Unconventional diets for dogs and cats – vegetarian and vegan diets

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3. Vegetarian and vegan diets

Published 15 August 2022

The reasons why owners may choose to feed their pet a vegetarian or vegan diet can vary but are likely to include those who choose to avoid meat or animal products on ethical grounds and those who are reducing the consumption of animal products based on environmental sustainability. However, this can raise concerns about meeting the nutritional needs of the pet, especially for cats which are obligate carnivores.

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