When it comes to cat food, there are so many options. Loving cat owners must choose from a variety of different flavours, decide between wet and dry, among many other considerations.
If you’ve wondered which is better when it comes to wet vs. dry cat food, they’re both excellent choices. Just make sure the food you select is 100 percent complete and balanced for your cat’s age and life stage. While some cats (and cat owners) prefer one over the other, the best option may be to feed your cat both.
Let us try to compare both.
Wet Cat Food
Wet cat food has at least 65 percent or more moisture content. As a result, wet food should not be left out for more than 30 to 60 minutes at a time to prevent bacterial growth.
Wet cat food offers many benefits, though, including:
- Textures and ingredients cats love
- Easier for cats to chew
- More variety in diet
- Helps increase total water intake
Although feeding wet food to your cat seems special or indulgent, it’s more than a snack or treat. Wet cat food is 100 percent complete and balanced and can be an essential part of any cat’s diet.
Dry Cat Food
Dry kibble is popular among many cat owners because it’s convenient. It comes in larger bags and because its moisture content is less than 20 percent, it has a longer shelf life, even after opening. This makes it more cost-effective.
There’s less risk of bacterial growth with dry food, so you can leave it out all day for your cat to graze on while you’re at work. Crunchy kibble also helps reduce plaque and tartar buildup on cats’ teeth. Dry cat food may be more difficult for older cats to chew, however.
Is Wet or Dry Food Better for Cats?
Ultimately, your cat will decide whether she prefers dry or wet cat food. it is recommended to feed a combination of wet and dry food, though. This helps ensure she gets plenty of moisture in her diet, plus the dental benefits of dry food, all while adding variety to keep her interested.
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