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Feed Your Cats a Vegan/Vegetarian Diet Advised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — 31 Comments

  1. P.E.T.A. started out, many years ago, as a good group. Since then they have gone to the dark side. They are so out in the ozone that they are dangerous to animals. Cats need meat. That simple.

  2. Even though I stopped eating meat before I was in kindergarten, My cat gets wet food that is meat. He also has dry food and water available, but he is a cat and he needs what he needs. I refuse to eat dead animals, but he doesn’t.

  3. I’m not a member of PETA, but I am concerned about animal cruelty, not only for our domestic pets, but for farm and wild animals. We are animals too, but we also have ‘ethics’ and ‘morals’, which apparently other animals don’t have. Personally, I struggle with trying to be vegetarian/vegan, while still feeding my cats factory farmed meat. It’s in all commercial pet food. I can’t justify harming other animals so I can feed my own. And yet I do, because cats are obligate carnivores. I try to feed mine ‘free range’ and grass fed meat, but it’s much more expensive, and I’m not sure they are getting ‘complete’ nutrition. So I also feed a portion of good quality dry food (which has factory farmed animal meat in it). As long as I want to have domestic cats, I guess I will live with this dilemma. I wonder if anyone else feels the way I do about this issue.

    • Kathleen, I have the same dilemma. It is difficult. I feel guilty and weak but it is hard to fight against nature and natural desires. We are omnivores and I find a vegetarian diet okay but dull over time. It is a question of will power and when it comes to food it is one of a few pleasures I have left at my age.

    • I understand your concerns, but even if you have made the choice to be vegan, you are NOT an obligate carnivore and can live very well on a vegan diet. Cats cannot. That simple. If you cannot tolerate feeding a cat what they need to survive, just don’t have a cat. PETA advocates the extinction of all domestic animals, so advocating a diet to kill cats serves their purposes. They are disgusting liars trying to get vegans to kill their cats.

  4. If the entire Planet earth became totally vegetarian then there would be a “FAMINE” on planet Earth. I totally oppose “P.E.T.A” for the fact that its slogan is a ” VEGAN DIET” to save animals from slaughter by humans .This is ridiculous where they now advertise a “VEGETARIAN CAT FEED” for vegetarian cat owners ! Next they might come up with a formula to feed large carnivores like tigers, lions, etc in zoo’s with “VEG FOOD” .Nature has created a environment where carnovores and herbivores exist simultaneously, exch dependent on the other with we humans on the top of the food pyramid.Would there be any trees or grass in the jungles if all animals became herbivores. The continent of Australia once face a epidemic where rabbits ran riot literally destroying all vegetation since there were no large carnivores on that continent to keep the rabbit population in check !Cats, are totally carnivore animals unlike dogs which can survive on a vegetarian diet.

    • If the entire Planet earth became totally vegetarian then there would be a “FAMINE” on planet Earth

      This is a good point, Rudolph. In Britain, they say there’s plenty of land which is not built up and therefore we can accommodate mass immigration by building new houses on it. However, the truth is that we need all that land to grow crops.

      Peta seemed to be denying that nature exists. I think we have to accept that nature made animals, including the human animal, this way and we have to live within that parameter whether we like it or not.

  5. This group is definitely not ethical. What they are, I can’t quite define; but they are on record as killing over 98% of the animals they collect from trusting people who believe they are going to “find good homes” for them; their leader is quoted as saying she loves to kill animals, and their over-the-top, in-your-face shock campaigns, drawing heavily on D-List “celebrities”, repel most of of us the real animal advocacy community. Why should anyone be surprised at this stance, since they quite obviously do not care about cats at all?
    Cats being obligate carnivores need more meat in their diets than members of any other species; those who aren’t comfortable with this should never, ever, be cat caregivers.

      • While very alienating to most of us in the advocacy community, that alone isn’t the reason so many of us are completely turned off by this group; their KILLING of innocent animals while claiming to be an animal advocacy group IS.

        • jmuhj-

          The organization really has quite an enticing name actually. One would think that they are animal friendly and love them and want to protect them and make sure they are treated humanely and well taken care of.

          So many people get duped by their name and think it is a great organization, and don’t do the research or fact check- believing the lies that they perpetuate.

