Issue 20: February 10
Dear Dr. Schelling,

Should we feed our cats Harpo and Zeppo wet or dry food? They’re each a year old and in good health.

– Kathleen in New Mexico

Dear Kathleen,

Wet food provides crucial moisture in cats’ diets. Cats in the wild derive the vast majority of their water from their prey, and the high moisture content of wet food closely matches that of cats’ prey. When on an all-dry food diet, cats’ thirst drives may not be adequate to ensure that they drink enough water to make up for what’s not in their food.

On the other hand, dry food is convenient and fits in well with typical work and school schedules. A good compromise for many households is a couple of wet food feedings for the cats each day, and the balance of the cats’ diet fulfilled by dry food.

This article explores more features of wet and dry food.

-Dr. Schelling
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