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Wet food as a treat

January 28th, 2012, 01:12 AM
My tabby cat (1 1/2 years old) is on dry food called "Authority" and I'm thinking of giving him wet food as a treat. I'm wondering how much wet food should I give him JUST AS A TREAT? I'm horrible with fraction so can you guys explain it in another way? lol I apologize. I'm asking this because I hear that wet food are nutritious and it provides the right amount of water. Thank you, my fellow pet lovers!!

January 28th, 2012, 07:22 AM
Actually your cat should be on a quality canned diet and only have some kibble for a treat.

Imagine yourself living on dry hard crackers and only having a tongue to get your fluids? Cats are intended to get their fluids from the body of their prey.

Secondly, kibble has much too much carbs in it for an oblique carnivore. They do not have the digestive system (much too short), or the digestive enzymes to break down carbs into usable energy.

Here are some great sites for information:

This is a bit more technical, but deals with the nutrition needs of cats:

January 28th, 2012, 07:52 AM
I agree w/L4H's thinking.
Especially in their later years, canned food is so much better for cats and getting them used to it (by having it comprise the majority of their diet) at this stage is a great idea.

personally, in our home - our kings, I mean cats get fed 3x a day. 2x wet food and 1x dry food. (They get fed that frequently, cause like their daddy, they are bald, so they need to eat more than the average cat because they spend abnormal amounts of energy keeping themselves warm)

But...if I didn't want to listen to our advice - lol and I still wanted to give wet as a treat, I might give 1 flat teaspoonful a day.