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DIET / NUTRITION:
One nutrient necessary to a cat’s daily diet is taurine. Cats need taurine in their diet as they are unable produce sufficient amounts naturally. Taurine is primarily found in animal muscle meat.
"Cats are a particular challenge because they cannot produce certain proteins such as taurine themselves. They instead have to absorb it from their food, with beef, chicken and fish being particularly rich sources. Cats that don’t have enough taurine are at risk of developing a potentially fatal condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)" - the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
"In cats with DCM, the heart muscle becomes very thin and weak, preventing them from pumping blood and supplying oxygen to the body normally. This is a fatal disease if not corrected early on." - ASPCA
"Taurine deficiency in cats causes a host of metabolic and clinical problems, including feline central retinal degeneration and blindness, deafness, cardiomyopathy and heart failure, inadequate immune response, poor neonatal growth, reproductive failure, and congenital defects. Found abundantly in many fish, birds, and small rodents, taurine is either absent or present only in trace amounts in plants." - Your Cat's Nutritional Needs, published by the National Research Council of the National Academies, pg2
Although Jasmin Bedria is not a licensed veterinarian or a veterinary medical professional of any kind, she's a premier independent researcher in cat nutrition, care and health information. I fully endorse her work.
Folks, I, as publisher of CatNewsHeadlines.com, am a vegan. However, I do not believe in feeding a vegan diet to a cat. A cat is an obligate carnivore. Having said that, below I present news stories both pro and con. It's up to you to decide for yourself what to feed your cat(s). Read my blog here.
If you've ever wondered: Can I feed my cat a VEGAN diet? Is it good for them? Can they survive on it? Should I even try to feed my cat a vegan or plant-based diet? ... then this video is for you!
[Doug's Note: This couple have obviously done their homework regarding feline nutrition.]
Those Annoying Vegans
with Ana Valverde and Brian Ruppenkamp
As many of you have noticed, we have cats! AND we’re vegan! What to do!? Well, here’s our long-winded answer to one our most frequently-asked questions.
Also see the valuable list of other resources which they present on their YouTube page:
Doug's Note: I'll tell you what bothers me most about this story. It compares a 'vegan diet' to a 'flesh-based, traditional pet food' diet. What the hell is a 'flesh-based, traditional pet food' diet??? Is it kibble? If the underwriters of this story are promoting vegan food over kibble, I can quite well understand why the results of their study seems so positively supportive of vegan food. I'd rather feed my cats anything but kibble. This story stinks of anecdotal evidence supported by highly questionable 'facts.' My point here is that you cannot accept the 'scientific' evidence in this report on face value. You have to think. You also have to consider who is paying for this story to be spread around. - VeganNews
This story is only available if you have a Wall Street Journal membership. - WSJ
[Doug's Note: I do not endorse the position held in this story at all. Cats are obligate carnivores, and as such need meat] - Stuff
The manufacture’s website info and product label design doesn’t matter. Advertising doesn't matter. Internet product reviews and caregiver’s testimonials don't matter. Whether or not your cats’ “like” it doesn’t matter (all kids like junk food). “If you are feeding canned cat food, the ONLY things that matter to your cats’ future and wellbeing are the ingredients in the can and the quality of those ingredients." - Doug Hines Learn more at CatFoodIngredients.com.
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