Cats that eat only dry food need to be provided with lots of fresh water, especially if they are prone to developing urinary tract blockages.
Canned cat food is typically about 70 to 80 percent water, and can be fed in addition to or instead of dry.
Some cats may find canned food more palatable.
Can I feed my cat dry food only?
“There are a lot of people who believe that cats only need to eat canned food and will be unhealthy if they eat dry food,” says Larsen, noting that most cats can do fine on either. But the high moisture content in wet food can be beneficial to cats with urinary tract problems, diabetes, or kidney disease.
Is it better to feed cats wet or dry food?
Answer 1: Many people rely on dry food because it is cheaper, easy to store and they can leave it out all day for the cat to nibble on. It also helps with their teeth, depending on the brand/kind of dry food. Canned wet food helps develop strong bones and muscles.
How much wet and dry food should I feed my cat?
Typically, dry food contains about 300 calories per cup, and canned food contains about 250 calories in each 6 oz can. (or, 125 per 3-ounce can). Using these counts as a guide, an 8-pound cat would need 4/5 of a cup of dry food or just less than a full 6-oz can (or two 3-ounce cans) of wet food per day.
Do cats need wet food everyday?
Your veterinarian may also recommend feeding more or less wet food depending on your cat’s weight, health and other factors. You can feed your cat wet food any time of day. It’s important to remember, though, that canned food cannot sit out for more than a half hour to an hour or it will spoil.