Being vegan is more than dietary choices for a great deal of vegans, it's a lifestyle, and unfortunately, some of those vegans want to push their lifestyle onto their pets like cats and dogs. In recent years, pet professionals have lashed out over vegan diets for pets, with good reason.
What happened for one family is just another example of how some vegans push boundaries in the most absurd ways. A stepmother turned to the AITA subreddit to ask if she was the asshole... it turns out her stepdaughter was so appalled to see their family cat eating meat that she wasn't eating much herself and she demanded the cat also eat a vegan diet.
“I can appreciate a vegan wanting to feed their pets the same diet because they are sensitive to animal welfare—so am I, but our homo sapiens species’ nutritional needs are much different than felines’. Humans are omnivores and felines are obligate carnivores.”
“Cats require a diet that depends entirely on meat. There are many other obligate carnivore species, such as dolphins, seals, eagles and walruses. Moreover, your cat gets essential fatty acids from meat not found in vegetables."
“You could provide additives to the vegetarian diet to try to compensate for the missing nutrients, but many are not bio-available to cats. Dogs are omnivores; they get nutrition from both plant and animal sources, and your dog can probably survive on a vegan diet with added supplements to boost the proteins and essential fatty acids.”
“Another reason a plant-based diet is hard on cats is their cecum is very small. The cecum is an organ located at the beginning of the large intestine. Felines’ cecum is very small, which makes digestion and absorption of plant matter difficult.”
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An obligate carnivore is one that depends entirely on meat because their diet requires nutrients that are only found in animal flesh.