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What to feed your cat - wet or dry food?

What to feed your cat - wet or dry food?

With so many cat food options out there, it can be hard to know what to feed your cat. Due to the many benefits of wet and dry cat food, feeding your cat a combination of both in their daily diet can be the best option - to give your feline friend the best of both words!

As wet and dry cat food both provide so many unique benefits to your pet, it can be hard to choose between them. The great thing is that you don’t have to! When it comes to feeding your pet, a combination of both can be the best option to provide a range of health benefits for your cat.

Benefits of wet food:

Increases palatability 
Since wet food has a stronger aroma compared to dry food, the enhanced smell makes this food more palatable for fussy eaters and for older pets who are losing their appetites. Plus, there are lots of flavours and textures available to suit your cat's unique tastes!

Pro tip: If you have to give your pet medication in the form of tablets, it’s easier to hide medication in wet food.

Increase water intake
Some pets may struggle to get enough water day-to-day, particularly in summer or in pet’s that are prone to urinary tract infections. However, since most wet cat foods contain approximately 70% water, a wet meal is a great way to add additional hydration to your cat’s daily intake.

Weight management
Adding wet food to your cat’s diet can help with weight loss as the extra water allows pets to feel full and satisfied after their meals. In contrast, adding in some nutrient-dense dry food can provide extra calories for pets who struggle with eating enough wet food to meet their energy requirements.

Healthy Metabolism
Wet food provides a healthy balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, which helps maintain a healthy metabolism.

Benefits of dry food:

Flexible feeding
For cats who like to eat on their own schedule, dry food is very convenient because you can leave it in your pet’s bowl all day for them to nibble on whenever they feel like it. In comparison, wet food must be removed within 20-30 minutes of it being set out.

Improves oral health
The crunchy texture of the kibble exerts a scraping action on the surface of the teeth and gums which can help remove the build-up of plaque and tartar.

Contain added minerals and vitamins
Superior Nutrition dry cat food are made with top quality ingredients and contain added vitamins and minerals for optimal health.

More economical
A major benefit of dry cat food is how much more economical it is compared to wet food - especially when you choose a Superior Nutrition diet. You can buy it in bulk and store it for longer.

Most Superior Nutrition diets have complimentary wet meals available to align perfectly with their dry diets. Consider matching your cat’s dry food with their wet food, as often the two are designed to be compatible in your pet’s diet e.g. the Royal Canin Kitten Instinctive wet food matches with the dry Royal Canin Kitten food.

Feeding tip: When introducing mixed feeding, make sure to maintain portion control

To ensure that you are not overfeeding or underfeeding your pet, it’s important to work out the right portions of both the wet food and the dry food. It isn’t as simple as swapping half a cup of dry for half a cup of wet — it’s about the number of calories, rather than the amount of food!

When feeding both wet and dry food to your cat, follow the feeding guidelines on the packaging to help maintain your cat’s healthy body weight.

Choosing the best food for your pet can be confusing with the number of varieties of food available. If you have any questions about feeding your feline friend, pop into your local Animates and talk to our team who will be happy to help.

Please note, some pets will have special dietary requirements and feeding both wet and dry may not suit them. If you are unsure if a mixed feeding diet is suitable for your cat, book an appointment at your local Animates Vetcare clinic to discuss your pet’s dietary needs.

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