Fram & Sax News and Cat Care March 2019
01 March 2019
For the Fram & Sax branch, cat homing had been quiet in the first couple of months of this year, and for once we had no waitlist, a situation which is almost unheard of for us. Things have now started to pick up again, with abandoned cats and feral kittens beginning to appear. Quiet doesn't mean our work stops. There are still cats to look after, welfare to be arranged and events to plan. We have a few shows booked, but our calendar of fundraising events may not be as full as usual unless we can recruit more volunteers to help out. We need people who can; help on the stalls; transport stock; store stock etc. If you are able to spare a few hours at events or (if you have more time to devote to fundraising) to organise one yourself it would be a tremendous help. To find out more please call us or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cat Advice: Can cats live on a vegan diet? At the start of the year there was much talk of people trying out vegan diets. This choice for a human diet is made for a variety of reasons and with care can be successful without harming ones health. The same is not true for cats.
Cats are 'obligate carnivores’, meaning they must eat meat to survive. This is because the protein in animal tissue has a complete amino acid profile. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Plant proteins do not contain all the amino acids critical for the health of obligate carnivores. Humans have the physiological ability to turn plant proteins into the missing pieces needed for a complete amino acid profile, however cats do not.One of the amino acids missing in plants is taurine, which is found in animal muscle meat. taurine deficiency causes serious health problems in cats, including cardiovascular disease and blindness.
While in theory it is possible to supplement a vegetable-based diet with various chemically-derived and synthetic nutrients that would otherwise only be found in meat diets to meet the needs of a cat, in practice this is very difficult to achieve and is potentially dangerous as it can readily lead to disease and death of the cat if not done properly.
It is important to remember that cats have developed as a species that depends on a meat-based diet – this is both the natural diet for cats and the one that meets their unique needs. Cat owners must recognise these needs, and the best way to meet a cat's nutritional requirement is to feed a good quality commercial meat-based complete diet.
Some people may have a strong ethical or moral objection to feeding meat to their pets. They should consider whether it would be better for them to own an alternative pet that can be fed a natural meat free diet (such as a rabbit) rather than impose an unnatural and potentially highly dangerous diet on a cat.