You are what you eat. That goes for cats as well as people, so if you feed him or her a healthy diet, you’ll more than likely have a healthy pet. Dental diseases, urinary tract disease, lacklustre coats, smellier stools and even behavioural problems can all be managed by feeding your cat a balanced diet. But what does that look like? All wet food, all dry food or a combination of both? Let’s look at wet food first.
Hydration is high on the list of why wet food is beneficial for cats. Because your feline’s ancestors got most, if not all, their water from their prey a trip to the watering hole wasn’t really necessary. So, if you your pet is rarely found with his or her head in the water bowl the behaviour could be hereditary. It could also be that the bowl itself is the problem, with some cats finding they irritate their whiskers. Whatever the reason, if they’re not drinking enough, then wet food will help them stay hydrated.
Hydration is super important for your pet’s health. Highly concentrated pee, which is a result of dehydration, can cause lower urinary tract disease. Crystals can form and this in turn can cause stones and blockages – very painful for your poor pet.
On the less serious end of the scale, your cat may simply be a fussy eater and the stronger smell and taste of wet food can help entice them to the bowl and get them chowing down.
It may sound like wet’s a clear winner, but dry has a few benefits up its sleeve too. Other than being easier to store and therefore more convenient, it too has an important health benefit – it’s good for your cat’s pearly whites. Dry pieces of food rub and scrape against your pet’s chompers, removing plaque and tartar that can build up.
Because there are different health benefits of wet and dry food, we recommend that you go for a combo of both. We think a ratio 60% wet food and 40% dry food is best for most cats. If possible, we suggest giving your pet a wet meal in the morning and the evening and dry Applaws Complete cat food during the day and in the evening.
By structuring meals and mealtimes in this way, you’ll not only keep your pet healthy, but the variety will help keep them interested and happy. And, bowls licked clean.