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Hi,

I've been a vegetarian all of my life, and have recently started transitioning to veganism which isn't too hard diet wise but a little tricky since I'm still at school and I'm living with my parents who cook at
lot with cheese, eggs etc.

We have two cats and I'm having trouble with the idea that most pet foods are probably not ethically sourced or held to the same standards as food produced for human consumption. At the moment my parents pay for pet food but I struggle with the idea of contributing to the meat industry in the future if I have my own pets. On the other hand, I would feel uncomfortable feeding my pets a vegan diet as it seems somewhat unethical and unfair to force my personal lifestyle decisions on a natural carnivore.

Anyone with more knowledge on pet food production or how pets might react to a vegan diet; any thoughts?
 
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Hey.

I'm sorry to say that cats are carnivores, if you replace their food with plant based alternatives you're putting them at high risk. While you can probably find ethical based cat food online, I wouldn't recommend it. I completely understand the feeling by feeding your pets meat, but certain pets are just hardwired to eat that kind of diet.
 

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Smart balance has a vegan dog and cat food that is supposedly fine for them..
 
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Hi,

I've been a vegetarian all of my life, and have recently started transitioning to veganism which isn't too hard diet wise but a little tricky since I'm still at school and I'm living with my parents who cook at
lot with cheese, eggs etc.

We have two cats and I'm having trouble with the idea that most pet foods are probably not ethically sourced or held to the same standards as food produced for human consumption. At the moment my parents pay for pet food but I struggle with the idea of contributing to the meat industry in the future if I have my own pets. On the other hand, I would feel uncomfortable feeding my pets a vegan diet as it seems somewhat unethical and unfair to force my personal lifestyle decisions on a natural carnivore.

Anyone with more knowledge on pet food production or how pets might react to a vegan diet; any thoughts?
Hi.
Cats can't survive on vegetarian diets (presumably, they also can't survive on vegan diets). However, dogs can. One person who worked with dogs, though, has told me that dogs can suffer on vegetarian diets. There are however, brands that have vegan dog food, such as Benevo and Yarrah (I think). This is something you should research heavily first, before you get a dog.
If you feed a dog or a cat a non-vegan diet, but still wish to feed them ethically, I believe that Lily's Kitchen are said to be ethical. Their products could also be quite healthy for dogs and cats.
Best of luck.
 

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Cats are obligate carnivores and, as such, can't survive on a vegetarian diet, and may be even worse off on a vegan diet. However, there is such thing (I believe) as cat food that is more ethical, and the companies may apply better welfare standards for the farm animals used for the meat to be made into cat food. Co-op are known to be quite an ethical company on other things so, when I buy cat and dog food for the food banks, I often go with the Co-op own brands (however, Co-op only get a five on the Ethical shopping guide to Cat Food, Ethical Consumer webpage). Lily's Kitchen is known to be very ethical (I think it may even feature in the film "A Street Cat Named Bob").
Dogs, on the other hand, can survive on a vegan diet. However, apparently, they can suffer on a vegetarian diet. I'm not sure, though, if a good vegan diet could keep a dog alive and healthy, though... Unfortunately, I can't access the Ethical shopping guide to dog food at the moment. However, Lily's Kitchen also do dog food, and they are known to be an ethical brand...
 

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thousands of healthy vegan dogs and cats out there. I did a blog page summary of links to Bramble the vegan Guinness world book of records in 2002 vegan dog who lived 25 years healthily. plus little tyke the vegetarian lioness true story. if it were unhealthy or not possible those as well as the thousands of others would not have thrived and lived so long. take a read ! http://vegan-information.com/Vegan_Dogs_and_Cats.html
 

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Smart balance has a vegan dog and cat food that is supposedly fine for them..
Think you mean Natural Balance?
 

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Cats are obligate carnivores and, as such, can't survive on a vegetarian diet, and may be even worse off on a vegan diet. However, there is such thing (I believe) as cat food that is more ethical, and the companies may apply better welfare standards for the farm animals used for the meat to be made into cat food. Co-op are known to be quite an ethical company on other things so, when I buy cat and dog food for the food banks, I often go with the Co-op own brands (however, Co-op only get a five on the Ethical shopping guide to Cat Food, Ethical Consumer webpage). Lily's Kitchen is known to be very ethical (I think it may even feature in the film "A Street Cat Named Bob").
Dogs, on the other hand, can survive on a vegan diet. However, apparently, they can suffer on a vegetarian diet. I'm not sure, though, if a good vegan diet could keep a dog alive and healthy, though... Unfortunately, I can't access the Ethical shopping guide to dog food at the moment. However, Lily's Kitchen also do dog food, and they are known to be an ethical brand...
Think that should be switched, as vegetarian diets would include egg which has beneficial fats.

The problem with comparing diets for cats so linked to what people can afford. Cats are of our own making domestic so I feel an obligation to do right by them. There are more ethical ways to source their food, but I've began leaning to feel it would be better to fund more veg options for them if you have the means to afford them.
We are more capable of synthesizing nutrients, and getting closer to lab grown meats