Originally Posted by mlynn
I have pet rats and could never feed a live animal to another animal - that means I avoid snake or reptile ownerhsip - not that I get a reptile and feed him soy. Just my 2 cents.
Just to nitpick unnecessarily
...I used to have snakes. The recommendation is to feed frozen mice rather than live. Live prey can injure a snake. There have been plenty of cases of people leaving mice in the snake's cage and the mice actually hurt or even kill the snake, and the snake just lies there and takes it. Anyway, they might not always take to frozen right off, but it can be achieved, like by scenting it. They make mouse-scented spray, which just cracks me up.
So I'm just pointing that out, anyway, that if someone wants a snake but doesn't want to feed it live mice, it's not a worry.
That's one reason I didn't have snakes, and when I found out you could (and were supposed to) feed frozen, I thought maybe it was going to be doable. Of course, there are plenty of other difficulties in snake ownership, which I guess is why mine died.
Vegan or vegetarian cat food would be laughable if it weren't so disturbing. It's not just a case of protein, in and of itself, as there are all those amino acids and things that can't be duplicated properly with vegetables or tofu. As someone said, it's hard for humans to be vegan, and we're omnivores. A cat would be utterly doomed on a vegan diet. If people don't want to feed their pets meat, they can get all sorts of other furry animals that will meet their needs.
This reminds me of...I think it's South Park...where the animal rights guy bragged that they'd gotten a lion to eat tofu. They showed the lion, and it was basically a skeleton, with its fur coming out. And I think that says it all. People can get away with not eating meat. Cats can't.