We all know that there is a debate between feeding your cat wet and dry food, but how should you determine which one to feed your cat?
Difference between wet and dry food
There are a few differences between wet and dry food that we should look at.
Firstly, there are differences in the manufacturing processes between the two. Wet foods are typically made with fresh/frozen meat and grains. These are then blended together with water, fats, and vitamins and placed in the can.
Dry food is made by combining and then cooking meats, vitamins and minerals, and fats at high temperatures and pressure. Dry food typically contains more carbohydrates than wet food and can contain more probiotics, but this will depend on the brand.
Pros and Cons of Wet Food
The main benefit of canned food is absolutely its high water content. It can be good for cats that have kidney problems or urinary tract problems. It’s also, in general, more appetizing. Cats generally will eat wet food easier if they’re picky eaters.
The main drawbacks of wet food are its shelf life and expense. Wet food is generally more expensive than dry food, so this may play a role in your decision to buy either or. It also has a shorter shelf life than dry food. When opened, wet food is good for about 24 hours before it needs to be disposed of.
Pros and Cons of Dry Food
Dry food is, in general, cheaper than wet food. This can be a great advantage if you’re operating on a budget. It also doesn’t have to be stored in the refrigerator like wet food, which can also be an advantage. Because it has a longer shelf life after opening, dry food can be used to in free-feeding methods and can be used in automatic feeders to make scheduling your feeding easier.
The drawbacks of dry food are that studies often link dry food eating cats and obesity. This may be linked to free-feeding methods and owners not realizing how much food their cat is actually consuming. Older cats with teeth removed may also have a harder time chewing dry food.
Wet food and dry foods both have their pros and cons. If you’re on a strict budget and have a relatively healthy cat, dry food may be the option for you. However, if your cat is a picky eater or needs more nutrients, wet food may be the best route for you.
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