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Vegetarian dogs. Of all the .....
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Paula    Posted 01-08-2004 at 13:02:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I participate on a number of message boards and one
called "Animal Right and Welfare Debate" has some
folks who feed their dogs and cats vegetarian only.
scuse me a moment.....


Is it just me or does anyone else find that just a little
ridiculous. I don't know about you but I have yet to meet
a dog or cat who would pass on a rabbit carcass for the
rabbit's food.

This can't be healthy or warranted can it? Or is there
someone out there who also has their dog or cat on a
vegetarian diet?


KellyGa    Posted 01-08-2004 at 21:15:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not me...and cats have to have that taurine. There was a lady on one of the Animal Cops shows that fed her cats all rice and vegetables, and they were starving rather than eating it, but because they were on that, many of them had gone blind, permanently. When they asked her why she fed them this way, she said because she doesnt eat meat. They explained to her that they were going to be taking all her cats away, and that cats need meat.

As you know, I have been searching for the purest form of dog food, without all the junk, and I found some good stuff. I still like to feed Tip the occasional leftover chicken off the rotisserie I cook, or like tonight, she got my leftover baby back ribs when we went out to Sonnys BBQ, and I put the rest of the bones in the freezer for treats. Those are the only bones I give her though, they are soft, not splintery.

I have seen people in Petsmart buying the vegetarian brand, but mostly not. I asked one person why they were buying that type, they said their dog had food allergies.

Cats and Dogs are carniverous. But, I am preaching to the choir, all y'all are the smart people. I always run into the dumb people out in the stores. Thats why I like it here. Its nice here. :)

Gerrit PR    Posted 01-08-2004 at 15:11:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, theoretically it is possible to formulate a diet for dogs without meat. The essential amino acids ( the 'components' of the protein ) that a dog needs can be derived from vegetable products like soy and other beans. If the diet is enriched which a good source of fat ( vegetable oil f.i. ), minerals and vitamins of the right quality in the riht amounts, a nutritionally balanced food could be the result of this effort.
Then, if the dog has no possibility to get food with meat, he will eat it, and could ( theoretically again ) live on this diet.
Another question is if the dog LIKES to eat the product.

For cats the same is possible. In this case it will be necessary to add some synthetic amino acids ( like f.i. taurin ), because it is hardly possible to get the needed protein composition only from vegetable materials.
In the cat's case forcing him/her to eat this product might be even more difficult, but, in theory it is possible to formulate such a food.

It is basically the same with humans. If you wish, you can live healthy without any animal products. You have to know what you're doing and take extra care in choosing the components for your meals.

The matter of taste is something else. I myself love to eat meat and I wouldn't think of becoming a vegetarian. I know my dogs love meat and they get it every now and then ( as an extra to their normal dry food - which also contains animal products ) as well.

Brian-2N    Posted 01-08-2004 at 14:49:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It will kill a cat, as cats live on a protein diet, protein that can be had from only meat, not vegetables.
I know a lot of dog food has vegetable products in it, but not 100%. I'm sure the dog would be deficent in something, if he ate only vegan.

Dave Munson    Posted 01-08-2004 at 14:42:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a beautiful, dedicated great german shepherd dog I have named Romeo. Last Sunday, while out getting supplies (with the dog he likes road trips) I was offered money for him.

He abandoned his owner and would always eat, sleep and play here. His real (past) owner was a vegetarian. She would break down and once a week feed him eggs. I love meat and have no problems sharing. She moved and he stayed. After a while She (past owner) gave up. He would jump 6 fences or dig out to come to the home he wanted.

jf    Posted 01-08-2004 at 17:45:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
isn't that contributing to the delinquency of a vegeterian canine. ha ha ha

rhouston    Posted 01-08-2004 at 13:37:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

I had a book called "Natural Health for Cats and Dogs" in the section for making your own pet food it had a section on vegetarian dogs and cats. claimed it was possible to make pet meals without meat. Now this wouldn't stop the dog or cat from eating meat if it found it.

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