Today's question comes from Barry, a devoted 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. He asked, "Why are cats described as "obligate carnivores?"
Barry went on to say, "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?'"
My answer in part: "There is a fine, but extremely important distinction between the two terms as related to cats. Let's start with the definition of "carnivore." The simplest definition is: "an animal which eats flesh." Please read the remainder of my reply before posting your comments.