Astronomy asked in PetsCats · 6 years ago

Dry cat food or canned food?

Right now my 4 month old kitten is eating only dry food. Well has only been eating dry food. Should I also give him canned food, both, or not??

11 Answers

  • CDog
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
    Best Answer

    I've always given both. I put a small bowl of dry out in the morning for them to munch on throughout the day, and give them each a small amount of canned in the evening /afternoon.

  • Sylvia
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I feed my cat wet canned food in the morning and dry cat food at night. Dry cat food exposure lasts longer, as far as freshness is concerned, than canned after opening. Canned food is healthier than dry. I want to make sure my cat is happy and fed. So, I say both are good.

  • Ocimom
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    While many people feed all dry with no problems, many more cats will end up with problems at a very early age (by a few years old). All dry is now found to cause more UTI problems at a younger age, and more liver/kidney problems.

    Canned food is far better then any dry (even the quality dry). Best to feed at least one meal of canned and one meal of dry. Raw feeding is even better then either canned/dry.

    Our one cat got a UTI at only 2 yrs old and we were not feeding very much dry. So now all cats are feed canned and raw (which I make) and no more dry other then the Temptation treats. They are all much healthier and even the vet is amazed.

  • 6 years ago

    According to our vet, she says that both foods are okay: wet food is better for cats, but dry food is okay too. But she told me to try to feed my cat dry food in moderation because of the carbs. But it really depends on what you cat likes to eat, some cats wont go near dry food, and some cats wont go near wet food

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  • J C
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Ideally you feed all canned. Nature created cats to eat raw prey, not dry carbohydrate filled kibbles. An all-dry diet is now linked to such feline disorders as obesity, diabetes, constipation, urinary tract disorders, and kidney disease. Vets that are just out of school or who have actually kept current on the latest research now recommend an all canned (or mostly canned) diet for their feline clients. Read here: At least one meal a day should be canned, and dry if used at all should be limited to snacking.

    Source(s): many years of cat rescue (and feeding a mostly canned premium diet)
  • 6 years ago

    I give my cat a can of wet food in the morning or at night and just leave the dry food out for him if he is hungry for it later.

  • Ken S
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health

    Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.

    Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingredient a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?……

    Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s, constipation, and a host of other problems. Male cats are especially prone to blockages

    from dry food. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. ( Have a fat cat?)

    An even bigger problem is that it IS dry and it dehydrates no matter how much your cat drinks

    Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food. Cats are not naturally big drinkers.

    95% of the moisture is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Think about it.

    Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.…

    You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.


    Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters

    Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.

    Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck in between.……

    Please read about cat nutrition.……

    Prescription diets It is extremely rare that they should be fed

    The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with the people pushing it on

    them with their own research showing how great their food is. Who is going to spend money or research for animals these

    days. The food companies that is who. Their research is designed not to hurt their bottom line

    Believe me a company researching their own products are in it for profit

    Some vets are behind the times when it comes to nutrition

    but more are reading and becoming up to date

    Times change information changes over time as more is learned. Please do your research

    . Notice grants for for this nutritional class in a vet school……

    Hills Science Plan, a pet-food brand owned by Colgate-Palmolive, boasts that: 'More vets feed Hills than any other pet food.'

    Last year, Hills sponsored the British Veterinary Association's 2009 Congress (the biggest meeting on the veterinary calendar).

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  • 6 years ago

    I think its okay to give him both... what I usually do when I give my cat canned food, I mix some dry food with it as well.

  • 6 years ago

    I would suggest dry only. I have heard that canned cat food is not good for their system. From my personal experience I have grown up with cats the past 25 years and we use to feed our cats canned food with hard food and all our cats had shorter lives. They all passed like at 9, 12 years or earlier. We stopped feeding them canned cat food cause they would all develop kidney failure. Since then our oldest cat is currently 21 yrs old. Our cats are in perfect health.

  • 6 years ago

    please dont give your kitten dry food my moms cat died from eating canned food most canned cat food dont tell you but most have Ash in them which is a killer. and my friend had a dog and she only fed him canned food an he died at 1 years old so in all cat or dog canned food i find bad.. but thats just my opinion i do buy cat milk though, and i do give my cat canned cat food it would be once a blue moon or once every 4 months

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