Owning a pet never really seemed like too much of an ethical issue, until I went vegan that is. I don’t currently own a pet, but the thought of owning one in the future puts me in a bit of an ethical dilemma. Should vegans feed their pets meat?
The meat industry horrifies me so greatly, that the thought of supporting it fills me with disgust. Whether I buy meat for myself or my pet, I would still be supporting that trade. However, I’m not going to dive into feeding my hypothetical cat or dog carrots for dinner.
I’m no idiot, and I know that animals have always eaten meat, and not in the same way that humans have. Their teeth and digestive systems are designed to consume meat, and there could be serious health issues if you don’t feed them appropriately.
This is however, slightly different for cats and dogs. Dogs are capable to thrive on a suitable vegan diet, whereas cats can become very sick.
By feeding a cat a meat free diet, it goes against their physiology and could be extremely harmful. For dogs however, vegetarian and vegan diets are definitely possible. Dogs are omnivores by nature so eating plant foods is no problem for them. You simply have to ensure that they receive enough protein and necessary nutrients.
Although there is some evidence that feeding cats a vegan diet is possible, for me I feel as if I would be taking a risk on my cats health for my own personal beliefs. There is no way however that I would go and buy commercial cat food. This directly supports the meat industry and goes against everything that I believe.
Whether it would be collecting scraps from the local butchers or family and friends, I would find a way to feed them that doesn’t support the industry. By feeding them from vegan brands as well as giving them meat when necessary, I feel that this is a fair way to raise a cat.
Should vegans feed their pets meat or not?
I believe that for dogs, vegans should definitely try feeding them a vegan diet. With cats however, a much more cautious route should be taken. If it’s something you truly want to do, be clear with your vet from the start. You should always want the health of your pet to be the main priority, so remember to keep that in mind.