I have a 19-year-old cat who is (now) on a low-protein diet, precluding the canonical week of tuna. Is there someplace I can buy chametz-free, low-protein food? Are there any consequences (for me) if the cat eats kitniyot? (Owning kitniyot is permitted, I know, and the cat has his own dish and spoon.)

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    CYLOR (of course) Commented Mar 18, 2012 at 2:47
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    @HachamGabriel, and my vet, but I'm hoping to take advantage of any information that could inform the discussions. (Particularly if somebody already knows places to buy safe pet food.) Commented Mar 18, 2012 at 3:20
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    Since infants can eat kitniyos, it seems to me that cats can all the more so.
    – yoel
    Commented Mar 18, 2012 at 4:37
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    @yoel, it's possible that instead we say "we can violate kitniyot restrictions for a child but not for an animal". I don't know; I can just see that argument going either way. The cat is of course not forbidden from eating kitniyot since he's not Jewish; the issues (if any) would be in a Jew preparing the food. Commented Mar 18, 2012 at 17:08
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    @MonicaCellio It is, though, forbidden to feed one's animals chametz because you would thereby be deriving benefit from the chametz, so the thought to extend it to kitniyot (which we are somewhat "worried" are chametz) is not "of course" wrong.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 19, 2012 at 16:22

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This list from the Star-K has many items that you can feed your cat on Pesach.

Per the CRC-Chicago

Kitniyot ingredients, such as corn and rice, are acceptable in pet foods for Passover, because while Ashkenazim do not customarily eat kitniyot, they are permitted to own and benefit from them.


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