Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Food Fight

Wet food or dry? That is the question and the answer is somewhat controversial. I know a lot of people who prefer to serve their cats mostly dry food, but About.com's Franny Syufy makes a compelling argument in favor of canned food:

"In the wild, a cat will eat only a very small quantity of any grain, namely the stomach contents of mice, rabbits, or birds he catches. Why then, should a pampered household cat eat a diet that is loaded with the one food nutrient he really doesn't need? . . .

Dry cat food can also contribute or be directly related to certain health conditions:
  • IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
  • CRF (Chronic Renal Failure)
  • Urinary crystals (which are potentially fatal to cats)
  • Diarrhea or other allergy-related conditions
  • Dehydration (cats on canned food diets get sufficient water in their food)"

However, should the cats get ONLY canned food? Probably not. In Tips for Choosing Cat Food, Franny also states:

"Many nutritionists agree that cats should get a variety of food, both dry and canned"

Sounds like you should feed the cat canned food twice a day and leave some dry food out for snacking.

3 comments:

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jancola said...

Hi there... I love your blog so far! I am trying to get a cat myself right now, and it is SO GREAT reading about someone else's experience.

I prefer dry food in general for my own reasons, mostly because 1) it is cleaner, and 2) wet poop makes their poop extra stinky, in my experience. This is great info, though.

Morven said...

That's what we do...they each get a pouch of food put down in the morning and at dinner time, along with some biscuit food...it's good for their teeth and gives them some variety.
In saying that, Ziggy is still on kitten food, although he's currently eating sam's dry food instead of his own IAMS which the shelter said he was eating. He also eats some of sam's wet food, especially the fish flavours since kitten food doesn't come in fish!
So sam eats ziggy's kitten food which is probably higher in calories and fat than his own...we just make him run round lots to try to keep him svelte!