Upon reading the article entitled “Canned food has the same nutrition as dry,” I found that it was very obviously written by a human and not a fellow feline. The article compares canned food to dry food, and states that the nutritional values are the same. I am not so sure I agree with this; very often my belly tells me it is much more satisfied after eating canned food. My taste buds agree with my tummy 110% of the time on this matter. If my tummy and taste buds are more satisfied, than my nutritional needs must have been met in a most satisfactory way!
Anyway, let us get to the facts that this article presents. The article states that canned food simply has higher water content but holds no additional nutritional value over dry food.
It says one common side effect of feeding a canned food only diet is a higher rate of dental disease because the dry food causes more friction and may clean tarter off teeth. However, the article suggests that for a cat with a sensitive mouth, a canned food diet is recommended because the dry food may irritate the teeth and gums. It is also suggested that if one of us cats has a decreased appetite that our humans should feed us canned food because the aroma will help bring our appetite back. Now THAT is something I think we can all agree with! Purr!
My V-E-T suggests to my human that she give me at least five wet foods per week to help with normal kidney function. He says that cats are not prone to drinking a lot of water because we originated in the dessert, where most of our hydration came from eating our hunted food. Yay for a medical reason to get Stinky Goodness (wet food)! Personally, I suggest that you talk to your human about getting at least five wet foods per week. Tell him or her to read this article by me!
Here is a link to the article: