Is wet food or dry food better for cats?

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Wet food or dry food for your cat?

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It's an age-old argument within the cat-loving community, so let's try and settle the wet or dry cat food debate once and for all!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 06/03/2020, 15:00

We'll look at the nutritional benefits of wet and dry food, the pros and cons of each, and which one is the best choice for those little kitties.

Is wet cat food better for a cat than dry cat food?

Wet cat food is the stuff that comes in tins or pouches and contains 65% more moisture than dry cat food. And while this helps keep your kitty hydrated, it will also produce potentially harmful bacteria if left out for more than 30mins.  Wet cat food is easier to chew, comes in a wide variety of flavours, and the top brands provide all the nutrition a cat needs.

Dry cat, or kibble, is popular among many cat owners. Less moisture content means it lasts longer, and owners can put out a day's worth of food in the morning, letting the cat graze away at their pleasure. Crunchy kibble will also help keep your cat’s teeth clean. The tougher texture requires more chewing and biting, which then removes plaque and tartar.

Is dry food unhealthy for cats?

As you can see, both types of cat food have their pros and cons. Because of the reduced moisture content, too much dry cat food could cause dehydration.

So if you’re one of the cat owners who dishes out the dry stuff, make sure your cat has always got access to fresh drinking water. You can fill up a water bowl or invest in water fountains. Cats prefer running water, so fountains a great way to make sure your pet is getting the right amount of water.

You should also make sure that all dry food is portion controlled. As we've said, some owners prefer to fill up their cat’s bowl, leaving food out for the entire day. This can save lots of time, but you may be overfeeding your cat, and this is not good!  Obesity is linked to several serious health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, and even some cancers.

Is wet cat food bad for cats?

As long as your buying a high-quality brand, there's nothing wrong with feeding wet cat food to your mog. There's a wide range of options available and navigating the world of pet nutrition isn't always easy. So do lot's of research on the best type of cat food for your pet and avoid those discount brands packed with cheap, unhealthy ingredients.

I feed my cat both wet food and dry food. Is this good?

There's nothing wrong with switching up a cats diets. In fact, a mixture of wet or dry food can provide the variety that many cats crave. Cats eat differently from dogs. They're far fussier, and many of them are neophiliacs, which means they're always on the look at for new things and experiences.

Swapping between wet food and dry cat food, or mixing them both in the same bowl, will stop your cat getting bored with the same old menu.

Should kittens eat wet food or dry food?

The most important part of kitten food is its nutritional content. Kittens need a different balance of nutrients during each stage of their development, so you should always buy food formulated for their age group.

Find out more about the kitten's nutrition

Some small kittens may struggle to break up the crunchy kibble, making wet cat food a better option until they start growing into adult cats.

What is the best cat food?

We said we'd try and solve the wet vs dry food debate forever. But as you can see, there's no real answer to the question. Wet and dry cat food are both great options providing they’re packed with the goodness your cat needs.

What you feed your kitty will largely depend on them! Remember, they're independent little creatures with individual taste. But whatever they do end up eating, wet or dry, there's really no substitute for high-quality brands packed with natural and organic ingredients!