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What do you feed your dog or cat?
Normal pet food 41%  41%  [ 46 ]
Organic pet food (that contains organic meat) 32%  32%  [ 36 ]
Vegan pet food 18%  18%  [ 20 ]
Vegetarian pet food 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Home cooked food (no meat) 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Home cooked food (meat) 3%  3%  [ 3 ]
I don't have a pet 5%  5%  [ 5 ]
Total votes : 111
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I've had this huge bag of organic meaty dog food that I bought out of desparation one evening when we were pressed for food. It does contain animal products (fish, I think), but I've been mixing it with vegan wet dog food and home cooked food (grains, veggies, etc.), so it's lasted for a while. I've never fed my dogs 100% vegan for an extended period of time, but the majority of their diet is vegan. However, sometimes I don't plan far enough ahead and I'm left buying dog kibble, albeit organic, hence my current situation. I like incorporating as much homemade food into their diet as I can.

I also use this really awesome probioctic stuff called Green Mush and the dogs go nuts over it! It's full of organic, whole food green plant matter and smells like green tea!

ETA: In agreement with MBM, this should be a multichoice poll.

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i only could choose one option, so i chose for my dog... she eats vegan kibble. she currently eats evolution most of the time, and ami on occasion. she doesn't like natural balance at all, which is a huge bummer because it's less expensive and much easier for me to get. sigh.

our cats eat wellness kibble, and we're weaning them onto a bit of canned as well.

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Amos eats Natural Balance vegan kibble, veggies, chickpeas, tofu*, and a bit of fruit. He's doing really well on vegan food, but he's not totally vegan. I won't bring non-vegan stuff into the house, but I don't care if he gets the odd meaty treat out there in the world.

*This dog seriously LOVES plain, uncooked tofu. I have to watch my fingers!

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I feed my dogs "normal pet food" but a very high quality one (not organic or vegan.)

I tried various vegan kibble and they did awful on them so I do what is best for them.


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My dog is on vet food because of her emo tummy. I tried to switch her to NB last summer but she didn't go for it at all. I would like to try switching it again at some point but I need to find whatever is the next best thing that will keep her "solid".

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:35 pm 
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I feed my cats Weruva brand canned food and Wellness core dry food. It's good quality food and I want to keep them on grain free food but it gets so expensive sometimes. I wish I could find a good grain free food that was cheaper but they turn their noses up at all the other brands I've tried. I'm going to trying feeding them chicken with a vitamin powder mixed in. I've tried it in the past and they loved it but the vitamin mix was just a sample pack and I haven't ordered the full size one yet.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:48 am 
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Biodancer wrote:
I feed my cats Weruva brand canned food and Wellness core dry food. It's good quality food and I want to keep them on grain free food but it gets so expensive sometimes. I wish I could find a good grain free food that was cheaper but they turn their noses up at all the other brands I've tried. I'm going to trying feeding them chicken with a vitamin powder mixed in. I've tried it in the past and they loved it but the vitamin mix was just a sample pack and I haven't ordered the full size one yet.

Does anyone else feed grain free for their cats? Which brand do you use?


I feed my cat Orijen 6 fish, which is grain free and about $23 a bag. She also gets Tiki Cat wet food--only the grain free varieties.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:06 pm 
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We use a combo of some homemade goodies like sweet potatoes and green beans with commercial foods that are organic but have meat (Blue Buffalo and Natural Balance mostly). I tried to go veg with the dogs but they are both Boston Terriers and they have a tendency to have tummy troubles. I couldn't make any homemade food that had grains or potatoes. They do fine with sweet taters, veggies and fruit but for some reason cannot digest grains and beans (no matter how much I puree them). So frustrating, because I would love them to be veg but their little bellies are rebellious. I do keep trying though and whenever I see a new veg dog food I test it out on them to see if they can digest it.

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My cats get Kirkland food from Costco, which is surprisingly high quality food for dirt cheap.

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i feed my big pup v-dog. i really wanted to feed her natural balance because the ingredients seemed healthier but while she liked it she had awful farts constantly and diarrhea. she loves her food now but we have to give her extra enzymes and probiotics otherwise she gets all foamy mouthed. she also loves veggies and fruit, sometimes gets extra stuff from our dinner, and eats meaty treats our neighbors give her.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:45 pm 
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The kittehs get this vet formula for cats who have had urinary blockages:
http://www.royalcanin.ca/index.php/eng/ ... ry-S-O-Dry
Gershwin is the one who had the blockage, but the vet thinks its good for Tristan too since he's a male cat and they get crystals so easily.

