So, I'm a vegetarian who used to be vegan, and back then I was in this vegan facebook group (mostly for the recipes) and I came across this thread about vegan cat food. Naturally I said it's a really bad idea not feeding your cat meat because they're obligate carnivores, but they wouldn't listen even after providing sources from a VET specializing in CATS, and said it wasn't a "scientific source" and kept saying there was no evidence that cats are actually carnivores. I weeped a lot... thoughts?
Main thought: None of these people are allowed to own cats, EVER. I’m serious if you catch them keeping a cat and feeding it vegan snitch on them for animal abuse.
Side thought (kept in ‘general you’): The dietary requirements of a cat can only be met on a meat diet. They require amino acids in their food that only happens in met (yes yes you can also make amino acids in big sterile vats but listen cats don’t have organic chemistry degrees I promise you they evolved to not make these things on their own because their diet provides them). Like from their teeth to their digestive system to their entire metabolism, these are not animals meant to make do on plants. They can’t even taste ‘sweet’. I want you to consider that we’re talking about an animal that has no inherent way to detect the presence of sugar in its food. They’re so keyed into living of protein and fat that they can’t detect sugar.
Cats are the most damn carnivores. Looking at a cat and going ‘that’s not a carnivore’ is like looking at a tiger shark and going ‘ah yes a herbivore’ Everything about the biology of these animals indicates that they’re meant to feed on other animals.
Like, if you wanna feed your pets a vegan diet, that’s cool! But maybe if that’s a concern, get an animal that’s actually herbivore. There are wonderful herbivore pets out there (I would promo snails but tbh you’re supposed to feed them protein and mine get dried gammarus so like… not vegan).