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What kind of food do you feed your companion animal? Do you feed them a veggie or vegan diet? If you don't, why wouldn't you? I don't know much about the nutritional needs of animals...do they *have* to eat meat??

I think this is going to be come a sticky subject, so... :-X

I'll just say that I feed my six (soon to be seven!) cats Life's Abundance dry food and Instinctive Choice moist food.  If you'd like more info about the brand and its benefits, the website is http://www.healthypetnet.com.  A big plus (I think) is that you can sign up for auto-ship and save quite a bit of money - with the food delivered right to your door.  :)

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Well, my dog eats meat now but in limited amounts. But she also really loves veggies. I am just wondering if dogs/cats and other companion animals really *need* meat. Do they just crave it and desire it, or is it vital to their well-being? Does anyone here prepare all their pets meals? (I actually know someone who does).

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It's very unnatural to feed a cat a vegetarian diet.  Three of my fab five love to hunt.   :'(  I hate when they kill birds and squirrels, but unlike humans, being a carnivore *is* their natural state:  http://www.vegsoc.org/info/catfood.html

Now with dogs, a vegetarian diet is possible and in a lot of cases, the dog does better on a meatless diet than the commercial meaty byproducts crap you buy in the grocery store.  But we don't have a dog because my DH doesn't want to leave it alone all day while we both work.  Our rabbit is of course an omnivore!  

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I'm sure that was a typo and you meant your rabbit is an herbivore... right tintexas ;)

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My parakeet (budgie) is of course a veggie creature, though as I child had a budgie that flew freely around the house and would sample anything on my plate...and that included chicken!
Pranabelly, you might be interested to surf backwards on this board, the "pet diet" thread has been discussed often, with reference to lots of different animals.

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Hey Pranabelly,
I have written so much here about this subject. I'm about to head out to that "pound" and just don't have the time to post it all again at the moment. Just goto my profile and read "last posts of this person" on the lower left hand side and scroll through some of my posts. There's a ton of them! Everything you want to know about my opinion regarding your dog's diet and vaccinations, etc. is there.

I just want to add, as I always do...regarding the best care you can have for your pet....PLEASE purchase this book: "The Nature of Animal Healing" by Dr. Martin Goldstein DVM. Everything you need to know about a great diet and proper care of your dog can be found here. Trust me on this.....( I think there are others here that have purchased the book on my recommendation that will agree)......
-dave

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I'm sure that was a typo and you meant your rabbit is an herbivore... right tintexas ;)

That was definitely a brain fart.  I screwed up that one real good!  :D

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Thanks for the book recommendation Dave! I have just purchased it and look forward to learning some new things...

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i feed my cat Wellness brand cat food. at first he was finicky about it, but now he gobbles it up. it's my first time trying out a holistic food and he seems to be a lot healthier and energetic than he was previously

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Wellness is also what I feed my dog!! -- mixed with some veggies most of the time. She likes it, although she gets bored pretty quickly. I always end up trying to make her food more interesting with bits of my own :)

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After all the pet food scares, I just switched my kitties to a holistic brand that could be easily found in my local Petsmart. I go to Petsmart because I don't own a car, so it's hard for me to search a bunch of different pet food stores in my small community and lug around big bags of food. 

True to my cat's finicky nature, they're not having any of it. I've been mixing it in with their regular cat food so hopefully they'll get to like it soon.

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I'll p ost the same thing I did before last week when something similar came up... :)

Ferrets and cat are Obligate carnivores and as such get a NATURAL, appropriate diet in my home. 
There were several discussions about this already so I've listed them below:

Dog Food?
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=14595.msg91908
Pet Therapy?
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=14065.msg88035
More on Pet Food:...
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=13588.msg83914

There were more, but those are the only ones I directly participated in so they were easy to find in my "SHOW ALL USERS POSTS"  .  ;)

ALso, a new link I was passed DaveDrum.  You might be interested in.  Haven't looked into it myself, but the person who passed it to me is reliable.
http://www.healthypetjournal.com/Default.aspx?tabid=14261

cheers!

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Ferret Resources:  http://nippynihon.blogspot.com/
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Mahatma Gandhi:
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Thanks yogaferret!
It's a link that I already had saved in my "favorites" section for dog stuff. Thanks for posting it here, I know I never had. There are some really good articles relating to vaccinations and pet diets on there. 

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