As a vegan I have found it difficult owning a cat and buying cat food. Cats are obligate carnivores which means, unlike humans, they must eat animals to survive. If you can thrive without harming others then why wouldn’t you? This is why I’m vegan. But it’s not so simple for cats and my plan has always been to buy insect-based cat food as soon as it becomes available.
Insect-based dog food has been available in the UK for a while already through a company called Yora. I used to buy it when we were caring for borrow my doggy dogs and the two we looked after both loved the food. Yora are apparently also making a cat food but it’s still in development.
I’m running low on dried kibble for Victoria and this week went searching again for insect food and to my great pleasure not one but two insect-based cat foods launched in the UK just in the last few weeks.
I bought a packet of both to try. The first arrived today from Love Bug. I put some in front of Victoria; she sniffed it then ate it all up so it seems it has a thumbs-up from her. She’ll eat live insects like flies and spiders of her own volition so she must find them palatable.
From my perspective it smells much nicer too. The regular cat food really stinks of, well, dead animal bits. Then there’s the environmental benefits. According to the Love Bug company website, farming insects uses 80% less land than farming beef. The insects themselves are fed on a diet of surplus plants and veggies which the company claims fights food waste. In addition their farm is 100% powered by renewable energy. And finally, it’s nutritionally healthy for cats.
The other insect-based cat food that just launched in the UK is called Aardvark. I will get Victoria to provide a taste review when it arrives but they are similarly good for the environment. The company claims to use 2% of the land and 4% of the water that would be required to produce the same amount of beef. The insects are also fed on fruit and vegetables which would have gone to waste.
An area twice the size of the UK is required to feed the world’s pets and demand is rising as pet ownership grows. We all have a responsibility to reduce our environmental impact. If not for ourselves then for our children and their children. People in the UK love their pets and will not give them up willingly so insect-based pet food seems like a doable and impactful alternative.