What would you do if your veterinarian called Animal Control to your home because of the food you were feeding your cats? This is the story of a woman in a small town on the west coast (unnamed for privacy concerns) who took her goat into her regular veterinarian for treatment and ended up having to defend her right to give her cats and dogs a raw food diet.
The well experienced raw feeder, referred to as Mrs. V, had a sick goat. The veterinarian prescribed a food which was carried at the clinic. Mrs. V took one look at the ingredients and noticed five ingredients that weren’t good for neutered goats so she refused to purchase it.
When asked by the veterinarian, Mrs. V described the raw homemade died she makes for her cats and dogs. This irritated the vet. In an interview with Two Crazy Cat Ladies, Mrs. V stated
“She almost became hostile while informing me that only an veterinarian nutritionalist knows the nutrition that animals should have. She said I was jeopardizing the health and welfare of my animals by thinking I know what is better for my animals than the pet food industry.”
Mrs. V has been making her own pet food for more than 20 years and based the ingredients on information she learned from several nutritionists. None of this mattered to the veterinarian.
Within hours of arriving back at home with her goat, Animal Control showed up with three vans and a trailer to seize the animals that were being “starved through poor food choices, and that is a case of severe neglect and abuse.” While Mrs. V lives in a state that requires a veterinarian to report suspected abuse or neglect, that isn’t the case here.
The Animal Control Officer was so impressed with the glowing health of her animals Mrs. V was asked for her special raw food recipe. Word has it the veterinarian has been blacklisted and run out of business.
This is a disturbing situation. How do the readers here at PoC feel about a veterinarian who doesn’t have first-hand knowledge on the health of a cat to report a cat owner to Animal Control for neglect and abuse?
I admire people who know how to raw feed their cats. While it may not be for every cat owner, the government (and Animal Control IS government funded in almost all areas) shouldn’t have the right to interfere with the lifestyle choice raw feeders have made to keep their cats (and dogs) healthy.
Your comments are welcome.