A nutritious, balanced diet is essential to keeping your cat healthy.The best diet for your cat is one that replicates what she would eat in the wild, a moisture-rich, meat-filled diet. Cats are true carnivores, and therefore require more quality-source protein in their diets than most other animals. We suggest feeding your cat a diet consisting mostly of quality canned foods. Feed your cats highly digestible, meat-based foods and increase the proportion of canned and raw foods in the cat’s daily diet.
Though there are many vegetarian options for pet food on the market, the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), has warned pet owners that they should include meat in their cats’ diet. Those who make their cats ill by neglecting their dietary needs could face heavy fines or even prison time.
Cats who are fed a vegan diet will often develop a deficiency of taurine because the diet doesn’t provide them with this essential amino acid. A lack of adequate taurine can also cause severe eye problems in cats, including blindness. Protein: Cats require a die thigh in protein. In 2013, Australian Harry Bolman received criticism when his cat Uma became seriously ill after a year of meatless meals.
“I’ve been vegan since 1980 and I’ve always fed my pets vegan diets,” Bolman said. “Uma is my first cat but I’ve raised two dogs who were vegan for most of their lives. The eldest one lived until 18 and they were very happy and healthy.”
“I’ve always refused to have animal products in my house and Uma has been a vegan cat ever since I first adopted her. She absolutely loves her vegan diet. I will boil some pumpkin and mash it up with the dry vegan cat food and she chows it down like there is no tomorrow.”
“Uma is very healthy. She’s got the whitest coat, a great appetite and is full of vitality. Regular processed cat food is abysmal. It’s just bits and pieces of different animals which is absolutely revolting. There is no way I’d feed my cat that. I don’t support meat-based pet food, it goes against my ethics altogether.”
From age six months to maturity, most cats will do well when fed two times a day. Once the cat becomes an adult, at about one year, feeding once or twice a day is appropriate in most cases. Senior cats, age seven and above, should maintain the same feeding regimen. Cats are meat eaters, plain and simple. They have to have protein from meat for a strong heart, good vision, and a healthy reproductive system. Cooked beef, chicken, turkey, and small amounts of lean deli meats are a great way to give them that. Raw or spoiled meat could make your cat sick.
“One of the defining characteristics of an obligate carnivore is a requirement for a high amount of protein in the diet,” the Feline Nutrition Foundation reports. “Cats meet their blood glucose requirements from gluconeogenesis, using protein, rather than from the breakdown of carbohydrates in their diet. They are so dependent on protein that if their diet is lacking an adequate amount to supply their energy needs, they will break down their own body muscle and organs.”
A vegan diet is a poor choice for your cat. Such a diet cannot provide all of the nutrients that your cat requires for health. There are many pets that you could choose that would thrive on a vegan diet but a cat is not one of them. Cats, as a species, are obligate carnivores. Vegan diets are only perfect for humans and dogs. In fact, when balanced out with the right vitamins and minerals, it may be healthier than the standard meat-eaters diet.
“Research suggests vegan diets usually contain more dietary fibre but have less cholesterol and saturated fat,” Haleh Moravej, a senior lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University, told. “This reduces the risk of many modern chronic diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, however, without informed food choices or supplementation, deficiencies may be an issue. Health experts suggest informed and well-planned vegan diets are suitable for all individuals at all stages of life.” But for cats meat is necessary.