OMG: Kosher cat food!

This is a new one on me. After I just told you that cats are atheists, reader Lorena sent me a picture she took of a can of cat food she bought for her ailing cat (she thought it would stimulate his appetite):


So there are Jewish cats as well as atheist cats! I don’t know where in Talmud it mandates kosher food for pets, but I’m sure some reader will inform me why we need such comestibles.

This is real, by the way: check out Evanger’s kosher pet food site.

I wonder if they have gefilte fish flavor. . .or whether Hili (a confirmed atheist) would eat this.


UPDATE: I asked Lorena if her cat actually liked this stuff, and she replied “Thanks for posting my picture!  The cat liked the food but was unimpressed with its kosherness, since he also stole bacon off my plate.”  There is still no evidence, then, of any religiosity in cats.

She included a link to a post on halal cat food (“The lunach of Islam #14,998 (or thereabouts): Halal cat food”) that has some absolutely hilarious stuff in it. Here’s part of an ad from a British firm that makes this food:

Those that have attempted to comply with their faith’s requirement by buying fish based products are doubly concerned on discovering, that even in this supposedly harmless product the coating used on the food itself contains haram meat and even pork.

Muezza Pure, our premium brand of cat food (minimum 39% meat content) is the UK’s first Halal pet food for cats. It gives Muslim cat owners the choice and opportunity of purchasing a 100% Halal pet food for their cats, thus avoiding the need to compromise their beliefs by handling Haram food stuffs in their home.

Muezza, of course, was the name of Mohamed’s mythical cat.


  1. Posted November 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    No,it’s not a Jewish cat, but it’s a cat fed by orthodox Jews, who are not allowed to have anything NOT Kosher for Passover in their homes over the festival. So it’s certified non-leavened.

    Background: in preparation for the flight from Egypt, we are told, the Israelites prepared unleavened bread because there was no time to leaven it. In celebration of which preparation for a hasty departure, the orthodox spend days before Passover purging their homes of anything not certifiable “unleavened”, and even duplicate all the cutlery and crockery.

    Been there, done that, long time ago.

  2. teacupoftheapocalypse
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    They do a whole range of the stuff, for d*gs, too:

  3. Hanz
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Somehow the bizarre idea of feeding harvested foreskins to cats popped into my mind. Probably because they recently legalized circumcision in Germany. Wouldn’t that be a sacrifice with actual use?

    • Posted November 11, 2013 at 6:47 am | Permalink

      Just to be clear, I don’t think circumcision has ever been illegal in Germany. Has it actually been illegal anywhere? What you are referring to is a recent case where a court ruled that it is unnecessary bodily harm. Normally, when that happens, such an interpretation of the law holds for everyone (which is why there is case law in the first place). However, after this became known, the law was changed, primarily because many thouthg that upholding the court decision could be perceived as anti-semitic. (In the case, it was the child of Muslim parents, but there would be no chance of making it legal for Jews and illegal for everyone else.)

  4. Lianne Byram
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Chloe and I haven’t discussed religion yet. Such a sensitive topic. We did watch Richard Dawkins debate Deepak Chopra together today. Richard did a great job.

    • Jesper Both Pedersen
      Posted November 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      I caught it too. Never heard Chopra “debate” before…

      Spend most of the time laughing my butt off while he was trying to make his points( never figured out what those were btw ). For some odd reason I find Deepak Chopra hilarious.

      • Lianne Byram
        Posted November 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

        I found his style more frustrating than funny but he did have very nice hair 🙂

        • Jesper Both Pedersen
          Posted November 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

          He is a slippery sort for sure, but every time he started talking about universal purpose via atomic “awareness” and quantum mechanics, I simply couldn’t hold it together. 🙂

          The annoying part, off course, is that some people are more than ready lap it up….but for the love of all that’s unholy, what a load of bollocks.

          • Jesper Both Pedersen
            Posted November 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink


          • Diana
            Posted November 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

            I was going to watch that debate but started reading then fell asleep 🙂 Sounds like Deepak was pretty much saying all the same stuff.

            • Jesper Both Pedersen
              Posted November 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

              I don’t think you missed out. The whole shindig was a bit too entertainment minded and the moderator did a poor job, imo.

            • Lianne Byram
              Posted November 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

              He was.

          • Lianne Byram
            Posted November 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

            Bollocks indeed – and he seemed none too pleased to be challenged on it.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted November 10, 2013 at 1:34 am | Permalink

              and he seemed none too pleased to be challenged on it.

              Always a good sign of someone who is “spekkin’ shite: and who knows it. Not infallible, but a good pointer.

  5. lkr
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    …but wholly mackerel!

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink


  6. Diana
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I think my Roomba may be a Jehovah’s Witness or Jewish. It takes Saturday off but cleans Sunday-Friday.

  7. Sarah Connell
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Paul B’s comment is the most likely answer but perhaps the company has tapped into the market from the very poor and low income elderly who can not afford regular food who also happen to be of the Jewish religion. There are many many documented cases of the poor resorting to dog and cat food due to its low cost.

    • Posted November 10, 2013 at 7:04 am | Permalink

      LOL, I can tell that you don’t buy kitteh food! The tiny can above cost the same as a big can of “human” mackerel from the grocery store. Around here, even the cheapest canned cat food is more expensive per ounce than the cheaper varieties of raw grocery store chicken.

