What a dangerous article imo! You've had some good replies on things I wanted to bring up i.e. that cats are obligate carnivores, they do not have the necessary enzymes in their liver to convert linoleic acid ( a component of flax seed oil) to a precursor of arachidonic acid, and that means that cats must have arachidonic acid in their diet. Cats can not utilize plant nutrients, can not convert them to what they need to obtain from meat sources. My understanding from a clip of an article I read on another list, is that "The only practical dietary source of arachidonate has been animal fats and tissues particularly fatty acids from membranes. This is one of the reasons why people should be discouraged from offering exclusively vegetarian diets to cats."
Second point - cats do NOT have a sweet tooth! click here
and in the top 3-4 paragraphs is one that addresses this. Plus...many preimum canned cat foods use NO caramel for coloring, and have NO added sugars.
I was stunned to see this article recommend raisins as a treat for cats...they are poisonous
for cats! A simple websearch will bring up that both grapes and raisins are not to be fed to cats.
Garlic...I don't care what used to be believed, the fact is there is no study that can show what is too much re garlic and cats, instead, it is acknowledged that the sensitivity of cats to garlic varies cat by cat; garlic and onions both contain a alkaloid disulfide compound that is toxic to red blood cells and can cause Heinz body anemia Period.
And finally, 'cause by then I'd seen enough, the recommendation to make up a spray with tea tree oil to spritz your animal with...Hissy can painfully tell you how dangerous tea tree oil is to cats, as well as a good web search will bring up other's experiences with this. It is NOT for use on cats.
it's fine to have a strong difference of opinion on how to best feed one's cat, and I understand more than many would know, the desire to live simply, eating organically, but this article is ignorant and it is dangerous, imho.