It’s hard to take a picture of Niko and Puck together because of their difference in color. But if you look from the right angle, it’s a pretty cute picture.
Chris bought some Evolution Vegan Cat Food from vegancats.com a couple of weeks ago, and Niko loves it like nothing else. We got two cans (complete nutrition for daily feeding), VegeCat Supplement (for adding to home-cooked meals, also providing complete nutrition for daily feeding), and some yeast for flavoring.
Niko’s been eating about a half-and-half diet – Evolution Canned Food/Pet Promise Dry Food or Homemade Meal/Pet Promise Dry Food for the past week or so. She seems to be doing very well, but we have a lot of Pet Promise food left, so we’re waiting to finish that up.
After reading Obligate Carnivore by Jed Gillen, we decided to try Niko on a partially vegan diet. Of course, we need to make sure she stays healthy, but the Evolution food and supplements contain the exact same synthesized minerals found in dead-animal cat food. Commercial cat food needs to contain synthetic nutrients, as the rendering/processing gets rid of nutrients found naturally in animal flesh.
The thought of feeding our cat other dead cats, dead dogs, roadkill, and parts of animals “unsuitable for human consumption” is quite unbearable. So, it’s either this route or home-cooked meaty meals (something that my kosher kitchen is not ready to be sacrificed to).
Niko’s a female, which makes this diet very possible. Male cats, on the other hand, can develop serious pH inbalances from food that isn’t formulated correctly. The company recommends frequent urine pH tests if starting a male cat on a vegan diet. However, they recommend that “all female cats immediately be placed on a vegan diet.”
I’m sure we’ll have a thorough vet visit in the future, but I am hopeful for this new diet. Many cat and dog refugees/sanctuaries feed their rescued cats and dogs strictly vegan diets, mostly because the people who run the sanctuary are vegan.
Think I’m nuts? I’ve got two vegan dogs. (Search the Internet for “oldest living dog” – seriously… do it!). Today, a lot of people are moving their cats to vegan diets – here’s an article from a magazine we subscribe to: Clear Your Conscience, Cat Lover (Satya).
Some more links:
- Still not convinced? See what you’re feeding your dog or cat (another SATYA article): Whatâ€™s Really in Pet Food? A Report by the Animal Protection Institute … More information avialable from the source, The Animal Protection Institute.
- Can’t defeat the meat? Support Brands That Do Not Test on Animals
- More information on Selecting a Commercial Pet Food
… the API does not recommend feeding cats a vegan diet, but their reasoning is because the long-term implications of synthetic nutrients are unknown. A recent study by vegetariancats.com confirms that comparatively, long-term vegetarian feeding of cats does not lead to nutrient deficiency. Many personal testamonials also support vegan cat diets.