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Does My Cat Need Both Wet and Dry Cat Food?

Wet Cat Food Hydrates to Promote Urinary Tract Health

If your cat doesn’t get enough water each day, they will not urinate frequently. Infrequent urination can lead to the formation of mineral crystals or urinary stones, causing your cat a great deal of pain and potentially blocking their urethra. Urethra obstruction is a serious medical issue that requires immediate medical attention in order to prevent serious issues for your cat. Signs of urinary blockage include straining to pee, producing little to no urine and/or expressing pain while trying to urinate. If you notice your cat exhibiting any of these behaviors, contact your veterinarian immediately.

To help supplement their water intake, wet food also has a great deal of water in the formula. Having one meal of wet food a day, or combining canned cat food in with your cat’s dry food, will help them urinate more frequently, preventing the buildup of minerals and urinary stones.

Adding Wet Cat Food Can Help You Manage Their Weight

Dry cat food typically has a higher concentration of carbohydrate, and, of course, less moisture which makes it more calorie-dense. Adding wet food into your cat’s diet will give them more protein to balance out the carbohydrates. Studies from The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition have also shown that when cats are fed a moisture-high diet, they tend to eat less food, which can help them lose weight and encourage them to become more active. This is especially important for indoor cats, who are often less active than their outdoor cats.

Because wet cat food provides more protein and, fat than carbs, it can better satisfy a cat’s instinctive feeding behavior and can help them maintain a healthy metabolism. Mixing canned and dry food in your cat’s diet will give them all of the nutrients they need to live a happy, healthy life.

Wet Cat Food Adds Extra Enjoyment

Typically, when given a choice, most cats will prefer to eat a mixture of wet and dry food as opposed to dry food alone. Wet cat food can add extra enjoyment to mealtime because it adds flavor and a variety of protein sources and textures. Especially if your cat is a picky or finicky eater, mixing wet cat food and dry cat food can give them the variety they desire.

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