With more and more people adopting the plant-based diet it only makes sense that we think about our pets also and whether or not this diet makes sense for them too.
In Canada vegetarians and vegans make up about 10% of the Canadian population.
In this particular article it talks about the fact that dogs don’t have a problem implementing a plant-based diet. When it comes to cats, it’s a different story:
“Cats, on the other hand, have a much different set of biological dietary requirements. Cats are deemed obligate carnivores, meaning they cannot achieve their nutritional needs from plants alone. For cats, eating meat is more of a necessity than a preference. Unlike dogs, cats lack the ability to synthesize certain essential amino acids, like taurine. Without enough taurine, cats are at high risk of developing serious health problems, like blindness, and a potentially fatal form of heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy. Taurine cannot be found in plant sources; it can only be naturally derived from meat or milk.”
Personally I think it can be done in moderation. Instead of 80/20 or 70/30, maybe look at something like 50/50 OR ensure you have the right supplementation plan in place.
Read more of the article here.