Choosing between wet or dry food for cats may seem a personal choice but what about your pet? Cats are individuals just like people with their own needs and tastes. By learning to know your feline and what is best for them according to certain signs, the decision will become apparent in a short amount of time.
Drinking Habits and Dry Food
Notice how much water your cat drinks over the period of a day. Water keeps the urinary tract flushed and functioning properly. If you feed your cat dry food and notice very little water missing from your pet’s water bowl, switching to a moist diet could be beneficial. Dry cat food has less than 10% water in the ingredients while moist food is made up of up to 78% water. Not only could moist food keep your animal’s system healthier but make him or her feel better too.
While some moist cat food may have larger water content than dry food, always check the ingredients on the container. If a substantial portion of the ingredients are fillers and vegetables, you could be starving your pet. Animals need protein and many times wet cat food adds fillers with just a taste of meat. Dry cat food can consist of bone meal, whole wheat, vitamins and minerals that fulfill a diet rich in protein. Some pet food companies offer both wet and dry forms with protein rich ingredients that make the choice easier for you and your cat.
Cats get viruses just like humans and diarrhea can occur, especially when their diet is made up of wet food. But their system may also just not tolerate a wet food diet. If you feed your cat a wet diet, consider changing over slowly to a dry food. Begin with a 25% dry mixture with 75% of the regular food, increasing the percentage of the new dry each day while decreasing the wet. If there is no difference in your cat’s diarrhea problem after a few days, a medical problem could be the cause.
A Cat’s Age
A cat will tend to gain weight as they age and adjusting their dry or wet food diet can help keep them healthier. Many experts recommend placing a cat on a total wet diet just to aid in needed water consumption. But if your cat loves dry food, cutting back on the amount fed can sometimes be easier by using a dry food that has less calories. Your cat will see the same amount of food but it will consist of more fiber and vitamins. However, watch the water bowl to insure that the proper intake is not decreasing. You may find it necessary to switch to wet food for the sake of your cat’s health.
Many experts recommend wet cat foods as opposed to dry because of the amount of water contained but there are many other elements to consider. Your cat’s personal preference, the digestive system, and weight gain are other areas to consider in making an educated choice. Choosing between wet and dry food for cats can take some time and experimenting but will end with a happier, healthier cat.