dry, wet, or grain free: which cat food is best?

Keeping your cat on a balanced diet is vital to their overall health and wellness. Cat food comes in many different forms and every cat is different.

How do you find the best cat food? There are several different types of cat food available, but the most popular choices tend to be dry, wet, or grain-free cat food. While each type will provide your cat with a nutritious diet, one option may outshine the others when it comes down to your pet’s specific needs. The best way to decide is to consider your lifestyle, consult your vet, and of course, pay attention to the food your cat enjoys the most.

If you have a fairly low-maintenance feline or a hectic lifestyle, you and your cat may prefer the simplicity and easy storage of dry cat food. Many cat food brands carry a dry kibble option that is easy to store and serve while still providing your cat with great nutritional benefits.

If your cat prefers a fancier feeding, they may enjoy the taste and texture of wet cat food brands—closer to the taste of a fresh hunt than dry cat food. Wet cat food also offers the important component of moisture which keeps finicky cats from getting dehydrated, as well as assists in the absorption of Taurine- an amino acid essential to your cat’s overall health.

Grain free cat food brands have gained popularity recently. Some cats have allergies or sensitivity to grains that can result in itchy, dry skin and upset tummies. Grain free food offers them the best option for a nutritionally balanced diet through the removal of grains and the addition of ingredients such as sweet potatoes or vegetables. Consult with your vet before introducing your cat to a grain free diet as it may not offer the balance your cat needs if they are not allergic.