Vegetarian Cats May Fail To Thrive
Being true carnivores, cats require a diet with meat as a major component. Thus, when cats are placed on a vegetarian diet, they may fail to thrive as their daily requirements for specific nutrients are not met adequately. Vegetarian diets lack taurine, an essential amino acid that is present in large quantities in meat. Cats are unable to synthesize taurine in their bodies thus they need to have it in their diet every single day. Lack of taurine in their diet can eventually pave the way for serious health issues. Pet owners who are vegetarians should consider carefully the implications of starting their pets on a vegetarian diet. Cats have very specific needs when it comes to their diet. A vegetarian diet or dog rations will only compromise the health and well-being of cats.
Know more about your pet’s nutritional needs by visiting your Green Bay, WI veterinarian.