Should I Feed My Cats Wet Food Or Dry Food?

  • 07/07/2020

Tons of pet owners rely on dry food, mainly due to its affordability. Just this option of dry cat food can make one’s head spin, and then there is still the other option of wet cat food to choose from too if that’s your preference.

There is no simple answer to whether dry cat food is better than the wet option, and this article will balance both options out for you, so you can make the best decision for your furry feline companion, and everyone’s happy!

Both dry and wet or canned pet food is similar in terms of being nutritionally complete sources for your animal, and the only difference in the consistency between the two is the moisture content where the wet option will have more moisture in it.

It is always advisable to speak to your vet about it first, but if he has advised that it’s up to you or your cats’ personal preference, we can help you out with some information.  Sometimes vets can look at their age, lifestyle, weight, and overall health to determine which is the best choice for him or her.

Let’s look at our two options below, as well as both their advantages and disadvantages.

1st Option - Wet Feline Food

Some pets can easily adapt to food choices very quickly, while others can be a tad bit picky and that’s perfectly fine. So, when it comes to choosing the right kind of wet food for your cat, there are a few things to keep in mind.

There are some pros and cons that you should look at before you go out and purchase them.


1. Canned food, which is usually the high-moisture option, has been seen to develop strong bones and muscles in our pets.

2. Many cats seem to find it more palatable, and easier to swallow. If your cat is picky, this may be the better option for it.

3. Cats with issues such as urinary tract disease or kidney issues can benefit from this choice due to the higher moisture content in it, which helps keep them hydrated better than the dry. The urinary tract conditions, it can help dilute the urine and reduce any symptoms associated with it.  The American Veterinarian Association has some further information about this on their website.

4. The higher water content here can be an option to think about when placing your cat on a diet due to various health reasons or he just likes to eat too much. Most tins contain about the same number of calories as a quarter cup of the dry food option. So, the cat may feel fuller after one meal of this compared to eating the dry one.


1. When you do a price comparison, this is the more expensive option of the two. So if you have the budget for it, go for it!

2. Once the can is open, you need the right-sized lid to keep it closed and fresh for the next feed. The lid is important if you're keeping the can I the fridge, so the food smell does not get to the rest of the food in the fridge.

3. Some picky cats won’t eat cold food; in which case you may need to put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Again, a bit of a hassle.

4. It is not advisable to leave any left-over foods in the kitten’s plate or bowl for longer than 4 hours. Sometimes they can’t get to their food properly because it’s in a dish that is not very user friendly, in which case investing in a good feeding and watering dish is essential from places that cater to their needs specifically such as that sell them. Either your pet will starve or the food will need to be thrown away, which can be a waste of food and money.

2nd Option – Dry Feline Food

1. Many pet owners rely on dry pet food for many reasons. One such reason is the cost; it is far less expensive to buy this regularly compared to the canned varieties.

2. Did we mention it’s easier to store? And any leftovers can be left in their bowl or plate all day, or put back in the bag. This will, however, depend on the brand of the cat nibbles or treats though. Their sell-by date is usually for long periods and the bags can be easily clipped and stored in a cupboard.

3. It’s a simple thing but it makes a lot of difference - there is no re-heating or freezing required.

3. A lot of veterinarians swear by dry food, being good for their teeth. Point to note is that regardless of whether they have eaten canned food or dry food and if it is good for their teeth or not. They will need regular oral checkups by a professional.

The Veterinary Health Council advises that if your pet does not chew their food properly, and completely, you should not give it to them and discontinue it.


1. You need to make sure you are buying the right kind and the best nutritional option for them. A lot of manufacturers add a lot of junk in dry pet food because it lasts longer.

2. The water content that makes canned food easier to digest, is missing here. So, it may be harder for pets to both chew and take in.

3. if your cat is old, she or he may have a hard time chewing on dry pellets or treats. Sometimes they may have gum or dental issues that will pain when they’re eating.

In the end, consulting with your vet is the first step when adopting a feline. A thorough analysis will need to be done before a decision is made. If he or she says you can give them anything, make sure it’s the best quality and from a high-standard manufacturer. Secondly, always make sure there is a bowl of fresh drinking water next to whichever food you pick.

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