We know some pets eat better than their owners do. We also know that more concerned owners are feeding their pets specialty food than ever before.
But Dorothy Hunter thinks we can do more—both for ourselves, and our pets. To prove it, she’s eating nothing but pet food for 30 days.
The story goes like this: Hunter owns the Paws Natural Pet Emporium, which has two locations in Washington. She told KNDU that the idea came to her when she was running around like crazy one day and forgot to eat. She says,
“I didn’t have time to go get a snack, so I grabbed a bag of treats of the counter, and I was like, wow…you know, these read better than normal people treats!”
But Hunter’s not sticking to just a canine or feline-specific diet. Her dietary plans include everything in the store, from dry kibble to canned chicken and herring formula.
Hunter’s quest does have its limits. “I don’t do raw bones, or the meat products, or the frozen, because I’m just not into ‘raw.'” So she’s not going to embark on anything like Vice writer Candra Kolodziej’s live pet food diet, then.
While you might think this sounds disgusting, the fact that we’re talking about it draws attention to her cause: wanting everyone to pay more attention to what we’re feeding ourselves and our pets.
Hunter is not the only one to turn to a pet food diet in recent time. Natural pet food brand The Honest Kitchen prides itself on “human-testing” its foods. The New York Daily News reports that the company was the first ever to get a ‘human grade’ rating from the FDA. That means the ingredients come directly from the human food chain, and produced on the same assembly lines. (Yes, Paws Natural Pet Emporium does stock The Honest Kitchen products.)
Some people take the pet food diet to further extremes, too. In a separate story for Vice, writer Jules Suzdaltsev tried changing his diet to the homemade human-style food for dogs that Just Food For Dogs sells. His verdict? He felt better on the horrible human junk food diet he’d been eating before.
Dr. Patty Khuly, a veterinarian, advises on the Pet MD blog that dog and cat food aren’t interchangeable for your furry friends—but shouldn’t harm them in small doses.
Taste aside, if cats and dogs can’t get proper nutrition from pet food, what makes humans think it’s a good nutritional decision?