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Can a cat be vegan?
It is possible to love and care for an animal in a way that enriches the lives of both the animal and the human involved.
It is also possible to raise a meat-eating animal such as a cat or dog on a vegan diet and thus reduce the overall amount of animal suffering and death in the world by not supporting the exploitative industries of fishing and meat-farming.
How to change your cat to Vegan
The best time to begin your cat on a vegan diet is when he is a kitten, but older cats can convert easily too. Make any changes to your cats diet SLOWLY. Begin by adding a small amount of veggies and VEGANPET dry food, slowly increasing the amounts replacing his old diet with the new. Be sure your cat is eating enough to sustain him, if not go back a few steps adding more of his old diet and begin slowly decreasing it again. If your cat is very old I would not try to make him total vegan. Some old timers take to it easily, but some are very set in their ways and it would be cruel to force change on them at this time of life. You could slowly reduce the amount of meat, chicken or fish you are feeding him and replace with VEGANPET dry food and some vegetables or whatever you eat adding only a very small amount of meat or fish. Even though your old cat is still eating the flesh of a dead animal the amount is greatly reduced.
My VEGANPET kitten and cat food is a dry extruded food that contains a vegetable source of every nutrient a cat/ kitten needs. If you want your kitten/cat to be a vegetarian or Vegan, you must feed him my VEGANPET food. A cat cannot live on just a vegetarian diet. There are many very special needs nutritionally for cats that vegetables cannot give. There are special needs for some Amino Acids (eg; Taurine) or Fatty Acids, Vitamin A level sensitivity, and a need to be performed to name a few. All of these nutrients are provided in my VEGANPET food and are balanced, which is essential.
My VEGANPET dry food is an excellent base for your vegan diet. Just add the required amount of food daily as suggested on my label allowing for size, activity and age of your cat. You can mix it with any other food, feed it alone or pour warm water, low-fat soy milk ( or for vegetarians, pet milk or low-fat milk ) over it to make it softer. Cats are very different from most domestic animals, feeding randomly through the day and night, and eating only very small amounts. A cat normally eats 8-16 times over a 24-hour period, however, adult cats can adapt to a feed once a day. I recommend feeding cats twice a day. Your cat will live happily on just VEGANPET dry cat food, however, they really enjoy a variety of different foods as well, so why not try a few foods to add interest to your cat's diet. You must always have fresh water available when feeding your cat.
Some other foods cats enjoy
Cooked mashed squash, sweet potato, broccoli, or potato, rice, and lentils. Tofu or pasta with tomato or a creamy sauce. (Always opt for low-fat ingredients in creamy sauces). Just try your cat on different veggies you will soon see what his taste is. TVP or Textured Vegetable Protein or Gluten wheat properly prepared becomes meat like in texture and flavour and cats enjoy it. Shredded carrot, chopped spinach, lentil sprouts and other salad vegetables some cats love. Frozen peas or creamed or corn niblets are enjoyed. Finely grated fresh greens, sprouts, mix together well, especially with an added whole grain cereal or brown rice. Always cook the grains lentils and rice perhaps with a vegetable stock cube to add flavour. “Supreme” Gravox is vegetarian that could be added as some flavour. Fruit should be fed alone before or after the meal because fruit is high in water and is digested rapidly. Favourite fruits are Cantalope, banana, melons, berries, pear, and any fruit really so long as it is ripened. Try to feed the same families of fruit together, except for pineapple which has its own enzymes. An example of some additives to enhance flavour and add interest to your cat’s food are Japanese seaweed, veggie bacon bits, and a sprinkle of Brewer’s yeast, garlic, soya sauce or tahini. Cats do prefer a savoury taste to sweet. These foods should be fed in small amounts while Veganpet Dry Food is the principal diet. Cat’s body pH balance is different to dogs and people, they are pH acid, by feeding a diet rich in vegetables ( which are predominantly alkaline) you can change your cats acid balance. Please be aware of this. Corn is easy to add and is acid balanced.
The secret is to try all different types of vegetables, remembering that they should be finely grated and root vegetable oats and lentils etc need to be cooked. Always serve food at room temperature or slightly warmed, always serve with fresh water. The fresh and cooked foods you give to your cat should not be greater than the VEGANPET dry food, because of the protein levels and the enzymes included and all the needed nutrients are in VEGANPET food in the balanced amount and are readily absorbed, where the vegetables give some nutrients, but mainly are a change in texture and flavour of food for your cat.
Fresh Green Cat Grass
Cats need to have access to long green cat grass, which is essential if your cat lives indoors full time.
As a good emergency food always have some of your cat’s favourite vegetable baby food in the cupboard. Be adventuresome and try all sorts of mixes of foods for your cat, he will soon develop his favourite. Always be careful to incorporate my VEGANPET dry food as well. Happy cooking, remembering all the time. No animal has suffered to feed your pet – Doesn’t it feel great!