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(Many of the below are courtesy of Harbingers of a New Age (HONA), the original home of Vegepet.)
Lil John was born April 6, 1995 in our home. He is now 18 years young.
He has always been a “Vegecat” and been in very good health. He is still quite frisky and loves his catnip.
Hermione was born in 2004. She has been eating Vegecat kibble for most of her life. Her coat is luxurious, her eyes are bright, her energy level zippy. She charges through the house like a herd of buffaloes, from the farthest corner of the bedroom to the top of the “cat tree” in the dining room. She begs for quack grass when I come in from the backyard, so I have to bring her 4 or 5 blades of grass on a daily basis. I think of that grass as her salad. Her overall health has been excellent for 8 years. I am proud to tell visitors that she is a strict vegetarian cat (she still wears fur).
The main thing I feed her is kibble with a small coating of mashed squash, sweet potato or pumpkin along with a few kernels of corn, dusted with nutritional yeast. For variety, I mash a small amount of peas, garbanzo, or sometimes refried beans in as well. For extra nutrition, I give her cooked romaine lettuce or spinach (boiled with the few kernels of frozen corn), toasted nori, or a smidge of spirulina. This cat does not like some other things I have read about on this site: tofu, tempeh, soybeans or lentils.
Thank you for giving me this option for raising my cat without the slaughterhouse byproducts. I learned about what the actual ingredients were in commercial pet food. I read Obligate Carnivore by Jed Gillen before making my decision to try the “vegan” diet for cats. I adopted Jed’s rationale that if vegetarian cat food was at least as good for the cat as the average bag of cat food on the shelf at the grocery store, then it was worth all the effort. I am confident that benchmark was easily met with the Vegecat product line.
I have a companion animal named Kitty, a short-haired cat that is 12 years old. Kitty is in great health and I expect her to live until 20 or more. She is a good natured cat with a particular set of dietary requirements.
About 2 years ago I was feeling pretty bad about giving her canned slaughterhouse food. I tried many brands to get whole food in a can, but there were no options. Most canned food was nothing more than paste and animal products that humans won’t eat. I love Kitty, and felt terrible that she was eating low quality food. Although she enjoyed the food, her gums suffered, and I could tell she was showing signs of respiratory issues.
With much deliberation and continued research, I finally started feeding her human food. Little by little, she adapted. The most difficult part for her to acclimate to was the changes in taste. Soon after I discovered Brewers Yeast and Braggs Nutritional Yeast, both of which are now the main flavoring spices for her. She also likes Braggs Liquid Aminos for a spray of salt, which I apply sparingly. She likes a squirt of olive oil as well, which I put into a spray bottle. She likes to lick the top spices off of her food, so I have to grind or grate or chop her food daily, and then sprinkle it on to her taste. Often I have to turn the food over with a fork, or stab holes in it to catch the spices so she will eat the entire portion I give her.
Since I am a vegan, she is a vegan also. I make large portions of heavily stocked soup with veggies and faux meats, and those foods which she cannot eat, like spinach, and onions, etc., I add later for our human consumption. I freeze small portions for a week or two and microwave them in daily amounts, so she always has fresh-frozen food, portioned to cat sizes. Since cats don’t drink sufficient water to eliminate toxins, etc., and it is my opinion that much of the lifespan is cut short due to this fact, I always give her wet meals. Not just moistened meals, ! but soupy watery meals. She just licks and licks until its gone, until she gets to the good stuff.
If I don’t have a soup ready to go, I will stir-fry some veggies, or make pasta, or a bit of rice, which she loves with yeast dusted on it. Pretty much, what I eat, she eats. She doesn’t tolerate raw veggies, so everything must be cooked. Not pasty soft, but soft enough where the fibers are very relaxed. Sometimes I think she would just eat yeast, so you will have to learn how to put it on sparingly. Although, it doesn’t really cost that much and lasts a long time. She loves it and wastes no time eating as much as she can get.
One spice she does not like, but that she needs, is Turmeric. I had to experiment with this antioxidant amount. Kitty settled on a very light dusting mixed in with the yeast. The portion of Turmeric in which she does not reject the flavor is just a dusting per day. It is a very small amount, but hey, her tastebuds are highly sensitive. If she can smell turmeric, she will reject the entire meal. So mix it up well.! Just a sprinkle will do. She is now about 12.5 pounds and all of her symptoms have vanished. In addition, I would not have been able to help her acclimate without the aid of two products: Vegecat phi Supplement, and the Evolution Diet vegan cat dry food, veggie cheese burger flavor. Since Kitty is vegan, she does not get certain required nutriments in specific amounts necessary for her health. This is well-known in the scientific literature, so she must be supplemented. Now I want to make it clear that Kitty has a diet comprised of 80% human food.
