What Should I feed my Cat? Wet Food VS Dry Food – Video Transcript:
“One of the most common things I get asked about at the clinic is what do I feed my cat? So today I am going to be talking about some of the options for feeding our finicky, feline friends and just helping you make some wise food choices.
So what I’ve got in front of me are your classic cat food choices, your delicious wet, your delicious dry. Now I might blow your mind here, don’t feed the kibble. I am on a mission to get cats off of kibble. The reason for that is; cats have major water needs. They’re originally from desert regions so they’re really good at conserving water, they’re not that great at drinking it and canned food has an obscene amount of water in it.
Why do I care about cats and water? A lot of it is their urinary tract health; cats have a lot of problems with their pee. They’ll get crystals, they’ll get bladder stones, and they’ll get a condition called cystitis where their bladder gets all inflamed. Male cats especially can get blocked up and the solution to most of these problems; water. Canned food is by far and away the easiest way of getting water into our cats.
Now I know what you’re saying, you’re saying “I thought canned food made them fat?” and “I thought canned food was bad for their teeth?” Nothing could be further from the truth. As far as weight loss goes, canned food is your friend; it’s the carbs in the dry food that are making your cat fat. The canned food is way lower in carbohydrates, so if I’m trying to get weight off of a cat and I can’t do it with dry, guess what, we’re switching you to a canned food.
As far as dental health goes, most of these kibbles don’t actually do anything for their teeth. They may clean the very crowns of their teeth, the very tips of them, but they don’t do a lot for right down at the gum line where all the action’s happening. So if that has been stopping you from feeding a canned food, don’t worry about it, it is an excellent choice.
So that’s what I have to say to you about cat food. I hope that’s been helpful to you and I hope it’s kind of cleared up some of those myths and misinformation that’s out there. As always if you have any questions on what you should be feeding your cat, talk to your vet.”