Originally Posted by tutti_bella
Yup, I've known people (not personally - through the net) that place their cats on a vegetarian diet. I read this in one their post:-
*It is possible that a cat can live on a vegetarian diet and thrive as long as it gets all its required nutrients from non-meat based substitutes.
It is best to purchase a scientifically proven vegan cat food product that has had extensive case studies and tests on cats rather than try to prepare it yourself.
It is true that it seems unnatural for cats to not eat meat but domestic cats are already living in our homes and rarely need to hunt for stuff, so it is not unnatural for them to simply eat what we give them. It is also true that the cats might find the vegan food less tasty.
Furthermore, there isn't much naturalness about mixing lousy meat into a machine, adding additives/preservatives and making them into dry kibbles. If you're so caught up about having to be natural, then let your cats go outdoors to find their own food. Since what we are giving our cats is already unnatural, I do not see a big deal of giving our cats nutritionally balanced vegan cat food.*
The fat that domestic cats live an "unnatural life" and eat "artficial" food is not an argument for a vegetarian diet. No words can change the fact that cats are made to eat meat, meat, meat, meat some bones and innards. The fact that a diet of dry food is artificial is not an excuse to feed cats an even more artificial diet, a vegetarian one.
The further away the diet comes from the natural diet, the bigger the risk for disease. I'm not a fan of dry food so you might be able to picture how I feel about vegetarian food for cats. My cats are fed a diet as natural as possible, a raw diet, just because I choose what they eat. They can't do it themselves and therefor it's my responsibility to feed them as well as possible. Not as ethical
as possible (if you can call it ethical to force an unnatural diet upon an animal).