Is it possible for cats and dogs to be vegetarian and still be healthy?



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    This is a somewhat controversial question; many people will say that since the wild relatives of cats and dogs are carnivores, it is “unnatural” to deprive them of meat. The counter-argument to that is that our domesticated species aren’t natural to begin with, but the products of artificial selection. Either way, most studies show that as long as they get enough protein and the right nutrients, dogs and cats can live healthily on a vegetarian diet.

    However, their dietary requirements are much different than humans’. The best way to undertake the diet is to introduce it to the pet when it is young, to buy vegetarian pet food that meets AAFCO standards for animal nutrition, and to constantly check all aspects of the pet’s health.

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