Sunday, November 8, 2009

Felinte Tails: Wet vs. Dry

     When I had my first generation of cats, beginning in the early 1970s, they mostly ate canned cat food from the grocery store, supplemented by some choice morsels from the table. Twenty years later, with my second generation, the veterinarian's advice was to feed dry food only, better for their teeth, their weight, etc. We always bought premium dry food and put out lots of dishes of it for ad libitum (from the Latin) or "at will" feeding. They liked it and ate a lot of it, but they still needed expensive teeth cleaning from time to time and still enjoyed choice table scraps.
     We started out on dry with this third generation only to have an emergency urinary blockage with Sylvan, our Maine Coon (more on him later). He is doing fine, but he is eating prescription food, from now on, to prevent further problems. So we were trying to figure out how to feed the others without leaving out dishes of dry food any more and yet still feed Syl separately, in another room.

     Then I started doing some research online and found that many vets, including our own, as it turned out, are now recommending wet food only. Why? The dry food is too dry, thus causing urinary problems in some cats who don't drink enough to compensate, and the plant protein just isn't as good as animal protein for creatures who are such natural carnivores.

     Well, we ended up switching everyone (all six) to canned (wet) food. Six cans per day of premium high protein canned food from the petstore is expensive! Ouch! And feeding them three times a day and making sure nobody steals anybody else's food is a circus! But oh ... what results! Their coats are sleek and lustrous. Their bodies are muscular and solid. They are so happy! They missed their bowls of dry and looked around for them for about a day or two ... but then ... they never looked back!

1 comment:

  1. Susan, one more thing i am learning today...i did not know that there was wet and/or dry food for cats. Wow!