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Alligators and Cats - What do they have in common?

Alligators and cats have tails, yes, but that’s not it. Sharp teeth? Getting closer! They are carnivores! You almost got it! 2017 and 2021 studies about American alligators and domesticated cats, respectively, show that these predators can be successfully fed plant-based diets. Surprised!? DiGeronimo et al in their 2017 study say: “No differences were found between alligators fed diets with animal or plant protein in terms of either biochemistry profiles or gross or histologic examination of kidney and liver. Plant-based diets, fed for up to 10 mo, do not appear to have any ill effects on the kidney or liver of American alligators.” Dodd et all in their 2021 study say: “the health and wellness of cats does not appear...

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I am vegan, but can my companion animal be one too?

"I want to live my vegan values, but also have a responsibility toward my companion animal to provide him/her with best possible nutrition..."   You care about all living beings and the planet, and this is why you joined this exciting global vegan movement. You are leading a healthy lifestyle and are happy to cook delicious vegan meals for yourself and your family. In fact, the only meat-based product that you will find in your home is your companion animal's food. This creates a dilemma. One one hand, you wish your household was completely vegan. On the other hand, you have a responsibility to provide the best nutrition to your beloved cat and dog. Veganism works for you, but would...

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How long do Vegan Cats live? 🕒

Some people believe that vegan diets for cats cause malnourishment and as a result shorter lifespan. A 2021 study conducted by the researchers from University of Guelph (Canada) with 874 cats could not confirm shorter lifespan for cats on a vegan diet. Instead, the researchers found that cats on a vegan diet live just as long as cats fed a meat-based diet. This research connects nicely with the prior research (see reference section on Vegan Cats 101 page). The previous studies point to a general conclusion that cats can be vegan on a complete plant-based diet. The current study builds on this research and takes it one step further, by looking at lifespan of cats. Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Dodd spearheaded this...

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How Kitties Change Oceans

The unprecedented volume of pet food production for cats and dogs affects our oceans. In this post we shed some light on the issue. 2.9 million tons of fish is used to make fishmeal for pets. 2.5 million tons of raw fish is used for feeding cats directly. 16.2 million tons of fish is used to make fishmeal, which is used to feed Pigs, Cows and Chickens. Some of those Pigs, Cows and Chickens are fed to cats and dogs. Depleted ocean floor. Without a well-functioning ecosystem oceans are dying. Sick cat. Sick dog.   We thank everyone who made it their life's mission to protect the oceans and the marine life! Plant-based diet Online Assessment Gender, age, and prior...

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Vegan Cat Food Study Dodd et al. 2021 BMC Veterinary Research

Cats, being obligate carnivores, have unique dietary requirements for nutrients most commonly found in dietary ingredients of animal origin. As such, feeding a diet devoid of animal-derived ingredients has been postulated as a possible cause of nutrient imbalances and adverse health outcomes. 🔬 At the outset, the researchers suspected that cats fed a plant-based diet would have a higher prevalence of negative health effects, such as heart disease dental disease skin disease hormone problems stomach and liver problems urinary problems eyesight problems kidney problems However, contrary to the expectations, cat owners who participated in the study, perceived no body system or disorder to be at particular risk when feeding a plant-based diet to cats.  This conclusion is based on the comparison...

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