Cats and dogs may be carnivores, but that has not stopped a surprising number of pet owners from wistfully wishing they could change their furry friends to plant-based diets – or even.
Of 3,673 cat and dog owners surveyed worldwide, a whopping 35 percent expressed interest in veganizing their carnivorous pets.
The aim of the study was to investigate meat prevention among pet owners. and how it affects the food they feed their pets. In fact, the desire to feed pets with a vegan diet was more common, but not exclusive, in vegan people.
Vegans accounted for 212 (5.8 percent) of respondents, of whom 78 percent said they would feed their pet a plant-based diet. In fact, 58 vegans or 27 percent have already done so. A vegetarian also fed his pet with a vegan diet.
"This percentage of 27 percent may sound like a small number," said veterinarian Sarah Dodd of the University of Guelph in Canada, "but if you think of the actual situation number of animals that are affected is enormous and much higher than we expected. "
Dogs are so-called optional carnivores, which means they can survive on a plant-based basis when needed. However, the development of such a diet must be carefully approached to ensure that the dog gets everything he needs to stay healthy ̵
Cats, on the other hand, are obligatory carnivores. This means that cats can eat plants, but cats can not be healthy without meat diet. It is currently not a good idea to try to feed your cat with a vegan diet. In fact, in the UK, you could bring criminal charges under the Animal Welfare Act that require pet owners to ensure that all their pet needs are met.
Nevertheless, 11 cat owners of the study did so. together with 48 dog owners.
However, there is good news. Although a large number of respondents expressed interest in a vegan pet diet, most of them did not, unless there was vegan pet food that would suit the nutritional needs of pets.
In fact, over half of the omnivores and the surveyed vegetarians said they found it immoral to feed cats and dogs with a plant-based diet.
Those interested in vegan pet diets called concern for the welfare of farm animals as the most prominent concern about feeding their animals, which makes perfect sense.
"People who avoid eating animals tend to share their home with animal companions," reports the research team, which exposes some of the animal feed industry's resources, including herbal animal feed, as noted in the newspaper ,
This reports eating less meat is good for the environment (although this is controversial), your mental health and your physical health. Veganism is increasing worldwide. This could mean that the interest in vegan pet food is also increasing.
"While only a small percentage of pet owners are currently feeding plant-derived foods to their pets, one can say with certainty that interest in diets is likely to increase, says Dodd.
The findings, the researchers say that the plant-based diet of cats and dogs that live with humans needs to be further explored – whether such a diet can work and what health risks may exist 19659003] Until this is discovered, try not killing your kitten from kale smoothies And if you're trying for a vegan dog diet, do not do so without extensive consultation with your veterinarian.
The study was published in PLOS One .