It is the age old question, should I feed wet or dry cat food? Ok, maybe it is not age old. But it is a big one for cat owners. Let’s look at the differences between wet and dry food.
- tends to have more protein (depending on the quality of food)
- less fat
- less expensive
- doesn’t spoil as fast (so you can leave it out)
- less moisture (aka. dry)
- slightly better at preventing dental disease
- higher fat content
- can be high in protein (depending on the quality of the food)
- more expensive
- spoils quickly
- very wet, so can be easier to chew
- less energy dense than dry food
Often times cats who are strictly fed wet food are fatter than ones that are fed dry. It is often used as a weight gaining tool for older cats. Most of the time it is recommended to give your cat dry food, you can add water to it to make a gravy and soften it up. However, if your cat has sensitive teeth, gum issues, low weight, or digestive trouble then wet food may be a better option. Many people will give both wet and dry food. The most important part is that you are giving your cat the proper serving size and high-quality food.
If you are not sure what food you should be feeding your cat, ask your Albuquerque Vetco Veterinarian and we would be happy to assist.