Do you feed your cat dry food, canned food, or a little bit of both?
Both canned and dry cat foods can be excellent sources of balanced nutrition. Often the decision boils down to you and your furry friend's preferences.
Dry Food Benefits:
1. Dry cat food, especially prescription dental dry foods, creates a bit of abrasive action on cats’ teeth when crunched, it slows down tartar accumulation rates on cat teeth.
2. Your cat can gain weight benefit from dry cat food, because dry food for cats tends to have more calories than canned food.
Wet Food Benefits:
1. It helps in hydration in cats, the proportion of water in the diet is higher for cats fed wet food than for cats fed dry food.
2. It has fewer calories than dry cat food, this is better for weight loss when fed on a controlled diet.
Although some people decide to stick with exclusively feeding their cat dry or wet food, many veterinarians actually recommend offering a mixture of both types of foods.
A balance between the essential moisture provided by wet food and the convenience of dry food may result, for example, in a routine where you give your kitty wet food twice a day and leave out a sufficient amount of hard food for in-between times.
Regardless of what food you end up feeding, your cat should always have access to plenty of fresh, clean water!