Q: Is dry food bad for cats?

November 14, 2010 | By Kavykeeper | 5 answers | Expired: 1487 days ago


I visit a guinea pig forum where issues with other breeds come up occasionally and one of today's topics was about cat nutrition. There seemed to be a general agreement that the best diet for cats is (in this order of best option) 1) a balanced raw diet or a whole prey diet, 2) balanced home cooked, 3) canned. Dry food is not recommended. Is that true?

Readers' Answers (5)
Michele Z.

Nov 14, 2010

I think canned is the better option since cats in the wild are used to getting most of their "water" from eating their prey. Cats who are eating dry food may not adequately compensate for the "missing" water in the food they are given...

I give my cats both, and I occasionally let them in the garage to do some "mouse hunting"...or, an occasional stray finds its way into the house and meets its fate.

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daryl b.

Nov 16, 2010

i don't believe in the rw diet being fed. i think a combo of wet and dry late is the best as the dry helps to keep their teath cleaner

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Nov 22, 2010

dry food is fine as an extra. for instance, i leave dry out all day so they can nibble. but it's so far from their natural diet that it causes a lot of problems in the long run. i like to feed them canned and throw in some meat.

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