Evaluation of cats fed vegetarian diets and attitudes of their caregivers.

@article{Wakefield2006EvaluationOC,
  title={Evaluation of cats fed vegetarian diets and attitudes of their caregivers.},
  author={L. A. Wakefield and F. Shofer and K. Michel},
  journal={Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association},
  year={2006},
  volume={229 1},
  pages={
          70-3
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To determine motivation and feeding practices of people who feed their cats vegetarian diets as well as taurine and cobalamin status of cats consuming vegetarian diets. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. ANIMALS 34 cats that had been exclusively fed a commercial or homemade vegetarian diet and 52 cats that had been fed a conventional diet for > or = 1 year. PROCEDURES Participants were recruited through a Web site and from attendees of a national animal welfare conference. Caregivers… Expand
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