The Debate of Omnivore vs Carnivore

I find it very interesting that there are many different views regarding whether a dog or cat is an omnivore or a carnivore.  In order to gather an opinion for yourself you will need to have a definition of each classification.

Robert Mueller · December 10, 2019

The Debate of Omnivore vs Carnivore

I find it very interesting that there are many different views regarding whether a dog or cat is an omnivore or a carnivore.  In order to gather an opinion for yourself you will need to have the definition of each classification.

Carnivore

A carnivore is an animal that eats meat but may or may not be an exclusive meat eater and that is because of the lack of carnivorous food, but those that are able to adapt to the omnivorous diet can function as omnivores as well. 

Omnivore

An omnivore is a classification that is capable of consuming animal protein and vegetation. They are considered opportunistic feeders whereby they survive by eating what is available to them. The interesting difference that seems to make the variation in how we classify a dog is summarized by the word choice.

I believe that a natural dog and cat diet is based on the definition and anatomical structure of the dog and cat is to say that they are carnivores. Because dogs and cats have the ability to adapt to the omnivorous diet, this may classify them as omnivores in the most recent 100 years. Dry pet food processors have selfishly convinced the public that a dog and cat is best served by eating a dry, heat processed kibble or canned versions of a heat processed meal. 

I have to believe in the anatomy and the differences of a carnivore and an omnivore are valid because in most cases we don't give our pets a choice in what to eat. Therefore, it is easy to identify a true classification for a dog and cat; a carnivore or omnivore. In comparing the classification to a human - once again it is a choice. The difference, is that we have a choice to be an omnivore. We can function equally when ingesting animal and plant proteins (even though our definition and anatomical structure differently). For our dogs and cats it boils down to the choices we make in the diets they consume. Based on this analogy we continue to believe that proper philosophy is to feed a dog and cat what they were designed to eat. Thus a BARF® DIET which is Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.

Raw Food Tip:

The dangers associated with feeding processed pet food at every meal are those of chronic inflammation: weight gain, greasy coat, shedding, energy peaks and valleys, and anxiety are just a few of the initial results of processed food diets. Over time, the signs of inflammation travel deeper into the body causing illnesses such as diabetes, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, Addison’s disease, and even cancer.

- Robert Mueller, Sr.

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Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

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"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!

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