Should I feed my cat wet or dry food?

Cats are notoriously fussy eaters so finding the right food can be made even more challenging by the fact that cats don’t get to choose their diet – it is us as pet parents that make the all-important decision as to what to feed them.

The first decision is whether your cat is going to have a wet, dry or mixed diet and this will be guided by your cats’ age, health and general behavioural needs.

It all comes down to assessing the options and deciding what is right for your cat!

wet_cat_foodWhy wet cat food?

Wet food is easily digestible which is of great relief for cats who have trouble chewing. Whether it be from a loss of teeth or gum issues, some cats can have a hard time chewing kibble regardless of age.

Wet food has a greater water content than dry cat food which is beneficial if you are worried about dehydration for your fur baby.

Convenience! Wet cat food is often packaged in pre-portioned serving sizes.

Wet food smells! This might read as a negative however cats are renown for being fussy eaters so the aroma of wet food can be more appealing and makes it more palatable. Pre-portioned serving sizes can eliminate the need to store uneaten food and deal with this aroma in your fridge.

dry_cat_foodWhy dry cat food?

Convenience! Dry food doesn’t require refrigeration so it can be left out for cat to eat in their own time without fear of spoiling.

The hard texture of dry food aids in cleaning teeth and maintaining good dental hygiene. Specially formulated kibble is also available; designed to reduce plaque, stain and tartar by scraping away these build ups on your cat’s teeth.

Dry food is economical, especially when purchased in bulk.

Can I offer both?

Again, it all comes down to deciding what is right for your fur baby but aside from making sure you don’t increase caloric intake when mixing these foods, there is no reason you can’t offer both options if this fits with your cats’ preferences. However, we do recommend following one of the following routines:

  • Offer wet and dry food in same bowl
  • Alternate meals – dry food in the morning which can be left out for grazing across the day and wet in the evening

Regardless of whether you decide to feed your cat wet or dry food, what is critical is that it is a high-quality diet. Whilst we acknowledge the obvious price discrepancy, the cost of higher quality food over the life of your cat will be offset by lower veterinarian bills with a reduced risk of health issues that are a result of improper nutrition.

If you need further support around what to feed your cat or changing their diet, book an appointment to speak with a Your PetPA veterinarian or nurse via our website or App. Personalised nutrition advice is especially recommended if your cat has a health condition or special dietary needs.

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