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originally posted by: Blaine91555
a reply to: InTheLight
I find it interesting that anyone would want to change an animals natural diet. That cats are carnivores is as obviously true as humans and dogs are omnivores.
I've always found those arguments a bit odd even about humans. Clearly the fact that no person can survive as a pure Vegan should scream that these things are unnatural. Generally those espousing these things are all about being natural except when it comes to eating a natural diet, the diet a species evolved to eat.
Even herbivores must have the insects they get while feeding to survive. It's their only source of B12.
It's been a while, but you used to see cases now and then where parents had caused the death of their own child by trying to make it Vegan, not realizing the infant would slowly die.
It's best to feed pets their proper diet. It's bad enough that the pet food industry peddles food that does not meet pets needs and mostly passes through them without providing needed nutrition. That's why when you feed a dog or cat the right food, they can survive and thrive on far less of it. It's not just becoming a pile of feces on the lawn instead of digesting.
We already have changed humans' and our pets' diets from what they were once naturally. We humans got our B12 mainly from eating insects, and maybe a rare hummingbird.
By: Linda Antinoro, R.D., L.D.N., J.D., C.D.E.
Vitamin B12 is vital for the body to produce healthy red blood cells. It also is needed for proper nerve function and DNA synthesis.
Vitamin B12 deficiency occurs when there are low levels of stored B12 in the body. This can lead to:
Soreness of the mouth and tongue
Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
Poor memory and confusion...
...Vegans (strict vegetarians who do not eat any meat, fish, egg or dairy products) can develop vitamin B12 deficiency because they lack vitamin B12 in their diets. There are no known plant foods that are natural sources of B12. Fortunately, eating fortified foods, such as breakfast cereals, soy milk and vegetarian meat substitutes, can help prevent a potential deficit. However, research shows that vegans who don't take a B12 supplement often have inadequate B12 levels.