The short answer
In truth, dry, wet or mixed food will be fine for most cats as long as the food you choose meets all their nutritional requirements. (Like ours does.) That means your decision is much more about a preference - yours and your pet’s.
Why choose wet food?
- Wet food can be easier for older animals to enjoy, particularly if they’re short a few teeth.
- If you’re constantly trying to get your cat to drink more, wet food is a great option because it contains way more moisture.
- It’s easier to overfeed with wet food so if your cat is on a diet, we tend to recommend at least combining their wet food with dry.
Why choose dry food?
- The friction created by chewing dry food will help keep your cat's teeth healthy by preventing tartar.
- Dry food is easier to store. Unlike wet food, it doesn’t require refrigeration once open. What’s more, you can leave dry food out for longer, which means your cat can choose when to eat.
- Cats can make a bit of a mess when they eat wet food, whereas dry food is generally easier to clean up.
How to mix wet and dry food
If you want to give your cat a mix of wet and dry food, the only challenge is figuring out how much of each to provide to keep them happy and healthy. For example, should it be 70% dry and 30% wet? Or wet in the morning and dry in the evening?
To make sure your cat is getting the right amount of food, you first need to determine the daily recommended amount of dry food they should be eating. This number (in grams) depends on the size, age and weight of your cat. There's a handy measurement table on the side of each bag of kibble.
You can choose your own ratio of dry to wet food, but we generally recommend two thirds dry kibble to one third wet food.
Wet and dry food have a different number of calories per gram, so you can't just interchange them. The rule is, take the weight of dry food you're not feeding your cat, and multiply it by 2.5 to get the right weight of wet food.
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Final note: the cat paradox
Cats are carnivores, which means they could happily live on wet food alone. They don’t need carbohydrates, but dry food inevitably contains some.
However, cats are also nibblers, and don’t tend to eat all their food in one sitting. And of course, wet food goes bad if you leave it out all day.
So what’s the solution? Well, unless you feel like feeding your cat a small amount of wet food six times a day, we recommend giving them a combination of wet and dry food. To stock up on both, head to our online shop.