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Sat, Dec 29 | By Matt Van Hoven | 519

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… more ›

Face off: Wet vs Dry Cat food
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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

Wet or dry always a matter of controversy. I have always fed my cats wet food. Half a can in the morning and half a can at night, but left some dry out in the event they got hungry during the day. Recently one of my cats was diagnosed with feline diabetes and I began to take a good hard look at the ingredients in cat food--both wet and dry. The artificial colors, the additives, the meat by-products (ug) are really frightening. So I buy the natural healthier more expensive stuff and nine times out of ten they turn their noses up at it and walk away. But we keep trying.

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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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natalie
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natalie
5 years ago

i firmly believe in giving both

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

Our vets have always said to stick with dried food, but to not allow feeding throughout the day. Our outdoor cats get their meals twice a day and they only have 15 minutes of food time. They are both at a good weight, while our neighbor's cats who have access to dry food 24/7 are very overweight.

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J O.
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J O.
5 years ago

Don't necessarily listen to your vet when it comes to nutrition. They often push low quality high price foods. There is a lot of research that shows that wet food is much better for your cat. I feed both wet and dry.

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EddieWayne
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EddieWayne
5 years ago

We go back and forth on what to feed out boys and girl (dry or wet). Have to admit we have become like grandparents and let them have what they want.

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Jbobstep
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Jbobstep
5 years ago

Our cats get both and they are not overweight.

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Heather E.
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Heather E.
5 years ago

Our vet has recently told us that we need to give our cats wet food to prevent urinary problems.

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

Our shelter cats get plenty fat from dry food only!

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Buckking
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Buckking
5 years ago

moist alone is not good, you need to feed dry to help with keeping teeth clean

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Richard
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Richard
5 years ago

I feed my cats wet food 2 times a day but the also have a bowl of dry food out all day

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

Even a little water in food helps you feel full, whether you're a cat or a person. Personally, I'd hate to live on dry "people chow" alone, with a water chaser. I imagine cats feel the same way about a monodiet of dry cat food.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

I have issues with one of my cats because of issues from her kitten hood. She was found abandoned and starving. She can't stand it now when her bowl is empty. I have tried to feed her smaller meals, but that is often hard to do. I wonder if moist for her would be better?

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

Some of the cats won't eat wet, some won't eat dry. We use both and let them choose. Don't have much of an obesity problem either way

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

I would have guessed the opposite - eating wet faster vs. slower.

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Keri W.
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Keri W.
5 years ago

Interesting story.

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Illbewaitingpet
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Illbewaitingpet
5 years ago

Interesting findings. I used to have an overweight cat years ago but now both my cats are very small. They have dry food out always and get wet food about every other day.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

I am surprised by these findings. I still think that dry food is important for teeth care. I usually save wet food for if I have an ill cat that I am having trouble getting to eat.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

Would have thought it was the other way around!!! Wet food is worse for their dental health

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Womanintheshoe10
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Womanintheshoe10
6 years ago

my vet just told me this exact same thing recently. i also thought it was the other way around. i will be buying more canned food from now on for my cats.

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Rjlupinskat
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Rjlupinskat
6 years ago

I believe I have commented somewhere on this news bit within the last couple of months (or so), but as I have a cat a bit too 'pudgy,' I've wondered if anyone knows of a good, not-outrageously-expensive dry food that was high in protein?

I do mix in wet with the dry once a day, but with the number of cats I have, it is much more efficient and workable to feed primarily dry.

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M17
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M17
6 years ago

makes some sense if you consider the higher water content and less processing in wet food and higher carbohydrates and more processing in dry foods. we know that highly processed foods can make people gain weight so why not cats

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Kindra H.
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Kindra H.
6 years ago

This is very interesting and something I am going to discuss with my vet. But I have a real dilemma - I have one cat who is overweight and one cat who is tiny and could probably stand to gain a little weight and they have shared food bowls their entire lives. I don't know how I could pull this off and get the desired results.

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Janelle
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Janelle
6 years ago

I've heard about this study before and I'm ready to give it a try. I've been free-feeding both my cats dry food for the last three years and my male cat Sampson is overweight. However, my female Isis is perfectly healthy. Obviously it isn't just their diet that is the cause of weight gain. Hopefully by switching to canned food it will help the process of losing some weight!

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Very interesting...

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Patty  B.
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Patty B.
6 years ago

My cats (and dogs) get dry food during the week and on Sundays, as a special treat, they get a can of food.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

My cat loves the wet food, but I give her more dry than wet. I use the wet for special treats.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Interesting article. I had never given this a thought. It's something to think about if
our pets are beginning to gain weight.

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Gene M.
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Gene M.
6 years ago

Good information

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

interesting- i am not a cat owner but i know my own personal dogs starting packing on the pounds once i started adding wet to their dry

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KIX51
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KIX51
6 years ago

I don't think a study consisting of only 16 cats is evidence enough to say anything definitively. You can't forget the benefits of dry food too for dental health.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

That is an important part of a cat's health. Keeping those teeth tarter free. And dry food helps.

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

I feel that I feed my cats too much wet food, but they love it and beg for it. They get some in the morning and after we eat dinner. I hope I'm doing the right thing. I know it sure is more expensive.

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Sandra P.
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Sandra P.
6 years ago

I give my cat both, but I know she really loves the wet food the best.

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PennyOnTheFloor
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PennyOnTheFloor
6 years ago

Very interesting.

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B P.
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B P.
6 years ago

I agree, moist food usually has more nutrients and fewer calories than dry.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

I always control how much my cats eat and there is no problem with weight. Wish I could say as much for myself.

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Jess  L.
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Jess L.
6 years ago

I deffinitly have two overweight cats...One more then the other. I feed them dry food because in the end canned cat food rotts their teeth and I really don't want to pay dental bills. They are happy being fat so thats ok with me.

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Rachel
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Rachel
6 years ago

I think there are so many overweight cats because the owners think that the cats need that much food. In nature, wild cats don't always get two or three full meals a day. Sometimes they catch a mouse, sometimes they don't. Feeding wet or dry isn't the issue, it's the amount of calories the cats are ingesting that is the problem.

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

now we are looking towards pets being overweight, crazy. i have a cousin who have 2 fat cats and they went on diet cat food and gained more weight

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

Interesting.

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

Our fat cat will eat anything that he can

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

Interesting study. It makes perfect sense. Much easier to keep the bowl full of dry food than to feed on a schedule. Especially now a days with everybody's busy schedules.

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

wet and dry is neded to promote good health and teeth

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

cats should have both for a good diet and good teeth

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

cats should have both....

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

who says where did this data come from and how accurate is it.. need more stats for me

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8critters
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8critters
6 years ago

Interesting....my cats all eat about the same amount, yet a couple are "chubby" and a couple are thin as rails. Their body type seems to have a lot to do with it, not as much as the food type. My thinnest cat only starting gaining weight a bit with moist food! But, this makes me want to go read all the labels more carefully.

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

I have dry food down 25/7 but give them wet food also.

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

I kind of agree. One of my cats refuses to eat wet food, she only will take the dry food. She's quite chubby compared to the other two who eat 50/50 of each.

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Cassie3
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Cassie3
6 years ago

A lot of wet cat is food lists water as the first ingredient. Water contains zero nourishment and zero calories.

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Tibbse
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Tibbse
6 years ago

My cat won't touch wet food. Never has. We try not to keep his bowl full at all times, but when we don't, he pushes it out of the kitchen into whatever room we are in.

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