Stop ignoring facts about animal and human physiology!

In my last post, I had a few examples on what I’d like to write about next on this blog. I thought I’d start with the first example. That example is mainly why people, vegans or not are ignoring facts about the physiology of humans and/or animals.

If you have been here before, you might remember I’ve sort of discussed this before, especially regarding why humans are herbivores and our precious family members with fur and four legs are obviously carnivores. Especially if they say meow or woof and wags a tail of sorts. Somehow, lately this fact is ignored – even by vegans in some form.

Many vegans say that eating a vegan (WFPB) diet is the optimal diet for human health. Yes, that’s true – but why? Well, it’s because humans are herbivores or perhaps frugivores. Why are we herbivores? It’s because we have flat teeth, we grind and chew our food, we have long intestines and we thrive on plant foods with a lot of fiber. Does your dog grind his food, or perhaps your cat with his or her’s flat teeth? I did not think so…

In our earlier days as humans, we got at least 100 grams of fiber a day. The daily recommendation today is around 25-30, which is just way too low. The smell of rotting meat is repulsing to us, and hunting and killing animals also feels unnatural for the vast majority of the human population. So is murder regarding our fellow human beings. Killing another human being is a crime in our society as well… A cat would not think twice to kill a mouse or a little bird, because that’s natural for a carnivore – to kill other living beings for food. A dog would not necessarily kill another animal, but a wolf would. That’s basically all that differs between a wolf and a dog, or something. The dog still has the same GI tract, teeth and more that their ancestral wolf does. I’m just writing down my thoughts here, so sorry if I do not sound 100% scientific. If you’d like to read stuff like that, go visit nutritionfacts.org or some other database with a lot of studies. And watch the video below (but ignore the part where he says humans are omnivores):

When vegans turn their dog vegan, they do so by saying that dogs are omnivores. That’s very far from the truth, and yes. I’m not a scientist or an expert, but I know this much. It disturbs me a lot thinking that the same arguments for why people should be eating a vegan diet, is so utterly ignored when it comes to the physiology of those furry beings that go woof or meow. Humans, cats and dogs (in this example) have some things in common, from what I’ve seen and learned. The thing in common is that we rarely die from eating the wrong food straight away (unless it’s a poison). A cat won’t die from eating some plants. A dog won’t die from eating plants. A human won’t die from eating meat. But will they thrive? No. Why do you think we get fat, die from different diseases? Why do you think we get alzheimer’s or strokes? It’s because we eat the wrong food for our species. The same is true for our carnivorous pets. They thrive on meat based diets, and get cancer and heart problems and diabetes from sugar-rich diets (aka carbohydrates, complex or not) and vice versa. We humans, get sick and fat from animal products.

We will survive for a while, even years, but we’ll die early from cancer, heart disease or perhaps diabetes instead of living healthfully to a 100+ years for humans and perhaps 15+ years for dogs (especially larger breeds) and more than 20 years for cats if we eat Biologically Appropriated (Raw) Food for our species. The raw aspects is more true for carnivores. Not so much for humans. More on that later. Does this means that we all are omnivores? That we need both meat and plants in our diets in order to thrive and be healthy? I say absolutely not. Humans do not need meat in order to survive in this day and age because we are shaped and made like herbivores. We might have while we lived in a hunter gatherer world, where food was scarce and we had to hunt animals in order not to starve. This is not the reality any longer. And the inuits (eskimos) did not live long and healthy lives. They died mostly in their 50’s or 60’s (or earlier) from extremely clogged arteries and heart disease. That’s what you get when you eat the wrong kind of diet for your species.

Humans, cats and dogs are very resilient, just like a video I’ve shared from my older posts about this subject from a vet. But humans are not omnivores, even though we have been conditioned since forever to eat an omnivorous diet. There is a huge difference from being an omnivore to eating an omnivorous diet! It’s a cultural thing to eat meat. Some cultures eat more meat than others. Some eat primarily vegetarian (aka vegan or plant based) diets. If this was true, both cats and dogs and humans are somewhat forced to eat the wrong kind of diet for their species, due to all the plant foods found in kibble/dog/cat food and our culture that teaches us to need meat in our diet, even if it makes us sick in the process.

