More people are embracing veganism than ever before, with record numbers taking part in Veganuary, the annual 31-day plant-based challenge. Going vegan can be better for the planet and your health, but as a dog or cat owner, you may be wondering if your pet can switch to a plant-based diet, too. The short answer is no, and here are some reasons why…
- · Dogs and cats need a balanced diet
Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, you’re obliged to feed pets a suitable diet that meets their nutritional needs. Dogs and cats have specific requirements that are unlikely to be met with vegan or vegetarian diets.
- · They’re designed to digest meat
Dogs and cats have strong, highly acidic stomachs that can easily break down meat, bone and organs.
- · Are natural hunters
With cats being obligate carnivores, and dogs omnivores, they both come from generations of ancestors who’ve hunted meat to survive.
- · Have tough teeth for tearing meat
Sharp teeth and strong jaws, which easily tear through meat, bone and organs, are a visual indicator of your pets’ meat-eating needs.
What you can do…
Follow the science
Decades of research tells us that a happy and healthy dog or cat is one that is fed a biologically appropriate diet. By giving our pets natural high-meat diets, you’ll see obvious health benefits. Shiny fur, firmer stools and strong joints!
Consider insect-powered pet food
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly alternative to meat, check out Yora. The grubs in their pet food are just as nutritious as free-range chicken or line-caught cod and have a fraction of the environmental pawprint of traditionally farmed meat.
Choose high welfare brands
Yora is a great food from an environmental and welfare perspective, but another option if customers want a high welfare food is McAdams. It’s the only dry food in the world made using fully traceable free-range chicken and high welfare meat.
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How else can I be kinder to the environment?
From cosy beds, treats and toys to grooming tools, poop bags and cat litter, we have a great range of eco-friendly pet products to help you and your pet live more sustainably.
At Pets Corner, we want to ensure pets have great nutrition whilst taking care of the planet!