Friday, March 14, 2008

Vegan Canned Cat Food


Vegan canned cat food is great when you've run out of food or are traveling. For me, it's a godsend, as my cats will not let me be until they've been fed.

I try to keep at least one can of Evolution canned cat food on hand for such emergencies.

I noticed this morning that I had forgotten to make more kitten food (see my previous post on making vegan kitten food). Delilah was not going to wait for me to make her food.

When on the road with my cats (pretty rare and usually only when moving), I bring a bunch of the moist canned food, as it's much easier than the alternative: carrying a bag of kibble and soaking it before every meal.

Anyway, I highly recommend the product. My cats like both flavors (vegetable stew and gourmet entree).

(Thanks to Vegan Essentials for the image.)

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

I've tried to get my cats to eat something beyond their Science Diet, but everything I've tried to give them has been left untouched. I've heard that cats like fruit and beans, tried that, no luck, I heard that cats like their food a bit flavorful, tried that, no luck! They seem to prefer their kibble and wet meat canned cat food.

Billy said...

Jennifer,

I highly recommend you wean them off Science Diet. Take a look at my post on Veganizing Your Pets for my personal experience with Science Diet. I blame the food my dog ate for giving him numerous tumors and cancer at age nine.

Anyway, here's what I'd suggest if you're looking to move them to vegan diets:

1) Buy Evolution cat kibble.
2) Soak the cat kibble overnight (instructions on my Veganizing Your Pets post. Basically, you just mix 1 1/2 parts kibble with 1 part water.
3) Start introducing the vegan food slowly. Start by replacing a tiny bit of their current food with Evolution, gradually increasing over the period of one to two weeks.

If they aren't at first keen on the new Evolution food, sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top. Cats love nutritional yeast!

That's what I did and it worked great. By the way, the cats I've known who have tried Evolution kibble love it.

You can buy Evolution from their website or Vegan Essentials. In Seattle, I can buy it in our all-vegan store, Sidecar for Pigs Peace!

Good luck. It's definitely worth switching them. It's the healthiest food available and will cut your ties with the slaughterhouses completely.

Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

Kumquat Peekapoo said...

Thanks a bunch for the info on veganizing cats! I've gotten such crappy info from vets that I've been afraid to get a kitty. This helps a lot!

Billy said...

Kumquat,

You're welcome. I'm glad the info has helped you.

Science Diet has a deal with veterinary schools to teach "nutrition" courses to vet students. It's complete bullshit and shouldn't be allowed.

Kumquat Peekapoo said...

Yes, I read about that on your other post. Everyone is just in bed with everyone.

arimoore said...

Just read this post, and it's so good to see other vegan folks out there writing about this!

I wondered if you would consider checking out - and perhaps joining - a new interactive community I just created for vegan cat people. My intention with the site is to provide a place for folks feeding their cat companions a vegan diet to share information and, hopefully, create some community and support so that we can all feel more sure of our decisions. This is the link - http://vegancats.ning.com/

Let me know what you think. I love your blog, so glad I found it while Googling vegan cats. :)

ERock said...

I just wrote a blog post about vegan cats myself (click on my name). I am getting ready to try it with my four cats, but I would just say that everyone be aware that while it seems like its fairly easy to do in most cases, there are some serious dangers and you shouldn't do it until you have learned what they are, and how to spot and treat them.

best, eric

DrKat said...

Cats are not little people - they are obligate carnivores, which means they need animal protein. It is not optional. They use protein to make glucose, unlike people and dogs, who can make glucose from carbohydrates. They cannot synthesise a number of amino acids that are found in animal protein (they have not evolved the enzymes required, as they have never needed to) "Veganising" a cat is morally wrong, if you want to be a vegan, fine, but to do this to an obligate carnivore is cruel - don't have a cat if you are not prepared to feed it properly!! I am a vet, and I do not believe Hills is an appropriate diet for cats (too much carbohydrate in it) A cat should be fed either a commercial or home made diet with >50% meat protein, 30-40% fat and <10% carbohydrate - the cat cannot utilise carbohydrates for energy as they lack the appropriate metabolic enzymes in the gut and liver - eg they have no salivary amylase, just for starters! Please take heed, regardless of your personal preferences, vegetarian diets for cats is not just inappropriate, it is cruel!