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Vegan Pets -Not just dogs and cats


Vegan Pets -Not just dogs and cats

A group for discussing, explaining and promoting vegan pet food.

For a vegan world it is absolutely imperative to transition our companion animals to a cruelty free diet.

Why should a cow grow up suffering and dying miserably for the sake of a companion animal?
Why should the oceans be trawled and killed for fluffy?
There can be no justification for this behavior, the consequences are real and the suffering is real.

If you scroll to the bottom of this page, or click the below links, you will find dedicated pages to non cats and dogs, such as pigs, parrots, rats, sheep and so on. This is an on going community project that anyone could contribute too. Enjoy.

Companion Animals that Graze

Herbivorous "Omnivores"

Carnivorous Animals

Places you can buy vegan pet products:

North America:







Website: http://www.vegepets.info/
Location: Worldwide
Members: 117
Latest Activity: Feb 23, 2016

Overview on Vegan Cats

The most prominent issue regarding vegan cats is that of taurine. Taurine is an amino acid essential to all beings. Herbivores and omnivores can produce it within their bodies but obligate carnivores such as cats cannot. Taurine is found in vegetable matter but not in sufficiently high enough qualities to sustain an obligate carnivore such as the domestic cat.

However taurine has been produced synthetically since the 1930s (involving no use of animal products) for commercial use. BOTH mainstream and vegan cat food use this taurine. It is added to mainstream cat food because the meat used is of such poor quality and so heavily processed that that any real taurine is processed out.

Catfood myths:
Meat catfood is natural:
Commercial cat food is the product of slaughterhouse waste and chemical concoctions.

The meat cats eat is natural:

Imagine that your cat has swam several thousand miles out to sea. Then it dives several miles underneath the surface. After this incredulous feat, the cat then wrestles with an animal that is 800 pounds, and more likely to eat IT. Tuna fish is considered a cat staple, but it's impossible to claim that tuna is a cat's natural prey.

Imagine, your cat tracking down a cow and killing it, and devouring it.

Firstly, one cannot assume a domesticated cow has the same value of nutrition of wild prey.

Cows eat processed grains and pumped full of antibiotics and hormones.

Secondly, it's simply impractical to think a domestic cat can handle taking down this huge prey. Wild cats, whom come from the desert, before they were domesticated, ate mostly insects.

If an animal eats it, that means it's supposed to eat it:

Commercial "pet food" is so processed these days with additives and addicting chemicals, that it can fool their natural senses. Put cat food in front of any animal, and they will eat it. Rabbits will eat cat food.

Good reading.

Food Pets Die for

Learn about commercial pet food. More than just your average spent cow dies for it.

 Obligate Carnivore

For those who are considering switching over any animal to veganism.

Below are two recommended ways of feeding your cat(s) a vegan diet. Both ensure complete nutrition. Most sellers of vegan pet food recommend gradual progression from a meat to vegan diet, this usually involves gradually mixing in the vegan food with the regular until it becomes completely vegan.


Vegecat is a vegan cat food supplement around since 1986 and just 6ml (just over one teaspoon) a day is enough to keep a 10lb (4.5kg) cat healthy according AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). Effectively this formula is used mixed with vegan foods suitable for cats such as oats, seitan, tofu. A comprehensive list of recipes comes with every pot of Vegecat. Available fromVegePet.


Ami Cat is the most popular pre-packaged vegan cat food to date. It contains 1.5% taurine which is 0.5% more than legally required in dry cat food.

CANADA: Karmavore

U.S.A.: VeganCats

U.K. and EUROPE: VeggiePets

(All suppliers also carry a number of vegan dog foods.)

Overview on Vegan Dogs

Dogs are technically omnivorous and most do not require the amino acid taurine. Many dogs in Mexico and India are vegan simply due to the lack of meat available. Usually specialist food is not required and they do well on regular human vegan food. This video gives a general oversight covering cases where some dogs may require taurine.

Sandy Anderson, creator of Veganpet, explains her product. (The interview is basically about dog food but the company carries both cat and dog foods.)

These products are available in both Australia and New Zealand.

Some reviews of the products here.

Discussion Forum

Transitioning pets to a vegan diet

Started by Helena Loveland. Last reply by Haven Raye Feb 7, 2016. 3 Replies

My family and I became vegans three months ago and are totally loving this lifestyle. We have two dogs that we really want to become vegan and need tips on helping them transition. We have been feeding them a vegan dry dog food which they love, and…Continue

Tags: transitioning, pets, food, dog, vegan

Personal experiences?

