When it comes to feeding your cat, it can be difficult to know what kind of food is best for your feline friend. As a responsible pet owner, you want to make sure you’re feeding your fur baby the best. Here at Webbox Naturals, we give you all the pros and cons of dry and wet food so that you can make an informed decision when shopping for your pet.
Pro- Wet food has a really high moisture content (70-80% water) which is great for your kitty’s hydration and general health. This is also beneficial for those cats that don’t like to drink much water. If your cat has been packing on the pounds recently, wet food is a great option to get your pet’s weight under control as it has a lot less calories than dry food.
Con- The high moisture content of wet food naturally translates into a lower nutrient density. This doesn’t mean that wet cat food isn’t beneficial (any prey they would find in the wild would typically be 60-70% water), but it doesn’t have as many nutrients and calories in the same way that dry cat kibble does.
Pro- Cat’s find wet food irresistible. The moisture content in wet food enhances the flavour and your cat probably enjoys it because it’s much closer to the food we eat as humans. Wet cat food may look and smell gross to us, but to your fur baby, it’s the equivalent of a michelin star meal.
Con- You can’t really leave wet food out for very long. Wet food goes off much quicker than dry, so if your cat is a grazer and doesn’t like to eat all his/her food in one go, it’s probably best opting for a dry variety. Wet cat food also smells quite strongly whether it’s fresh or not; but this is likely one of the things cats love about it!
Pro- If you have an older cat that suffers from sore gums or missing teeth, wet food is much easier for them to eat than dry kibble. Dry food is crunchy by its very nature and while it’s great for keeping your cat’s teeth clean and sparkly, it’s probably not the best fit for cats that already have problems with their teeth.
Pro- It goes without saying that dry food is considerably less messy than wet food, and involves much less clean up. This is perfect for cat owners that lead busy lives and prefer to not clean up wet food that has been dragged across the kitchen floor by a mischievous cat. Dry food is also much easier to transport and can be left out for several days at a time without it going off.
Con- Leaving dry food out in large quantities can cause your pet to overeat (and who can blame them when the Webbox Naturals range is just so delicious!). Cats aren’t great at knowing their limits so always consider portion control when feeding your fur baby and make sure you don’t give them too much.
Pro- Dry food has a higher nutrient content and is great if you need your cat to put on a bit of weight. It can also be bought in large quantities (such as the Webbox Naturals 700g), which is ultimately more environmentally friendly and sustainable in the long term.
Con- The lower moisture content means that your cat will need to drink enough water to stay hydrated. If your cat isn’t a fan of water then try to give them dry food in moderation as dehydration can cause urinary tract infections in the long term.
Pro- Cat kibble is better for your cat’s pearly whites. Dry food helps scrape the plaque off their teeth as they eat so it’s definitely worth considering if your pet’s oral hygiene is a priority.
At the end of the day, there are advantages and disadvantages when it comes to both wet and dry food. Many pet owners choose to feed their cat a combination of the two as they find that this is what works best for their lifestyle and maintaining their pets health. Shop the full Webbox Naturals range for cats today while stocks last!