Should You Feed your Cat Wet Food Or Dry Food?

Should You Feed your Cat Wet Food Or Dry Food?Should you be feeding your cat wet food or dry food?  It seems to be an ongoing debate, which is better for your pets?  Interestingly enough, both wet food and dry foods can be packed full of the nutrients and vitamins that your cat needs.

Believe it or not there really is no right or wrong answer to the question.  Years ago, wet cat food was thought to be more nutritional, but nowadays dry food is just as good for your cat.  If you check out the labels on the bags, you will see some bags contain more nutrients, calcium, protein etc. than others.

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Dry food is generally more convenient for pet owners.  It’s cheaper, doesn’t create a mess, and you don’t have to deal with all of those tiny cans.  Plus, dry food tends to make cleaning up your kitties’ litter boxes a bit easier, and their bowel movements less sloppy.




In some instances, veterinarians do recommend wet food for specific cats, if they are having dental issues, or a tough time digesting hard food.  As always, at the end of the day, it is best to consult with your pet’s vet if you have any concerns.

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A safe bet with your cat is to give them a healthy balance of wet and dry cat food.  A cat can survive on dry cat food alone just fine, there are some cats that have never even had wet cat food and they are doing just fine.  Make wet cat food a treat for your cat.  Or if you want to give them more wet cat food but are worried about the cost, you can buy them a large can and store it in your refrigerator and get two or three feedings out of it.

Do you feed your cat wet or dry food?  What has been your experiences?  Let us know in the comments below!

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51 Comments
  1. Jenn says

    I have always went with dry food for our cats. The wet food is a treat once and awhile for them.

  2. Guest says

    I have always went with dry food for our cats. The wet food is a treat once and awhile for them.

  3. Jacqui Odell says

    I don’t have a cat but this is good information. I will share with a friend who does.

  4. Guest says

    I don’t have a cat but this is good information. I will share with a friend who does.

  5. Heidi says

    Thanks for these tips. I’ll save them for if I ever get brave enough to get a pet!

  6. Guest says

    Thanks for these tips. I’ll save them for if I ever get brave enough to get a pet!

  7. Denise Walker says

    We have two cats, Posh and Becks, who are now 10 years old. We have always given them wet and dry food.. They are both very healthy cats with glossy coats and still play like kittens, so it works for us.

  8. Carrie says

    My inlaws do 50% of each. I guess it works for them! We dont have any cats cause I am seriously allergic to them.

  9. Guest says

    We have two cats, Posh and Becks, who are now 10 years old. We have always given them wet and dry food.. They are both very healthy cats with glossy coats and still play like kittens, so it works for us.

  10. Guest says

    My inlaws do 50% of each. I guess it works for them! We dont have any cats cause I am seriously allergic to them.

  11. Rosey says

    We feed our cat dry dog food most of the time. Sometimes we give him wet for a treat.

    1. Kat says

      Dog food should not be fed to cats. Cats must have enough taurine, which is not included in dog food (or is at levels too low for cats). The protein needs of dogs and cats are also different. Please feed your cat appropriate food.

  12. Guest says

    We feed our cat dry dog food most of the time. Sometimes we give him wet for a treat.

    1. Guest says

      Dog food should not be fed to cats. Cats must have enough taurine, which is not included in dog food (or is at levels too low for cats). The protein needs of dogs and cats are also different. Please feed your cat appropriate food.

  13. tara pittman says

    I think it depends on the cat. My friends cat loves the wet food best.

  14. Amber Myers says

    We have two cats. They eat dry food. Sometimes they do get a wet food treat though!

  15. Guest says

    I think it depends on the cat. My friends cat loves the wet food best.

  16. Melanie Smith says

    When I had a cat I used to buy dry food for her and it was great. Wet food doesn’t look good.

  17. Guest says

    We have two cats. They eat dry food. Sometimes they do get a wet food treat though!

  18. Guest says

    When I had a cat I used to buy dry food for her and it was great. Wet food doesn’t look good.

  19. Jean Todd says

    I was feeding my cat only dry food, and about a year ago at her vet visit, she was having kidney problems..The vet recommend I put her on wet food and I did. She has had no problems since, she is 14 years old and strictly an indoor cat..

    1. Kat says

      Exactly. I sushi had a cat with kidney disease after a lifetime of dry food. Dry food leaves cats chronically dehydrated, and kidney disease is a very frequent consequence. I’m glad your kitty is doing well now!

  20. Guest says

    I was feeding my cat only dry food, and about a year ago at her vet visit, she was having kidney problems..The vet recommend I put her on wet food and I did. She has had no problems since, she is 14 years old and strictly an indoor cat..

    1. Guest says

      Exactly. I sushi had a cat with kidney disease after a lifetime of dry food. Dry food leaves cats chronically dehydrated, and kidney disease is a very frequent consequence. I’m glad your kitty is doing well now!

