When I worked as a vet tech at the Cat Care Center in Morrisville, the question “what should I feed my cat?” came up often. The answer was always wet food.
- It increases risk for diabetes. Dry food is high in carbs and many diabetic cats who switch to canned food eventually go back to normal sugar levels.
- It can make our cats fat. Many veternarians recommend an all canned food diet to control obesity
- Dry food can cause chronic dehydration. Cats get a lot of water content from a wet food diet. If a cat doesn’t drink enough water, dry food can put a real strain on the kidneys.
- It’s just not natural. In the wild cats would eat a high protein, low carb diet. Grain is often the second ingredient in dry food.
- It’s probably not the best choice for kittens. Some vets recommend not giving any dry food until a kitten is at least three months old.
Check with your veterinarian to see if making the switch to wet food might be right for your cat!
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