If you are a new cat owner, there are many options for what type of cat food to feed your cat. Do you go with the canned cat food, the dry, the pouches, the homemade fresh and delivered options? Does your cat care what it eats?
You can't be too careful about your cat's wellness plan and your cat's nutrition. Along with pet wellness insurance, food is one of the most important ways to care for your cat. This post will break down the benefits of wet vs. dry cat food and discuss what is important for your cat's nutritional needs.
The Basics of Cat Nutrition
So here's what's important to know about cat nutrition: cats are known as obligate carnivores. This means that they evolved mainly by eating meat to survive. The nutrients they need are found only in animal products, and in general, they require:
- High amounts of protein
- Moderate amounts of fat
- Small amounts of carbohydrates.
It is always good to read the ingredients on any cat food you buy. The Feline experts at the Association of American Feed Control Officials have established the basic requirements that cat foods need to be nutritionally complete. Cat food manufacturers use these nutrient guidelines when formulating cat and kitten food.
You also need to consider the overall health of your cat and what stage of life it is. Kittens require different amounts of nutrients than adult cats, and nursing or pregnant cats also have different nutritional needs. Check the labels on your cat food to find the best food for your cat. Consider pet wellness insurance or a kitten wellness plan to ensure your cat has everything they need at every stage of life.
So what is better for cats, wet or dry food? The answer is both wet and dry food has the nutritional components to keep your cat healthy, but each also has its own benefits.
Dried cat food has a small amount of moisture, making it more stable and less expensive than other kinds. It is made up of meat, fish, and chicken products along with fiber, milk, vitamins, and minerals. It is usually sprayed with a fat mixture, so cats will enjoy eating it.
Dry food can sometimes be harder to digest for some cats with special needs or difficult for older cats with dental issues to eat.
Wet cat food is preferred by most cats, making it a good choice if you have a picky eater. It usually has a moisture content of approximately 75%, so it also helps keep your cat hydrated. Wet food also tends to cost more than dried cat food and requires additional care and storage for leftover food.
If a cat has dental problems, wet food is easier to eat. It is also an excellent way to keep your cat hydrated if they suffer from kidney issues or other health concerns.
Ultimately, the choice between wet and dry cat food is up to you and, let's face it, your cat. If your cat likes variety, you can always combine wet and dry food as a special treat. No matter what kind of cat food you choose, we recommend you check with your veterinarian to see if your cat has any special dietary needs.
To ensure your feline friend has everything they need, take a look at Wagmo's Cat wellness plans and kitten wellness plans. Wagmo can help you cover any cat contingency, so take a look at our cat wellness plans and get the coverage you need today!