Some pet parents avoid commercial pet foods because of recalls or other concerns. Instead, they feed custom-made diets or even cook their pets’ meals at home. The challenge is making sure the diet is complete and well-balanced.
Along the way, some folks decide to adapt their own alternative diet — like vegetarian, vegan or keto — for their pets. But that’s downright dangerous. For example, cats need to get their nutrients from meat. Excess carbs increase their risk of diabetes, obesity and other problems. On the other hand, dogs fare best on a balanced diet of lean meat and veggies.
So, vegan diets aren’t good for pets. Equally unsuitable are keto diets, with their focus on fatty meats and oils.
Remember, we can make ethical decisions for ourselves, but we can’t fight biology when it comes to our pets.