Is it harmful to feed my cat wet food as a treat? - Catster

Unfortunately, have no external sources, but my father is a veterinarian and my mother is a pet dietary consultant. At home, we have 7 cats, all of which are fed purely wet food. We used to feed them dry food, but while on such a diet, they seemed to be somewhat prone to diarrhea. When it comes to your average, low quality pet food, dry food and wet food are about the same nutritionally. However, when it comes to higher quality pet food, wet food can actually be healthier, due to being more fresher comparatively.

It takes some cats years to transition completely from dry to wet food, but most do eventually.

As far as your kitten getting enough calories, I believe that the recommendation is to free-feed kittens when they’re really little. Then I think you feed 4 times/day until they reach 6 months of age, then decrease to 3 times/day. We just adopted a third cat, he’s 6 months old, and we were told to feed him 3 times/day. At around 1 year I think you can feed 2 times/day. Our kitten was used to eating a mix of dry and wet food at the shelter, but we’re slowly weaning him off the dry food (our two adult cats no longer get any dry food). Good luck with your kitten!

Wet Food Puzzles for Cats - The Conscious Cat

Some pets need high calorie foods particularly  or ill cats. These cats need soft, wet, tasty and easily eaten and digested foods. Many cat owners leave dry food out all the time for their cats. Some supplement it with wet food, some don’t. Is it the equivalent of feeding your kids a steady diet of fast food for the sake of convenience?

5 Reasons Wet Food Is Better for Your Cat Than Dry Food - Catster

If you have more than one cat and you’re doing the transition from dry to wet food, give each cat an individual bowl so you can be sure everyone is getting an adequate amount of food. In some cases that may mean feeding cats in separate locations.

Choosing Dry or Wet Food for Cats Makes Little Difference

Most veterinarians would agree that wet food is the optimal choice over dry food. Wet food is ideal for proper nutrition, and for preventing many common issues in cats, including obesity. The three main reasons for choosing wet food are related to hydration, getting the right amount of protein, and reducing carbohydrates.As a general rule, cats need a diet that is high in protein and moisture, and low in carbs. Wet food contains much less carbohydrates than dry food. Keep in mind that not all “grain-free” food means that it is low in carbs. Some companies will add potatoes, peas, or other veggies that are not considered grains but that are high in carbohydrates. Again, just keep in mind what a cat would eat in the wild.If you have trouble keeping your cat hydrated, then you already know that cats are not prone to drinking enough water. There are many reasons behind this and many potential solutions, but one of the easiest ways to sneak water into their diet is to serve them wet food at every meal. All canned cat foods contain a high percentage of water. Lisa A. Pierson, DVM states on her , “I would much rather see a cat eat canned food versus dry food – regardless of quality level of the canned food.”The challenge of making a food puzzle that can be used with wet food is, of course, the “mess factor.” You certainly don’t want your cats to drag the puzzle all over your house, spilling wet food as they go! That’s why I was thrilled when I recently came across a couple of puzzle toys that can be used with wet food.