(Closed) Cats and wet food

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 31
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Bumble bee

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Hyperventilate:  The dry food does not clean their teeth either. It’s not like dog food. Dry food is actually worse for their teeth than wet food – multiple vets have told me this and I’ve read about it. 

Post # 32
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Bumble bee

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MissCountryGirl727:  Just because you have 1 personal experience, it doesn’t make it true. You may be unaware of health or dental issues, after all. And all cats are different, all breeds are different. They require different things. There have been a number of studies proving that cats should eat wet food (truth is they should be eating raw wet food). Kibble isn’t the best thing for them – it’s very dry and does nothing for their teeth. 

I’m too lazy to find a study right now, so here’s this: http://www.cathealth.com/nutrition/wet-food-vs-dry-food-for-cats

 

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
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rosecut:  It’s my opinion.  I’m not the one up here trying to to scare other pet owners into thinking their pet’s teeth will rot and they will die from eating dry food.  I’m sure you can find studies with differing opinions on this subject, just like every other topic.  You have the right to your opinion, I just wanted to share my experience so that everyone else up here doesn’t think their cats are unhealthy, or that they’re horrible pet owners for feeding them dry food.   

Also, as I said, my VET says my cats are healthy…so I’m pretty sure I’d be aware of health/dental issues.  My cats are my children, so implying that I’m not aware that they may have health problems because they eat dry food is not cool.  They’d probably end up having health issues if I tried to feed them only wet food, ya know, since they won’t eat it.   

Post # 34
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Bumble bee

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MissCountryGirl727:  I’m saying you may not be aware because cats are very good at hiding pain. 

We’re not trying to scare her, we’re advising her based on what we’ve learned from scientific research and vets. 

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Regarding teeth issues with wet vs. dry food, when do your teeth feel cleaner… after eating applesauce or pretzels? Dry food does not simulate crunching bones, in other words.

I’m not saying “ZOMG your cat will die if it eats kibble” because I’ve had cats live healthily for 17-18 years on kibble-only diets, and the same for cats who have exclusively eaten wet food diets. Some cats have better teeth than others, just like people. It just depends on what the cat’s other health needs are. Both of my current cats are on wet food only because it just so happens to be a canned food that manages other health issues they both have. 

OP, I think part of the problem may be that your cats have a couple different options at once. Cats are finicky jerks, and if they have a favorite food that you’re offering them, they’ll eat more of that and let more of the other stuff go to waste (well, your guys seem to… my guys are hogs and will hoover up every molecule of food we put down, lol). I bet if you either switch to wet food 100% or stick mainly with kibble but use wet food as a special treat, you’ll have less waste to deal with 🙂

Post # 36
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Helper bee
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One of my cats is the most finicky eater ever. It took me forever to get her to gain weight (I’m talking years and dozens of brand trials). Her go to favorite is Friskies ocean fish shreds and only that. I’ve tried to buy the grain free wet food, the expensive pate brands that the pet supply store reccomends, everything but all she’ll eat is Friskies ocean fish and even that she never eats the whole dish (I give each cat one can at night).

My other cat is a food hoarder. She’ll eat anything she can get her paws on. She’ll eat her sister’s scraps if she walks away from her dish (I feed them in seperate locations so she doesn’t hoard her dish). 

I feed them both the same wet and dry food (Friskies Shreds and Purina Beyond Grain Free dry food) neither of them will touch any of the pate type wet foods. Texture is paramount to them which I find hilarious.

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Worker bee

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Atalanta:  I think some PPs may have suggested this already, but maybe try mixing the wet with the dry that they’re used to? Also, my cats will not touch a can of food that’s been refrigerated, even if I heat it up. They know somehow! I’d switch out to the baby cans if you can.

Post # 40
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Blushing bee

Mine actually prefer the cheaper brands, especially the stinky seafood variety. PP had a good point about texture…mine also prefer the pate variety. Canned food is mostly water anyway, they will probably get most of their nutritional needs from the dry kibble. 

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
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Atalanta:  That sounds all too familiar. I always give my cats the talk that there are starving cats outside that would kill for this food, and here I am throwing it away. 🙂 But I get a ton of different flavors, stick with the ones they like, and even then, sometimes they just won’t eat it all. They will have like half the can then 2 hours later, meow for more, even though there is food there still. My mom has been having the same problem with her cats. She tried like every brand out there, even the $2/can ones and they are just too fussy. They will like something then stop eating it. I always get her leftover cans. 

Post # 42
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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mrspants:  I think most cats would prefer the cheap stuff if given the option…it’s full of carbs and stuff. It’s like how kids prefer Mickey D’s to a chicken breast and broccoli. I started off giving mine Friskies and then switched to higher quality stuff when I realized how bad it was, and they definitely turned their little noses up for a while, little brats!

To everyone saying dry kibble is fine – cats are evolved to get most of their water from (naturally wet) food, carcasses and the like. Many many cats will develop urinary blockages or kidney problems if they only eat dry food, because they will simply not drink enough water on their own. Of course this isn’t guaranteed to happen, but it’s very common and personally not a risk I’m willing to take with my babies. Some people may disagree, but hey science is science. 

Post # 43
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Busy bee

My boys only had dry kibble for 8 years with the occasional can of wet food thrown in (and when we moved in with DH, they got the left over tuna when he made tuna fish sandwiches). My younger one about 2 years ago had 2 bouts of crystals in his urine within 3 months of each other and the emerg vet told me he should probably only have wet from now on. I get a variety pack of wet and rotate the flavours but they get a new can each meal. I’ve never had any issues with it, they inhale it like it’s crack.  They will have to have their yearly shortly so I’ll ask the regular vet if it seems they are healty. 

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
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My cat refuses to eat wet food.  Even if it’s all I give him.  He’ll walk over to it, sniff it, and just never go back to the bowl.  He won’t even eat any dry food that may have touched it.  We had lots of wet food left over from our other cat who loved it.  He wants nothing to do with it.

Have you tried taking the leftovers out of the can and storing it in a ziploc bag or plastic container?

Post # 45
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Blushing bee

From my understanding, cats only need wet food if they don’t like to drink water. My cats looooove wet food and end up eating it too quickly and puking. I’d rather not clean up puke every day, so they get the costco kibble (the ingredients are much better than most brands) and they drink lots of water. 

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