Musings #78 Practical

 “And there are my cats, engaged in a ritual that goes back thousands of years, tranquilly licking themselves after the meal. Practical animals, they prefer to have others provide the food … some of them do. There must have been a split between the cats who accepted domestication and those who did not.”

William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

 Are you as practical as the polydactyl Panfurs?

This was inspired by the Understanding Your Cat resources from


While some cat owners swear by wet food, others insist dry is best. According to The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, both sides have merit. In fact, research from The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition suggests that mixing wet and dry cat food together might benefit your cat in more ways than one.

The Benefits of Mixed Feeding

Urinary Tract Health — When you feed your cat wet food, it can increase your cat’s water intake, resulting in more urine production. The higher water volume dilutes the urine while increasing the frequency of urination — both of which can help minimize the formation of mineral crystals or urinary stones, supporting good urinary tract health.

Weight Management — Studies from The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition have shown that when cats are fed a high-moisture diet, they eat less food, decrease weight and increase activity levels compared to cats fed only a dry cat food diet.

Healthy Metabolism — Wet food provides a healthy balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, helps satisfy a cat’s instinctive feeding behavior and helps maintain a healthy metabolism.

Eating Enjoyment — When given a choice, cats prefer to eat a mixture of both wet and dry foods compared to dry only. Wet food is shown to increase enjoyment and add variety to a diet because of the wide selection of protein sources and textures. On the other hand, dry food satisfies the desire to eat many small meals throughout the day.

Oral Health — The crunchy texture of dry food helps keep teeth clean by scraping away plaque and tartar.

A Recommended Mixed Feeding Program

While each cat is different, studies from The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition show that a mixed feeding program is beneficial for both weight management and urinary tract health. For weight management, at least 25% of the total calories (or about 1/3 of the total volume) of daily food intake should be wet food. If urinary tract health is the goal, then wet food should make up about 70% of the total calories (or at least 3/4 of the daily volume). Consult your veterinarian for advice about the best food for your cat.


The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition

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About Edna Wong

Pet lover, especially Dalmatians and black cats! Former Pet Nutrition Specialist with The Nutro Company 2006 - 03/28/2015. I was also an original Nutro's Online Ambassador Program team member on You Tube and Twitter 2009 - 2014 as EdnaAtNutro. I have been online since AOL went unlimited and never looked back.

Posted on September 3, 2014, in All about me, Animals, Blog Hop, Cats, Just Published, ManCat, Musings, Panfurs, Uncategorized, Wordless Wednesday and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. We eat both types of food. Maybe that’s why we are generally all healthy all the time. Nice to hear a case made for having some dry food. We love our kibble. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    • Panky: We do like both types of foods. DaMa say we mencats should have good flow. MOL
      Troyer: Iz eat wutever da brudder eatz and sumtimes his fuds too!
      Panfur Purrs to Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, and Calista Jo.

  2. Pawsum posty. Such good infurmation. 🙂

    Luv ya’


  3. That’s some good info. We get both, actually…and even a little freeze-dried raw.

    • Haiz Island Cats. We likes to eat both, well, the brat Troyer likes the dry more than Iz do, but then again he just luvs to eat everything. DaMa is thinking of trying sum freeze dry raw but she not so sure yet. MOL
      Panfur Purrs

  4. I have been trying wet along with dry for the boys. Sadly they are both eating MORE since I have been giving them wet food. Had to cut back on it to slim them back down. Was only doing a tablespoon twice a day each but it was like an appetite stimulant. Tried different brands and lite, same result 😦

  5. We feed mostly wet and supplement with dry. Post provides “food for thought!” 😉

    Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

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