Monday, July 29, 2019

Benefits of Wet Cat Food

Do you have a cat who needs more water in her diet? Are you having difficulty getting her to drink water? How can you help your cat stay hydrated?


We've talked about the importance of hydration in your cat's life several times in the past. We live in the Deep South where it is hot and humid for several months out of the year. Truffle also had bladder stones which required surgery, so she needs to get a lot of water in her diet. 

Both Truffle and Brulee were exposed to pet fountains since they were kittens. I have a minimum of 3 pet fountains placed throughout the house. I watch the girls drink from their fountains on a regular basis. However, after Truffle's surgery to remove bladder stones, the veterinarian stressed that she must have a lot of water in her diet. In addition to eating her prescription kibble, both girls are fed a wet diet of cat food. 

Why Feed Wet Cat Food

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I've read so many posts and comments on social media about what one should feed cats. There are debates about feeding dry kibble, wet cat food, raw food, and homemade food. Truffle is fed some dry kibble that is prescription because I don't want more stones forming in her bladder. Brulee came to me and preferred kibble. After a lot of research over the past 8 years the girls have lived with me about the importance of keeping them hydrated with high-protein food, I've transitioned them to more wet cat food. Why? Wet cat food assists with hydration, complete nutrition and lean body mass.

Hydration

Brulee knows the importance of staying hydrated

Did you know that cats need approximately 20 teaspoons of water per day, but she only gets about 3/100 of a teaspoon for each lap of her tongue? Cats need 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight. Truffle and Brulee would need approximately 8 ounces of water a day. There is no way they can lap enough water to meet this need, so wet cat food is an additional source of hydration. Water is essential for chemical reactions in a cat's body, temperature regulation, digestion & elimination, joint health, and mobility. Some people may think that the only way to keep their cat hydrated is through water. However, wet cat food has at least a 65% moisture content (and often more than that.) By ensuring your cats have wet food available to them you’re helping to improve their overall hydration.
 

Cats evolved naturally to get most of their hydration from prey, so it makes sense that they need a high-protein wet diet to help stay hydrated. Wet cat food has at least 65%+ moisture content, so it's important to not leave the food out for more than 30-60 minutes at a time to prevent bacterial growth.


Complete Nutrition and Variety

Brulee is getting accustomed to eating wet cat food

Wet food offers complete nutrition for cats, is highly digestible and contains all the same essential nutrients as dry food, including vitamins and minerals such as iron (healthy blood and tissue), zinc (immune system, skin, eyes, bones), and biotin (energy from food and healthy skin).

Cats can be very finicky about what they eat and a wet cat food provides different tastes and textures to keep meal time interesting. I tend to rotate the texture, protein, and recipe of wet food each day so my cats don't get bored. 


Promotes Lean Body Mass

Truffle knows the importance of water and wet cat food

According to Purina, "Wet food is high in protein, which supports strong muscles. Wet food helps maintain muscle mass through adulthood and into her senior years. A cat's total body weight is comprised of lean body mass (LBM) and fat mass. Muscles, ligaments, bones, organs, and more are all considered LBM. Organs and muscles are the main source of metabolic activity, helping to support many vital functions like immunity and mobility. As cats age, they tend to lose LBM, so feeding a wet cat food with high protein content can help to maintain LBM as they age."

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need nutrients that can only be found in animal products. Cats in the wild will find these nutrients through their prey, but indoor cats (which we highly recommend) depend on us to provide the appropriate food to help them stay healthy. Feeding a wet cat food can ensure your cat's daily protein requirements are met. 






Feeding My Cats

Truffle and Brulee are both eating wet cat food

As I said earlier, my cats eat both dry kibble and wet cat food. There are two reasons I feed them kibble (in limited quantities): prescription diet for bladder stones and Brulee's preference for kibble. I know there are wet cat food products for urinary issues, but the girls don't really like them. Each day the girls split a can of wet food between them. I vary the recipe, protein, and texture each day so they don't get bored. My cats don't really like beef recipes and I rarely give them fish. They are fed a variety of textures and recipes of chicken, turkey, duck, and rabbit. Brulee prefers wet food that has more gravy in it because she eats her food by picking it up with her tongue (stereotypical for flat-faced Persian cats).  Truffle tends to like all types of wet food. It's taken me a while to find wet food that both cats will eat, but the benefits are worth the time and effort.

What type of food to you feed your cats? Do they have a favorite flavor and texture? Tell us in the comments.

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36 comments:

  1. Silver Belles, you are the shining sun.

    I luv moist noms of most kinds. There a lots of them though that Mom won't let me eat, 'cause I'm allergic to the ingredients. I can have tuna and beef varieties, but not salmon or duck or turkey. Fancy Feast makes a tasty beef that I gobble up. I also like their dinners with cheese in them. Nom nom nom. Kisses.

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  2. We always eat wet food, high quality cans or raw or a prey. It's so important for hydratation, you're right. Purrs

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  3. We mainly eat canned cat food here. The only exception is freeze dried raw food.

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  4. We love everything chicken. Ichiro likes beef but it makes his poops stink so he doesn't get it very often!

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  5. All Eastside Cats get canned food; we use Trader Joe's and some Natural Balance flavors. Only The 'O' Cats get kibble...and I've just learned that The Hubby gives Manny some kibble in an effort to make sure he eats his wet food meals. But The Hubby doesn't know that I slip Angel some kibble now and then; she's 15 now, and is getting a bit thin!

