Cats are obligate carnivores. Cats are obligate carnivores. Cats are obligate carnivores.
You can find the story of the kitten who nearly died from a vegan diet all over the internet. Now, a specialty pet food company from the US is promoting a vegetarian diet for cats! The label says “Complete Balanced Dinner” and is totally misleading. After being called on it by dozens of bloggers and cat fans, Evanger’s is defending their product.
Our nutrionist [sic] typically only recommends Vegetarian for older cats that might not have ready access to natural grass as a digestive aid.
So.many.things.wrong.with.this.statement!!! Citing a nutritionist; all indoor cats (no matter what age) may not have ready access to natural grass; senior cats typically need more protein.
Did I mention that cats are obligate carnivores?
An obligate carnivore is an animal that by its genetic makeup must eat the tissue of other animals in order to thrive. Obligate carnivores may eat other foods, such as vegetables, grains, or fruit, but they must eat meat as the main source of their nutrients.
Glossary definition of Obligate Carnivore-Cats-About.com
Toronto Cat Rescue has many passionate vegans and animal rights activists. ALL of them feed meat to their cats. ALL OF THEM.
There are many debates about what to feed your cat; pro-commercial, anti-commercial, grain-free, raw. I think it’s between you and your vet. And, yes, I know there is a community out there very wary and suspicious of vet nutrition advice — I trust my vets. I also listen to the TCR community — not just their opinions, but their experience. Still, the one constant, the one always, is meat. Actual meat, not just fish.
So talk to people, spread the word. Vegetarianism and Veganism are good for (some) people and for the planet. They are never, ever good for cats.