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1/11/2020 "Probiotic supplements have become increasingly popular in the United States, and a recent study asks whether cats could benefit from them. Though the results hint at certain benefits, the authors call for more work." - MedicalNewsToday
Folks, I, as publisher of CatNewsNow.com, am a vegan. However, I do not believe in feeding a vegan diet to a cat. A cat is an obligate carnivore. Having said that, below I present news stories both pro and con. It's up to you to decide for yourself what to feed your cat(s). Read my blog here.
Doug's Note: I'll tell you what bothers me most about this story. It compares a 'vegan diet' to a 'flesh-based, traditional pet food' diet. What the hell is a 'flesh-based, traditional pet food' diet???
Is it kibble? If the underwriters of this story are promoting vegan food over kibble, I can quite well understand why the results of their study seems so positively supportive of vegan food. I'd rather feed my cats anything but kibble. This story stinks of anecdotal evidence supported by highly questionable 'facts.' My point here is that you cannot accept the 'scientific' evidence in this report on face value. You have to think. You also have to consider who is paying for this story to be spread around.
3/13/2020 "A study from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph has been completed and is currently under peer review to be released in the coming months. The new study is led by Dr. Sarah Dodd a practicing veterinarian and a Ph.D. student specializing in plant-based nutrition for companion animals from the University of Guelph." - VeganNews
3/4/2020 “Cats are obligate carnivores, and they require certain amounts of amino acids to be healthy, and the lack of these can lead to health problems,” says Dos Santos. “For that reason, you wouldn’t advise a vegetarian diet, let alone a vegan one.” - BBC
3/3/2020 "An animal expert has warned that pet owners who inflict their vegan views on their dogs and cats could be putting them at risk of fatal conditions. TV and radio dog guru, Anna Webb, has issued the stark warning, after some pet food brands released vegan ranges claiming that it is nutritious to feed dogs and cats in this way, and helps to reduce their 'carbon pawprint'." - The Scarborough News
2/3/2020 "...there is a potentially large market for plant-based pet chow. For example, as many as 20 million vegetarian and vegan pet owners live in the U.S. If the results of this study apply broadly, and if the health concerns about meat-less pet food can be alleviated, this means that roughly 10 million American dog and cat owners might be interested in giving vegan pet chow a try." - Psychology Today
11/8/2019 This story is only available if you have a Wall Street Journal membership. - WSJ
10/25/2019 "Vegans are being warned not to feed their pets cruel and “dangerous” plant-based diets, with vets warning they could cause blindness and even “sudden death”. While dogs, like humans, are omnivores and could “in theory” survive on a plant-based diet, cats are “obligate carnivores, which means they are dependent on a meat diet and cannot be healthy or survive without it”, said RSPCA scientific officer Dr Sarah Zito." - news.com.au
10/24/2019 "When a person decides to become a vegan, they will usually have read up on enough information to give them an informed choice. They will know what they're getting themselves into and will understand how to make up the nutrients necessary to have a wholesome diet. However, that's not really the case when you do it for a cat." - LAD Bible
[Doug's Note: I do not endorse the position held in this story at all. Cats are obligate carnivores, and as such need meat.]
10/24/2019 "Auckland vegan Aya Oba says her cat is healthier and happier on a vegan pet food diet. However, a vet has warned against feeding a cat only vegan food long term, saying it was difficult for cats to get the essential nutrients they need. Oba had noticed an improvement in her cat's health since ditching meat, and said her vet was happy with her cat's health on the vegan diet." - Stuff
10/07/2019 "Millions of people embrace new diet and nutrition trends every day, but experts from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine urge people not to assume what works for them will also work for their pets. "People just want to do what's best for their pets, but when they apply human diets to their animals, it doesn't always work out well," said Dr. Valerie Parker" - PHYS.org
2/17/2020 " Over-the-counter hemp CBD products are marketed as all-natural treatments for a plethora of ailments in both humans and pets. Many pet owners look to hemp CBD as an alternative treatment for medical disorders such as anxiety, pain and seizures." - The Claremore Daily Progress
2/10/2020 "I am extrapolating a review of research concerning the use of CBD oil (cannabidiol) for humans to warn that this new health treatment might damage the liver and the immune and reproductive systems as reported by The Times. It can also cause lethargy, sedation, drooling, tremors, diarrhea and vomiting. This is a long list and it seems pretty bad but it needs to be stated as a quiet warning. There is a certain amount of hype surrounding CBD oil as a wonder cure-all." - PoC
1/6/2020 PetFoodIndustry.com "suggests" how pet food manufacturers can avoid FDA scrutiny by avoiding pet product claims. "FDA officials wrote that the CBD-containing pet products were cited “because they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in animals and/or intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of an animal,” in the warning letters. “These products are unapproved new animal drugs and marketing them violates the FD&C Act." FDA officials used marketing materials posted on CBD pet product companies' websites for many of these assessments." - PetFoodIndustry.com
12/2/2019 "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would not classify CBD as generally recognized as safe (GRAS)." - PetfoodIndustry
12/2/2019 "On November 25, the FDA announced that it sent warning letters to the CBD product makers." - PetfoodIndustry
11/21/2019 "Do you have a cat who struggles with pain, seizures or anxiety? Unfortunately, veterinarians don't have a lot of options for drugs to treat these specific conditions. And even among the drugs that can be effective, the side effects are often unpleasant. This is precisely why many cat owners have started turning to CBD oil to relieve their cat's pain, anxiety or seizure disorder. But you're probably wondering, is CBD oil safe for cats? And how does it work?" - Vents Magazine
11/15/2019 "Cannabidiol (CBD) supplements and additives for pets rank high on the list of most popular, and promoted, dog and cat product trends. However, the scarcity of research on how CBD affects dogs and cats matches the abundance of marketing." - PetFoodIndustry
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