Just doing some reading on the possibility of keeping my pups in top shape without supporting animal agriculture, & about to purchase an electronic copy of ‘Vegetarian Dogs & Cats’ by James Peden. How do you go managing Cajun’s diet? If you have any advice you could share would be cool to hear it.
I have the exact same priority as you, and it is one of the main reasons I am vegan. I have found that the vegan diet is also more healthful and gives me better performance, which is a bonus. I believe that humans are able to eat in pretty much any way they decide to eat, and then the results will come in the form of thriving or not thriving–fortunately for us, the vegan whole foods diet seems to result in thriving for humans. I have researched the concept of vegetarianism for dogs and cats, and I don’t believe it is healthful for them to be vegetarian. So when your main motivation for being vegan/vegetarian is to opt out of supporting factory farming and animal abuse in that system, how do you feed your pets????
I buy Acana Pacifica food, because it is made with wild-caught Pacific salmon, herring and flounder. My main reason for being vegan is that I don’t want to cause anyone to be tortured or forced to live an unnatural life, which we know is unfortunately generally the case with animals who are “raised” in the mainstream agricultural system here. So for me, this is a solution to the dilemma of taking responsibility for animals who are carnivorous.
Mao showed up a few years ago, and seems satisfied with his current meal service in general, though he still frequently hunts and devours his own meals, as he is fully on board with not supporting factory farming either. Apparently Cajun’s early diet consisted of cow manure when she was abandoned on the res (which may or may not have fallen into the category of vegan, which I will stop thinking about right now), and she seems very happy with her current menu despite the fact that it is always the same, all the time. I’m guessing cow manure makes everything else more awesome in comparison. Cajun is 2-ish and Mao is 4-ish. They are both healthy, shiny and full of energy. So I would recommend checking out the Acana Pacifica as one option for your pups.