Vegan Cat Food

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Interested in vegan cat food?

vpets welcomes you! As cat parents ourselves, we know first hand how important it is to find accurate information regarding your cat’s health and wellness. The decisions you make each day will affect your feline friend for the rest of their life.

One of the best ways to be informed? Learn about vegan cat food.

As more people discover the incredible benefits of feeding pets a vegan diet, different questions are bound to arise. For example:

  • What is vegan cat food made of?
  • Don’t cats need meat?
  • Do vegan cats live longer?”

Rest assured, as Australia’s leader in vegan cat and dog food, vpets is here to clear up any confusion. Read on to find out why nutritionally complete vegan cat food is the #1 way to make your cat a happier, healthier, and more earth-friendly pet!

What is Vegan Cat Food?

Essentially, vegan cat food contains no meat. Unlike the majority of commercially produced cat foods currently available on the market, vegan cat food does not contain ingredients made from animal protein. That means no birds, mammals, fish, etc.

While mainstream meat-based cat foods rely upon heavily processed animal parts (most of which come from species that a domestic cat would never choose to eat given the opportunity, like pigs, cows, and horses), vegan cat food is plant-based.

Therefore, vegan cat food is 100% animal-free.

It still contains all the nutrients cats require, such as taurine, Vitamin A, arachidonic acid, etc.

Benefits of Vegan Cat Food

There are numerous reasons to love feeding your cat a vegan diet.

In terms of benefits, it may surprise pet parents to learn that store bought dry kibble is actually doing the opposite of safely meeting their cat’s nutritional needs. On the contrary, it could be hurting them!

Made From Higher Quality Ingredients

The first major benefit of vegan cat food has to do with ingredients. Did you know? The meat used to make most cat foods comes from sick, dying, or dead animals. These are not fit for human consumption, yet they are widely accepted by the pet food industry as being “okay” for our pets.

Plus, bones, skin, feathers, hooves, hair, and so on often get mixed in, all of which are low grade ingredients that carry less nutritional value than a well-planned vegan diet.

Not to mention, there is an ethical dilemma one must face. Why should some animals suffer for the sake of others, when vegan cat food offers a cruelty-free solution?

Less Toxic Chemicals & Hormones

Next, animals such as poultry, fish, lamb, pigs, cows, horses, etc. are pumped full of hormones to make them grow faster and antibiotics to protect them from diseases that wreak havoc in the unsanitary and crowded conditions in which livestock are kept. When animals become meat by-products, your cat ingests all those toxins and chemicals, too.

This can cause cancer and a host of other cat health issues, such as liver and kidney disease.

Minimal Risk of Contaminants & Recalls

Thirdly, vegan cat food is beneficial because you know precisely what goes into your kitty’s food bowl. Ingredient lists are shorter and easy to read (with no hidden, hard to pronounce additives and preservatives).

While meat-based cat food regularly gets recalled due to salmonella, listeria, or e.coli contamination, plant-based cat food does not.

Furthermore, cat moms and dads can breathe a sigh of relief. Why? Well, imagine spotting a chunk of metal in your cat’s kibble…Unfortunately, this can happen. Livestock ear tags, rope, and metal can all accidently get ground into traditional cat food. Yikes!

Your Cat Will Love It, Guaranteed

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Check out our 100+ positive reviews.

In fact, we are SO confident your cat will love it, vpets offers a Vegan Cat Food Satisfaction Guarantee.

Vegan Cat Food FAQs

Yes. Cats can thrive on a vegan diet!

The key is to make sure your cat is getting all the nutrients their body needs to function. This includes specially selected sources of plant protein, fats and fibres blended with a complete range of vitamins and minerals, such as added taurine.

Contrary to popular belief, vegan cats are not malnourished. When fed properly, they can live long and active lives. This 2021 study from the University of Guelph (Canada) found that “Cats fed plant-based diets were reported to have more ideal body condition scores than cats fed a meat-based diet. More owners of cats fed plant-based diets reported their cat to be in very good health.”

So, cats fed a vegan diet can potentially live just as long – if not longer – than non-vegan cats.

No.

Cats need protein…just not necessarily from animal sources!

Cats are what’s known as “natural carnivores.” They have shorter intestines, sharp teeth, and strong stomach acid. According to veterinarians, cats need at least two grams of protein per pound of healthy body weight in the number of calories they consume each day.

But meat-based pet food comes at a cost. On the other hand, vegan cat food contains all the same protein cats require, sourced from plants, algae, fungus and appropriate synthetic additives.

A vegan cat diet can be budget friendly. It’s a common myth that the vegan lifestyle is expensive. Yet that’s not true. Companies like vpets sell vegan cat food that costs the same (or less) than what you would expect to pay in a big chain pet store.

Some cat parents also enjoy homemade vegan cat food with our vegan cat supplements. Go grocery shopping with a list and purchase ingredients on sale or in bulk to save money.

It could – and for the better.

The healthier a cat feels on the inside, the happier they will behave on the outside. Purring, grooming, playfulness, a healthy coat, and bright eyes are all behavioural and physical indicators that your cat is doing well on a vegan diet.

Vegan.com shares, “There’s no doubt that vegan cat food is a cleaner and more wholesome choice than conventional cat food. What’s more, numerous people have switched to vegan cat food and found that their cats’ health actually improved.”