Don’t Bug Out, But This Company Wants You To Feed Your Pet Insects
You might dislike seeing any creepy crawlies in your home, but experts claim that, in the near future, insects will have a significant place on our plates. As a source of sustainable protein, bugs are expected to replace beef, pork, and chicken as the meat industry is not doing any good to the environment. So what about cats and dogs? Will we be serving our pets canned larvae and cockroach-flavored kibble? One Canadian company is giving us a glimpse into the future, and it seems that things will not be bleak as we feared.
Red Dog Blue Kat is a pet food manufacturer that produces high-quality raw meals for cats and dogs. For their products, they use various meats, from the more exotic like kangaroo (yikes!) to the ordinary like beef and chicken, sometimes plain and sometimes combined with veggies. But, due to various factors (limited supply, the increased costs for cattle ranching, climate change, etc.), the prices of meat are bound only to rise as time passes, which is what inspired the company to take a look into alternative protein sources. Naturally, insects presented themselves as the perfect alternative to costly meats.
While eating bugs sounds gross to humans, our four-legged companions have no qualms about it. Cats and dogs will eat creepy crawlies (often to our horror), so why not offer them a meal that contains critters? The company’s new ECO Recipe Line will be made from several insects, including crickets, mealworms, and the black soldier fly. Apart from being eco-friendly, bugs are also very nutrient dense: for instance, the black soldier fly is abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and minerals such as calcium and manganese.
In addition to being a healthy protein source for pets, insects also more cost-effective, which means bug-based pet food would be much more budget-friendly, especially in the long run. All things considered, it might not sound appetizing, but it seems that eating bugs does have its perks!
A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.
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