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By Gabrielle Jonas | 36

Which is better for the family pet: dry food, wet food, or a mixture of the two? Pet owners have long struggled with the question, weighing the relative merits of water content, nutrition, dental health, and cost. Many pet owners fear th… more ›

Wet Food or Dry: Which Is Better for Your Cat?
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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i guess at this point what ever works best for your pet and their health

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JoannaPop
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JoannaPop
4 years ago

My male cats have definite digestive issues when I feed them dry food - high quality Evo.
They do better on the canned Evo. But they much prefer the dry. So I give them dry
as treats now and then and for emergencies.

One had urinary problems, crystals forming internally. That stopped when I switched to wet food.

My dog likes wet food in the morning and dry food at night. He is doing well on this combination as long as I keep the portions smaller than he wishes! His weight, coat, energy and disposition are great. He's eleven and doing fine on Nature's Balance duck and potato. The key for his food is to be sure he doesn't get anything made of corn (as well, of course, as no toxins like chocolate, avocado, etc.)

Fresh water is always available.

Tip: I find that life got emotionally smoother when I made an out of dog reach and sight shelf the permanent location for feeding the cats. Dog doesn't eat cat food. Cats can
eat and drink in peace.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i think we must remember that during hot weather wet food can go bad. stick to dry if you want to give them access to food during the day

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

i feed my dogs homemade food, most ready-made pet food lacks the proper proteins. as for my cats, they get wet and dry...and a little meat on the side.

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

pets teeth should be brushed regardless of what they're being fed. it's not the most pleasant chore, but it's essential to their health and shouldn't be left to kibble to scrape a few spots. b/c cats can not move their jaw side to side, the effects of teeth cleaning is minimal anyway.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

that is very good advice. i understand there is pet toothpaste that is flavored to their liking

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

You are so right, Jillian. My dogs do like the taste of the toothpaste; it did take them some time to get used to the brushing though.

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

I use dry food for both the doggies & Pharaoh.
However, a do give the doggies a mixture of dry food & wet as a treat sometimes.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Same here, Kaytee. My dogs get dry food, but I do sometimes put in wet food as a treat.

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
4 years ago

I have two cats who eat mainly dry. The rest I actually add a little water to the can of wet food before I dish it out. Anything to increase their water intake. I have water bowls in every room. It really is a concern, especially with male cats because of the possibility of crystals in their urine.

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

i found that water on tables the cats are allowed encourages them to drink more. the one that gets the most use is the one on my night stand. they love if it looks like it could be yours!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i do believe that the dry can help their teeth stay cleaner.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

I feed my doggy a mixture. I'd love to give her just dry food, as it's better for her teeth, but I'm sure she'd get bored with it. I mix half a container of Beneful with Blue Buffalo kibble, so at least she can have different flavors.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

beside giving them the wet and dry seperate i would a couple of times a week mix them together

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

I feed my cat bot wet and dry food. I think he likes the wet food better, but I don't like to let it set around for a long time.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

that does not surprise me in the least. if i were given the choice i would take the wet too., but would the pet?

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

There was a newspaper article the other day about wet vs. dry food and it contained some inconsistencies with this report! I remember it stating that dry food was NOT helpful for teeth and that it would be like a person eating a pretzel and thinking s/he would not have to brush--which would be ridiculous.

The article also pointed out how dry cat food contains a lot of "fillers" that are not protein, but cats are "obliged carnivores" and therefore shouldn't be eating such fillers.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i agree with you. but pretzels when you first start chewing will scrape teeth but then turn to mush as chewed and stick between our teeth

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

that article was more educated than this one. i can't say dry food doesn't remove any plaque, but it doesn't remove enough to count. and yeah, both dogs and cats need meat proteins, but the bags are incredibly misleading. the protein count consists of both meat and plant, and the ingredient list is usually calculated before the moisture is removed, severely decreasing the amount of meat that's actually in there.

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Gail S.
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Gail S.
4 years ago

I feed my cats both wet and dry food. Wet food comes in handy when you have to add in crushed medication!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i agree the wet is a better trick

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
4 years ago

I feed my cats dry food my vet recommended. And I have a water bowl on the first and second floor.

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Idaviruma
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Idaviruma
4 years ago

Not all foods are created equal, I believe that quality and variety is very important. Dont get fooled by petty advertisement featuring cute dogs with soppy stories or misleading claims of "real meat", which usually theres none in grocery store brands anyways.
Do your research and pick a decent quality food, whether its kibble, canned, homecooked or raw, I feed all my pets a combination of high quality kibble, canned, raw and healthy human foods like yogurt.

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Ches21
4 years ago

Most pets like wet food more than dry food cause it is tasteir to them than the dry food is. Also this is what people use to attract strays into live traps because it is smellier and the stray is more likely to come to eat the wet food than the dry food. But wet food also usaully costs more than dry food does. Also remember in this debate some people don't buy pet food all together they feed their pet human food by cooking a pet recipe on the stove or in the oven or some people if they have a dog or a cat they just feed them raw meat. In my opinion as long as the pet enjoy's the food and the food does not make them get sick or become overweight or really unhealthy then the pet should be aloud to eat what ever food they want that they like. I mean we get to choose what we eat and what we like of course we don't always make the best desicions but we can help our pets make good ones as long as they like the food. I don't understand why our pets should not get to choose what they like some owners don't care and will just buy whatever is cheapest but not me Skitters, Teddy, Shorty and Spot get what they like.

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

my animals choose every day. one day chicken is the most amazing thing in the world, the next it's not. but providing variety helps stop allergic reactions so you should switch it up every few months, gradually so their bodies can adjust. i just let my animals tell me when it's time.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i always fed both to my cats and dogs.

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LovelyFlight
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LovelyFlight
4 years ago

Are you sure?
Commercial pet foods are the worst thing you could ever feed your animal!

Do your research:
leda.law.harvard.edu/leda/data/784/Patrick06.html
www.catnutrition.org/index.php
feline-nutrition.org/
shinyhappycats.com

Be careful what you put in your pet's little body!

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LovelyFlight
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LovelyFlight
4 years ago

http://leda.law.harvard.edu/leda/data/784/Patrick06.html

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