Do cats need wet food?

Which diet would you choose for your pet cat…dry or wet food? There has been a long standing argument on whether to provide the pet wet or dry food. Each type of diet has its own advantages and disadvantages. Cat experts believe that cats need wet food. In terms of nutritional values, wet foods are more beneficial to cats.

No commercially prepared food would ever be perfect for the cat. The ideal diet for these pets would be the kind of diet cats in the wild have. This would include the raw brain, organs and the meat of birds, snakes and insects and of course the cat’s favorite prey, mice and other rodents. Giving the pet this kind of diet would be next to impossible. Aside from the difficulty of finding live prey, owners would be squeamish in offering these kinds of food to the pet. The pampered pet would therefore receive dry and wet manufactured food.

Dry food is often chosen by cat owners as aside from being cheap, not much effort is required to feed the cat. Feeding the pet is as easy as getting a scoop of dry kibble from the feed bin. Dry diet for the cat is more convenient for busy cat owners. Cats though are obligate carnivores. Cats’ nutritional requirements can be met only by consuming animal-based proteins. Cats would not get nutritional benefits from plant based proteins as they do not have the enzymes necessary to metabolize plant proteins. Feeding the cat wet or canned food is recommended by vets and cat experts. Cats would not benefit from dry foods that contain high levels of carbohydrates. One reason why dry food is considerably cheaper than wet food is that dry food contains loads of cereal fillers. Dry food do not contain appropriate levels of plant proteins thus the cats’ nutritional requirements are not ideally met. Another important consideration is the low water content of dry foods.

Wet food is more ideal for cats as these animals need a kind of diet that is high in protein and has moderate amount of fat. A cat’s ideal diet should have high water content but must have very low or no amount of carbohydrates. The kind of diet that would provide the cat with its nutritional requirement should resemble the nutritional benefits that can be obtained when a cat eats a mouse. Looking at the contents of a canned or wet cat food, a cat owner would notice that it contains less carbohydrate fillers and greater percentage of animal protein. Wet food also has high water content. Food types that contain more water are most needed by cats. Having originated from dessert dwelling ancestors, cats normally do not have the inclination to drink water. The water requirement of the body has to be provided by the diet. Cats in the wild seldom lap water because a cat’s typical prey is about 70 to 75% water. Cats on a dry diet are almost always in a state of near dehydration.

A dry diet would be much more convenient and a lot cheaper than wet food. Cats appear to love the crunch and the smell of dry foods. Cat parents may reason out that the pet appears to agree with the diet as it is reasonably healthy. However, a caring cat owner would consider the possible repercussions of the decision to give dry food to the pet. Obesity is one of the most common concerns of cats on a dry food diet. Too much carbohydrate can cause the cat’s blood sugar levels to go haywire. With inappropriate water intake, the function of the cat’s urinary tract system will be compromised. Wet foods give the cat a better chance at getting all the nutritional requirements that would ensure optimal health.