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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. And because every cat is different, their food is available in many different textures, ingredients and flavors.

So, how do you find the best cat food? Although there are several different types of cat food available, 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 check out reviews and ratings. After sampling a few small batches, comes the most important step, paying attention to the food your enjoys the most.

If you have a fairly low-maintenance feline, a tight budget 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. Some dry cat food brands can even be better for your feline’s teeth. However, you should still find other ways to promote the health of your pet’s teeth, because kibble is no substitute for complete cat dental care.

If your cat prefers a fancier feeding, they may enjoy the alluring aroma, taste and texture of wet cat food brands as they are closer to the taste of a fresh hunt than dry cat food. These three irresistible features can also be just what your feline needs, if they have lost interest in their dry cat food or if they’re having a harder time chewing kibble. Wet cat food also offers the important component of moisture which keeps finicky cats from getting dehydrated and can also assist 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.

Offer your pet a taste test today and shop Petco’s wide selection of the best cat food brands.