Urinary Tract Health: Feeding your cat wet food, will increase your cat’s water intake, resulting in more urine production. The higher water volume dilutes the urine while increasing the amount of urine passed, leading to lower relative super saturation 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. In this case at least 25% should be wet in the diet.
Healthy Metabolism — Wet food provides a healthy balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, helps satisfy a cat’s instinctive feeding behaviour 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.
When feeding dry food, it is easier and cleaner, and the cat will take longer to chew and eat the food, will drink more water in between small snacking of the dry food, encouraging the natural behaviour of the cat eating around 10-16 times daily.
Water is vitally important to be available, fresh and clean all the time. Study your cats behaviour since some cats may be fussy even in their water intake. A bigger water bowl may be needed since some cats do not like their whiskers touching the edge of the bowl. A ceramic bowl is often preferred to a metallic bowl as the water has a different taste and often seeing their reflection in the metal bowl puts the cat off drinking. The water bowl should not be too close to the food bowl or to the litter area since cats like to have their needs in different places. Often the cat will prefer running water in which case a fountain maybe ideal. Milk is not a substitute for water since many are lactose intolerant and therefore milk may cause diarrhoea.
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