Obligate carnivores

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.


Cute kitten pictures to lighten up the lecturing.


About Adventures in Cat Fostering

I am a cat fosterer for Toronto Cat Rescue. I also have two cats of my own, Jonesy, the black and white, and Murphy, the brown tabby, in the photo. Both were adopted from Toronto Cat Rescue.
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16 Responses to Obligate carnivores

  1. Great post, thank you. It’s absurd that an actual pet food company would promote a vegetarian diet.

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  2. tarnegolita says:

    Vegetarian cat food! That is ridiculous, and worrying. I was getting all upset about vegetarian chicken food, but this is even worse! Good that you’re calling attention to it! xx


    • It’s really worrying because so very many people with cats don’t know any better and will assume it’s a good thing. I’m constantly surprised by what people (who have them!) don’t know about cats, forgetting that my knowledge has been accumulated over nearly 50 years with the last three being a crash course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • tarnegolita says:

        Yes… I think many people get confused because their dogs can have vegetables, rice etc. But cats are strictly meat only. I also didn’t know this though, until I had to do research on what to feed kittens… since then I feed my cats more wet food and better quality dry food… not vegetarian ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Connie says:

        actually, dogs are closer to obligate carnivore than they are omnivore. Look at their teeth, look at their digestive enzymes.. Dogs are more willing to eat veg than cats, that doesn’t mean they are designed to eat it.

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  3. Connie says:

    *applause applause*

    If they are so worried about older cats not getting grass, maybe they should sell cat grass, not a complete and balanced vegetarian diet..

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  4. Reblogged this on Cat Mama and commented:
    This is an issue that really does need to be addressed. Please. Please. PLEASE. Never try and feed your cat a vegetarian/vegan diet.

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  5. I reblogged this, I hope you don’t mind. I really think it’s important to spread this kind of information as some people will be fooled into believing their cat’s can in fact live on this diet. Thank you for posting this and spreading awareness.


  6. Amber says:

    Loki likes to sneak/eat lettuce… But I would never consider a vegetarian or vegan diet for my kitties.

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  8. I don’t understand these peeps…they are not stupid but are not using their heads. We are not dogs….we rule. Dogs can have vegeys…we are too edgey. Having a senior sister mom always looks for something easy for her to digest….she never considered vegeys. Why? Cause cats are carnivores! Vegeys are very hard for us to digest. My sis has a food allergy and has been on Hypoallergenic Soy for a few years. Mom has just introduced some Royal Canin in her diet and all is well so far but its a balancing act.

    PS: Sorry I got absorbed in the conversation. I meant to welcome you to our blog. Glad to have you pop by.

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