So I'm in a huge predicament about the best way to go about feeding them now that I've made this lifestyle change. Help!!
Fish alone isn't good for cats, but there is at least one brand of food that relies on fish, venison, etc. - Taste of the Wild. It's one of the grain free foods available, (grain free is optimal for cats) but I doubt that all/most of it is actually from wild animals.Originally Posted by Mia82
I've heard of vegan cat food as well, although the maternal and protective part of me wants to meet a cat who has been on this kind of food for years with no problems first. My thinking right now is to try and buy them food that's made from wild fish. Reason being if my cats were responsible for feeding themselves, their food wouldn't have spent its life in concentration camp-like conditions. And if it's not healthy for them to eat entirely fish, then mix it up with food that comes from a free-range producer. I would never eat free-range meat myself, but for their purposes it might be the best solution.
If they could get all their own food (which they really can't, which is why feral cats without a human food source generally can't survive) they'd be hunting small animals like birds and rodents.Originally Posted by Mia82
Exactly, especially considering that 90% of the animals slaughtered for meat are chickens. I actually knew one "flexitarian" who would only eat beef as it meant less lives lost, hmmmm, interesting concept but still, we have herbivorous digestive systems so we don't need it!
Although another consideration I have also is what is closest to their natural diet. I've still been Googling, and one article says that in the wild, cats are meant to gorge, then not eat again for hours or even days at a time, that way their digestive systems can do their job. That one recommended sticking to that system instead of leaving a bowl of food out for them constantly, but to also leave a pot of wheatgrass out for them to munch on whenever they feel like it. And looks like a lot of carnivores operate like that, that is alternating between gorging and fasting, that way their digestive systems can stay clean as meat is much heavier in toxins than plants are.
In any case, for as long as I have to feed them meat, I'm definitely going to keep a better eye on their portion sizes from now on.
LOL! My Sebastian was a tuxedo cat as well. He looked and acted a lot like James Bond.Originally Posted by Alibabble
Sebastien James is a tuxedo cat so he likes to be formal like that. I'd love to have a girl again, it's been 3 years since I lost my Mia and I really miss having a girly cat to spoil. I think 3 is my limit for now though, although if I got rid of the fiancé I'd replace him with another cat and a couple of rabbits