Avoid dry food in your cat’s diet! Read why it’s not good for cats!

One of the easiest way to feed your cat is give her dry food. You are in the rush and the cat is around you asking for food, the most convenient thing to do is give her some kibbles and she will be good. This can be wrong for many reasons. Read what the dry food does to your cat.

You have probably read a lot about the difference in dry and wet food for your cat and what is better for them. In most articles is mentioned that the dry food is not good for the cat because it doesn’t give them enough moisture, which can cause dehydration. This is true and one of the reasons why you should avoid dry food. However, there are even more serious damages this food can cause.

Cats cannot digest dry food

Cats are carnivores, this is commonly known. As they evolved they have specialized to digest, ingest and absorb animal protein and fat efficiently. Cats have teeth that allow them to rip and tear meat and bones and to chew it. So, when you give them kibble they cannot cope with chewing those little pellets. For that reason, cats usually swallow most of the kibble intact. 

What happens then?

Kibbles have dry content, so when they are swallowed they tend to absorb great amounts of water and saliva, but also some gastric juices in order to get digested. When this happens, these pellets get swollen and exceed the capacity of the stomach which causes stretching of its wall and the response from the nervous system is vomiting. Through the vomiting the cat throws out what she just ate and her stomach is trying to say that it can’t digest that. [adToAppearHere]

Dry food is not good for their immune system

Dry food often causes food allergies, cats get allergic to kibbles. If you notice that everything is normal with your cat, has a normal weight, looks healthy, has no symptoms of some disease, but throws up occasionally, it might mean that your cat has food allergy. If the cat is vomiting, there is a damage done to the gut wall. When there is a damage to the inner layer of the gut where the molecular digestion occurs, if there is a rupture or disruption in this delicate barrier which allows the passage of undigested nutrients, additives and preservatives from the food from the gut to the bloodstream – which makes them allergens. This may also cause diarrhea, itchiness, hair loss or excessive licking. 

Another negative side of the dry food it’s its content. Kibbles usually have less animal protein which are very important for cat’s nutrition. There are a lot of additives in the dry food and ingredients that can be bad for their digestion. These can also cause Urinary tract disease which is a very serious condition.

You have to be careful when feeding your cat and have in mind these disadvantages of the dry food and make sure that you provide a healthy diet for your feline friend.

 

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13 thoughts on “Avoid dry food in your cat’s diet! Read why it’s not good for cats!

  • July 19, 2017 at 5:02 am
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    My cat had severe food allergies- she could not hold down wet or dry, and her vet prescribed DRY food ( Royal Canin). Mixed with a teaspoon of wet, she has turned completely around. She is at her ideal weight, is very active. She is healthy and happy. Dry food. Don’t believe everything you read….

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    • July 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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      Same here! I have a cat who cannot digest most food (even raw foods) who is now thriving on Purina HD vet diet.

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    • July 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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      Get off of the Royal Canin food. it is horrible. What you want to try to find is a high quality food. I feed my cats and dogs nothing but Orijen or Acana. It’s on the more expensive side but it is also one of the best brands of food you can buy for your furkids. It’s as close to a raw diet that they can get without it being a raw diet.

      The most important thing about these foods is that they’re grain free. Grains have caused a lot of issues in many cats and dogs. Try it out and you might be surprised.

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  • July 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm
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    We use a high quality dry food, and leave it for the cats when out or away, especially and this doesn’t go bad like fresh, and insects aren’t a bother (as much). Have had nothing but positives.

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  • July 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm
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    I feed mine purely on raw

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    • July 19, 2017 at 7:11 pm
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      Read my reply to Brian.

      Cheers.

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  • July 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm
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    My cat gets dry and wet food we don’t have any problems

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    • July 22, 2017 at 1:08 pm
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      A nice balance of both it’s ideal, only dry food or only wet food is not good for your cat

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  • July 20, 2017 at 4:10 am
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    my cats usually only get dry food, hardly ever have dental problems in 3o years of breeding registered cats. seen another breeders cats that were fed moist, have her cats loose teeth before age of 3. There are good reasonably priced dry cat foods. Also depends on type of coat the cat has.

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  • July 20, 2017 at 5:25 am
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    I have had many cats that prefer dry food over the wet food and have never had any problems with them. You must always have lots of water available. One of my current cats doesn’t even like wet or ‘human’ food. She turns away and goes and eats the dry stuff. I agree, don’t believe everything you read, cats do have a mind of their own.

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    • July 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm
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