Diet… Why cats needs wet food.
There are some important things you should know
about your cat’s diet and its eating habits in regards to its health and its need for protein. Cats unlike other
species of animals do not have adequate ability to synthesize protein from other "building blocks" within the
A cat needs to have protein in the food it
All meat should be given raw, cats are designed
to eat raw meat and that doesn’t change just because they live in a domestic situation.
Here is a good article on cat obesity and a proper cat
Grain/rice/starch found in dry kibble type foods are all sources of
carbohydrate, which is not something cats should eat.
I wouldn‘t really recommend feeding any dry food because cats are designed to get
their water from food. That's the way nature designed them, they have low thirst drive.
When a cat is fed dry food, they won't drink enough to compensate for the lack of
moisture and they will normally only drink about 50% of the water that they should be having. Unfortunately this
can lead to ailments such as kidney disease, diabetes, renal failure and more.
Free feeding your cat or kitten can also lead to
Dry food is over-processed, which means, that most of the small amount of nutrition that is left has been already
destroyed, leaving little to no nutrients for your cats proper dietary needs. With dry food the cat needs to eat
more to meet its needs, and at the same time consume more calories from the fillers.
A word of advice, do not try wetting the dry food because it will not
help. Kibble has bacteria in it and the water would just allow that to grow.
The best and only way to give the cat its natural hydration is to
feed it wet food only.
Always check the quality of the wet food because some wet foods are not of a very
high quality, either. Many commercial foods just like the dry food are often made with cheap fillers added such as
corn, wheat, soy, rice etc.
These added ingredients are not a part of the cats natural
diet (it’s an obligate carnivore – it eats meat) and they are not designed to digest it.
Grain is carbohydrate which the cats can't
process and it turns into blood sugar and fat, causing diabetes and obesity. In the wild, where cats only hunt
for meat, diabetes and obesity are just unheard of. It's us humans who cause these problems for our pets by
feeding a species inappropriate food.
Most people read the labels on their own food, but rarely on the food for our cats.
Learn to read the label and understand the ingredients. The healthiest food to feed apart from raw feeding is
grain-free wet food with no by-product. Look for good quality brands these will give your cat the proper hydration
and nutrition it's designed to get and it will be strong and healthy.
If you decide to change your cat’s diet, do it gradually, by weaning them
off the dry food and slowly introducing them into wet food, this will prevent adverse reactions and upset
You will probably get a lot of different thoughts and views on the subject of wet
food versus dry food , so do the research for yourself. I personally wasn't able to find one reliable source
(besides the pet food industry) that would say grain or dry food is beneficial for cats.
Knowing what not to feed your cat is just as important as knowing what to feed your cat.
Your cat is a pretty good judge of what is good for him to eat, but there is no substitute for a
well-researched dietary understanding between cat owner and cat.