of a vegan diet on our beautiful feline companions. We give them the best food on earth and hence, we all get to live completely cruelty free in our home. Frank and Mary's dog Heidi was very fortunate to get to spend her vegan life with them. The vegan diet was the greatest gift they gave to her: they were (are) excellent care-givers. A vegan life is a good life for sure!
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