          • THEY NEED TO. People are advised all over the media to ALWAYS background check any charity they are thinking about contributing to/advocating for/volunteering at. *sigh* This has been common knowledge in the animal advocacy community and well-substantiated by quotes and facts for YEARS. Why it isn’t shut down, IDK, but it needs to be.

  6. the first amendment only goes so far. You can’t scream fire in a crowded theater, you can not incite violence, and they should not be allowed to harm cats like this..

    • Nice point Connie. As you say, freedom of speech does not mean anything can be said. There is a lot of discussion in Europe about the freedom given to cartoonists to mock the prophet Mohammad. Views are divided on this.

  7. WHAT? I guess they haven’t seen that commercial with the kitty that says, “Do I look like a vegetarian? Am I stalking plants?”

    • I like that. Neat. It does not surprise me that PETA advocate a vegan diet because they hold extreme views. Part of their ethos is to shock.

  8. Here is the link to the kitten who almost died on the vegan diet of potatoes, rice milk and pasta:

    I have found that PETA is less than ethical on many levels, so following their advice on pet nutrition and health is less than wise. PETA has been in the news too many times for killing rescued pets by bludgeoning them to death in the PETA vehicles on the way back to the shelters.

  9. Sandra,

    That would make a fascinating study if it were possible. I wonder how one might proceed. I bet these cats aren’t doing too well since they are being deprived of critical nutrition.

    I was so upset about the story that Rani posted. I just don’t understand why people force their live philosophy on their pets. I would love to see that story, Rani.

    • Peta hold extreme views. They don’t agree with any pets at all. As I understand them, they would like all animals to be wild and no domestic animals at all including livestock.

      I understand the argument and I like some aspects of PETA but if, as you say, they recommend a vegan diet for cats then they are being irresponsible because some people will no doubt take their advice and despite any supplements etc which can be added, as you say, I don’t believe you can substitute a genuine carnivorous diet with a herbivorous diet. Ill health will no doubt follow.

      Actually, I was surprised to read this and I thank you for instructing me on it.

  10. Cats should NOT be fed only a meatless diet. They need the nutrients and proteins that they get from meat, as do humans. Long term vegetarian/vegan diets can have serious outcomes for humans, I can only guess what will happen to the poor cats. Any responsible cat parent will not follow PETAs’ advice.

  11. I seem to recall in the last year or so that some vegans brought their very sickly kitten to the vet and it was discovered that they were feeding it a vegan diet based heavily on mashed potatoes. And the poor thing was literally starving to death. If I remember right, the vet took the kitten away, started feeding it appropriately, and found it a more appropriate home. I’m not where I can easily Google it, but will find you the story, ig you want. A vegan diet for cats is animal abuse.

  12. Oh no. No way. My old girl loves her meaty wet food with some dry kibble on the side. Samirah will try to stare food out of my hand or my plate. She’s not adverse to sampling a sliver of deli chicken. A couple of times I offered her a bit (and I mean a piece smaller than my fingertip) of cauliflower or banana. She ate it, but it seemed to be more out of curiosity than anything else. Once she even graciously accepted (and nibbled on) a small kernel of popcorn. I’ve never observed any stomach upset on her part afterwards. She has her tub of grass to graze on. I can’t imagine a cat thriving on a vegan diet. You’re right Jo, PETA should get a life. That idea is ridiculous.

    • Thanks for commenting Serbella McGee. Any normal and thinking cat guardian would think like you do. That said, the domestic cat’s diet does contain a little bit of vegetation because the wild cat ancestor in eating prey will also eat the contents of the prey’s stomach and as prey is often a herbivore they will eat some vegetation.

  13. I’m surprised that Peta recommends a meatless diet, forcing their own philosophy onto the diet of an obligate carnivore.

    Since many Peta members may have cats, I wonder how those cats are doing on a long term vegan diet?

    • I wonder how many innocent cats are going to die terrible deaths because of Peta making this claim- people- cats are Obligate Carnivores! If you can’t feed them what they need, do not have a pet cat!!!!!!!!

      • Hi Laura, sometimes Peta comes up with some weird ideas. They also suggest that all feral cats be killed to put them out of their misery.

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