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  6. We eat mostly Fancy Feast Classic Pate of the seafood variety, yum!

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  7. Great post! My cats love Fancy Feast, especially Emmy.

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  8. My cats prefer wet food with two or more flavors ... though Bear won't eat anything from brands that start with "W" or anything that contains vegetables. Oh. And no duck, rabbit, or lamb. I've got it down!

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  9. I love my Fancy Feast and my favorite is the salmon and shrimp feast classic pate.

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  10. Thanks for sharing the great post. Wet food is a hit during the summertime at our house. We leave a little dry food out during the night if they get hungry. Chicken and salmon is our kitties favorite. Just can;t be pate. Have a wonderful day.
    World of Animals

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  11. My cat likes chicken and salmon flavors the most.

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  12. My cat is not picky and loves any flavor so I feed him anything but fish flavors like chicken, turkey, beef, venison, duck, etc.. He only gets wet food, usually grain free but not always and I tend to go for the pate style but he'll eat anything.

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  13. I have two wonderful cats, and I give them wet food twice a day. They eat IAMS dry food (my father once referred to it as "hard food", LOL) throughout the day, but not too much.
    Yes, wet food is so important! I mostly feed my cats Friskies, but the little gourmands get Fancy Feast as well. As for flavors, well, one of my cats-- he's looking at me right now, no joke-- is crazy for gravy! So we currently have a box of Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers. I generally buy the standard flavors of beef, chicken, and turkey. I don't like to buy the fish- types of food, as I've read that there might be contaminants... and I'm not taking any chances with my little guys.
    Thanks!
    --Ann (L.....B@yahoo.com)

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  14. Great post -very thorough. My crowd gets canned and raw with lots of water added. I’ve been down the urinary problem road with Plush too. I could sure use those coupons. He loves Fancy Feast.

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  15. This would be for foster cats. They aren't usually very picky so chicken, beef, turkey, liver all seem to work. Seafood flavors are something that seems to be a little foreign to most of my fosters. I tend to stick with more usual protein and food options as I try not to introduce things they are not likely to receive with their forever family.

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  16. My cats are always changing their mind with what they like so I'd love to try something new.

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  17. I always eat the FF grilled tuna in gravy but I like the tender liver and chicken feast paté too.

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  18. My cat loves anything chicken!

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  19. My cats love tuna!!! Anything tuna!!! All 8 are obsessed

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  20. My cats love wet food and we feed a variety of flavors and textures. Fish pate is always a favorite.

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  21. my cats eat both wet and dry but i try to feed one of them more wet because he has had urine issues in the past and wet food keeps him more hydrated. they get a variety of proteins that i switch up each time

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  22. Until a few years ago, my cats ate pretty much only dry kibble. My senior cat, Moko, developed hyperthyroidism and we've been doing what we can to get her to eat more (the medications help but she really needs to eat more, too). So, she's pretty much only on canned food with a small bowl of dry available to her all the time (which she still eats now and then). I'm always wanting to try different foods so I can find ones she'll eat better.

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  23. i dont have any cats however, i would like this to donate to safe haven for cats. i buy the fishy cat food when i donate cat food to them.

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  24. My foster kittens get fancy feast because I can count on it to nourish and hydrate them and I can count on good litter box output from it..

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  25. I only feed my cats canned food but flavor and texture doesn't matter much but I do see them gobble the food faster when it is shreds style over pate.

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  26. My cats love Fancy Feast! Their favorite flavors are constantly changing. Right now, they love the Fancy Feast flavors that include cheese. Wet food is all that we do around here. :)

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  27. I always recommend feeding cats wet food. It technically is possible to consume too much water, but that is extremely rare. I think feeding wet is basically better safe than sorry! I sometimes supplement with dry kibble in a treat ball just for some mental stimulation and added food as well.

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  28. My cat enjoyed kibble, but once I learned about the importance of wet food, I switched him to wet food. Although I'm not a fan of Purina (and Nestle) I do think wet food is the way to go.

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  29. Our cats get both wet and dried food they thrive on the mixture! Even my local rescue feeds wet food not dried kibble. It is the way to go!

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  30. If I had a cat I would exclusively feed it "wet food". Given that cats don't usually drink like dogs do, and the decreased nned for carbohydrates in wet foods, that's reason enough right there.

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  31. We love our Fancy Feast! We're not going to enter because we received our own coupons.

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  32. i have 4 cats and they eat anything but they love chicken! we do dry food mixed with wet.

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  33. Hydration is so important and I used to give my cats when I had them half wet and half dry especially as I was living in Israel and was so scared of them becoming dehydrated.

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  34. My cats like really all flavors but we mainly do chicken as it is easier to digest and seems to be more sensitive on the stomach. We do both wet and dry and when I give them wet 2x a day I do add a little water into it as well.

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  35. It's amazing how much (little) they drink! I can definitely see how important wet food is to help hydration. We only have a feral cat, and he actually loves dry and fusses over wet we leave him. But he does love to drink water, thankfully! We'll try wet food again! Great post...Pinning to share!

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  36. My cat's eat both wet and dry food. They enjoy Beef and Pork.

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