If you’ve been following this site for a while, you already know that I’m a proud cat lady. A couple of years ago, I wrote about adopting my cat Pepper; he’s been with me for 9 years now, and is a very important member of our family. When we first brought Pepper home, dry kibble was our choice of cat food – mostly because it seemed like the most convenient choice – dry food is easy to put out and won’t make your house smell like cat food. After a couple of years, I learned about health issues that male cats can develop from eating exclusively dry food (urethral obstruction for one), and we quickly switched him to wet food. Pepper was more than happy to switch to wet food…perhaps a bit too much, as he steadily gained weight and grew a rather sizeable belly. So when we were invited to participate in the Mixed Feeding program, I was really excited for Pepper to try the new food and see if we can help him lose a bit of weight in the process.
Over the next few weeks, we will feed Pepper both wet and dry food using Whiskas Perfect Portions and Whiskas Meaty Selections, as feeding both types of cat food offers a more nutritionally balanced and complete diet. Dry food is a concentrated energy source, and its crunchy texture helps maintain pets’ oral health, while wet food’s high moisture content supports proper organ function and a healthy urinary tract. Together, I hope that this diet will provide Pepper with the best nutrition and help him lose a bit of excess weight.
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More about the benefits of wet and dry food after the jump!
Benefits of Wet Food
1. Wet food encourages water intake. High moisture content helps support a healthy urinary tract especially in cats and small dogs.
2. Wet food contains less calories per gram than dry food.
3. Wet food is closer in texture to the food that dogs or cats would naturally choose. Maybe this explains why they seem to enjoy it so much!
4. Wet foods deliver a variety of tastes and textures.
5. Soft texture is easy for puppies, kittens and senior animals to chew
Benefits of Dry Food
1. Dry food is a concentrated source of nutrition and energy
2. Chewing the crunchy kibble helps support oral care health
3. Dry food is usually less expensive than wet on a $/kg basis
4. Serving dry food is convenient – a bowl of Dry can be left out all day without the risk of it drying out or going stale