How long do Vegan Cats live? đź•’


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 research and compared 2 groups of cats: cats fed plant-based diets (PB) and meat-based (MB) diets.

“longevity of cats, as reported by the study participants, did not vary between cats fed PB or MB diets, and was comparable to the recognized lifespan of domestic cats”

-excerpt from the study

 

The animation below compares the lifespans of 2 groups of cats:

lifespan of vegan cats showing that cats on vegan cat food have similar longevity to cats on a meat-based diet

Key slides from the animation:

longevity of cats on a vegan diet / lifespan of cats on plant-based diet

 

Such lifespan is only possible when cats are fed a complete vegan diet, supplemented with taurine, arachidonic acid, vitamins A, D3 and other nutrients.

The above animation was build based on Kaplan Meier survival function from the study.

And for those considering switching their cat to a vegan diet, the results look very promising.

A similar study for dogs is underway.

Study link

The study has been published in BMC Veterinary Research.

PDF File

and can be accessed by the public via the following link:

https://bmcvetres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12917-021-02754-8

Next Steps

Online Assessment

We recommend taking an online assessment to determine suitability of a vegan diet for your cat.

Every cat is different and has their unique needs, and what works for one cat may not work for the other.

The online assessment takes into consideration:

  • age
  • gender
  • health situation

...and reflects on the suitability of vegan cat food for Your cat.

Online Assessment Link

Sample Packs

We also recommend trying a sample pack to determine how your cat likes the flavour of the food.

There are several kibble formulas and wet foods to try.

The All-in-one sample pack offers 4 flavours of kibble and 2 varieties of cans.

Sample Pack for Cats Link 

Complete Vegan Cat Foods

Learn more about the vegan diets via Vegan Cats 101 page.

Explore formulas, the ingredients, transition experiences and reviews.


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