  21. Nancy says

    I’m actually kinda opinionated on this topic. I have a dog actually – not a cat. But I feel like that wet food could stick to the teeth, causing more decay, quicker than dry kibble. We do feed our dog wet food once a year (on his birthday) lol.

    1. Kat says

      If dry pet food tasted good, would you chew it to clean your teeth? Quite the opposite, your dentist would tell you to brush & floors after eating anything of the sort. Dry food is full of carbs that stick to the teeth and cause problems. Wet food doesn’t present these problems. The best thing for teeth is actually chewing chunks of raw food, as well as bones.
      http://feline-nutrition.org/answers/answers-what-dry-food-does-to-your-cats-teeth

  22. Guest says

    I’m actually kinda opinionated on this topic. I have a dog actually – not a cat. But I feel like that wet food could stick to the teeth, causing more decay, quicker than dry kibble. We do feed our dog wet food once a year (on his birthday) lol.

    1. Guest says

      If dry pet food tasted good, would you chew it to clean your teeth? Quite the opposite, your dentist would tell you to brush & floors after eating anything of the sort. Dry food is full of carbs that stick to the teeth and cause problems. Wet food doesn’t present these problems. The best thing for teeth is actually chewing chunks of raw food, as well as bones.
      http://feline-nutrition.org/answers/answers-what-dry-food-does-to-your-cats-teeth

  23. Bill S says

    I think it really can depending on the cat as well. Great information as to what to consider when feeding your cat.

  24. Guest says

    I think it really can depending on the cat as well. Great information as to what to consider when feeding your cat.

  25. Elizabeth O. says

    I think it doesn’t matter, what’s important is that you give your cat what he or she needs nutrition-wise. We feed ours with dry food and he’s really healthy still, not much difference when he was eating wet food.

  26. Amy Jones says

    Interesting post! I feed my cat both types of food

  27. Guest says

    I think it doesn’t matter, what’s important is that you give your cat what he or she needs nutrition-wise. We feed ours with dry food and he’s really healthy still, not much difference when he was eating wet food.

  28. Guest says

    Interesting post! I feed my cat both types of food

  29. Ana Sanchez says

    This is a great post for cat owners. I am going to share this with my cat owning friends.

  30. Guest says

    This is a great post for cat owners. I am going to share this with my cat owning friends.

  31. Lisa Rios says

    Such a great information for cat owners on dealing with the best food their cat needs as every cat differs with the food intake. Will suggest this to my cousin who has two cute cats at her home!

  32. Guest says

    Such a great information for cat owners on dealing with the best food their cat needs as every cat differs with the food intake. Will suggest this to my cousin who has two cute cats at her home!

  33. Laura says

    I don’t have any pets, but wouldn’t what they’d eat in nature be kinda wet and squidgy? I don’t have a cat, so I’m not sure either way.

    1. Kat says

      You are absolutely right. Cats natural prey is very high in water content, so wet food is most appropriate for them. Dry food causes many health problems.

  34. Echo says

    I’m not sure about cats, but we like to feed our dogs a good quality dry food and add in wet food on occasion.

  35. Guest says

    I don’t have any pets, but wouldn’t what they’d eat in nature be kinda wet and squidgy? I don’t have a cat, so I’m not sure either way.

    1. Guest says

      You are absolutely right. Cats natural prey is very high in water content, so wet food is most appropriate for them. Dry food causes many health problems.

  36. Guest says

    I’m not sure about cats, but we like to feed our dogs a good quality dry food and add in wet food on occasion.

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  39. Kat says

    This is not good information, and in fact it’s simply wrong.

    Cats need MUCH more water than they can get from dry food and water. In the wild they get nearly all their water from eating their prey (the meat is 70% water) . Because they evolved this way (being desert animals), they have a very low thirst drive and simply cannot drink enough water to make up for a dry diet. This is why so many cats end up with kidney disease (not to mention urinary problems, IBD, and other issues) – they are chronically dehydrated. Dry food also tends to produce obese cats since it is full of carbohydrates (cats natural diets are less than 5% carbs). Your kitties will be much healthier if you feed them wet food. For more good info on feline nutrition visit catinfo.org

  40. Guest says

    This is not good information, and in fact it’s simply wrong.

    Cats need MUCH more water than they can get from dry food and water. In the wild they get nearly all their water from eating their prey (the meat is 70% water) . Because they evolved this way (being desert animals), they have a very low thirst drive and simply cannot drink enough water to make up for a dry diet. This is why so many cats end up with kidney disease (not to mention urinary problems, IBD, and other issues) – they are chronically dehydrated. Dry food also tends to produce obese cats since it is full of carbohydrates (cats natural diets are less than 5% carbs). Your kitties will be much healthier if you feed them wet food. For more good info on feline nutrition visit catinfo.org

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