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.
The study investigates the owner-reported health and well-being of cats fed plant-based or animal-based diets.
Investigators used a self-reported data collection process through an online survey which can be found here: https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0eam2o9gBmdBhdz?Q_CHL=social&Q_SocialSource=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3utoVtkh4Oy0bOzp4lA1bZ2A4V6pgl6gVKG6F6liyaEQ0Pj9DW7BXxhZA
The results from this survey were gathered from 1325 responses and involved both cats and dogs on plant-based and traditional flesh-based diets.
The summary results for cats showed that the lifespan of cats fed a plant-based vegan diet is about the same as those cats fed a traditional flesh-based pet food. There was no statistical significance in life-spans based on the diets compared side by side.
Eighty-two percent of the animals’ guardians reported that their companion animals were in very good health in comparison to the sixty-five percent of guardians who reported their cats being fed a flesh-based diet were in very good health.
The “Body Condition Score” given by the cat guardians was also significantly higher for plant-based cats at sixty-eight percent compared to fifty-four percent of those on the flesh diets.
One of the primary worries on any diet for cats is urinary tract infections and blockages from crystallization. The study has shown that it remained the same whether the cats were on a plant-based vegan diet or a flesh-based traditional pet food.
There are more results to come including more isolated statistics specifically for plant-based cats but these preliminary results will be a relief for many who have been on the fence about feeding their cat companions plant-based diets.
These results parallel the urine and blood testing I’ve been doing for over a year on my own cats who have been on Evolution pet food as part of the Vegan News Vegan Cat Study.
Three of my cats have been raised from weening on this plant-based vegan cat food and are healthy, thriving, and energetic little furballs of love. In particular, my cat Stevie AKA Little (every cat has two names) had failure to thrive as a kitten because of bowel issues likely to be Crohn’s like I myself contend with.
Stevie spent time in a Philadelphia hospital and was put on a special flesh-based canned diet that did nothing for her as she continued to pass blood. A combination of Evolution cat food and probiotics got her healthy and she has remained healthy ever since.
The thing the skeptics among you must understand is that pet foods are just a mush that synthetic amino acids and taurine are applied to both the flesh mush and the plant mush because cooking destroys the natural taurine and other things found in flesh naturally.
Now’s the time to stop paying to kill other animals to feed your animal, now’s the time to stop giving money to animal agriculture. Step up and join the revolution.
This study was paid for in majority by the Canadian government with some funding from Evolution pet food and possibly others to still be revealed upon publishing. All results are independent of any funding sources.