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Definition: Obligate Carnivore



An obligate carnivore is an animal that by its genetic makeup must eat the tissue of other animals in order to thrive. Obligate carnivores may eat other foods, such as vegetables, grains, or fruit, but they must eat meat as the main source of their nutrients.

For a more complete description of obligate carnivore, please read Why are cats described as "obligate carnivores?"

Pronunciation: ób-li-gat car-ni-vore
Also Known As: obligatory carnivores aka true carnivore
Obligate carnivores cannot thrive on a strict vegan diet.
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