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Kitten Nearly Dies

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Kitten nearly dies from vegan diet

Lort Smith Vet Leanne Pinfold says cats should be fed a proper diet. She is pictured with Roger, who is well-fed and available for adoption. Source: News Limited

A KITTEN has almost died after its owners fed it a strict vegan diet.

The horrific case at a North Melbourne animal hospital has prompted a warning about the dangers of people “forcing ideologies” on their pets.

Lort Smith Animal Hospital veterinarian Leanne Pinfold said the kitten was brought in this month by its owners, who were believed to be vegan.

She said the kitten’s diet of potatoes, rice milk and pasta had caused it to become critically ill.

“It was extremely weak and collapsed when it came in. It was almost non-responsive,” Dr Pinfold said.

The kitten was given fluids via a drip, placed on a heat pad and fed meat.

It remained in hospital for three days after which the kitten’s owners were given meat to feed their pet at home, she said.
Dr Pinfold said as obligate or true carnivores, cats needed meat to survive.

She said people who wanted a pet that did not eat meat should consider other animals, such as rabbits.

“Concern for animal welfare has to include a biologically-appropriate diet,” she said. “You can’t force your ideology on the cat.

“Carnivores will seek out meat and your cat is possibly more likely to go hunting and kill local native fauna if you deprive it of meat.”

Dr Pinfold said she had not come across a similar case in her 11 years as a veterinarian.



  1. RAB says:

    Julie you are magnificent dear lady! Thank you so much for pumping stuff into what looked, for a while, a corpse. I hope all Kitty Kounters take inspiration from you and get their fingers out and start posting, toute suite.

  2. Julie near Chicago says:

    Thanks, RAB. ;)

    Of course, now all my on-line friends are going to be even madder at me because I can’t find time to write to them….

  3. JuliaM says:


    As for the owners of the kitten, they need sense beaten into them with a 2×4…

  4. Julie near Chicago says:

    Thanks, Julia. It’s hard to believe anybody would try to feed a cat on that stuff. I mean, that wouldn’t even be a good diet for humans.

  5. John Galt says:

    Presumably this was an indoor cat with no access to the outside?

    Because every moggy that I’ve ever known would have been out through the cat flap / window / door and busily started munching their way through the local mouse / bird / reptile population.

    Most wouldn’t have gone back to these miserable fuckers either.

    Whatever happened to the vegan motto of “Live long and prosper” – or is that Vulcans?

  6. NickM says:

    Do you recall the terrible BBC sit-com “Just Good Friends”? It ran for years and had one good joke. Penny introduces Vince to her new date (she’s trying to make him jealous). It goes like this:

    New Fella: “Actually I’m a vegan, do you know what that is Vince?”

    Vince: “Yeah, I’ve seen every episode of Star Trek”

    He shoots, he scores. JG. yes, that is Vulcan.

    For the record my wife is vegan and my cat isn’t. Although God alone knows what Felix put in those pouches… God alone.

  7. John Galt says:

    Fortunately I don’t pay the BBC for the telly tax as I gave up watching TV years ago after commencing working abroad on a regular basis.

    So I am glad to say such patently dire offerings as “Just Good Friends”, whatever in the name of Jimmy Saville that might have been, is completely beyond me.

    I’ll stick to the internet and my Kindle and the new Director General of the BBC can pay for his cab fare and geegaws out of someone else’s post-tax earnings, not mine.

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