Wet food vs. Dry food? How to choose the right food for your cat?
When choosing what to feed your cat, one of the biggest decisions you will make is whether to feed them wet or dry cat food. Both of them have their benefits and no matter which you choose, overall the most important thing is that you feed your cat a complete and balanced diet. Use our Greencross Vet approved Cat Food Finder Tool to discover the best wet and dry diet for your cat based on their age, size, lifestyle and more that’s recommended by our network of Vets.
Benefits of wet cat food
If your cat is a fussy eater, the benefit of wet cat food is that it has a stronger aroma compared to dry food. The enhanced smell makes this food more palatable for fussy cats and there are lots of flavours and textures available to suit your cat’s unique tastes. You may even find that a bit of wet food mixed in with dry kibble will encourage your cat to eat.
Urinary tract health
Cats are prone to developing urinary tract diseases but the likelihood of this can be reduced if your cat stays hydrated. A benefit of wet cat food is that it has a high moisture content which helps your cat to increase their water intake, which is vital for urinary tract health.
As wet cat food contains less energy content than dry food, it will help your cat maintain a healthy weight. If your cat is overweight, switching them to wet cat food can help them lose weight as this diet contains less fibre and carbohydrates and the higher water content helps them to feel more satisfied.
Benefits of dry cat food
For cats who like to eat on their own schedule, dry cat food is very convenient because you can leave it in your cat’s bowl all day for them to nibble on whenever they feel like it. In comparison, wet cat food must be removed within 20-30 minutes of it being set out.
Improves dental health
Certain formulations of dry cat food can improve your cat’s dental health as the shape and texture of the individual pieces of kibble help to reduce plaque and tartar build up and freshen your cat’s breath as they eat.
A major benefit of dry cat food is how much more economical it is compared to wet cat food. You can buy it in bulk and store it for longer. Especially if you’re feeding more than one cat, dry cat food will be cheaper for you in the long run.
As wet and dry cat food both provide so many unique benefits to your cat, it can be hard to choose between them. The great thing is that you don’t have to! When it comes to feeding your cat, a mixture of both can be the best option. Our Cat Food Finder Tool can recommend you the perfect combination of wet and dry food for your cat based on their personalised needs.