Choosing a healthy, meat-based food for your cat is one of the best things you can do for her. But, if you're only feeding her dry kibble everyday, you may want to consider supplementing her diet with either raw or canned food. Here's 5 simple reasons why your cat needs wet food.
Cat’s do not utilize carbohydrates like people and dogs. In fact, a cat requires zero carbs to survive. However, dry cat food typically contains 30-40% carbohydrates--it's what binds the ingredients together. Since a cat's body does not use the carbs, they are often converted and stored as fat, contributing to obesity and other health problems. Wet food, both canned and raw, needs no binders, so it can be made with little to no carbs, meaning more meat and better nutrition for your cat.
Cat’s wait until they are at least 8% dehydrated before getting the urge to drink water. Chronic dehydration is a major factor in feline urinary issues. You simply cannot rely on your cat to drink enough water on her own to stay healthy. By including wet food in your cat's diet, you will increase her water intake by 50%, and likely avoid dangerous health problems.
More protein = a happier cat. We all want our cats to be happy and healthy, and by feeding them closer to their ancestral diet that’s exactly what we get. As mentioned earlier, high quality canned or raw food has no need for carbohydrate binders, meaning there's more room for quality meat in the can. Your cat is a carnivore, and she will thrive when her body receives adequate meat-based protein. Plus, she will be more likely to enjoy mealtime because she's getting what her appetite instinctually craves.
PICKY, PICKY, PICKY
We all know cats are notorious for being picky eaters. With wet food, there are countless varieties of flavors and textures to choose from. It may take a few tries, but you will eventually find a wet food that will bring your finicky feline running to the dinner bowl. And for the lucky pet parents whose cats aren't so picky, you have a seemingly endless selection of options to rotate between so your cat will never get bored with eating the same thing!
Calories in wet food carry more nutritional value than their kibble counterparts because they come primarily from meat instead of carbs. Because of this, wet food can help to add healthy calories for a cat that needs to gain weight. And for cats that are already at their optimal weight, feeding wet food will help ensure they stay at a healthy weight because their bodies will utilize more of what they eat rather than storing it as fat.