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Is Wet Food or Dry Food Better for Your Cat?

When it comes to feeding you cat, there are many options and brands to choose from. It can be a hard decision in choosing what is actually the best food and diet for your cat. In the debate of wet cat food versus dry cat food, wet cat food does surpass dry food because wet cat food provides water. If your cat has an all dry food diet, his or her water intake will fall below what he or she needs to stay hydrated and healthy.

Here are a few reason why wet (canned) cat food can be better for your cat:

1. The average cat who eats only dry food needs to drink several more ounces of water a day compared to a cat that eats wet food.

2. Studies have shown that cats eating only dry food have a very low water intake and a lower urine volume than cats who eat wet food.

3. Veterinarians have warned that insufficient water in diets does increase the risk of crystals or stones in the urinary tract.

4. Studies have also shown that cats switching from dry food to wet food had decreased cystitis (bladder infections). Always make sure that your cat has fresh, clean water every day.

When it comes to your cat consuming dry food, there is a small dental benefit. Veterinarians do have a concern that dry cat food is high in carbohydrates. These excess carbs turn to body fat and often promote a sugar imbalance. It is best to try to give your cat a diet of both dry and wet cat food. Try to feed your cat two times a day with wet food and supplement dry food for the times inbetween. There are many things to consider when it comes to your cat's health. If you are thinking of switching his or her diet, always consult your veterinarian first for the best advice.

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