My Companion Animals
Hi everyone! I am asked quite often what my companion animals look like and how many I have. I decided to create a page for them as well as add a FAQ for all the common questions I am asked.
Q: Do you feed your animals a vegan diet?
A: My cats and dog are not vegan. My rats are.
Q: Would you ever consider feeding your cats/dog a vegan diet?
A: I have considered it for my dog but he is on a special diet from the vet and unfortunately, my parents don’t want want to change it. I do not believe cats can survive healthily on a vegan diet, so I have not looked into it.
Q: How many cats so you have and what do your cats look like?
A: At this time, I only have three cats. One of them (Lily) is unfortunately missing at this moment, and two of them had to be euthanized due to health problems late last year.. See pictures below..
Above is my Kali (pure white) and Lily (Calico). They were born April 2010 and are sisters. They are the first cats I ever adopted myself. They are my babies. Lily is missing, and has been since August 4th 2011.. :(
Q: How much did it cost to adopt your cats?
A: The SPCA here asks for $145/kitten.
Q: What do you think about spaying/neutering animals?
A: I believe that neutering programs are helpful and needed. I support them.
Above is Harry, my newest addition. He is 10 years old and came to me from his previous guardian who was moving. She did not want him to go to the shelter, and was looking for a forever home for him. He came to me early September 2011 and I am so glad he is with me now. I can’t imagine not having him.
Above is my moms cat, Coco. He was born late 2010 and is about 6 months younger than my cats. He is so cute and funny, and is a little trouble maker!
Above is Snoopy. He was my grandmas cat and we took him in when she passed away. I believe he was born in 1997. He is such a sweetheart and unfortunately is not doing very well. I will keep you all posted on his health and how he is doing!
*UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to failing health, my family and I came to the decision it would be in Snoopys best interest to be put to sleep. We were with him till the end. I hope you are out of pain, my love. Always in our hearts and never forgotten 29/09/11.
Above is Angel, she is my brothers cat. We rescued her in 1997 from the forest up our street. She was feral and climbed up a telephone pole where my mom saw her. We rescued her and have had her since. Her health isn’t very good, but she keeps going.
*UPDATE: Unfortunately, as with Snoopy, Angels health was failing and she had neurological damage affecting her back legs (which were also displaced). My family and I made the heart breaking decision to end Angels suffering, and she was put to sleep. She will never be forgotten, and will always be in our hearts along with Snoopy. RIP 29/09/11
Above is Sparky, our dog. He was born June 1998 and is the reason I’m vegan <3
He is the best little dog anyone could ask for!
Above is Chalupa, my boyfriends dog. I care for him a lot, especially when James is working a lot. He is a Chihuahua, and is the cutest little thing. We are the best of buds, he is my little follower <3 He is about the same age as Sparky, but he has no health issues. He is a very happy dog and I love him to bits. He is James and I’s little guy :)
and last but not least,
My rats! I adopted these little guys from a local pet store. I’m not sure how old they are, but I got them July 2011. Their names are Rat Trap and Shredder. They are amazing creatures and are my little vegan buddies <3
Q: What do you feed you rats?
A: I feed them a natural seed mix with other goodies from the grocery store. It contains no fillers. I then supplement their diet with fresh food at night (when rats are the most active). Remember, rats can eat a lot of food we can, but not all. Check here for the foods you shouldn’t feed your rats.
Now, here are the different types of foods my rats have loved so far are:
- quinoa and the following in moderation (rice, orzo, spiral pasta, Wasa Rye crackers, Whole wheat bread)
- cooked beans, refried beans, oatmeal, whole wheat cereal, almond milk
- peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, lettuce, (limit)spinach, celery, corn
- blueberries, apple, banana, peach, fresh coconut
- banana chips and cranberry trail mix