Welcome to my article where I answer the question of “Can cats be vegan?” and this is probably one question that I have gotten a lot from many of my vegan readers who have cats.
This is the reason I decided to do an article based on full research so that you know all the truth. You can make this article be your guide for your cat in the vegan diet.
As the vegan diet become more well-known it is becoming more common to see that people are looking a lot into its benefits and so on.
Without further ado, let’s get started with this article.
What is a vegan diet?
Before I start this article I want to first address what a vegan diet is and what it really consists of for those who may not already know.
A vegan diet is a diet which exclude all sorts of animal meat or any animal by products like Milk or eggs.
This means you will only be eating clean and plant based food only which is what is needed usually to avoid the cruelty of animals.
Other people choose the diet just to keep healthy and ensure that they can be able to get good care of their body.
Animal and vegan diet
It is vital to know that some animals are herbivores while others are by nature omnivores which means they can consume anything whether it is meat or plant.
One animal that is known to be herbivore or plant based is an elephant which lives by plants only in the wild.
You see it all depends on the immune system of any animal that you look at. According to vegansouls.com here are the top 10 vegan animals:
- The wildebest
- The horse
What science says about a cat
According to vet.cornell.edu cats are by nature carnivores as they are said to be heavily dependent on protein and other animal nutrients to function.
This is because by nature these creatures are basically hunters and have always been which they evolved as such and have also been able to follow this pattern until now.
This means that even though they have been taken as pets they still; have their core habits and needs of having enough animal products in order to survive fully.
Cats are also said to require more than a dozen of nutrients compared to the average person or animal and these can only be obtained through animal products.
A vet mentioned on readersdigest also point out the fact that cats need a lot of moisture in the food and also cats are said to be super sensitive if they do not get enough amino acids and enough of certain vitamins and minerals.
This article also mentioned that having duck’s meat and any high protein meat is very essential.
So can a cat survive on vegan food?
If we look at the science findings we can see that since a cat needs loads of protein in order to survive and live the normal life that it lives.
Even though the diet of older cats may not be too intense like that of baby cats we can still see that the cats still needs loads of animal related food like meat and the like.
This means that if you subject you cat to a vegan die you are basically killing your cat because of the following reasons:
- Cat will not get enough nutrients
- Cat will not function as normal.
- You will cause other conditions on the cat
- You will also have to do loads of supplement which will be hard and probably harmful.
Many people usually ask me this question” can cats be vegan?” this is the reason I did loads of research and did this short article.
If you need to know I ended up finding that a cat can never survive on a herbivore diet at all as they are not built for that.
The cat follows other “cat” animal creaures like lions and leopards which survive on a meat diet and nothing else which is understandable.
This is because a cat in general needs loads of energy as a hunter to be able to function in the wild even if you have it as a pet.
The other aspect cat owners should now is that cats can end up having certain conditions if they do not meet their amino acid and other nutrient requirements.
This means that a cat can end up dying if they only eat a vegan based diet as it will cause loads of insufficiencies.
I hope this article was helpful and I hope it gave you the value that you where looking for. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below and I will be more than happy to engage with you.