Started by Athena. Last reply by pradtf Oct 19, 2015. 11 Replies

Hi everyone!I'm curious to know of anyone's personal experiences with their companion animals including how easy or hard it was to introduce them to the best form of nutrition.Was it easy or hard?How long did it take?How were/are vet appointments…Continue

Tags: transition, nutrition, pets, vegan


Started by Cassie K. Last reply by RawVeganGamer Oct 17, 2015. 2 Replies

Oatmeal Banana Cookies (inspired by this recipe)2 cups rolled oats3 large bananas1 cup finely chopped dates1/3 cup applesauce1 teaspoon vanilla extractPreheat oven to 350 degrees F; and mash the…Continue

No kill flea treatment

Started by RawVeganGamer. Last reply by pradtf Sep 15, 2015. 1 Reply

     If I understand correctly the fleas on my pets are sentient beings. Just as 30bad.com is against the killing of bees and exploiting them for honey, I assume the same holds for other insects.     Being a no-kill zone I'm having trouble with the…Continue

Whole Food Vegan Diet for Dog

Started by Harmony Haven. Last reply by Eva Lovisa Mar 8, 2015. 2 Replies

Does anyone have any good links or resources or experience with feeding their pet a whole food vegan diet?  Where I live in Mexico there are no prepackaged vegan pet foods, but I have access to lots of fresh fruit and veggies and whole grains.  I…Continue

Vegan dog with cancer - please help

Started by Lydia du Plessis. Last reply by Lydia du Plessis Nov 16, 2014. 7 Replies

Hi everyoneMy Labrador (13 years old), has just been diagnosed with a secondary tumour on her spine which has completely paralysed her hind legs. Treatment will be a painful process and might only prolong her life with a couple of months, so I’m not…Continue

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Comment by Patricia Knudsen on July 2, 2014 at 2:29


I posted this a few weeks ago, but haven't seen a response.  Please tell me what to feed my beautiful vegan Great Dane.  Somehow, she came down with osteosarcoma cancer.  Also, if anyone has experience with this, what treatments worked for your dog? Thank you so much for any advice you may have.  Trish

Comment by Iconoclast on June 28, 2014 at 1:06

Updated carnivorous animal page with tips and vital information on transitioning your cat.

Comment by pradtf on June 1, 2014 at 4:21

ya we've used sand for years. we tried rabbit alfalfa pellets and woodstove pellets (you should soak the latter in water till they fluff-up) and they were fine, but our cats have definitely preferred the sand. they sometimes tried to eat the alfalfa pellets too, so we weren't thrilled about that.  imho, sand works best and you should try to get the kind that has minimal rocks and stones. we just get half a yard at a time and that lasts several months for our 4 cats. you just dump the stuff into the soil after, though i'm sure you can probably reuse it after the rain cleans it all out, but we haven't tried to setup a mechanism for that.

in friendship,


Comment by ednshell on June 1, 2014 at 0:36

Prad, that is so good to hear that sand is good and the cats like it better!!!  I have a friend I want to get off the toxic litter, saw dust is hard to find and the pine stuff in stores is pricey. 

Comment by Iconoclast on May 31, 2014 at 10:15

In Honor of my new adoptees I put up a page on vegan ferrets.
YEAH.Ferret Research and junk

Comment by Iconoclast on May 31, 2014 at 9:35

Storms past FAQ, skirts around vegan cat food ingredients, leaps over 20+ years Of millions of vegan cats, *high pitched screaming* BUT WHAT ABOUT THE TAURINE?

Comment by pradtf on May 30, 2014 at 12:32

we use sand as cat litter. cats like it more and it costs a lot, lot, lot less.

in friendship,


Comment by ednshell on May 30, 2014 at 11:33
Comment by Carley Wilson on April 3, 2014 at 12:34

Thank you so much for the help! I appreciate the knowledge :)

Comment by pradtf on April 3, 2014 at 12:05

greetings carley! and a belated welcome to 30bad!

i haven't researched the heavy metal accumulation in cats due to fish largely because all our cats (about 10 in 12 yrs) have gone vegan right after we get them. i'm sure there were toxin build-ups from their past diets, but we've never seen any issues. therefore, my guess is that once they go vegan the body gets a chance to do what its supposed to be good at - cleaning up! i don't think you have too much to be concerned about. the clean vegan diet will provide an environment to clear out things naturally. possibly others here may have some further insights for you.

in friendship,




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