Why should I Feed my Cat wet food?
On today's show, Dr. J and I discuss why feeding wet food to your cats — and male cats in particular — is so important. Wet food is great for all cats, but is especially great for male cats due to their increased risk of developing a urinary obstruction, which is the condition that actually lead Dr. J to start Preventive Vet!
Can a male cat get a urinary obstruction from eating wet food?
Your cat can still become “blocked” with a urethral obstruction while eating urinary prescription food or non-prescription wet food. A male cat’s chances of getting blocked are higher than female cats and it can still happen even if he’s eating a vet prescribed food.
Should I Feed my Cat canned or dry food?
Canned food is also highly palatable, and some cats will eat a canned diet over a dry diet, particularly if they are picky eaters. Canned food is often more expensive than dry food, so this may play a role in your decision.
Should I Feed my Cat a kidney diet or urinary diet?
For example, kidney diets are recommended in most cats who develop kidney disease, or a urinary diet may be more appropriate in cats who have lower urinary tract disease. At the end of the day, you may not have a choice in what type of diet you feed your cat. Some cats can be very picky and only eat dry or only eat wet food.
How Much Wet Food Should You Feed a Cat?
This comes out to be anywhere between 240 and 350 calories per day for a 10-pound cat.
Why is it important to feed a cat a balanced diet?
A quality source of proteins is one of the most important factors in feeding your cat a balanced diet. Cats break down amino acids at a higher rate than other animals, meaning that they need more proteins in their diet to keep up with this turnover.
Why do cats get bored of eating the same food?
With dry food, there is not a lot of room to vary the taste and texture of your cat’s diet; wet food has many different varieties (which we will talk about later ). A varied diet can encourage your cat to eat more and provide them with valuable meal-time enrichment.
What is the difference between dry and wet food?
The most notable difference between wet and dry food is, obviously, that one of the foods is comprised of wet, moisture-filled ingredients, and the other is made up of dry, crunchy kibbles.
Is wet food good for cats?
The high-water content helps to combat or relieve bladder and kidney issues, and the digestibility is great for older cats who don’t have the digestive system of their youth.
Do cats eat grains?
Like most other carnivorous animals, cats do not need a large amount of grains in their diet. The grains that they receive in the wild are typically found in the stomachs of any prey that they catch.
Can cats eat wet food?
Though veterinarians across the globe have narrowed down the exact nutritional needs of your cat, they have yet to settle the dry versus wet food debate. Some vets are in favor of a complete wet food diet and others tend to recommend a full dry food diet. Both options are valid, and the choice really depends on you and your cat’s needs.
How Long Can You Leave Wet Food Out?
The reality is, it'll probably be left out longer than that. It depends a lot on the heat and humidity in your home, but 4-6 hours left out would probably be ok.
Why is canned food good for cats?
Another reason why canned food is Dr. J's preferred way for your kitty to dine, is because the ideal meal for a cat is a mouse, and canned food generally replicates that food structure over dry kibble. Most dry foods are filled with carbohydrates, ...
Why do cats like wet food?
The main reason cats benefit from wet food is hydration. Yes they came from the desert and their kidneys are really good at concentrating their urine during times of low water availability, but they no longer live in deserts and there is no need to put that type of stress on their kidneys.
Why do we need dry food diets?
There are dry food diets that are specifically formulated, either because of kibble size, composition, types of fibers, orientation, or treatment with special compounds, that can help bind the different factors of the saliva that can increase dental disease. And you can use those as their treats!
Why does my cat flush out water?
So if a cat has an inflamed bladder, or potentially has higher concentration of minerals that could gather up into stones and cause inflammation or an obstruction, the more water you have passing through their kidneys, bladder, and urinary system, the more often they'll be flushing that out and decreasing those inflammatory mediators, decreasing those concentrations of minerals, decreasing the grit, and decreasing all of the things that can cause problems .
What is the best macronutrient for cats?
The ideal macronutrient composition for cats is about 50-60% protein , 30-40% fat, and less than 10% carbohydrates.
How to make cat food smell better?
You can also use some tricks to make the wet food more palatable. Adding a little extra warm water to your cat's wet food will not only increase the hydration, but should also bring out even more of the food's smells.
Why Do Cats Need Wet Food?
