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Obligate carnivores are not obligated to eat meat - Study shows high Digestibility of plant ingredients in Cats

  A commercial pet food supplier, ADM Animal Nutrition, recently published a report recognizing validity of plant ingredients in cat food and advising their inclusion in cat food formulations. That's great news, but let's pause for a second. A commercial pet food supplier advocating for plant-based ingredients? Well, that's rather odd. Most pet food suppliers supply meat-based products and advocate the inclusion of meat-based constituents. Their objective is usually to make the optimal food for cats, with high palatability, not necessarily the most ethical food. That is why it's unusual to have a pet food ingredient supplier advocating plant-based ingredients and backing up their claims with research. So what does ADM say in their report?  ADM Animal Nutrition Report In their report ADM...

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5 ways to explain to family and friends why my cat/dog is now vegan

Explaining to your friends and family that your cat (or dog) is now vegan is tough. Our family and friends don’t have the benefit of seeing the research we’ve done prior to switching, and they certainly don’t see all the pros and cons we’ve carefully weighted. They simply “know” that cats/dogs need meat. And they are not wrong, since that’s the very definition of an obligate carnivore to hunt prey and eat flesh. They may also think you’ve gone a little too far with the whole vegan lifestyle and saving animals 'thing'. Others may even start thinking you are downright crazy and call you animal abuser, since you “force your believes” on your poor cat/dog to eat only lettuce, tomatoes...

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Where to Get Vegan Pet Food in US and Canada

Did you know there are at least 10 websites + 29 physical locations where you can get vegan pet food in the US & Canada? When Vecado ran a poll and asked what’s the most difficult thing about vegan pet food, pet guardians said availability. They said it’s hard to find stores that carry vegan pet food, and that shipping from online outlets is expensive. So we created this guide to help locate outlets (Stores and Online) to make vegan pet food easier to find. While vegan dog food is available in specialized stores, vegan cat food can be hard to find. The two tables below (one for Canada and one for the US) clearly show where to find vegan cat...

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Avoid Toxins from Bioaccumulation with vegan cat & dog food

Why should we care about bioaccumulation?  Bioaccumulation refers to the gradual accumulation of substances, such as pesticides or other chemicals, in an organism. Bio accumulation is responsible for large levels of toxins in our cats and dogs, contributing to a host of health issues. In recognition of the unique roles that pets play in our lives, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) undertook a study [1] in 2008 to investigate the extent of exposures pets face to contaminants. The study found that dogs and cats were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested.  For dogs, blood and urine samples were contaminated with 35 chemicals altogether, including 11 carcinogens, 31 chemicals toxic to the reproductive system, and 24 neurotoxins. The carcinogens...

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Prof. Andrew Knight reviews Study on Vegan Cat Food

In the video below, Prof Andrew Knight discusses a study conducted in 2006 on 34 plant based cats compared to 52 meat based cats. The study found out that there were no differences in their body conditioning/health status.  The proper balance of nutrients is essential when feeding your pets. Animals (and humans) need a certain combination of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water every day in order to function normally. Balanced nutrition is no accident – pet food manufacturers work hard to determine the exact formula that goes into their products so that they provide everything your pets needs on a daily basis.   Study Re: Vegan Cat Food - Wakefield L et al (2006) . The study found...

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