Should I feed my cats wet food or dry food?

Choosing between wet and dry food can depend on several factors including your cat's age, health, and personal preference, as well as your lifestyle and budget. Both types of food have advantages and disadvantages.

Wet (canned) food:
- Higher in moisture: This can be beneficial for cats with urinary tract health issues. Since cats often don't drink enough water, the extra moisture in wet food can help keep them hydrated.
- More protein and fewer carbs: This closer mimics a cat's natural diet. It can be especially beneficial for cats with diabetes or weight problems.
- Often more palatable: Many cats prefer the taste and texture of wet food, which can be particularly important if your cat is a picky eater.

Dry food:
- More convenient: Dry food can be left out all day without spoiling, which is not the case with wet food.
- Better for dental health: Some evidence suggests that the texture of dry food can help keep your cat's teeth clean. However, this shouldn't be the only dental care your cat receives.
- Typically cheaper: Dry food tends to be less expensive than wet food.

It's also possible to feed your cat a combination of wet and dry food, which could offer a balance of the benefits of both. This could be particularly beneficial if you have a picky eater, as the variety may help stimulate their appetite.

Remember to gradually introduce new foods to your cat's diet to avoid upsetting their stomach. It's also crucial to ensure they are receiving a balanced diet, so look for foods that are labeled as "complete and balanced" by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

As always, it's best to consult your veterinarian for personalized advice based on your cat's specific health needs.