I don’t think I ever loved a cat more than I do this one big ball of fluff. She came into our lives at just the right moment. She comes to the door when we come home, runs to her spot on the carpet and rolls over so we can pet her belly, sits so close to us we are almost on top of her, lays on my work when I haven’t paid attention to her, sleeps at my feet almost every single night. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her.
She is a very finicky eater with a very sensitive stomach. I’m told that’s the Siamese in her. Finding food that she enjoys and can keep down has been difficult. For a year I fed her only dry food then I had a conversation with a friend who spent over $1,000 on his kitten because she developed a urinary tract infection. He was told it was because he didn’t do mixed feeding with her. I’d never heard of mixed feeding before this. That’s where you feed dry and wet food to your pets.
Besides a welcome variety of taste & texture, mixed feeding provides the crunchy texture of dry food to help support your pet’s oral health, and the moisture in wet food helps support urinary tract health.
I asked my niece to weigh in on this topic, she is a Registered Veterinary Technician, and the person who helped us find our Mitzi.
I 100% encourage cat owners to feed dry as well as canned food. Especially male neutered cats. We see so many male neutered young cats run into a blocked urinary tract issues from eating a poor grocery store brand food and not being encouraged to drink enough water. Canned food has 80% water content in it allowing the cats body to flush water through it system, not allowing the urine to concentrate, form crystals, then getting one stuck in the urinary tract. And most cats love it when they are started out as a kitten! It is very expensive to fix a cat with a blocked urinary tract, and it can be a re-occurring issue once they have had a blockage once. I have fed my cat dry and wet food since he was a kitten. And although the smell is not always the best, I know it’s healthy and great for my neutered male kitty, of course with the right proportions. Too many cats get over fed leading to potentially the same issue as not having enough water intake, or worse.
— Monica, RVT [registered veterinary technician]
Studies from The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition show that mixed feeding is beneficial for both weight management and urinary tract health. For weight management, at least 25% of the total calories (or about 1/3 of the total volume) of daily food intake should be wet food. If urinary tract health is the goal, then wet food should make up about 70% of the total calories (or at least 3/4 of the daily volume).
As each cat is different, you should consult your veterinarian for advice about the best food for your cat. For us, this has made her happier and healthier. I want her in our lives for a long while, I want to make sure I’m doing what’s best for Mitzi. If you go on Instagram, use the hashtag #ourmitzi and see just how much we love her!!
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