Today's question comes from Barry, a relatively new cat dad with a voracious need to learn as much as he can about cat care. Barry keeps me hopping with his questions, for which I am very grateful.
Question: Why are cats described as "obligate carnivores?"
The following sentence makes sense to most people: "Cats are carnivores."
The following sentence is unclear: "Cats are obligate carnivores."
What the heck does the word "obligate" add to the sentence "Cats are carnivores?"
Any of various generally meat-eating mammals of the order Carnivora. Carnivores have large, sharp canine teeth and large brains, and the musculoskeletal structure of their forelimbs permits great flexibility for springing at prey. Many carnivores remain in and defend a single territory. Dogs, cats, bears, weasels, raccoons, hyenas, and (according to some classifications) seals and walruses are all carnivores.Please read the remainder of my reply before posting your comments.