Should I give my cat wet or dry food? Many cat owners ask this question, not least because cats are more prone to urinary tract disorders than other pets, and it is especially important to ensure an adequate fluid intake to avoid them. Here you will find out what to consider when feeding dry food.
What makes a good dry cat food?
A high-quality dry food for cats will contain lots of well-balanced nutrients, vitamin and minerals. The main difference between dry and wet foods is the water content, which plays an important role in a cat’s diet. Cats are able to produce highly concentrated urine. Nature arranged this so they can make their body water last as long as possible, just like their ancestors in the desert. So it is a good idea to select a dry food with an additive that maintains the urine pH within the optimum range. This will help to prevent dangerous urine stone formation, such as struvite stones. Constant access to a dish of fresh water will also help to prevent urine stones. Alternatively you can soften your cat’s kibble in lukewarm water. This will also enable you to ensure that your cat is consuming water with her food.
What are the benefits of dry food?
If you would prefer to give your cat dry food, this has a number of benefits for your cat, yourself and the environment.