Vegan diets for humans are becoming more and more popular throughout the world. But how healthy is a vegan diet for cats?
People who make a choice to be vegan can regulate their diets to include all the necessary nutrients. Our pet cats don’t have that choice. And cats, as obligate carnivores need meat and cannot thrive on a vegan diet. It cannot fulfill their nutrient needs.
All proteins are not created equal. Certain proteins and other nutrients are not found in plants. Only meat can provide them. Proteins are made up of amino acids and each one is different.
For example, taurine is a very important amino acid that all cats require for good health. Taurine can be found only in meat. Without sufficient taurine in their diets, cats can develop heart disease, vision problems and other health issues.
Cats need specific proteins and their amino acids as well as other nutrients in their diets that only meat sources can provide.
If you choose a vegan diet for yourself, go for it. But please don’t include your cat in that choice.