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What are the Pros and Cons of Canned Vs. Dry Cat Food?

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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We get several questions about canned vs. dry cat food. It seems most owners have their preferences. The MOST important thing is that your cat be eating a good quality food formulated to meet their needs. As long as she is feeding a good quality and nutritionally balanced food -then any food is okay - canned, dry, or pouched.

Here are some pros and cons to consider as you make your choice:

Pros for dry cat food

  • Nutritionally balanced if you feed a premium dry cat food
  • Less expensive
  • May help minimize tartar
  • Long shelf life

    Cons for dry cat food

  • Cats don't like it as much
  • If you leave a full bowl down - it is hard to determine if your cat is eating

    Pros for Canned or Pouch Cat Food

  • Nutritionally balanced if you feed a premium brand food
  • Has more water content which is good for cats with urinary problems
  • Cats love it
  • Offering a small amount once a day can help you assess your cats appetite

    Cons for Canned or Pouch Cat Food

  • Cost
  • Limited shelf life once opened
  • No abrasive activity to minimize tartar
  • Cats can become "fussy" if this is all they eat

    These are the major pros and cons.

    We believe the best way to feed a cat is a combination of both dry and canned. Click here to read about the best way to feed a cat.

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