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Dry vs Wet Food: Which Is Best for Your Pet

Your pet depends on you for food every day, and you want to give him the best diet you possibly can. 5 Points Animal Hospitalrottweiler chihuahua food bowls knows how overwhelming it can be when you are shopping for pet food. With so many choices available, how can you decide which diet is right for your dog or your cat? One of the first decisions you will have to make when shopping for pet food is choosing between wet and dry food. While the choice mostly depends on your lifestyle and on your pet’s tastes, it is always good to check with our expert veterinary staff to see if there are any considerations for your pet’s breed and age. We would like to tell you more about the pros and cons of both wet and dry pet food to help you make the best choice for your pet.

WET FOOD

Your pet’s health plays a huge role in the type of food that you should be feeding him. If your pet is reluctant to drink as much water as he should be drinking every day, wet food is a good source of hydration, according to PetMD. Because wet foods are typically more rich in both flavor and scent, 5 Points Animal Hospital recommends this type of food for older and ill pets who have lost their appetites and/or sense of smell as well as for dogs and cats with missing teeth, jaw alignment issues, and other dental problems. The stronger scent can be a deterrent, however, for some pet owners. It can also be messy to eat for some pets. Other drawbacks to wet food include its higher price tag and lack of shelf life after it has been opened. Although you can put opened food in the refrigerator, it must be used soon after to avoid spoilage.

DRY FOOD

If you need a more economical way to feed your pets, dry pet food generally not only costs much less than wet food, but it also lasts much longer and is easier to store. If you have multiple pets, dry food may be much more cost-effective for you. You also have more options of sizes and types with dry food so it is easier to find the best one for your pet. You can also use this type of food as a training treat and as a dental supplement. Some types of dry pet food can even clean your pet’s teeth as he eats it. The drawbacks of dry pet food include lower levels of moisture, which can be an issue for sick and elderly cats and dogs and in hot, dry climates. This type of food is also lower in animal-based proteins, which are essential for your pet’s proper development from puppy to big boy.

If you still are not sure which type of food is right to feed your pet, 5 Points Animal Hospital is here to help. Contact us today with any questions you may have about your pet’s diet.

Why Do Cats Have Such Strange Eating Habits?

Lots of people have their own personal diet plans, and nutritionists don’t always agree on which one is best. The same can be said for our cats and their diets. Our cats have some strange ideas about what counts as food, some a little more off the wall than others. While it’s understandable that kibble and canned food every day might motivate a search for a few new supplementary delicacies from time to time, their choices never seem well thought out. These mysterious meal preferences and habits never cease to amaze us.

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Cats most commonly eat multiple small meals throughout the day, but some owners notice differences in the way their cats eat their meals:

  • Some cats gulp down their food like prison inmates, whereas others are more finicky and only pick at their food.
  • Some cats have been known to grab mouthfuls of food and run off to some hidden location to eat it before ultimately coming back and beginning the process all over again.
  • Some cats will eat only at specific times, when they think no one is around, or are completely disinterested in eating altogether.
  • Some cats are fond of hunting and will leave dead trophies for their owners.

There could be several reasons why your cat is disinterested in the food you’ve provided. The first is one that humans experience as well. We all love fresh food, and our cats are no different. If your cat has had the same food sitting in its bowl all day, it quickly becomes unappetizing. Try opening a new can of wet food, which almost always brings a cat running. A common concern, especially with indoor cats, is boredom. Cats like to hunt for their food and could be tired of you providing it for them. A foraging toy could help in this case, which makes your cat work to get its food out of the container.

If you’re providing your cat a vegetarian diet and have noticed changes in their behavior, the quick fix would be to cease with this particular diet. Cats rely on many nutrients provided from meat, including taurine or vitamin B12. Plant-based foods can’t satisfy their nutritional needs. The ideal diet would mainly be made up of protein and fats derived from small prey caught by a hunting cat. Again, however, it’s your decision and responsibility to monitor your cat’s diet and make adjustments, as you deem necessary.

Whatever your cat’s unique eating behavior may be, you must fully grasp the context in which he or she does this to gain a clearer understanding of the method to this madness. Both wet and dry cat food have nutritional value for your cat; some prefer the taste of one to the other, but providing both options is recommended. Dry food is better for your cat’s teeth, while wet food can be better for strong bone and muscle development. There are merits to both food options. Ultimately, the decision is yours, but it’s always recommended to consult your vet.

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