A third UK pet food manufacturer has released an insect-based cat food this year. Yora has been making insect-based dog food for a little while but the cat food was taking a while to materialise. I contacted them about it over a year ago now and they told me they were working on it. I guess it’s harder to create a non-meat food for cats than dogs since cats are obligate carnivores while dogs are omnivores.
Victoria did the taste test yesterday and I took a video of her. I sound ridiculous – like someone from Sesame Street or Play School – but the kids tell me I always sound like this when I talk to the cat.
I managed to get Ben to try one of them. As he was crunching away and screwing up his face he asked me what type of insect is in it.
“The larvae of the black soldier fly”, I replied.
“Great, so I’ve just eaten maggots then.”
You can read all the reasons for why insect protein is a smart choice on the Yora website – benefits. Here’s a chart on the environmental benefits which alone is very persuasive. Insect farming uses less land, produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and uses far less water to produce the same amount of protein.