Unconventional diets for dogs and cats

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2006 Nov;36(6):1269-81, vi-vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2006.08.003.


Food plays a far more complex role in daily life than simply serving as sustenance. Social and cultural factors along with individual beliefs govern people's eating behaviors, and it is likely that these same factors influence their choice of diet and feeding practices for their pets. Some people seek alternatives to conventional commercial pet foods, including commercially available "natural" diets, raw food diets, and vegetarian diets, in addition to a variety of home-prepared diets. Exploring a person's knowledge and beliefs about feeding pets can aid in understanding her or his motives for seeking alternative and may help in changing those practices when it is in the best interest of the pet to do so.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed / analysis
  • Animal Feed / standards*
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Animals
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Cats
  • Diet, Vegetarian
  • Dogs
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Nutritional Requirements