Is wet cat food better than dry cat food? Or, are they both equally good?
This is one of the questions new cat owners often ask us. So, in this short but sweet blog post, we would like to go through the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you make the right decision.
So, let’s get started!
Wet Cat Food or Dry Cat Food: Which is Better?
In this section of the blog post, we will quickly go through the advantages of both, wet as well as dry cat food and help you figure out which is the best for your kitty.
Let’s Take a Look at Wet Cat Food
Wet cat food comes in cans–the kind that you must have watched in Tom & Jerry when growing up. These come in various flavors and sizes to make portion control easier.
In most cases, wet cat food contains 65 percent or more moisture which means that you should not leave it out for more than 45 to 60 minutes (depending on where you live) to prevent bacterial growth.
So, this makes things inconvenient for the cat owner.
However, wet food offers several benefits:
- It’s easier for kitties to chew–especially old cats
- It contains ingredients and textures that cats simply love
- Helps in increasing your kitty’s total water intake
- Adds variety to the diet
Most people believe that wet food is special or indulgent or more of a snack or treat. But, it is essential to note that wet cat food is completely balances and can be an essential part of any cat’s diet.
A Quick Peek at Dry Cat Food
This is more of a convenient option for cat owners as it comes in larger bags and contains less than 20% moisture, meaning that it’s got a longer shelf life–even after opening. So, dry cat food is more cost-effective.
Additionally, the risk of bacterial growth is also low even if you leave it out all day, which is extremely convenient.
The kibble also helps reduce tartar buildup and plaque on cats’ teeth but, on the flip side, it may be a little difficult for older cats to chew.
So, Which One’s Better?
Your cat gets to ultimately decide what she prefers best. Some cats love dry kibble while others strongly prefer wet kibble. However, we feel that it is important to keep a healthy balance between the two if possible.