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WHY do people have carnivorous dogs, cats, etc, as pets?

Hello all,

FIRST: Let me state that I love dogs and cats and all animals for that matter. Their well being and access to their natural rights are a primary reason why I am VEGAN. Please don't take this post as a negative carnivorous animal owner bashing rant. But rather a search for you opinions, understandings, and knowledge.

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This is an ethical question that has been rattling my mind for quite some time now.

Why do human beings (veg or not) own carnivorous animals, like dogs and cats, for pets and THEN deny them the food that their bodies have been designed to most effectively digest,  like raw meat and bones? Why do they give their adored companion animals Kibble and Bits? Or any type of rice or grain or potato or plant material that goes against their natural digestive systems?

Now for the vegans...and vegetarians out there,

I am going off the assumption that vegs do not give their animals meat or animal products.  But rather try to turn their carnivorous animal vegan or vegetarian despite millions of years of evolution.

This behavior baffles me. 

Would you feed a rabbit ground meat or a koala chicken wings? Would you give an elephant a rack of lamb or a goat steak bits?

Then why do you give your dogs and your cats Natural Balance or homemade vegan/vegetarian dog food?

Imagine if humans were not at the top of the food chain and we were owned by some other being and fed MEAT all the time, every meal of the day? Our body's' natural herbivorous/slightly omnivorous digestive system that has been created and developed over millions of years would never adapt although our taste buds would. We would never be at our peak of living. Never one with nature around us because we are held back by what we are fed.

These animals do not have a choice in what they are being fed! Vegetarian dog and cat food goes against their ultimate well being! This is wrong. AND YES, I have seen carnivorous animals thrive on vegan and vegetarian diets and live LONG lives. Just like I have seen life long tobacco smokers die in their nineties without developing any type of cancer. Just like I have known people that have grown up on, lived, and died eating the SAD without developing any major ailments.  It still doesn't make it right.

Now my question to you vegan and vegetarian dog owners out there,

Would you be willing to give your carnivorous companion animal their proper natural diet consisting of raw meat and bones supplemented with various green vegetables even though it goes against YOUR ethics? Or would you just continue to implement YOUR way of living on a defenseless hungry animal just because YOU think that it is right?

In essence, making you no less hegemonic than the political and religious systems that plague our world today...just with animals.

I look forward to hearing you opinions,

Peace and blessings,

Laura

A dogs nature is to be an omnivore. Most omnivorous animals will instinctually choose the higher fat/higher energy/nutrient dense food over the other. Generally that means animal products are going to win over raw vegetables.
But each dog, like each human, has a different taste anyway. My dog from days gone by would eat watermelon over anything, ever.

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I think Olen would choose peanut butter over anything.

He did have some meat food for a short time, and it gave him horrible diarrhea. He also had a raw meat bone once, and he threw up.

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A dogs nature is to be an omnivore. Most omnivorous animals will instinctually choose the higher fat/higher energy/nutrient dense food over the other. Generally that means animal products are going to win over raw vegetables.
But each dog, like each human, has a different taste anyway. My dog from days gone by would eat watermelon over anything, ever.

i hear you on the watermelon... my dogs loveee tofu too

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i hear you on the watermelon... my dogs loveee tofu too

My cat does not eat a vegan diet.  She does like tofu scramble though. 

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I think Olen would choose peanut butter over anything.

This is funny! Oliver is a peanut butter slut. He smells it when we get the peanut butter out, and he comes and jumps all over us like a circus dog. We're baby-sitting Z's sister's cat, and the only thing that cheers him up is pb!

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My aunts huskies were terribly overweight from eating the walnuts from the yard.
As an omni-scavenger the desire/need to feed well allow them to consume just about anything.
I was giving my two dates as a treat yesterday.

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The scavenger in us, dogs, and all other animals directs us toward foods that are high in caloric energy--high in fats, high in sugar, etc. This is why a dog would naturally gravitate toward meat, if given the meat/green bean test.

But since we, and our dogs, are not living in times of famine and we don't have to save up our fat storage for the winter, we can choose to make food choices that benefit something outside of ourselves and our immediate caloric needs, thus eating more of the lower calorie foods.

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Dogs didn't "evolve" they were domesticated and followed us eating scraps of what we were eating. Even most commercial foods, are mostly corn, which isn't a meat.

Dogs are omnivores. They don't require meat. They require accessable, digestable nutrients. Like bears and racoons they can and often choose to eat fruit, veggies, grass, eggs, junebugs, etc. The problem with a vegetarian diet for a dog is his teeth. That isnt a problem if you have a blender.

My boys aren't vegan, but they have been vegetarian from the moment they left the teet, and they looks absolutely ripped. Big beefy devils. Truth be told the longest lived domestic canines either eat raw or eat vegetarian.

http://www.dogsinthenews.com/issues/0209/articles/020918a.htm

http://www.openwriting.com/archives/2009/03/the_worlds_olde_2.php

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I think Olen would choose peanut butter over anything.

This is funny! Oliver Bella is a peanut butter slut.

::)

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