Humans are also in my opinion really smart at the same time we’re so extremely stupid. We can build ginormous buildings, destroy the planet due to our inventions and tendencies to overpopulate, but we have no clue what our optimal diet is. And when we do find out – we do everything we can to try to be carnivores, which only makes us sicker. Not to mention all the processed junk we also eat. Really tasty, of course, but detrimental to our health.

A cat, or a dog or any other carnivorous animal that lived in the wild were not born to eat kibble, or processed food. Before this westernized living occurred, cats ate rats, birds etc that they caught on their master’s farms. Dogs ate scraps, but mostly left overs from hunts, or left overs from other dead animals. Kibble is something that’s been around since the 1860’s. Dogs have been around for at least 15 000 years and probably longer than that! We humans were also not born to eat donuts and drink soda all day long. Even though it’s so frickin’ tasty! You can not pick a donut off from a tree. You could pick an apple, though. Or pick some potatoes out of the ground or other vegetables. Drink water from a stream and get all that B12 you need. In today’s society, the B12 that naturally occurred in nature have almost all been destroyed due to our obsession with cleanliness. Ask any vegan and they’ll tell you!

As I’ve written oh so many words now about this, I do have to apologize for not sharing so many links to appropriate sites for more information. The reason why is mainly because I’ve done so in previous posts, so go back and read those if you’d like to know more. You can also watch a lot of videos on YouTube from reliable vegan sources that won’t mock up the truth. Some of those are The annoying Vegans, Mic the Vegan, Plant Based News, Vegan Gains, Vegan Footsoldier, That Vegan Couple and of course Dr. Greger’s nutritionfacts.org!

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Some upcoming topics, and also – this is a test post?!

I’m mainly writing this post to check if the post will be shared properly to Facebook this time around. There’s an issue that’s been going on lately, but it seems now that wp.com has acknowledged the issue and the problem lies with FB themselves for messing something up in the sharing process from WordPress.com. Also, I’ve been thinking about some topics I’d like to discuss, or at least just write about, and here they are:

Veganism:

  • Why dogs are NOT omnivores, but (scavenger or opportunistic) carnivores. Even though I’m not a scientist, or an expert on dogs – I don’t understand why the GI tract for humans and other animals is mentioned for why humans are supposed to be herbivores, but it’s ignored when we talk about obvious carnivorous animals (besides lions?!)…
  • The whole stupidity about “why I’m not vegan anymore” trend that’s going on and the obvious pattern they follow, making meat lovers hate on veganism even more…
  • Why I will go vegan some day and why I’m not there yet.

My current life:

  • My plans for the summer, and how I plan to try out (as far as I possibly can) – a Whole Food Plant Based vegan diet during the weekdays, focusing mainly on getting as much fiber and nutrients as humanly possible (for me at least, don’t wanna mess anything up).
  • More on how math sucks, and how I came to almost like it. Or perhaps hate it even more.
  • My life as an upcoming developer, learning Unity, making a puzzle game and frustrations/happiness deluxe situations with various programming languages and platforms.

Disclaimer!

Considering I am the person that I am, I can not make any promises that all of these posts will be written in the near future. By near, I mean at least before summer is over, or something of that nature. Either way, I’d appreciate it if you’d read all of my future posts, subscribe to the blog by filling in the form below, follow it on Facebook and all that other fun stuff. You can find me on basically all the platforms out there. Links to my social media is found somewhere on this blog, in the widgets most likely in the footer or sidebars… (depending on what theme I’m currently using)

Cats and dogs are carnivores and should never be fed otherwise. Period!

This post is about the evergrowing thing about what we choose to feed our carnivorous pets, like cats and dogs. My personal view on this is pretty simple. Dogs and cats are carnivores and should not be fed otherwise. However, there are reasons why I believe that you can (or could) have a healthy “thriving” cat or dog that is fed vegan, and I shall explain why in this post.

