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Is Your Pet A Carnivore or Omnivore?

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.


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


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 a natural diet for both dogs and cats is based on the definition.  In short, the anatomical structure of a dog/cat is to say; they are carnivores.  Dogs and cats have the ability to adapt to the omnivorous diet, which in the most recent 100 years have classified them as omnivores.  Dry pet food processors have selfishly convinced the public that a dog and cat is best served by eating dry, heat processed kibble or canned versions of a heat-processed meal. 

Bone with red met bits left over on its edges

I have to believe in the anatomy and the differences between 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 being, 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 are different). 

For our furry companions, 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.  

The right choice is the BARF® World Diet.  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. 

Whether you consider your pet a Carnivore or an Omnivore, check out our new Meat Eater diet.  It’s formula mimics what nature has designed our pet’s to thrive on in the wild.  The result…..a pet free of allergies, digestive issues and a full, happy, healthy life! 

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; just to name a few. 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.

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

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. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine .

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