The Evolution Diet dry cat food is supplemental, but to add variety and to help me avoid making 3 meals a day for her, I put some water in it with some dry cat food as mentioned. Now, since Kitty does not eat meat, she needs the Vegecat phi, which she did not like. Soon I discovered that if I took 3-4 teaspoons and mixed it with about ¼ cup water, she loved it. The granules take time to dissolve, so the night before, I mix a bat! ch and it softens overnight. This way, I can extend the life of the pr oduct. Then, for every meal, or almost every meal, I shake up the watery mix because the sediments settle to the bottom and I want her to get the entire mix, take a few teaspoons out and stir that into her human food. She likes that a lot, and it is now the 4th spice! If she doesn’t like something, i put some Vegecat phi in there, and Voila! She likes it.
Bero and Benito on their Throne
Just wanted to let you know that our two boys get along quite well with the vegan food.
I followed your advice and gradually mixed the new food in. Everything went very well; no problems with loose bowels.
Of course, I have to experiment a little because one of them is a bit picky and so I try various seasonings for him.
The little ones are now 15 weeks old and really mess up the house ― so much fun.
Our vet says they’re in very good shape and healthy as can be.
Thank you so much for your guidance and advice.
Graduation to a Vegan diet
The first thing I would like to say about my vegan kitties is, “Thank God for James Peden ! ! !” I think I can speak for all of us in expressing the infinite gratitude I feel for his beautiful heart and soul, mind and brilliance, research and dedication. He has made it possible for all of us know that our vegan animals are being completely nourished because of his expertise, kind assistance and complete knowledge.
This photo was taken the day our little kitties “graduated” from their mommy’s care to our care. I will never forget the first meal I made for them from James’s recipes. I was so worried they wouldn’t like my cooking ! ! ! But they loved it from the first moment and three years later, they are still loving it.
I have been a vegan for a long time and often, when I’m fixing something for myself, the kitty girls will wander over to see if they like it. I always let them try it, whatever it is. Sometimes they eat it, sometimes not. They each have very different tastes.
When our friends come to visit, they are always amazed at these kitties. It’s a real education for people to realized how healthy their own animals could be.
First off I want to start of by saying THANK YOU for making my lifestyle even more rewarding!
When I first got my Vegekit my cat was sniffing all over the container without it even being opened! It smells so good! and refreshing! Everything mixes up great.
I love the feeling when it is all done and you are staring down at this giant bowl of good smelling, vegan cat food, that you made, and you know you can trust the manufacturers of the products that you did have to buy! And then when you’re cat actually eats it and you have proven wrong everyone’s opinion that cat’s cannot be vegan! My cat didn’t take anytime at all to switch over! And one of her kittens is already all over the food! You guys are awesome!
I am writing to thank you with all my heart. All your suggestions worked out, and Blueberry, who was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, contrary to what all meat-eating, meat-pushing vets thought here, is doing well.
In a few simple emails, you have saved my 18 cats and all the other animals who would have been slaughtered to feed them torture-infected flesh. I will always be grateful to your book, Vegetarian Cats & Dogs, and your company Harbingers of A New Age, for keeping the faith that conversion is possible.
Blueberry’s pics are attached. It would be great if you can include her story – a cat surviving against all odds simply because she eliminated what was killing her – the death in her former cat food.
Also attached is a pic of Faith and a pic of Hans saying yummy to vegan food.
My 18 rescued cats barely leave me a chance to breathe, and each of them views me as his/her personal gourmet corporate menu caterer, vegepet included!
It’s insane that a company like yours hasn’t been flourishing while regular cat food companies continue to sell meat that is recalled and while pet lovers and their “vets” continue to wonder why their cats are sick.
For whatever it’s worth, I think Vegepet is revolutionary in that it dismantles the supposed ultimate carnivore’s (the cat’s) ‘need’ for meat and leaves no room for the justification of cruelty no matter what profit-making lies the meat and mainstream catfood industry try to propagate in order to protect their multimillion-dollar enterprises and to protect their consciences from the truth.
It might take people time to realize the achievement HOANA embodies, but the longer it takes them to acknowledge the suffering and disease included in what they feed their pets, the longer their pets will suffer and the costlier the medical expenses. Whether with regard to pets’ own health or with regard to saving other animals slaughtered for pet food, Vegepet offers all animals the gift of life.
I will do everything I can to spread the word about your company. It’s time for meat-pushers to be shown for who they are.
Henry the cat came to live with us on March 1, 2007.
