Truth About Cats and Dogs Veganism Is an Option

first_img Biotech startup Wild Earth is developing “the new generation” of pet food: clean, high-protein snacks that are healthy, humane, and environmentally friendly.The first of the Berkeley-based firm’s products—”based on deep science”—consists of human-grade koji, a mold used in East Asian cuisine for making soy sauce, miso, and sake.Normally grown directly on rice, potatoes, and other grains, koji (Aspergillus oryzae) is mixed straight into Wild Earth’s beet sugar solution. As reported by National Geographic, the elixir gets pressed, sliced, and baked like tofu to create a cheese cracker-esque treat.“When our love for non-human animals turns into animal advocacy, many of us choose to live a vegan lifestyle,” San Francisco-area writer Alexis Croswell said in a Wild Earth blog post. “That means ensuring that our companion animals can thrive on a cruelty-free diet as well.”But before you ditch that new bag of pet food, consider what it means for your cat or dog.Without an official definition of “high protein” for animal feeds, it’s hard to know exactly where to draw the line.“It’s a little arbitrary,” veterinary nutritionist Amy Farcas told NatGeo. “For healthy dogs, there’s no upper limit of protein intake, meaning that as long as they also meet their dietary fat requirements, dogs can do well on a high-protein diet.”In other words: bring on the koji!“Of course, dogs still need protein. They are just perfectly capable of getting it from non-meat sources,” veterinarian Jennifer Coates wrote in a Wild Earth post.Cats, meanwhile, need meat to receive certain nutrients. They can tolerate a “certain amount of plant material in their diet,” Farcas said, but have higher requirements for protein or fat than dogs and humans.Wild Earth, expected to release their first pet treats by June and a kibble-based food later this year, is also developing a lab-grown, meat-based cat food made of cultured mouse cells. Mmm… Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike last_img read more