  8. Bill Krueger
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    This post reminded me of a movie I was watching the other night called “The Rabbi’s Cat”:

    It was cute as far as I got so I guess I should go finish it.


  9. Goy Division
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    ‘In his discussion of “Zooey,” Geismar dryly noted that the family cat, Bloomberg, “is apparently the only honest Jewish character in the tale.”’

  10. Posted November 10, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Well, in the Netherlands you can by Vegan Cat food.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 10, 2013 at 1:31 am | Permalink

      That makes a change.
      My first working day in the Netherlands – at a Major Oil Company – I went down to the canteen for lunch.
      Quoth I : “Do you have a vegetarian option?”
      Quoth Canteen Staff, after some puzzled consultation in Dutch : “There’s sausage soup ; you can pick the lumps of meat out of that.”
      I’m told (by my night shift minion, who is staff for that same Major Oil Company) that things are much better now.

      • Posted November 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        Nowadays, vegetarians are, albeit it somehow reluctantly by some, petty much accepted here in the Netherlands.

    • Posted November 11, 2013 at 2:06 am | Permalink

      That can’t be good for an animal which is evolved to just eat meat. Unless it’s done really carefully to make sure everything a cat needs is there and digestible.

      • Posted November 11, 2013 at 2:12 am | Permalink

        I don’t know whether its healthy or not, I only know one can buy it (at least in one shop in Amsterdam) and it’s quite expensive (compared to ordinary cat food). As far as I have understood, it’s made of (soy?) proteins, which should not cause difficulties for the cat’s intestines. I have not tried it on my cat (because of the costs), although she had once stolen a piece of imitation meat from my dinner.

  11. Posted November 10, 2013 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Amusing as the idea of kosher cat food is, the subject of Kosher or Halal slaughter methods throws a depressing and rather horrifying pall on the subject. In both religions the animal has it’s throat slit – no stunning to make the animal insensible is allowed by the orthodox of both religions. It is a horrific and painful death.
    Here in the UK much of the meat served at schools is Halal and the same applies to many restaurants. The reasons are that 1) authorities do not want to offend the religious minorities that don’t accept humaine slaughter and 2) it is more profitable to supply only one variety of meat So when you chow down to a burger in the UK… just possibly think of the horror you are inadvertently supporting

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted November 10, 2013 at 5:59 am | Permalink

      People have, for reasons of their own, tried to sneak halal (and before that kosher, I’m sure) into the schools in Sweden without asking the school administrations.

      A recent attempt was discovered and thrown out of a Skåne (southern part) school, precisely because schools have all sorts of people. And as you say, the practices are cruel and these are _children_.

      I don’t think it has taken in restaurants. You can see recent immigrants ask where they can find it on the web. [I had to check for these practices recently, because we were going to visit a “persian” restaurant.] But the response is that it is too expensive and too few customers asking.

      • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
        Posted November 10, 2013 at 6:01 am | Permalink

        Bad edit: “You can see recent immigrants ask where they can find it on the web.”

        You can see recent immigrants ask on the web where they can find it.

        • Posted November 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

          Here in the UK there is a strong animal welfare lobby, and they do have some political clout.. so there was a move made to outlaw ritual slaughter back when Tony Blair was prime minister. The “counter-argument” made by representatives of both Jewish and Muslim supporters of such slaughter was that “the animals feel no pain and quickly die”. A scientific, study sponsored by the government was made – where animal nervous systems were monitored during such slaughter… the result showed extreme levels of pain and distress lasting up to five minutes. The studies recommendation – ban these practises.
          Nothing ever came of it. The politicians did not want to “offend” these religious believers (or more accurately – upset these religious VOTERS). The animal welfare organisations actions were really half-hearted, “cultural relativism” holding the trump card over animal suffering even to them.
          Aside from the suffering caused by these barbaric practises, one further thing that totally disgusts me is that while the animals throat is being slit there is a prayer to god as part of the ritual. To me this horrific primitive “ceremony” encapsulates everything that is wrong with religion.

          • Diane G.
            Posted November 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

            Just so appalling. It’s bad enough when it’s just marketed to the benighted factions that “require” it. Where’s PETA when you need them?

  12. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 5:47 am | Permalink


    – It’s like spinach, only the vertebrate component is replaced with regolith. Chew carefully.

  13. Posted November 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Yea, I think these ads are for the owners of the cats. Since people are not supposed to touch non-halal thingies .. either they have to be very careful preparing cat food without touching (actually, inhaling non-halal molecules are considered bad too!!) it at all, not to mention the horror of touching a pet that is not totally- 100% heavenly guaranteed – halal!

    (I assume kosherness is similar, in any case, halalism is a kind of its plagiarism)

  14. gravityfly
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Maybe Muezza should be renamed “Miaowhamed”?

  15. Posted November 11, 2013 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Of course—we do want to see our pets in heaven, right?

  16. Akiva
    Posted February 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Hello. No, animals don’t keep kosher.
    During Passover, Jews are not allowed to own any wheat products. Normally pet food is full of wheat and grain ingrediants, so this cat food is telling the owners there is no wheat inside.
    All the best.

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