Domestic cats on vegan diets are healthier than those on meat-based diets?

Confused vegan cat

The results of a study published on September 13, 2023 on the PLOS ONE website reveal that the participating cat owners decided that their cat was healthier on a vegan diet compared to a meat-based diet. The findings are going to be controversial and have been reported in the news media online. There are …

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Taurine is essential for cat health AND it may extend the lives of humans

Red Bull contains taurine which may extend human lifespan by 8 years!!

Taurine has been discussed a lot on the internet in the context of the domestic cat’s diet as it is an essential nutrient. For cats a diet lacking in sufficient quantities of taurine can lead to taurine deficiency the symptoms of which can include feline taurine retinopathy, or more commonly, feline central retinal degeneration …

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Domestic cats can only get their taurine through eating animal proteins. True or false?


My favourite author, Dr. Desmond Morris, in his book Catlore, states that cats cannot survive on a vegetarian diet and one reason for that statement is that cats “can only obtain [taurine] by eating animal proteins” i.e. flesh. And without taurine a domestic cat will become blind. Early disclaimer: I am not for or …

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A vegetarian cat? No. But manufactured vegetarian cat food containing all the necessary nutrients. Yes.

Vegetarian cat food

This page is in two parts. The first part was written about 13 years ago. The second part was written recently and is an updating section. The page has been checked, refreshed and republished as at January 13, 2022. This is necessary because everything changes. Certainly, the market in cat foods and particularly vegan …

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Micronutrients for domestic cats: pros and cons

Micronutrients in a domestic cat's diet

Micronutrients in a domestic cat’s diet refers to essential amino acids, fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Macronutrients refers to protein, fat, carbohydrates and fibre. Cats, unlike other animals, cannot manufacture essential fatty acids or essential amino acids. Neither can they manufacture vitamin A. Cats don’t automatically eat foods which are …

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What are the symptoms of taurine deficiency in cats?

In a cat’s diet, meat is one normal source of taurine, an amino sulfonic acid. Other foods containing a good source of taurine includes raw chicken liver and roasted turkey (dark meat). In 1963, when the manufacture of pet cat food was less sophisticated, there was a spate of blindness in domestic cats which …

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