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Wet Cat Food vs. Dry Cat Food

When it comes to choosing between canned cat food and dry cat food, it is largely a matter of preference. In fact, many cat owners choose to feed their cats a mixture of both. Before you can make a decision for yourself, however, you should take the time to learn the pros and cons for each option.

Pros for Canned Cat Food:

  • Canned cat food has a very long shelf-life when unopened.
  • Has up to 78% moisture which means a more appealing/natural texture.
  • May have more protein/fat and less carbohydrates than dry cat food.

Cons for Canned Cat Food:

  • Canned cat food is typically more expensive than dry food.
  • Once opened, a can of cat food only lasts for a few days and must be refrigerated.
  • Canned cat food is less energy-dense than dry food due to its moisture content.

Pros for Dry Cat Food:

  • Much less expensive and more economical than a canned food-only diet.
  • Dry food lasts longer once opened and doesn’t spoil as easily.
  • May provide more dental benefits for cats than wet food.

Cons for Dry Cat Food:

  • Has only about 10% moisture content (can be good or bad).
  • Dry food tends to have higher carbohydrate and lower protein content than canned food.
  • May not provide cats with the oil/fat they need to maintain healthy skin and coat.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the pros and cons for both canned cat food and dry cat food you can see how each of them might make a good choice.

The bottom line is that both options have their advantages, but canned cat food provides some unique benefits over dry food. Because the moisture content is higher, canned food is often more palatable than dry food to cats and it often contains more protein than dry food.

Canned foods are particularly beneficial for cats with diabetes, urinary tract problems, and kidney disease because of the high moisture content. Many canned cat foods are also higher in healthy oils and fats than dry foods which helps to keep your cat’s coat soft and silky. The main downsides of canned cat food are related to its cost and the fact that it doesn’t keep for long after the can has been opened.

Kate Barrington has always loved animals and currently cares for a collection of three cats, a handful of guinea pigs, and one dog. In addition to being an avid pet-lover, Kate is also an experienced freelance writer specializing in the pet niche. With a lifetime of personal experience owning and caring for pets, Kate has a deep understanding of pet nutrition which she uses to maintain the health of her own pets and to provide guidance for other pet lovers by writing informative articles and e-books.

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