Also, no hateful comments – please. Read all of this post and listen to what I’ve said. Read the linked posts before you make a hateful comment or something else in that nature. 

Thanks!

Let’s begin!

My whole life goal has been to get a Great Dane. This year of 2018 I’ve waited more than 20 years for one, and I shall have to wait a bit longer as well. I am also currently a vegetarian, striving towards becoming a vegan someday. A vegan who has the right to call themselves vegan, because my diet will be vegan. Does that mean that my future Great Dane will be vegan? Of course not! That would just be stupid, since dogs are carnivores. I admit, they are scavenging carnivores, but they have the dietary tracts and features of a carnivore. Dogs can survive on a so called omnivorous diet, but that does not mean it is the optimal diet for a dog, since they are carnivores by nature. They are designed to eat meat, flesh, bones and intestines. Just like us humans are herbivores. We are designed to eat plants such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains. Animal products make us sick because we are built to eat plants and vice versa for carnivorous animals. Especially dogs and cats. Dr. Becker explains more in the video below:

Everything she says is great except for the part where she says that humans are omnivores, since that is not true, like I explained before. But I’m not the expert here, I’m just another blogger making a valid point about facts. We are not omnivores by design, although we stupidly enough consume animal products even though we are not made to eat that.

Dr. Becker in the video above say that cats and dogs are very resilient animals. The same is true for humans. We do not just die if we are suddenly fed the wrong thing. No, instead it takes years for us to develop things such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Same is true for cats and dogs. But I don’t want to repeat myself. This is just the facts. The links to these facts can be found in former posts and also in other links in this posts.

What I mean by that is your vegan dog or cat can as of now seem very healthy. I am not sure, though how long that will last though. And also, what I mean by a healthy dog is mainly by these standards:

  • No smell of dog or a lot less smelly fur
  • More balanced energy according to breed and age of the dog
  • Less shedding from before the diet change
  • Shiny  and/or softer fur
  • No giant dog poops and pretty much odorless poops as well
  • Less signs of aging, graying of the fur, mobility etc.
  • Shiny teeth with no plaque and no bad breath
  • Healthy weight according to breed and age

All things mentioned in the list above have been found in dogs and cats that are fed their natural diet, which should be raw meat, bones and intestines. You can also read a more thorough post here about it.  I you have a vegan dog that also share these benefits, please let me know, because I have not yet seen anybody saying that they’ve seen these health benefits so far. What I mean by that is I have read people say that the coat is shiny, but what about smelly poops? Or giant poops for that matter? If the dog is truly healthy it should mean that the poops are really tiny, odorless and break down fast if left on the ground. Just to mention a funny thing about dog shit;

I’ve read in a FB group that feed their dogs raw (aka a meat-based diet) that they have had bags in their pockets filled with dog poop for weeks and did not notice that for a long time, because the poop did not smell. Has that ever happened to a vegan dog? I’d really like to know.

I think it is also important to not look at only individual cases. Just because a thousand dogs have gone vegan does not mean that dogs should be vegan in general, since they are built like carnivores. I know some dogs will live longer on a vegan diet, but that is also true for some humans that smoke, drink and eat tons of bacon and still live to be a hundred years old. The science overall says differently for both dog and human health.

How vegan dogs can get better on the wrong foods

If you understand Swedish, you can read my post on my blog about my earlier statements regarding vegan diets for dogs. I claim there that the main reason that dogs tend to get well or a whole lot better on a vegan diet is because the previous diet was basically shit. I mean, it is so logical that commercial dry pet foods are filled with garbage! No wonder dogs and cats get sick from that?! First of all, the dry pet food is not raw and in their natural state, just like Oreos are vegan, but not a Whole Food. See the difference? I totally understand why dogs get rid of their allergies etc while being on a vegan diet, because that diet probably means that they are fed a more “clean” diet, even though it is based on the wrong kind of food for a carnivore. I personally think it’s the cleanliness of a vegan diet that gives positive results, but what if you’d feed the dog a Biologically Appropriate Raw Diet instead? I bet you’d get the same results, if not even a whole lot better results. The downside to that is all the other animals having to die for your dog to get his or her food. But that’s nature, really…

The ethical side of things and why lab grown meat will be a win-win.

