Will People Feed Their Dogs and Cats Lab-Grown Meat?

cultured meat for cats and dogsBecause Animals is making cultured meat, also known as lab-grown meat, cell-based meat or clean meat, for cats and dogs. 

Cultured meat is identical to traditional meat. It is in fact 100% meat. The only difference being that our animal cells are grown inside something like a fermenter (think beer!) instead of inside an animal.

There are approximately 40 companies around the world racing to create a replacement for conventional meat, and Because Animals is only one of two companies growing cultured meat for pet food. We think cultured meat for dogs and cats is a great way to introduce this world-shifting technology to the world!

Why? People who are interested in cultured meat are people who avoid meat in their diets, currently eating plant-based diets. Their pets, on the other hand, specifically their cats, don’t have that option

While humans simply do not need the nutrients found in meat to thrive, cats need them to survive. Cats are obligate carnivores and their required key nutrients can only be found in animal tissue. Currently, this means feeding our cats the output from factory farms. 

And that’s what we want to change. We want to remove factory farming from the pet food equation. Factory farming is terrible for: 

Farmed Animals. The animal abuse on factory farms is well documented and we, as pet parents, no longer want to support an industry that raises animals, in inhumane conditions, for slaughter. Our cultured meat causes no harm to any animals ever.

The planet. Factory farming has an immense and destructive impact on the environment  — and a quarter of that farming is directly attributable to the foods that Americans feed their cats and dogs.

Our pets. Did you know that every year, multiple times a year, the FDA issues recalls on pet food products, typically due to bacterial or chemical contamination, including the animal euthanizing agent, pentobarbital? Pet food also commonly contains antibiotics, growth hormones, 4D meat (dead, dying, diseased, disabled), Salmonella and Listeria and animal byproducts. 

In fact, we recently surveyed our list of customers who have signed up to pre-order our cultured meat for dogs and cats (sign up here), and asked if there was anything holding them back from being 100% on board with cultured meat for their pets? Here are some of their answers:

  • Nope. 100% on board and looking forward to no-harm cat food!
  • No! Bring it on! Save lives!!! Stop the suffering!!! Stop the pollution and loss of wild lands!!!
  • Just availability. I'm very eager for your cat food to launch!
  • No! I am all for it. The only thing holding me back right now is just waiting for it to become available!
  • Absolutely nothing! I can't wait until I can buy cruelty free cat food - please hurry!
  • I eat mostly plant based foods and I can’t wait for the day when I can feed my pets without harming another sentient being. I would need for the price to be comparable to the food I buy now so I could afford it. The cat food I buy costs $2.69 for 6 ounces.
  • No, I can't wait. Anything that takes animals off plates.
  • There is literally nothing holding me back. Cultured meat is the future of pet food.
  • No, as long as my cats will eat it. I may have to help them transition. If your food has all the nutrients they need, I will be so thankful. I will do everything I can to promote this. The sooner the better. Thank you.
  • Nothing at all. Bring it on! It is way past time for us to grow up and leave behind a culture so utterly dependent on victimization.
  • It's new. So I'm not going to be 100% on board with anything for a little while. I need to test it and develop confidence over time that my cat's nutritional needs are taken care of. If it is a true 1:1 replacement, I am 100% on board (since I am a vegetarian and sick of buying meat).
  • I think it’s a great idea, if you could just show how it’ll be a balanced diet for my cat, then it’ll ease my mind. I’m vegan myself so very keen to replace my cat’s current meat diet with an ethical meat choice that also ensures her health and wellbeing. How will your product achieve that?
  • I am willing to try it , of course I am certainly concerned about the health aspect of it and making sure that my babies will be healthy. I assume that it won't cause any type of health issue, but I don't know what type of studies have been done. The next issue would be price and whether they would eat it. Cats are notoriously picky as it is. Sometimes they just look at me and say, "what's this crap?"
  • For me, no. I am vegan but have two cats who eat meat. I would like to be able to have my personal values align in this area as well. I just would want to make sure there are no harmful chemicals in the food.

In short, many people are hungering for an alternative to the current, destructive meat industry and we are betting on the fact that introducing cultured meat to the world through safer, healthier food for cats and dogs is just the very beginning to the future of food!