Why should I give wet food to my cat?
During several years, pellets have been the basic food for a number of cats. Simple to use, rich in nutriments, recommended for the cat’s dental hygiene and affordable: pellets have numerous advantages. However, we now realise that they cannot be the cat’s only basic food. A bi-nutrition is recommended by veterinaries, i.e. a mix of pellets and wet food.
1. What is wet food?
A humid diet is the word used to describe mash and fresh bags. Those foods contain at least 70% of water, in contrast with pellets (dehydrated food) which contains only 7% of water.
Humid food is similar to food that a cat can hunt outside i.e. small preys containing an average of 70% humidity, which are rich in proteins and poor in carbohydrates. A humid diet caters perfectly to the cat’s needs.
2. The advantages of a bi-nutrition or mix-diet
Like explained above, more and more veterinaries recommend bi-nutrition, i.e. a mixed diet made of pellets and humid food.
A cat which eats only pellets, despite all their advantages, has great chances of suffering from kidney failure. Mash, with its high water content, encourages the cat’s hydration, urine’s dilution and prevent the creation of kidney stones. By associating both diets, you will find a balance for the cat’s health and well-being.
Furthermore, in the case of an old cat or a difficult cat, mash is recommended as it is more palatable and smelly. Ask your veterinary’s advice.