The surprising number of dogs eating a vegan diet

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Ever wonder how common plant-based diets are? How about for … dogs? In 2019, Statista asked just that same question of pet owners. Here’s what they found about the number of cat and dog owners who feed their pets plant-based diets around the world.

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Dogs on strict plant-based diets

As of 2019, approximately 1.6% of pet owners surveyed were feeding their dogs a strict plant-based diet.


Dogs on intermittent plant-based diets

During that same year, about 10.4% of dog owners said their furry friends were being fed an intermittent plant-based diet.

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Fewer cats are fed ‘vegan’ diets

Only 0.7% of cat owners were feeding their pets strict vegan diets.

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But a few more cats are fed intermittent plant-based diets

In 2019, 3.3% of cat owners said they fed their furry friend intermittent plant-based diets.

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Should pets be … vegan?

According to the ASPCA, it’s much easier (and healthier) for dogs to eat vegan than cats. So, it’s not surprising that more dog owners than cat owners feed their fur babies plant-based diets. Still, the ASPCA warns that it can be difficult for dogs to get all the nutrients they need from a vegan diet. And since cats are ‘obligate’ carnivores, ASPCA says that a vegan diet is not “appropriate” for cats.

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Kaitlyn Farley

Kaitlyn is MediaFeed’s senior editor. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, specializing in social justice and investigative reporting. She has worked at various radio stations and newsrooms, covering higher-education, local politics, natural disasters and investigative and watchdog stories related to Title IX and transparency issues.