Do Cats Need Wet Food? Benefits of Including it in Their Diets

If you’ve only ever fed your cat dry kibble, you may wonder if cats need wet food. In nature, cats derived most of the water their bodies needed from their prey.
Because dry food has low moisture content, your cat needs to get water from a dish, fountain or wet food. Feeding a combination of wet and dry food, rather than just dry, is a great way to help your cat get more water. There are many benefits of including wet food in her diet.

3 Reasons Your Cat Benefits from More Wet Food

1. Better Overall Hydration

Many cats don’t like still or standing water. In nature, cats tend to avoid standing water because it’s often a breeding ground for bacteria and insects. As a result, they may dislike drinking from a cat bowl or dish.
Most felines prefer fresh, moving water from a cat water fountain or faucet rather than a dish. Cats may also feel vulnerable when drinking, and it’s not something they do efficiently. A single lap only gives your cat about 3/100 of a teaspoon.
Despite this, water is essential for chemical reactions in the body, temperature regulation and joint health and mobility. It makes up about 60 percent of your cat’s body, so it’s vital to maintain proper hydration through adequate water intake.
How do you get cats to drink more water? Providing plenty of fresh water or even purchasing a cat water fountain can help. Another way to up her water intake is by feeding wet cat food. While it can’t replace water altogether, it does help improve her overall hydration.

2. Promotes Lean Body Mass

Wet food is high in protein, which supports strong muscles. It also helps maintain that muscle mass through adulthood and into a cat’s senior years.
A cat’s total body weight is comprised of lean body mass (LBM) and fat mass. Muscles, ligaments, bones, organs and more are all considered LBM. Organs and muscles are the main source of metabolic activity, helping to support many vital functions, like immunity, mobility and more.
As cats age, they naturally lose LBM. Feeding wet cat food with high protein content can help maintain LBM as cats age.

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