First, cats are obligate carnivores and are not designed to ingest many carbohydrates (if any). Dry food will automatically contain many more carbohydrates than wet food. For many cats, dry food consumption leads to obesity.
How Much Wet Food Does Your Cat Need?
However, it's essential to determine your cat's body condition. A lean, muscular cat with a large frame may weigh 15 pounds and be at a healthy weight. This cat will require more calories to maintain that healthy weight. However, a 15-pound cat with a more petite frame will be overweight and need fewer calories. The overweight cat should be fed according to her ideal weight, not her actual weight.
How many calories should a cat eat a day?
Lean Domestic Cats. A 5-pound cat with a lean body type needs about 170 calories per day. A 10-pound cat with a lean body type needs about 280 calories per day. A 15-pound cat with a lean body type needs about 360 calories per day. A 20-pound cat with a lean body type needs about 440 calories per day.
What does a healthy cat do?
A happy, healthy cat will maintain a good weight and stay active. A properly fed cat will not act hungry all the time but will also maintain a healthy weight.
Do cats need more calories than adults?
A growing kitten needs many more calories than an adult or senior cat. An active cat that runs and plays frequently will need more calories than a cat that remains sedentary most of the time. A nursing mother needs extra calories to produce milk and stay healthy.
Is it better to feed dry or wet food to a cat?
In addition, dry food is more affordable, so feeding part dry will be easier on your budget. Feeding a mix of wet and dry may require a bit of math to make sure your cat is getting the appropriate number of calories. One easy starting point is to look at the recommended daily feeding amounts on each type of food and half them.
Is a cat healthy?
However, brands vary. A happy, healthy cat will maintain a good weight and stay active. A properly fed cat will not act hungry all the time but will also maintain a healthy weight. Remember to visit your veterinarian for annual or biannual wellness exams to make sure your cat is as healthy as possible.
What is the difference between canned cat food and dry cat food?
The main difference between dry and canned cat food is the amount of water that the food contains. Dry cat food contains approximately 10% of water, and the other 90% consists of dry matter such as carbohydrates, fats and vitamins . Canned food contains much more water—approximately 70%—compared to dry matter.
Why do cats eat canned food?
The largest benefit of feeding a canned diet is the higher water content. Cats with certain health conditions that require a higher-than-normal water intake, such as kidney disease, diabetes, or lower urinary tract disease, may benefit from the additional water in these diets.
How long does canned cat food last?
Canned food is often more expensive than dry food, so this may play a role in your decision. Once opened, canned food has a shelf-life of 24 hours and must be stored in the refrigerator. If your cat does not finish their wet food, it should be properly stored in the refrigerator or discarded.
What is the best diet for cats?
Reputable brands such as Science Diet and Royal Canin have been quality-controlled and specially formulated to meet a cat’s nutritional requirements. Your veterinarian can give you more specific recommendations based on your cat’s health history.
What is canned meat made of?
Given the higher moisture content in canned foods, these foods are typically made with fresh or frozen meats in combination with a protein source that comes from grains. The meats are blended with water, fats, and vitamins and placed in a can, where a heating process ensures that foodborne pathogens are destroyed.
Why is dry cat food bad for cats?
This could be because a lot of cats that eat dry food are often free-fed, and owners do not realize how much their cats are actually eating in a day .
Why is my cat chewing dry food so hard?
Older cats with dental disease or those who have had some of their teeth removed may also have a harder time chewing dry food.
How many calories should a kitten eat?
Your kitten may need 60 calories per pound of bodyweight.
How long does it take for a kitten to start weaning?
4-8 Weeks Old Kitten. Kittens usually begin the weaning process around their 4th week. During this time, they’ll start gradually shifting from milk or formula onto a solid food diet, which delivers the protein, fatty acids, and nutrients that fuel their early development.
How to feed a cat when he is hungry?
Feeding a cat looks simple enough at first glance. You buy a bag of food with a picture of a cat on it, dump it in a bowl, and wait for your cat to eat when he’s hungry. It’s an approach that can work, but it doesn’t always bring out the best in your kitten or cat.
How old is a kitten when he starts eating?
4-6 Months Old Kitten. During this stage, your kitten will start to settle into his dietary routine. That’s why it’s vital to make sure you’re establishing good habits for adulthood. Feeding a varied diet can keep your kitten from becoming finicky and keep him mentally stimulated.
Why is it important to feed a cat clean water?
