Great New Resources for Vegan Dogs and Cats

Gentle World volunteers frequently receive inquiries from vegans looking for reliable information about feeding a healthy, nutritious plant-based diet to their companion animals.

A while back, we put together a comprehensive guide to feeding vegan dogs, as well as an explanation of how we have approached feeding vegan cats. But recently we also found out some other great sources of information that we’re enthusiastic about sharing with our readers.

One fantastic Facebook resource is The Vegan Dog Nutrition Group, which now has over 1800 members. This is a great thing for the growing community of vegan dog caregivers, who can now share experiences and concerns with a network of like-minded people from all over the world. What’s really exciting, however, is the fact that the group’s membership includes a number of vegan veterinarians who are very generous with their time and knowledge, helping vegans to navigate their way through the confusing terrain of health and nutrition for their canine friends. Huge thanks and kudos to Sarah Austin and friends for creating and managing the group!

The new website is another fantastic place for vegans to visit, where they can find all their favorite foods, supplements, treats, toys, grooming supplies, and other essentials for their vegan canine or feline companion. The site’s owner, Delta Farrington, is a caregiver to both a dog and a cat who have been eating a plant-based diet for seven and ten years, respectively.

And finally, for a really simple summary of how to feed a plant-based diet to your dog, check out this chart, which offers a very uncomplicated breakdown of how to compose a healthy vegan meal for a dog. (Not sure who put this out, so if anyone has any idea, please let me know so I can give credit.) Please be aware that some supplementation is also necessary. See our guide to feeding vegan dogs for more information.

Thanks to all our friends who are helping to make it easier for vegans to give shelter to the many cats and dogs in need, without sacrificing their commitment to non-violence in all aspects of their lives. And remember, if you want to share your home and your life with a non-human friend, please adopt rather than buy. Animals are not meant to be bought and sold like merchandise, and shelters everywhere are overflowing with animals of all sorts, from cats and dogs to rabbits, hamsters, and even pigs and hens. You could be a life-saver to one of these animals in need.

Image credit: Vegan Dog Nutrition Group

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Prima B.
PrimaAWAY B.2 years ago

Absolutely absurd . Enough of this trying to force animals to be vegan. STOP!!!
Ridiculous already.....

Good Post Michael - I AGREE!

Michael H.
10:07PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013
Dogs and cats are carnivores, they are not vegan. This is ridiculous.

Dale O.

I agree with this statement:

"Dr. Pinfold who treated the kitty in North Melbourne, expressed to the Herald Sun that people who don’t want to feed meat to their pets should consider non-carnivorous pets, for example, rabbits.She made the additional excellent point that:

“Concern for animal welfare has to include a biologically-appropriate diet. You can't force your ideology on the cat.”

Sorry, the link orbits into the next universe...

Dale O.

An article written by Dr. Becker, a veterinarian who also points out: "Cats aren’t designed to eat carbohydrates, and in fact, their bodies don’t produce the enzymes required to digest carbs.The only carbs cats in the wild eat have already been digested by their prey. When a wild feline eats a prey animal, the stomach contents of the prey contain a certain amount of already digested carbohydrates. Your cat's digestive system isn’t designed to break down veggies to release the nutrients they provide."

Ethical arguments is a human characteristic not to be imposed onto animals that Mother Nature designed to eat meat. If one can't stomach a pet that's a meat eater, rabbits are furry and won't touch steak.

Michael H.
Mike H.2 years ago

Dogs and cats are carnivores, they are not vegan. This is ridiculous.

Dale O.

Diane L and Rosemary H, regarding the sad look of the dog wearing the scarf...I suspect that most of the sadness comes from what the words on that scarf say: "Vegan Dog." Those two words would make me very sad if I were a dog and denied the flavours of my natural diet, foods that dogs are intended to eat.

The dog is no doubt relieved that the scarf does not come with an added photo of a piece of broccoli beneath the words...that would be the final indignity and even more of a bone of contention. Indeed, this is hardly a red-letter day for this dog. Dream of your natural foods dear dog, for you will never taste them. Pity.

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

You are right, Diane! He does look sad, wearing that stupid scarf! I was going to scroll down to check the names of all the other people who agreed that you shouldn't force an unnatural diet on your companion animals, and the one who disagreed, but my computer will no longer load the whole page. Instead I'll share something bizarre I came across recently.
I'm a big fan of David Attenborough (what wildlife enthusiast isn't..!) and I believe that although his ground-breaking programmes, filming wildlife behaviour never filmed before, are made for the BBC, they are subsequently distributed all over the world. If they are not, then being British, I feel priveleged! Anyway he shared the oddest letter he ever received.

After he'd made an exceptional film of lions, the writer told him that he would have done better to have spent the money involved on training wild lions to eat grass!!!

What more can I say??????????

Diane L.
Diane L.2 years ago

BTW, anyone else notice how pathetically SAD the poor dog in the photo appears to be? He's probably embarrassed to be wearing that stupid scarf, first of all. Secondly, he's probably fretting over what he's being fed and really wants a hot dog!

Diane L.
Diane L.2 years ago

Agreed, Rosemary and Sarah! I've read comments in these discussions (and this one is an old one........notice that they're also resurrecting the "Can Cats be Vegan" one as well???) where somebody posted a link to an old dog that supposedly lived on a vegan diet and did "quite well" for the last year or two of it's life. WHOOPEE! That says a lot, doesn't it? The same philosophy is used about "famous vegans" and Einstein is often used to illustrate how healthy being vegan is, even though Einstein died a year after becoming vegan. If a human wants to be vegan, that's fine and their choice (assuming they are mentally old enough to make such a choice) and not still physically developing. Forcing one's lifestyle on developing children or animals is just plain wrong.

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

I got cut short before I'd added my own thoughts.

When you decide to buy/adopt an animal, the first thing you do is to find out the animal's requirements and ask yourself if you are prepared to meet them or not. If the answer is 'no', then don't take on the responsibility of looking after the animal! Wanting to drastically alter its diet away from anything natural for the species comes under this heading.

Oh, wait a moment... I've heard of two or three that apparently did well... If you did an impartial study along those lines you could well find out that the majority didn't thrive. People interfered with their health....

Sarah MacDonald
Sarah MacDonald2 years ago

I can choose what I want to eat for myself. My cat has to eat what I offer or go hungry.

The day my cat turns down meat and anxiously tries to get at my green beans is the day I'll consider putting him on a vegan diet.

Of course, that will also be the day Satan laces up his ice skates to get to work....

If you cannot in good conscience feed your pet animal products, that's fine. But then I suggest you get a pet that doesn't normally eat those things in the wild. Dogs and cats don't fit that bill.