Face off: Wet vs Dry Cat food

December 29, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | Category: Health & Wellness | 519 comments
Tags: health & wellness, cats

NEW ZEALAND - A study performed at Auckland's Massey University found that cats fed a wet food diet are less commonly overweight than those on dry food diets.

Dr. David Thomas made this finding during a study related to obesity in cats and their owners, which found that between 25 and 40 percent of cats are overweight.

The study's goal was to determine if there is a definitive link between weight gain and dry food consumption.

Sixteen cats were studied in all. They were split into two groups – initially each cat was fed dry food. Then, half of the cats' diets were changed to wet food. According to Dr. Thomas, cats on wet food lost weight and the others gained weight.

He speculates this is because cats feel full more quickly by eating wet food.

Another important factor is that dry foods tend to consist of carbohydrates. Domestic cats require a mostly protein diet – and wet foods contain, in large part, meat.

That's not the only determining factor, though. Dr. Thomas says overweight cats tend to be fed “on demand,” meaning when their bowls empty the owner replenishes the supply immediately.

Vets say proper feeding requires scheduled meal times with equal proportion at each meal. That way, the cat can become accustomed to a routine, enabling it to maintain a healthy weight.

Our best advice – check the ingredient labeling on your cat's food, and make sure the ingredients mesh with your cat's dietary needs. Consult your vet if you're not sure – they'll tell you exactly what your feline needs to live a long, fit life.

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tina :.
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tina :.
4 years ago

my two eat a tablespoon or so of wet food in the morning and at night with dry food left down to snack on during the day, they are really healthy with very shiny coats... i think the dry food is good for them, they seem to eat very little of the dry food anyway, and follow me around crying when i get home to be fed the wet food.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
4 years ago

Most commercial brands of dry cat food (Purina, IAMS, Meow Mix, 9-Lives....) are loaded with carbs and low on protein. If they contain protein it is in the form of wheat-gluten--very inexpensive and controversial--cats need protein and fat and water. The lion does not have corn meal or wheat or rice along with his high protein dinner.

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