He showed up with ear mites, tape worms, and healing bite marks on one of his ankles. He demanded to live with Coco, Rosabella, Grace, Irene and me, and now he is stuck with us. He is about a year and a half old, and although he is getting over his fear of the girls, he still hides behind the toilet when he hears even the tiniest little bit of thunder.
*to eat twice his own weight in home cooked vegan meals three times a day.
*sticking his head in the toilet bowl and watching the water swirl around when I flush.
* avidly watching birds and other fairyland creatures from the window ledges.
*crawling under rugs and pretending to hide.
*chasing, playing with, and chewing on cotton swabs.
P.S. (July, same year)
Henry wasn’t stuck with us after all! He has gone to live with a wonderful family where he is so much happier than he could ever have been with the girls and me. He now lives on a lot of beautiful pastoral property with a horse barn, where he romps and roams during the day and sleeps with his new humans at night. His new family, which includes two big dogs and a couple of cats, adores him, and I get to visit him every week. He and Eddy the cat are best friends and spend many happy hours running around the property together. Henry is now like a prince enjoying his kingdom, and my 4 girls enjoy having our cozy little apartment back to “normal!”
Although Henry is no longer vegan, he was, for 4 1/2 months, an enthusiastic fan of home made Vegecat recipes. He gained about a pound and a half during that time and his coat went from very dandruffy to extra-shiny and dandruff-free.
Nigel lives with Schmeeder and Gaudi.
My cats have been eating vegan food made with the recipes and supplements from Vegepet for over ten years.
Everyone is in great health
The cats that I already had when I started making vegan food had to be weaned onto it; I had the best results by making ‘gooey’ food (lentil & soy) that I could mix with commercial canned meat food and very gradually increasing the proportion of vegan food till they were eating all vegan food. It’s been my experience since then, though, that when I adopt a new cat, they accept the vegan food immediately. I think it makes sense to them that they are in a whole new environment and this is what cats eat here. “When in Rome.”
I tried several of the recipes and have settled on two that they like the best. One is the Lentil & Soy recipe (which they prefer quite watery so it is more like a stew, not thick like play-dough). They prefer this made with TVP that is in smaller chunks; I buy Bob’s Red Mill TVP from Whole foods, and find that they prefer this to Whole Foods brand TVP, which is in bigger chunks. I make a quadruple batch of this and freeze it in quarts, which I then thaw as I need them. Then I shred a bit of fresh carrots to add to each quart after it’s thawed.
The other recipe that they like is the VegeKibble. But they don’t like it made from the kibble Mix, nor the recipe with whole wheat flour; they prefer the older recipe made with gluten flour. Again I use Bob’s Red Mill brand gluten flour (and due to the recent melamine problems in the news, I wrote to Bob’s Red Mill to check whether they use any gluten from China, which they don’t; it’s all grown in the U.S.) In addition to making the VegeKibble twice-baked as in Hoana’s recipes, I also make it baked just once and cut into bite-size pieces, which I think of as ‘Krumpet’ since it is a bread-like texture. Then I also leave out a dish of the twice-baked ‘Kibble’ which they can munch on between meals.
I make a double batch of Kibble on four cookie sheets. I use ‘parchment paper’ (available in the baking section of grocery stores) to line the cookie sheets so there is no need to grease them and clean-up is much easier. I use more water than the recipe calls for, which makes the dough softer, and I can just press it into the cookie sheets with my hands instead of rolling it out with a rolling pin. I add a half cup of ‘flax seed meal’ (available at Whole Foods stores) to each recipe, which is great for omega-3 fatty acids and adds a nice texture and taste too. I also add a handful of seaweed of some kind. I have used many different kinds of un-flavored seaweed from Asian grocery stores, or ‘dulse flakes’ from Whole Foods markets, and the cats like any of of these.
Then after it’s baked (once) I cut it into slabs 1/4 the size of the cookie sheet and freeze these, thawing out a few slabs every few days and cutting them into bite-size pieces.
People often remark what beautiful coats my cats have, and how bright and shiny their eyes are, and they ask me what I feed them. Naturally I am happy to spread the word about vegan recipes and VegePet. Vets especially are quite surprised, having believed they needed meat.
I think you can’t argue with over ten years of health on a vegan diet! If they ‘needed’ meat, surely they would have wasted away by now! Thanks, James, for doing all the research so that other animals no longer need to suffer and die for the purpose of feeding our pets.
This magnificent 11 year old has been vegan for ten years.
My cats have been eating vegan food made with the recipes and supplements from Vegepet for over ten years. Schmeeder is now 11 and Gaudi is 14.
Everyone is in great health.