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Q: Wet Food or Dry Food?

July 16, 2008 | By Sydney S. | 12 answers | Expired: 2221 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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Sally B.
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Jul 19, 2008

I start my cat's day off with a good dry cat food like Purina One because she needs good nutrition and the dry food is good for her teeth. As a special treat, I give her a small amount of Fancy Feast wet food. She loves it.

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Summer B.
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Jul 17, 2008

we give my cat and our dogs wet food on top of their dry food. one poutch divided between the three of them. It gives them all a little fun with their meal!

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Stephanie
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Jul 16, 2008

I think its important to offer both to your cat as a means of a balanced, healthy diet. I give my cats wet and dry food. Dry helps their teeth, and wet tends to have more meat which they need. Plus, with the wet food I get different flavors so they don't get bored with their food. Imagine eating the same little kibble EVERY day of your life! Ick!!

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Percysmom
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Jul 16, 2008

I believe that ARKstaff is right on this one. New studies show that it is important to have some wet food in a cat's diet. Cat's often don't drink enough which can lead to kidney problems. This can sometimes be averted by the extra moisture provided in wet food. I free feed my cats dry food but make it a point to give them a plate of wet food every morning as well.

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Kadiquilts
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Jul 16, 2008

Definitely DRY. Wet food is ok once in a while for a treat.

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DanaF
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Jul 16, 2008

Sorry about that typo...I meant that they are "now" starting to attribute it to dry food being high in carbs.

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DanaF
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Jul 16, 2008

At my most recent vet visit, my vet asked me what kind of food I was feeding my cats. I let her know that I was feeding dry food. She just wanted me to know that obesity in cats is on the rise and they are not starting to attribute it to feeding cats dry food which my vet said is high in carbs. She recommended that I switch between dry and canned. One day canned...one day dry, etc. It is better for the cat and helps prevent obesity which can cause many other health problems.

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ARKstaff
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Jul 16, 2008

First, good dental health depends on genetics and daily care. Not how hard or soft the pets food is that they eat.
Second, cats are true carnivores and need a higher protein content from meat. Unfortunatly all cat food on the commercial market is corn and by-product. However, wet food does seem to have better quality than dry. Feeding your cat a high quality food is most important for the longevity of their health. Just like humans a better diet helps the body fight infection, prevent disease and feel better overall.
Lastly, new research shows that since cats do not usually get enough water from drinking they really need the extra moisture in wet food. So a small amount should be given daily. Also, if your cat has diabetes, liver or kidney failure, or urinary issues they HAVE to have wet food.
I see the problems associated with poor diet literally daily at my work.
If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will get back with you asap. Thanks

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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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Oli B.
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Jul 16, 2008

I usually give my cat wet food as a special treat. So, I don't give it to her every day, but every now and then. Other wise, she gets dry food and water.
Also, dry food is way cheaper, haha!

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