Reading Time: 4minutes Can cats be vegan? A new study by researchers at the University of Guelph says they can. But it’s not time to ditch your cats’ meat-based diet just yet. “The study sets the foundation for further research on this growing feeding trend,” one of the researchers said.
Coming soon to a pet supply store near you: insect-based cat food.
Cats love to eat bugs, but will they like insect-based cat food?
So your cat just caught a moth and ate it. Eeeuuu… But it turns out that cats like the taste of bugs, whether they’re on the fly or in insect-based cat food.
Researchers recruited 20 taste testers and offered them food that contained either black soldier fly larvae meal or oil. Ugh…
The cats ate both, although they seemed to like the kind with meal better than the food with oil.
In a world where our cats dine on white meat chicken and fresh caught fish, pouring insect-based cat food into their bowls may seem to fly in the face of convention. But our planet is running out of the resources it needs to feed animals and humans. And if nothing else, insects are plentiful and leave a teeny carbon footprint, if they leave a carbon footprint at all.
Insect-Based Cat Food: It’s All About Sustainability
When it reaches the marketplace, clean meat for cats will be a kinder and more sustainable way to feed our feline friends.
Coming soon to a bowl near you: Clean meat for cats.
Talk to your cat about sustainability and clean meat for cats, and he’ll probably yawn and go back to sleep. For an animal who loves nothing more than stalking tiny rodents, compassionate eating is pretty much a nonstarter. But to a growing number of humans, the cruelty involved in the production of our cats’ food is becoming a major concern. In an online survey, nearly 600 people said they’re interested in feeding their animal companions a plant-based diet, mainly because they’re concerned about farm animal welfare. The only thing that’s stopping them is the worry that a diet containing no animal protein will provide inadequate nutrition for their cats and dogs.
Clean Meat For Cats: Cruelty-Free Food For Our Obligate Carnivores
As pet food manufacturers worry about sustainability, cricket cat food could become the next big thing.
Cats love to catch crickets. But will they eat ground up crickets that come out of a can?
Okay, so cats eat bugs all the time. If you were a cat, you’d probably love nothing more than chowing down on a freshly-caught fly or cricket. Eeeuuu…
But Tarique Arsiwalla, a co-founder of Protix Biosystems, a company that markets insects as “the next protein commodity,” is hoping we humans will overcome the yuck factor and consider cricket cat food for our feline family members. Are you ready for ground-up crickets in a can? Ugh…
Arsiwalla was a presenter at a Petfood Forum Europe. His topic: insect-based ingredients in cat and dog food. Yuck…
But while just the thought of cricket cat food may give you the creepy crawlies, pet food made from insects might be in our cats’ not-so-distant future. Although our planet could probably sustain an infinite number of bugs, that’s not true of the animals who become food for us and our dogs and cats.
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