Should You Feed Your Cat Dry Food?

Cat dry food is a food option for many pet owners, as it is very practical and inexpensive. When it comes to deciding whether dry food is suitable for a cat, there are several pluses and minuses. Some cats can live on dry food for their whole life, while others will require a different type of food.  

Pluses of Dry Cat Foods

Dry food is often chosen for cats due to the affordable costs and the fact that it can be deposited for a long time without going bad. Kibble food is also beneficial to keep the teeth healthy, reducing the amount of plaque and preventing calculus deposits and gum disease. Dry food may also be kept outside, in the food bowl, as its quality will not diminish in contact with air. The wet food will dry out within two hours of being served.

Minuses of Dry Cat Foods

Dry cat food will have a diminished nutritional value when compared to other types of cat food. The proteins in the dry food are fewer than in wet food. Cats require lots of proteins, and a deficiency of proteins may cause the cat to be lethargic. If the cat eats dry food and doesn't get enough water, he may become dehydrated, which can lead to several other problems. Commercial cat dry food contains a lot of additives and fillers, which are mainly carbohydrates. Cats don't require carbohydrates and an excess of carbs can cause obesity.

If a cat receives dry food for a long period of time, it can lead to diabetes. Cats that have kidney issues shouldn't eat dry food, as this will give an excess workload to the kidneys. Dry food may also cause digestive problems and constipation if the cat doesn't drink enough water.

Should You Feed Your Cat Dry Food?

You can give your pet dry food, but you have to check with your vet first. If your pet is in good health and is not prone to diabetes (there is no genetic predisposition) or has no kidney issues, dry food can be administered for life without causing problems. You may get some protein treats to supplement the cat's diet. However, if your pet develops diabetes or kidney issues, the dry food should be discontinued and alternatives should be introduced.

Other Types of Cat Food

Wet food can be administered to cats instead of kibble food. The wet food has more nutritional value and it is easier to digest. One possible problem with the wet food is that it won't clean the teeth and reduce plaque. The cat requires a few dry treats for healthy teeth.

Homemade food can also be an option for feline owners that have time to prepare each meal. It is necessary to have a guide and introduce all the needed ingredients into the cat's diet.

Some cat owners alternate dry food with wet food, and there are vets that recommend this type of diet.