It is claimed that a domestic cat can live healthily off a vegetarian diet. There is at least one commercial pet food manufacturer making a vegetarian diet for cats. The concept is counterintuitive. A lot of people including cat owners are probably unaware that plants contain protein.
The vegetarian cat food’s nutrient content mets the domestic cat’s requirements. Nutrient content is different to ingredient content. As long as the right nutrients are in the food, the claim is that there are no problems.
However, one visitor said that animal protein is different and better than plant protein. Is this true and how does it affect vegetarian cat food?
Well, my research tells me that it is true to the extent that meat proteins contain all the essential amino acids whereas some plant proteins don’t. Other than that ‘in terms of components, there is no difference between animal and plant proteins’ (beyondmeat.com).
What the vegetarian cat food manufacturers will say is that they add the essential amino acids that a cat needs and therefore the food meets all the needs of a domestic cat.
In answer to the question in the title you have to conclude that at a fundamental level plant and animal protein is the same. Further there are some ‘complete vegan proteins’ such as pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds.
I am not endorsing vegetarian cat food. However, a lot of cat owners are unsatisfied with meat based cat food. It can contain a lot of junk. Damn it, it can sometimes contain the remains of someone’s pet cat recycled via mass euthanasia at cat shelters.
Under these circumstances vegetarian cat food looks more attractive.
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