Cats Don’t Like Dry Food

Cat owners often feed their cats only dry food. Dr. Kallfelz says that dry food is acceptable as long as it is balanced and complete. Dry food is less expensive than canned cat food, and can last longer. If cats eat only dry food, they should be given plenty of water. This is especially important for those cats who are more likely to develop urinary tract obstructions. It is vital that cats have access to clean, fresh water all the time.

Canned cat food can be used in place of or in addition to dry food. It is usually 70 to 80 percent water. Canned cat food may be more appealing to some cats. Cats may eat too much food if they have free access to it. This may also occur with dry food. Dr. Kallfelz says that food with an average level of palatability is preferable. The cat might eat more if it is very palatable. He may not overeat if it isn’t as palatable.

Are Dry Foods Bad for Cats?

Cats can be very picky, so it is important to balance the nutritional value of food and your cat’s preferences. For example, many cat owners have cats who prefer dry kibble to wet food from cans or pouches (or vice versa). There are concerns about dry food being bad for cats. It can cause problems with their kidneys, urinary tracts and teeth.

Not cut and dry

It is difficult to say whether cats are healthier if they are fed canned food or dried food. Because there are many nutritional factors that can affect health and disease, not just the canned or dry food.

The Macronutrient content of different diets can differ greatly. Dry foods tend to be more carbohydrate-rich than canned ones, but can have higher or lower levels of fat and protein than canned foods. As the effects of feeding cats taurine-deficient diets show, it is also important to consider the diet’s micronutrient contents. Other factors, such as the calorie density, food intake, and feeding patterns (e.g. The number of meals consumed per day can also have an impact on your health.

Dry Cat Food Benefits

Dry cat food can be cheaper than canned food so those on a tight budget or who feed community cats might choose dry food. Dry cat food can also be stored outside and left out for longer periods of time than canned food. This is an option if your cat prefers to be fed dry food. However, any leftover food should be thrown away. Dry cat food can be used in automatic feeders and puzzle feeder toys.

Which is better for cats: Dry food or wet food?

There has been a long-held belief that dry cat food is harmful for cats. It is not as simple as that. Although high-quality dry food is possible for cats, it’s important to examine the nutritional content of all food your cat eats, wet or dry.

The amountDry cat foodWet cat food
High inCarbohydratesSugarVegetable proteinsSynthetic vitamins, minerals or probiotic supplementsMoisture content (up to 60%)Real animal fats and proteinsVitamins and minerals that are naturally occurringFibre
Low inMoisture content (less that 14%)Amino acids and proteins derived from animalsEssential fatty acidsSugarsCarbohydrates

What are the main differences between dry and wet cat food?

Moisture Levels

The main difference in dry and canned cat food is how much water it contains. Dry cat food has approximately 10% water while canned food contains 90%. The rest is made up of dry matter like carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and other dry matter. Canned food has 70% more water than dry matter.

Manufacturing Process

Cans are known for having higher moisture levels than fresh and frozen meats. These foods can also be made with a combination of a grain-based protein source and fresh or frozen meats. The meats are mixed with water, fats and vitamins, then placed in cans. A heating process destroys foodborne pathogens.


Canine food is more carbohydrate-rich than dry cat food. Based on the diet, the amount of protein and fat in canned food vs. dry cat food can differ. Probiotics may be added to certain dry cat food formulations.

Cats and dry foods

Cat food is often questioned about the suitability for cats of dry foods. Cats have evolved to be obligate carnivores. They eat small mammals, insects, and birds that are mostly water, protein, and very little carbohydrate, or fat. Research has shown that cats are less efficient at metabolizing dietary carbohydrate under certain conditions than other mammals. This observation seems to have led to the speculation that cats may be more susceptible to long-term carbohydrate intake.

The current evidence does not support the idea that diet, and carbohydrates, play a direct role in determining disease risk in domestic cats. There is evidence that environmental and developmental factors play a greater role in chronic disease development in cats than was previously thought. This could explain why indoor-housed cats are often fed dry foods. It might also explain why they tend to be more likely to have other health issues.

Dry Cat Food Drawbacks

Studies show a link between obesity and dry cat food. This could be due to the fact that many cats who eat dry food are often given free food and their owners don’t realize how much they are actually eating each day.

You might also have the opposite problem. It’s difficult to see that your cat isn’t eating when they are fed free. For both of these reasons, it is important to monitor or measure how much your cat eats each day. It is possible for older cats to have difficulty chewing dry food, especially if they have dental disease.


Regular readers won’t be surprised to learn that the simple answer – canned foods are better/worse for cats – is not the truth. Although “It depends” may not be the most satisfying answer to questions about canned food and kibble’s relative merits, it will likely lead us to the most effective dietary strategy for each patient.

Concerns about cats’ health from dietary carbohydrate intake are generally exaggerated. Dry diets should not to be avoided based on the belief that they have too many carbohydrates and cause obesity and DM. It is important to consider the diet’s specific nutritional and calorie content, rather than how it was prepared. Canned foods are more moist than dry foods. While it’s not clear how this affects the risk of developing a urinary tract infection, it seems likely that this characteristic can help owners to control their cat’s calorie intake and weight.

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