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5 Reasons to Mix Wet and Dry Cat Food

Choosing the right food for your pet can be a labor of love. With so many options, diets and philosophies floating around, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But what if you didn’t have to choose a single, perfect pet food? In some cases, a mix of dry and wet food could be the best option for your cat. Here are a few reasons why mixing could match your cat’s needs.

1. You’re in Control

Mixing wet and dry food makes it easier for you to manage the dietary and nutritional needs of your unique cat. Together with your veterinarian, it’s surprisingly easy to create a customized meal plan for your cat that’s balanced to benefit their individualized metabolism. For example, if your cat is naturally picky and highly active, you can mix wet and dry food to encourage your cat to eat the dry food that meets the caloric intake they need. Speaking of picky cats …

2. Cats Love to Wet Their Whiskers

Even though a dry food diet might be more convenient for you, many aspects of wet food speak to cats’ natural appetites. Just like people, cats love variety. Varying textures and flavors can go a long way for your cat, and they tend to prefer to eat smaller meals more often during the day. NUTRO™ PERFECT PORTIONS™ Trays are an ideal wet-food option to mix into your cat’s dry food. Just snap, peel and mix to turn an average meal into a special treat in seconds.

3. Keep Kitty in Shape

Cats that eat wet food tend to consume fewer calories overall. Since wet food contains more moisture and is denser, it tends to make your cat feel fuller and, therefore, eat a bit less.

4. Help with Hydration

While dry cat food is great at delivering complete and balanced nutrition to your cat, one thing it can’t do is keep them hydrated. Even if you leave a water dish out, some cats don’t get the amount of moisture they need, which can lead to urinary tract issues. Mixing wet and dry food together can give you some peace of mind that your cat is getting a bit more hydration.

5. Dental Dividends

It may not be your No. 1 concern, but there is some evidence to suggest that dry food helps keep your cat’s incisors clean. Your cat’s oral health plays a huge role in their overall health and longevity, so mixing some dry kibble into your cat’s wet food may have some benefits in the long run.

Things to Keep in Mind

If you’re a long-time dry cat food enthusiast, remember that wet cat food can spoil and needs to be refrigerated after opening. Although, NUTRO PERFECT PORTIONS ™ Trays are designed with two single-serving meals, so you never have to deal with leftovers .On the other hand, if you’re new to the world of dry cat food, remember to always follow the feeding guidelines on the package and store food bags in a cool, dry place.

Gradually transition your pet to their new diets over 6 days.

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That’s it! You’re officially ready to start mixing. Just remember to introduce changes gradually and to watch for unusual behavior. When in doubt, a conversation with your vet is always the best option.

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