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While casually browsing through your options for dry and wet cat food in Dubai one day, it suddenly dawns on you that you haven’t really thought about the benefits of either dry or wet food. You have always just gotten wet food for your favorite feline companions. Since your cats love canned tuna, chicken, and turkey, you’ve never considered switching them to cat kibbles.

It’s fine. You don't need to change anything if your cats love wet food. Wet cat food has several benefits, including the following:

1.    Helps prevent dehydration and related health issues

Giving your cat wet food can help prevent dehydration. Cats may get dehydrated in two ways:

  • They don’t drink enough water. Cats are not big water drinkers, but they often get sufficient hydration by drinking small amounts throughout the day. However, if, for whatever reason (maybe their water bowl is dirty or they feel unwell), your pets visit their water bowl less frequently than usual, dehydration can become a genuine risk for them.
  • They lose excessive amounts of fluids, which means losing both water and minerals essential to their bodily functions (e.g., sodium, potassium, chloride). This can happen if they vomit, have diarrhea, or suffer from a condition that makes them urinate more frequently.

Dehydration in cats can increase their susceptibility to urinary tract infections and kidney disease. Therefore, maintaining optimal hydration is crucial to your cat's health.

Wet cat food contains mostly water – typically around 70-80%. Thus, feeding your cats wet food means they automatically ingest a significant amount of water with every meal. Wet cat food ensures your cats will always take in enough water even if they have a low thirst drive.

2.    High in protein and essential nutrients

Cats need plenty of protein. In fact, cats need more protein than dogs. Adult cats require at least 26% protein, while adult dogs require a minimum of 12%. Ideally, protein should comprise around 50% of a cat’s daily calorie intake.

Wet cat food usually has a higher protein content than dry cat food. This may not seem true at first glance. Wet cat food brands, their labels will tell you, have 10-20% protein content. In contrast, dry cat food labels usually indicate a 28-36% protein content.

However, when you remove the water content from the wet food’s weight basis, you can see that wet cat food is more protein-dense than dry cat food.

To illustrate, suppose a brand of canned cat tuna says on its label it has 15% protein and 80% water. If you remove the water weight and consider only the dry weight, you’re left with 20% dry matter. If you compute 15% of that, you’ll realize that the wet food’s protein content on a dry matter basis is actually 75% instead of a mere 15% – about twice higher than the protein content of typical dry cat food.

Wet cat food is not only rich in protein but also contains a balanced mix of essential vitamins and minerals. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Fats
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium
  • Chloride

Note that cats do not need much carbohydrates. They primarily get their energy from fats and proteins.

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3.    Easier to eat

Wet cat food is tender and easier to eat, especially for aging cats. As cats get older, they may face dental issues that can make chewing on hard, dry kibble difficult.

Older cats may also have a diminished sense of smell. This reduces the appeal of dry food. In contrast, wet cat food typically has a powerful aroma that makes it more enticing.

Therefore, feeding your pet wet food is a good way of ensuring they have sufficient food (and thus nutrient) intake. As your cats get older, giving them wet food will help maintain their appetite.

4.    Lower risk of obesity

Obesity is a common concern that can lead to serious health issues in cats, making weight management an essential aspect of their care. Meanwhile, foods that are high in calories and carbohydrates can lead to obesity.

To lessen the risk of obesity for your beloved pets, feed them wet food. Wet cat food contains fewer carbohydrates and is less calorie-dense than dry food. Its high water content also means cats can feel fuller on fewer calories, helping you manage their weight more effectively.

Correct portioning is another way to prevent obesity in your pet cats. Wet food – which typically comes in single-serve cans, pouches, and tubs – makes it easier to give cats the correct amount of food per meal.

5.    Variety

Wet food makes it easier to add variety to your cat’s diet. The range of flavors and textures available in wet food options can help stimulate your cat’s appetite, make mealtimes more enjoyable, and induce picky eaters to indulge.

Make wet food a part of your cat’s diet

Pet cats have many needs. They require plenty of care, pet-friendly entertainment, and recreational activities for an excellent quality of life. However, their most important need is food.

Give your pet cats wet food. It can help support their hydration and nutrition, prevent excessive weight gain, and enhance their enjoyment at mealtimes.

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