Like all animals, your cat needs a diet that is complete and balanced with all the nutrients they need to live a long and healthy life. But is it better to feed your cat wet food or dry food? The right answer depends on an abundance of different factors. Here, we explore some of the benefits and reasons behind feeding both wet and dry cat food.
Dry Cat Food
The main benefit of dry food is its ease and convenience of use! Just tip it into your cat's bowl and you are ready to go. Dry food tends to be nutrient & calorie dense, so a small amount goes a long way which makes it more cost-effective. Kibble is also a great option for cats that graze or eat slowly throughout the day, as it is safe to leave out throughout the day without gathering bacteria. Millions of cats across the world eat dry food for these and many other reasons:
- Dry cat food is good for your pets dental health, as it creates an abrasive action on your pet's teeth while they chew. This helps to slow down the build up of tartar on their teeth.
- Cats who need to gain weight benefit from dry cat food, because dry food is a higher calorie when compared to wet foods.
Wet Cat Food
Wet cat food comes in a variety of flavours, sizes and textures - in both cans and convenient serving pouches. It is a great way to increase your cat's moisture intake helping to keep them more hydrated while giving them a tasty treat or added flavours to their daily meal. Unlike dry food, wet food can't be left out in your cat's bowl for more than 60 minutes because of potential for bacteria growth, so this means it is not suitable for grazers. But there are many more benefits to adding wet food to your kitty's diet:
- Wet cat food comes up trumps when it comes to ease of eating. Its soft texture means that it is suitable to feed to all types of cats, from young kittens to older cats who may have lost some teeth.
- Surprisingly, wet cat food is a great option for overweight cat because it has fewer calories than dry food. Adding wet food to your pet's diet can help them to lose weight while still enjoying a delicious meal.
- Wet food is high in moisture so it's a great way to keep your cat well hydrated, while benefitting to your cat's overall urinary health.
- If you have a fussy pet or a pet on medication, wet food can be a good way to entice them to eat due to it's low calorie index.
- Wet food helps to add a mix of flavours, textures and ingredients to your pet's diet.
- Many people view wet food as a treat or indulgent addition to a cats diet, but it is better to think of it as a snack or a topper. Wet food is still 100% complete and balanced and should not be seen as 'junk food'.
Why Not Both?
If you’ve wondered which is better when it comes to wet versus dry cat food, they’re both great options. Bear in mind that it is always important to make sure that the food you select is 100% complete and balanced for your cat’s life stage. And if you are planning to mix feed your cat, consider the extra calories of adding a wet food to their diet so you can and avoid any excess weight gain.
Cats enjoy trying new things; they may get bored of eating the same food served in the same way every day. By mixing wet and dry food together or feeding them at separate times, you'll be giving your cat the variety they not only want, but also need. It also helps to try serving wet food in a variety of ways to mix it up. It can be served 'fluffed' onto a plate or even straight out of the can. Once you find the perfect food and serving method, your cat will reap the benefits of a mixed diet. Happy experimenting!