I was distressed the other day to discover that the cat food I give Freya is produced by a company that conducts tests on animals. It doesn’t just feed them the food and see how they do on it; it carries out operations deliberately damaging cats’ organs.
I suppose you could say it was naive of me not to check sooner but I had assumed that a company claiming to foster the health of the nation’s feline pets would be a humane one with animals’ welfare at heart. Stupid of me to forget that where there is money, humanity flies out of the window.
I am of course not going to buy any more from that company so I am in the market for a good cat food that is humanely produced. That probably excludes most products sold in supermarkets and, curiously enough, in veterinary surgeries. How vets can sell food produced by companies that maim and kill animals in the name of science is beyond me. (Yes, I know, I am naive.)
A quick search of the Web shows that there are several companies selling food for cats that is humanely produced. I would have to shop by post but I suppose that isn’t a problem as long as I get organized. However, there is one other consideration.
You may know that I am a vegetarian. To non-vegetarians, the fact that I keep a cat may not seen significant but it would cause many vegetarians, not to mention vegans, to look askance. (Actually, some would do more than look askance but we won’t go into that.) The reason, dear reader, is that it is received wisdom that cats cannot be vegetarians. Dogs can, so you canophiles have no excuse. Cats, so the story runs, need nutrients that they cannot synthesize and that they can obtain only by eating meat.
There is, however, a contrary story. (Isn’t there always?) This says that the nutrients in question can be found in plants but in concentrations too low for cats to get enough by eating the plants. But, the story continues, it is possible to take the stuff out of plants, concentrate it and put it in plant-based cat food. Then feed this to your cat and voilà, one vegetarian cat.
If it really is the case that cats can live healthy lives on such vegetarian fare, then, provided Freya will actually eat the damn stuff, I would be tickled pink.
This is where I make an appeal to the knowledge, wisdom and good will of my readers: do any of you know anything about vegetarian cat food and, if so, can you advise me as to whether it is as safe and complete as the manufacturers claim?
Any information will be gratefully received.