Cat Food: Wet Or Dry Food – Which is better for your cat?
As cat owners, we want nothing but the best for our feline friends. When it comes to their health, we definitely don’t want to scrimp and compromise their health. We know that providing them with the right kind and amount of food is the key to their good health, better quality of life, and longevity.
Wet vs. Dry Food
Choosing the right kind of cat food can be tricky especially those pet food aisles are filled with different options, each promising to provide your cat with the right amount of nutrients it needs.
As a cat owner myself, I would say there is no clear winner by wet or dry food because I realized so many cat lovers have different opinions on this nutrient aspect of taking care of our cats. Plus, there’s a never-ending debate between wet and dry food.
Feeding Your Cat with Wet Food
In their natural habitat, cats mostly get wet food from the animals they hunt and kill. Hence, some cat owners believe that feeding their pet with wet food is the best way to go since it is close to what they’re eating in the wild.
The Pros and Cons of Wet Food
Most wet cat food comes in cans. They are pre-measured in certain portions that most cats love. Since they come with higher moisture content, cats with certain medical conditions like those with kidney issues can benefit from them.
Compared to dry food, wet food especially the canned ones cost more. And because they come with a certain amount of moisture content, they need to be stored properly. Opened canned cat food should be refrigerated to keep it from spoiling.
Wet food can become an issue for those with long-haired cats. Since wet food is messier to eat, cats with long hair may need to be cleaned more often.
Feeding Your Cat with Dry Food
Dry food is as common as wet food. They usually come in conveniently-sized bags that can be resealed. Since this type of cat food can be stored for longer periods of time (as a result of lack of moisture), they are generally cheaper compared to wet food. Thus, cat owners who are on a budget find it as the most practical option.
Like anything else, dry cat food has its downsides. Its lack of moisture doesn’t make it the ideal food for cats with certain health conditions.
Some dry cat food is made with fillers and hence, feeding your cat alone with these may not be able to meet your cat’s nutritional needs.
If you have a cat with a finicky appetite, feeding it with dry food can be tricky as picky cats don’t usually find them as palatable as the canned ones.
What You Should Feed Your Cat
Many cat owners find a good compromise by combining wet and dry food. The wet food provides the cat with the hydration it needs while dry food provides the convenience in feeding. But if your cat has certain health conditions, it’s best to see a veterinarian and listen to what he/she would recommend. After all, each cat is different and there’s no such thing as the ‘perfect’ food for all cats.
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