(Closed) Cats and wet food

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 46
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Atalanta:  we give our cats dry food twice a day and a third of a packet of wet food last thing at night as a treat. They love it! And theres no waste. It works really well, they are healthy, happy, maybe a tad chubby buuuut who isn’t? Lol

Post # 47
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Blushing bee

lolot:  I have managed to get my cats to eat higher quality brands of wet, but they don’t eat as much of that kind as the cheaper kind. I split a small can between four of them once a day. They really love the fishy stuff. 

Having had a cat with renal failure and currently a cat who gets urinary blockages wet food is important for kidney health.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by  mrspants.
Post # 48
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Helper bee

Ahh I am a new cat owner , my parents never owned any cats. We have a 7 month old kitten , and I feed him only dry food . This post has me really worried he’s not getting the water he should . He does eat a lot of our puppies dry food food ( he’s obsessed with the blue buffalo ) so we switched his brand to this also . He seriously will eat anything , he’s a big foodie . My vet has never mentioned giving him wet food . Should I do both ? 

Post # 49
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

My cat always have a bowl of dry food, he can eat when he wants to. When we have dinner i give him half a pack of wet food. I dont buy cans because he would only eat the first day and i had to throw away the rest. The packs are way smaller than cans so that may work for you too.

Post # 50
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Colormepink:  definitely do some research, but yes the understanding is that most cats will not drink enough water (they don’t really like stagnant water in a bowl) to provide proper hydration on an all dry food diet – so if they don’t get water from at least a partial diet of wet food, it can often lead to urinary tract / urine crystal / kidney problems. 

Post # 51
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Helper bee

lolot:  Thank you ! I researched all night and decided to do both wet and dry food . Headed right to the pet store ! Lol 

Post # 52
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

As long as your cats are getting enough water, I don’t see why they need wet food.  Our cat growing up never got wet food, and she was healthy and lived to be 15.  Our cats now eat primarily dry food, with an occassional wet food treat, but they usually just lick the sauce off of it and leave the meat.  We have a fountain for them, because cats prefer running water, and they drink from it all the time (there is no concern about them being dehydrated, they both go to the fountain for long drinks during the day, and they love to drink out of the faucet when I’m brushing my teeth).  They are very healthy, and our vet has never said they need to be eating wet food.  If they don’t like it but they’re eating their dry food just fine, I wouldn’t worry about it.

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