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Old 10-19-2011, 05:04 PM
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OMG, I really just have to correct this. Wet is MUCH better for cats because of their urinary tract. They evolved differently than dogs, and house cats typically don't drink enough water for their organs to be healthy as they age. Many older cats die of kidney issues because of this. It is a complete misconception that dry is better for any reason for cats, and you are keeping your cat habitually dehydrated on an all-dry diet.

Now, some cats live a long life being habitually dehydrated. Others don't. It's the same kind of argument between feeding something to your dog like Kibbles N Bits versus Taste of the Wild. Just like some humans go through life with no health problems eating McDonalds all day long while others have heart disease and medical issues...

For dogs, ultimately wet/dry doesn't seem to matter, although some of our more experienced members will say that wet is probably a bit better than dry - but unless you are brushing your dog's teeth daily, it's going to be fairly hard to keep them clean if you feed exclusively wet. I give my pup a mix of mostly dry and some wet (Taste of the Wild and a bit of BB layered in a Kong for meals). Definitely stick to a quality food, regardless - it does matter. The rule of thumb is that the first ingredient in any dog food, wet or dry, should be a named meat (duck, chicken, etc.).

The dog food reviews link is a great site.
It would be equally hard keeping them clean feeding exclusively dry.
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Sorry to go OT, but you can try crushing up the friskies onto the better food and slowly fazing it out. Sometimes that will work.

Totally not judging anyone for what they feed when there are justifiable reasons (money). I like knowing about pet food nutrition, though, so that I can make an education decision. I think when budget is tight it's totally fine to feed lower quality if it's that or rehoming. Honestly, I'd feed raw if I wasn't too lazy. I don't even do that much prep for my own food.
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Thanks, FS. I don't have personal experience with wet over dry for dogs. I was going by anecdotes from both pawz and Crio that more wet made their doggy's breath stinky.

For the cat's teeth, they are in really great shape, and she's been on all wet since we've had her (over a year).
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my personal feeling on feeding pets is, Feed them the best you can with in your means, as long as you provide them with a loving home and are feeding them and caring for their needs, that is all that matters. There are so many animals sitting in shelters or gone stray, to get worried about the brand that pets are fed.

If you can provide a wonderful food like Blue or TOW or merrick, ect, then you should do it, but if all you can provide is pedagree or meow mix, then at least your kitty or dog has a loving home with people who love them and feed them.

I am asking because I want to feed Bentley (and of course his kitty siblings) the best food I can provide for him. Merrick is with in our means.. it is a bit cheaper than sci diet and I do not like sci diet.
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I agree with you.
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Brand really does make a difference. I have always been very strongly aversive to any canned pet food because it smells so horrible.. I cant stand it. LOL When I dogsit for my MIL her girl is fed little caesars and I have to feed her outside bc the smell is so bad. I got my puppies a canned puppy food and got one that is all natural, no soy corn or wheat, first 3 ingredients are chicken, chicken broth, salmon and it smells GOOD. So yes brand must matter and I'll stick with a good one.
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