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Q: Wet Food or Dry Food?

July 16, 2008 | By Sydney S. | 12 answers | Expired: 2242 days ago

Sydney  S.

What is better to feed cats? A lot of people tell me to stick with dry food but I was wondering what everyone else does...

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Carly T.
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Jul 16, 2008

You should feed cats both. Hard food is good for the cats teeth and soft food is good for digestion.

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Beth  R.
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Jul 16, 2008

I use canned when I need the cat to get a pill down. Other than that, I stick with dry for a few reason, besides cost and less aroma.
I have heard that wet food can actually cause dental problems because it will get packed around the gums and in the crevasses of the teeth. I have also heard that there is more of, and please excuse my ignorance, I have forgotten which, a specific mineral that can cause kidney problems, specifically stones, but other things as well.

If your cat is still a kitty, it probably isn't a problem. but as they get older, inevitably they will slowly start having kidney failure. I am careful with their kidneys after having heard that.

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Jessica H.
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Jul 16, 2008

I would personally stick with dry, and not because it "promotes good oral health" (kibble may help but it isn't by far" superior than wet food when it comes to oral health), but the BIG thing that turns me off of feeding wet food except as a treat -- the price! With wet food you are mostly paying for water since 90% of the product is water. Therefore the nutrients per ounce are more dilute than when compared to a similar kibble, translating to having to feed more... and meaning having to buy more, and since wet food cost a lot more per ounce than a comparable kibble, I will stick with kibble, thanks!! My cat likes it and eats it, so I'll stick with it. Besides, I don't think my budget could handle wet food!

The only time I would feed wet food is under the advice of a trusted vet, when I needed to get more liquid in my cat (since by nature, cats really don't drink a whole lot on their own and can easily become dehydrated -- that's when wet food is a VERY GOOD thing), or if they have some oral issues that prevent them from being able to chew kibble because they can't or are in pain (tooth decay, sores, etc), or to entice them to eat. But in general, I will definitely choose kibble over wet food ANY day!

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