Oh, yes, here comes the whole dilemma and I understand most (if not all) of it. My whole idea regarding the ethics is basically that I’m waiting for lab grown meat to be available as a replacement for the meat humans consume today. When that happens, hopefully before 2025 or something like that, then I believe that lab grown meat is the perfect food for our carnivorous pets! Don’t you? As a vegetarian, going on vegan I’d never eat lab grown meat, because it’s still meat and bad for us humans, but for pets! OMG! That’d be wonderful!

Before that happens I still believe that all creatures in our living world should be fed the optimal diet for their own species. Us humans should all be WFPB vegans for optimal health, carnivores should be fed a meat-based diet and so on. If we keep doing it like we have been for way too long now, everything is only gonna get worse in the end with even more people being ill from our top killers and the same goes for our pets. Even though I’m a vegetarian today and striving towards being a vegan, I think it’s cruel for any living thing to be deprived of their natural and optimal diet. With the vegan movement changing all that for the human health, the planet’s health and for the animals, that will all get better in the end. I just desperately hope that lab grown meat will very soon be here and replace factory farming and other means of killing animals for their flesh and bones, because then every carnivorous pet we all love could be fed a cruelty-free diet and live a whole lot better for it.

No, having pets is not vegan, because veganism starts with the human diet.

I also have a few things to say about the whole garbage idea that having pets is not vegan. What do people mean by that? Like I’ve explained in another post of mine, it is so confusing when people refers to everything as being “vegan” or not. No, I do not believe that it is “vegan” to have pets. That’s because pets and what you choose to eat every day is not the same thing. No matter if you choose to eat an omnivorous diet or a vegan one. It might be a better way to say it. Is having pets cruel? Well, yes – if you feed them the wrong kind of diet and/or if you think of the ethical aspects of the killed animals for your carnivorous pets. But having pets in themselves have absolutely nothing to do with veganism as far as I’m concerned. They’re pets, or more likely highly valuable family members. I see my cat Maja as my baby, because that’s what she is in my view and I believe she sees us as mommy and daddy.

I absolutely adore people who do the whole #adoptdontshop thing. It’s amazing! But something like that is not for me. Regarding the whole thing about breeding dogs for looks, temper etc I totally am aware about horrible breeders destroying breeds of cats and dogs continuesly for looks instead of focusing on a healthier breed.

That is why, whenever I’ll get my Great Dane I will choose an awesome breeder that does not change the breed of Great Danes for the worse. In fact, I’ve already found them. I have found a breeder (and believe it or not, I’ve known them for almost 20 years) that spends years finding the perfect Great Danes to breed. They are primarily focused on finding healthy dogs with longevity that also follows the breeding standards of the breed. Their Great Danes look like Great Danes should, and for me that is really important. I will never buy a Great Dane from a breeder that does not put the best for the breed first. That is also a huge factor regarding why I’ve waited for so long to get a Great Dane. My breeder of choice haven’t had a litter in over 3 years. They just got a new one and the puppies are now 4 weeks of age. I’ll unfortunately have to wait a bit longer until I’m ready to have a Great Dane as well, but I hope I’ll have my baby as soon as I have a better job so I can afford it.

For me, I could never choose to go vegan over getting a Great Dane. No, that is not possible. In my mind you can have the cake and eat it too. You can be vegan, and eat a WFPB diet, while you have a Great Dane by your side that eats a Raw diet based on meat and other animal products. And you can both be healthy and hopefully in the future, cruelty-free.

Below are some more videos I found on YouTube. The playlist is of a holistic vet who feeds her Great Danes vegan, and apparently they also thrive. I have also two videos from the amazing YouTube channel “Those Annoying Vegans” that explain why they are not feeding their cats a vegan diet, and also a follow-up video from the comments made on that video. You can all watch these to learn some more.

All basic points about dogs being carnivores, signs of a healthy dog and why commercial pet foods are so bad, can be found in this post.

And I repeat, please – no hateful comments! And thanks for reading this long post!