Can my cat be a vegetarian?
Posted on May 01 2018
Are you thinking about making your pussycat veggie? To know what kind of diet our pets need, the first thing we need to know is what classification they find according to their diet.
Contrary to what was thought a few years ago, dogs and cats are not in the same classification. Dogs - like humans - are omnivores, that is, that their system is prepared to consume meat and vegetables, from which they obtain proteins to live perfectly.
And the cats? Your pussycat are carnivores! They need meat. In fact, they need a lot more protein than any other domesticated animal.
Your digestive system does not allow you to process vegetables, especially if they are raw. Unlike omnivores that have the ability to obtain vitamins, fats, carbohydrates and energy by digesting plants, cats as carnivorous beings need to consume omnivorous and herbivorous animals that have done this work for them.
For them, this type of food gives them everything they need. Strict carnivores do not even need to consume carbohydrates, as they can get them from proteins and fats.
In addition, cats need other nutrients such as vitamin A and amino acids called taurine and arginine, elements that can not be obtained through a vegetarian diet.
The lack of these two types of amino acids found in animal protein can cause very serious problems: the lack of arginine can cause seizures, reach a coma and cause death. In the absence of taurine, kittens can develop blindness and heart disease.
Do you insist on doing it vegetarian? There is a possible alternative for those who want at all costs that their kittens have a vegetarian diet: buy a large amount of these amino acids and go with a veterinarian nutritionist to include them in a special diet. And then, get your pussycat wanting to eat it.
Definitively, cats need to eat meat and love it, in the same way that horses and rabbits prefer the veggie wave .
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