Proper hydration helps to prevent constipation and reduces the risk of urinary system diseases like urinary tract infection and blockage.
What is supplemental feeding only for cats?
Foods that aren’t nutritionally complete and balanced will usually be labeled “for supplemental feeding only”. These foods don’t contain the appropriate balance of macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and shouldn’t be your cat’s sole source of nutrition.
Why does my kitten put on weight?
As your kitten’s metabolism starts to slow down and he reaches adulthood, you might notice him start to put on excess weight. Obesity is a common issue among adult cats and, when not corrected early on, may lead to complications later in life.
Why do vets recommend wet food?
Vets recommend feeding an all wet food diet because it increases urine volume. More urine keeps the bladder “flushed” out so the mineral, protein and mucus content of urine is more diluted. Keeping the bladder flushed decreases the chance of urethral obstruction.
What to do if your cat can't find a food?
If you still can’t find a food your cat likes, ask your vet if it would be safe for your cat to try a non-prescription food, preferably a moist version.
What Is So Special Urinary Formula Cat Food?
Urinary formula food for cats is made to help cats with sensitive bladders. The goal is to reduce the formation of mineral crystals in the urine and minimize bladder lining inflammation. Urinary formula prescription food for cats uses one or more of the following strategies:
Is Urinary Cat Food Safe for Sensitive Tummies?
If your cat has a milder sensitive stomach, you might be able to get away with feeding him the canned version of his favorite food. Check the list at catinfo.org to find some good options with relatively low levels of carbohydrates and high levels of moisture to benefit the bladder.
What to do if my cat doesn't like prescription food?
If your cat doesn’t like the prescription food he’s supposed to eat, ask your vet to recommend a different brand, form or flavor. There are plenty of choices so you should be able to find something your cat likes.
Why do cats have crystals in their urine?
Cats with Feline Idiopathic Cystitis/FIC (also called feline lower urinary tract disease or FLUTD) tend to have more crystals in their urine. The crystals form when the minerals in the urine conglomerate. Sometimes crystals form larger stones that are very irritating to the lining of the bladder.
How does a cat produce more urine?
When a cat produces more urine, it dilutes the mineral content so stones and crystals are less likely to form in the bladder. In essence, more urine keeps the bladder “flushed out.”. There are two main ways of increasing the amount of urine a cat produces. First, you can feed a moist diet to get more water into them.
How Much To Feed A Cat By Age?
Growing kittens need comparatively more food than adult cats, because they need nutrients to allow their body to grow. This can be difficult to calculate precisely, and professional veterinary nutritionists have charts and guides that may be applied.
Why is my cat overweight?
Cat carers are often not aware that their pets are overweight or obese, yet an overweight cat is more likely to suffer health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, and a shorter life span. The most common reason for cats becoming overweight or obese is simply that cat carers offer their cat more food than their cat ...
Why is my cat so hungry?
Over time, most cats learn to adapt to the new way of feeding, and they become less hungry. If your cat does continue to seem hungry all the time, you should take them to your DVM veterinarian for a health check in case there is an underlying health reason for this (such as hyperthyroidism). If it turns out that your cat is in full health, but simply very hungry despite being fed the correct amount of food, your veterinarian may be able to suggest a type of high quality cat food that is more likely to make your cat feed full (satiated).
Why is it important to feed your cat every day?
That’s why it’s so important to know how much food you should offer your cat every day, so that your cat avoids preventable health problems later in life. Cats, just like humans, enjoy eating: it’s one of the great pleasures of life, and a cat’s diet is one of the most important parts of their day. And because cat carers like to make their pets ...
What happens if a cat is neutered?
Neutered status: if a cat has been spayed or neutered, then they generally have lower energy needs than entire animals.Other significant variables between animals that are more difficult to specify include:
How to find the power of 0.75?
To work out the “to the power of 0.75” part of the equation, you can either use a calculator that allow you to use exponents, or you can multiply the weight in kilograms by itself 3 times (e.g. 4x4x4 for a 4kg cat), then work out the square root of that sum, twice.
How to feed a cat to meet his nutritional needs?
You can meet a healthy cat’s nutritional needs met by feeding the right amount of the right type of food every day . This diet should give your cat the correct quantities of carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and proteins/ amino acids, including essential nutrients like taurine. The easiest way to do this is to use a nutritionally balanced ...