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Date Posted: 11:30
Author: Eponymous-12Dec01
Subject: Don't mean to be a stick in the mud, but...
In reply to: ketch - 11 Dec 01 's message, "Re: Veg. Diet" on 11:28

"...Little Tyke contracted virus pneumonia.... The sudden change in climate may have been a contributing factor."

Maybe the greater contributing factor was the lack of a natural feline diet.

Anyway, I don't get it. Assuming she didn't die because of her unhealthy diet, Little Tyke might have developed a rare feline trait that allowed her to manufacture an enzyme that breaks down vegetable protein (sort of like how some humans can manufacture lactase while others cannot), or perhaps some other mechanism. Maybe if the author of the piece had read Darwin instead of Genesis they wouldn't have been so impressed.

Note: many people these days are feeding their cats a vegan diet without taurine (or any other type of supplementation) - maybe because they read stories like the one about Little Tyke; this is unwise and maybe even cruel. While not every vegetarian cat will inevitably drop dead from dilated cardiomyopathy, veternarians are routinely confronted with cases of vegetarian pets suffering from deleterious nutritional deficiencies. If you have scruples about taking the lives of other animals to sustain your pet's, you really need to supplement.

On the lighter side...Little Tyke sure was cute.

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