A couple in Australia learned that they almost murdered their adorable kitten after bringing it into the vet on Monday. The kitten was alarmingly malnourished after being kept on a strict vegan diet, reports the Herald Sun.
“It was extremely weak and collapsed when it came in. It was almost non-responsive,” said Dr. Leanne Pinfold of the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in North Melbourne. The kitten was fed emergency meat and a fluid drip.
The vegan owners had tried to go against the cat’s biological needs in favor of their ideology, feeding the starving feline a diet of only potatoes, rice milk and pasta. The couple was ordered by the vet to start feeding the cat meat upon its return home.
Hopefully they comply, since the kitten was returned after three days of care at the hospital. Pinfold suggested that if owners were so against feeding their pet meat, they should only own vegetarian animals, such as rabbits.
“Concern for animal welfare has to include a biologically-appropriate diet,” Pinfold said. “You can’t force your ideology on the cat.”