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  1. Hi, I was wondering what I should do if my spouse isn’t vegan, but I am. He believes that we shouldn’t feed our pets a vegan diet, so I just follow him. I don’t want to get rid of our pets or change my diet just because my animals eat a non-vegan diet like my husband.

    1. Hi Kari, that’s a great question and one only you can ultimately answer. Many vegans feed their pets meat. If I were in your position, I wouldn’t feel the need to stop being vegan just because your pets are not.

      If your pets are omnivores, perhaps you can introduce more plants into their diet to reduce the percentage of meat they consume. I hope this helps. And good luck!

      1. Thanks for your reply. I just kind of feel like a hypocrite. I got my pets when I was a vegan, but I thought veganism only extended to myself. I made so many mistakes as a vegan and have guilt, but my purpose was to be vegan and found out it wasn’t or may not be considered vegan. I have had some people say that I am not vegan for having pets and feeding them a non-vegan diet. I genuinely care for animals, but I know that I can’t force others to be like me.

        1. Hi Kari, don’t be so hard on yourself. We all slip up as vegans. As long as you learn from your mistakes and clean them up for next time, you should feel good about your efforts. Only when we knowingly make unaligned decisions does the guilt creep in.

          As for the pet thing, you’re not in a position to make that call without the support from your partner, so it’s unreasonable for you to be held accountable for a joint responsibility. Just keep doing what you can for the animals and tune out the noise from judgements.

  2. Thanks for this article. The dilemma on feeding meat to pets is one I think about often… I would love to adopt some cats in the future, but don’t feel good about bringing meat into my home. I am looking forward to cell cultured meat becoming more prevalent for that reason. (I won’t eat it, but it definitely seems like a better choice for pets!) For now, it’s easier to feed my naturally vegan bunny 🙂

  3. Thank you for this thoughtful article. For vegans, how to feed a pet is definitely an ethical dilema especially if the pet is an obligate carnivore. I live with two companion animals of the canine persuasion. Ethically and scientifically, canines can live well on a good, balanced vegan diet. So for me, as a vegan, sharing my life with dogs works well. On the other hand, when Mr. Cat passed away last year, we made a decision to not invite another feline to join us. I can’t, in good conscience, feed an obligate carnivore their necessary diet nor can I ethically persuade one to become a vegan. Disregarding all the other issues around sharing your life with non-human beings, I suppose the perfect pet for a vegan might be a rabbit.