And I find this story quite alarming. Last Friday in the Wall Street Journal (sorry, behind a paywall so I won’t link here), there was a story about cat owners making their cats vegan. Now, I think that people who adopt the vegan lifestyle are a bit deranged (since God made us omnivorous for a reason), but I don’t deny them the right to eat whatever they want to, as long as they don’t make me adopt their lifestyle.
But this attempt to make an animal that is designed by God to be an “obligate carnivore” into a vegan sounds to me like animal abuse. When we got our aristo-cat Kikyo,
we went to a kitten class at our vet’s office for tips about how to best make her a member of our family. One of the things we learned in that class was that cats do better on an all-wet-food diet, with as much meat protein as possible. We learned that cats normally do not eat vegetables, and should not be routinely fed vegetables.
That’s why this article alarmed me so much. Especially, when I read this paragraph in the article:
Hank Rothgerber, a social psychologist at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, conducted a survey that found high levels of guilt among vegan and vegetarian pet owners who feed their pets meat.
So these pet-owners are taking their own guilt out on their pets! These people are responsible for the well-being of their feline companions, and they are knowingly feeding them food that the animals are NOT designed to be eating if they want to maintain their pets in the best of health! This sounds like animal-abuse to me!