There are advantages to feeding a cat a combination of both wet and dry food ensuring your feline enjoys the benefits both meal plans have to offer.
- Dry food is very convenient to serve, especially if you cat is a nibbler and returns to his/her food bowl at regular intervals throughout the day.
- Kibble also has a “cleaning action” on the teeth helping to prevent a tartar buildup and maintaining good dental hygiene.
- Wet food recipes contain moisture, which is essential to overall nutritional health. Many cats don’t drink enough!
- As cats age, and possibly have dental issues, wet food is easier to eat and to digest.
- Combining both dry & wet food can be advantageous for cats with a tendency to be overweight (for example after sterilization) as it brings balance to their calorie intake.
Introducing Wet Food
It’s a good idea to initially offer wet food as a treat in a saucer or small plate. A heaped teaspoon is sufficient. You can also consider adding a teaspoon of wet food as a “topping” to their dry food.
Placing it in a microwave for about 3-5 seconds will enhance the aroma and may entice a reluctant cat to try the treat serving. (Make sure it’s only lukewarm when serving and not hot.)
Choose a recipe that contains the same protein that your cat is currently eating in a dry formula. Cats, just like people enjoy different tastes as well as different textures. That’s why our Wellness CORE Signature Selects recipes offer a wide selection of both different protein flavours as well as textures options, all served in a savoury sauce. Your cat will have plenty of cans to choose from: chunky cuts, as well as shredded and even flaked salmon & tuna. As cats are carnivores by nature, we also developed recipes to trigger their natural instinct. Made out of 98% of animal protein, you can be sure your little friend won’t leave a single crumb of our Wellness CORE 98%.
They may even follow their aroma-filled nose when they smell our Wellness CORE Tender Cuts of real meat or fish, slowly cooked in a savoury gravy. Cats will quickly demonstrate their favorites in terms of both taste and texture. And if chunks are not their cup of tea, they will for sure crave the smooth paté texture of our Wellness CORE Purely Paté.
Once again, introduce the kibble in the form of a treat to a cat that is used to a wet food-only diet. You can simply put down 7 to 10 kibble pieces in a little dish or place them in a treat toy for them to discover for themself. Similarly, you can add some kibble as a topping to their wet food dinner. Once they accept this mealtime addition, slowly increase the amount of dry food offered.
Working Out The Portion Sizes For A Mixed-Feeding Diet
It important to work out the right portions of both the wet food and the dry food you are serving daily to ensure that you are not overfeeding. The totally daily allowance depends on your cat’s weight. Wellness CORE wet food offer guidelines on combining wet and dry food portions to ensure your cat is being fed the correct amount.
Key benefits of mixed feed
- Best of both worlds – both deliver great health benefits
- Dry: Nutrient dense, more scientifically focused health inclusions and convenient
- Wet: Flavor and variety – key for cats who instinctively prefer wet food, the best solution for customers who have fussy cats and hydration to support their wellbeing but especially so for urinary tract health
- When it comes to wet food, you can customize however you see fit (assuming both are complete and balanced) and to what your cat prefers. We all like to eat different every day, so too do our cats.