Wet Food or Dry: Which Is Better for Your Cat?

By Gabrielle Jonas | Category: Care & Safety | 36 comments
Tags: lifestyle & trends, cats, food & nutrition, health & wellness, care & safety

"In dogs, I could not show that feeding dry kibble foods was less commonly associated with calculus build-up and gingivitis except on two teeth -- the upper first molar teeth -- often the most severely affected teeth in the mouth," Harvey said.

And because owners of diminutive dogs are fearful of their pets' choking on kibble, those canines are the most likely to suffer from gum disease around the upper first molars. "Owners of small and toy breed dogs -- which are much more likely to have periodontal disease than medium-sized or larger dogs -- are more likely to feed their dogs soft food," said Harvey.

But dry food does offer some benefit to feline dental health. Cats fed dry food were somewhat less likely to have severe calculus buildup on eight major teeth, and gingivitis was less likely for two teeth, Harvey said.

Dry food made especially for dental health offer much more ability to control buildup of plaque and tartar than standard dry food, but not if they are watered down.

"The effectiveness of the typically larger kibble size of a dental diet is lost if the owner wets the food because they see their dog taking its time to chew and swallow the food, as they interpret that as not 'normal'," Harvey said.

When a manufacturer adds water to pet food, the food becomes more expensive. "There is a cost difference between wet and dry food," said Consumer Reports Magazine. "Wet foods contain about 75 percent water, so pets need more to get the same calories, and that makes wet food more expensive per serving."

Feeding a 35-pound dog dry food can cost from 38 cents to $2.88 per day, whereas feeding it canned food can cost from $1.38 to $4.78 per day, Consumer Reports found in a study published in its March 2009 issue.

Do you feed your pet dry or wet food? Tell us why below!

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daryl b.

daryl b.
5 years ago

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

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5 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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