They also get canned meaty wet food, every day.

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i feed my big pup v-dog. i really wanted to feed her natural balance because the ingredients seemed healthier but while she liked it she had awful farts constantly and diarrhea. she loves her food now but we have to give her extra enzymes and probiotics otherwise she gets all foamy mouthed. she also loves veggies and fruit, sometimes gets extra stuff from our dinner, and eats meaty treats our neighbors give her.

yes! when maia was on v-dog, she seemed to like it (she gets bored with food SOOOOOO easily, it's really frustrating), but she threw up every. single. day. and it was just bile, so i don't know if it was that it wasn't filling her up enough to last until the next meal, or...? so, we switched back to evolution.

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Our lab eats Acana Pacifica kibble and our senior pomeranian eats Ziwipeak canned (easier on her tummy). Both are grain-free and high quality. The kitties eat Ziwipeak canned as well. One has feline diabetes, so no kibble for them! I'd love to switch all of them to raw, but I don't know if I could stomach it. My little ones will always be on meat based diet. I may be able to be healthy on a vegan diet, but I'm not going to risk their health. Our dogs do get veggies for treats, though.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:54 pm 
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We feed our dogs vegan Natural Balance and only buy vegan treats, but, like Monkeytoes, I don't mind if they get the occasional meaty treat from someone else.


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I feed our two cats raw meat-based food most of the time, and canned meat-based food otherwise. I add in fish oil and kelp powder. They get pumpkin as a treat sometimes, or just regular cat treats. I would love to feed them a vegan diet but I don't really think cats are well suited for it. I have toyed with the idea of mixing in a vegan cat food -- maybe 75% meat and 25% vegan -- but they are healthy as things are right now so I am not sure if I should change it.

I'm working on an article about raw food for dogs right now so I've been doing a lot of reading about feeding dogs. I would like to do at least a partially vegan diet if we got a dog.

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Also, Tracie Hotchner has a list of the supermarket brands that have the most protein. Comes in handy when you need food and the pet stores are closed, or when you are broooooke.

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I write for a mag called Good Dog -- I didn't write this, but there's a recipe for vegan doggie treats, as well as an interview with vegan baker Doron Peterson, in a recent issue.

Have any of you ever thought about making homemade treats for your dogs or cats? I've considered it for my kitties. maybe with pumpkin, which they love.

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So this morning I woke to discover that the cats had knocked over a small bottle of olive oil, breaking the lid. And then apparently they ate it? Because the bottle was empty but there wasn't any on the floor.

I'll admit I was glad to not have to clean it up, but I am a bit worried about the poops that will result.

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My cat gets Wellness Complete Health dry food every day and Blue Buffalo canned food 2-3 times a week. The dog gets Authority. I would switch him to vegan kibble, but he's almost 15 and has myriad skin and digestive issues.

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Have any of you ever thought about making homemade treats for your dogs or cats? I've considered it for my kitties. maybe with pumpkin, which they love.

I used to make and sell dog treats when I was little (9-10) to raise money for my local SPCA. They weren't vegan, I used powdered milk, but it was a lot of fun. Now my dog has a sensitive stomach and problems keeping weight off, so I don't get to make treats, instead I just toss her carrots while I cook and she is happy.
Also I could only find the interview in your link, do you have a link to the whole issue? I'm always on the look out for more dog magazines.

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Buster has skin allergies and I can't feed him soy, corn, wheat, beef or lamb. He sometimes eats rice, oatmeal and barley but not much because that affects his ears and skin as well. I'd love to feed him vegan but instead it's Taste of the Wild dog food (poultry and veggeis) for him. He does well with only protein and veggies.

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ExpiredSanity: seems like that issue isn't available online anymore, sorry! But here's a link to the most recent ones.

My cats are now very soft, I think because they ate all that olive oil.

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my cats are both eating orijen fish kibble and get part of a can of wellness turkey or seafood every night. the older one was on vet prescribed hypoallergenic kibble for ages because he was such a pukey baby, but i think he must have grown out of it, as the orijen didn't bother him at all. i was wanting something to feed both of them, rather than having the hypo and a kitten kibble, and the orijen is suitable for kittens and doesn't have any allergens (or what i'm assuming he was allergic to).


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We are kind of going broke feeding these cats*, and I feel terrible about it but sometimes I am buying the cheaper cat food in a can. Do PPKers think it's better to give them half canned food and half kibble, maybe, assuming I'm buying a higher-quality product for both? And if so, do you have a kibble you suggest?

Sigh, I feel very guilty about it.

(* Not really, we are just broke and also trying to feed these cats.)

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