Ask the Vet


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.

Click here to read the full article.

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That kneading motion that my cat Furby does when she’s super-relaxed and I’m petting her – it’s such a unique and fascinating behavior. So I “knead” to know why cats do this.

– John in British Columbia

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Dear John,

Kneading is “roughly” feline-speak for “Mommy, I love you.” (If you’re a human with whom your cat has a warm, trusting relationship, when your cat is kneading you, you’re “Mommy” whether you’re male or female.) This article explains kneading in more detail, and also has some tips so you can enjoy these bonding moments without being ever-so-tenderly shredded by your affectionate kitty’s extended claws.


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