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Canned vs Dry Cat Food, Which Is Better?

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Last week, I wrote to you about Betty – who thinks her cat likes junk food. She was pretty funny. It came down to this – she thought her cat liked junk food because her cat preferred canned and pouched food over dry.My response was – as long as she is feeding a good quality and nutritionally balanced food – then any food is okay – canned, dry, or pouched.

Junk food to me is a non-premium brand of food that is not nutritionally balanced. After that email – I got several emails asking: “What are the pros and cons of canned, dry, semi-moist and pouched food?”

Great question!

I think it is easiest to look at this in pros/cons.

Pros for dry food

  •  Nutritionally balanced if you feed a premium food
  •  Less expensive
  •  May help minimize tartar
  •  Long shelf life

Cons for dry food

  • Cats don’t like it as much
  • If you leave a full bowl down – it is hard to determine if your cat is eating

Pros for Canned or Pouch Food

  • Nutritionally balanced if you feed a premium brand food
  • Has more water content which is good for cats with urinary problems
  • Cats love it
  • Offering a small amount once a day can help you assess your cats appetite

Cons for Canned or Pouch Food

  • Cost
  • Limited shelf life once opened
  • No abrasive activity to minimize tartar
  • Cats can become “fussy” if this is all they eat

These are the major pros and cons. Personally; I think a mixture of the two is an ideal way to feed a cat.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon


March 18, 2008 - Posted by | Feline Health, Feline Nutrition

1 Comment »

  1. No, canned food alone is the best way to feed a cat, Dr. Jon. Not a mixture.

    Comment by Mariah S. | October 4, 2008 | Reply

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