Cats and dogs can be carnivorous, but it has not stopped a surprising number of pet owners from wistfully wishing they could switch their frantic friends to a plant-based diet – or even already.
Out of 3 673 cat and dog owners surveyed around the world, a huge 35 percent interest in transforming their carnivorous pet's vegan.
The purpose of the study was to investigate meat evasion in animals and how it affects the food they feed their accompanying animals. And in fact, who wants to feed pets, a vegan diet was more common in, but not exclusive to, vegan people.
The vegans accounted for 212 (5.8 percent) of those surveyed, of whom 78 percent indicated they would feed their pet a plant-based diet. In fact, 58 vegans, or 27 percent, already did. A vegetarian was also feeding their pet a vegan diet.
"The percentage, 27 percent, may sound like a small number," said veterinarian Sarah Dodd of the University of Guelph in Canada, "but when you consider the actual number of pets involved, it is large and much higher than we expected . "
Dogs are so-called optional carnivores, which means that they can technically survive on a plant-based diet, if necessary. But the creation of such a diet must be carefully contacted to ensure that it gives the dog everything it needs to be healthy ̵
On the other hand, cats are obligatory carnivores. This means that while can eat plants, cats cannot be healthy without meat-based diets. It's not currently a good idea to try to feed your cat a vegan diet. In fact, in the United Kingdom, you may be able to demand criminal charges under the Animal Welfare Act, which require animal owners to take care of all their pet's needs.
Nevertheless, 11 cat owners in the study, along with 48 dog owners.
However, there is good news. While a large number of respondents expressed interest in a vegan animal feed, most would not do so unless vegan food was available to meet the pet's nutritional needs.
In fact, over half of all growers and vegetarians are investigated saying they thought it would be immoral to feed cats and dogs a plant-based diet.
Those who were interested in vegan expensive diets cited concern for animal welfare as the most prominent concern for feeding their animal flesh – which makes sense.
"People who avoid eating animals have a tendency to share their homes with companions," the research team describing some funds from the animal feed industry, including plant-based animal feed, notes in the paper.
Eating less meat is good for the environment (although it is controversial), your mental health and good for your physical health, veganism is on a global rise. This may mean that interest in vegan food will also increase.
"While only a small proportion of pet owners are currently feeding plant-based diets to their pets, it is safe to say that the interest in dietary habits is likely to grow," says Dodd.
The findings of the researchers suggest that is in need of further research into plant-based nutrition for humans and cats living with humans – whether such a diet can work and what the potential health risks are. 19659003] Until this is calculated, do not try to make your cat live on bare smoothies, and if you want to try a vegan dog, don't do it without extensive consultation with your vet.
The research has been published in PLOS One .