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Feeding your cat wet food

When it comes to cat food, you’ll find canned and other wet food options available in a huge array of tempting textures and tasty flavors. Consisting of approximately 75% water (compared to the 6-10% found in dry kibble) wet food is an excellent way to help your cat stay hydrated. This is important for digestive, circulative and urinary health. Some cats can be a bit picky about their food preferences so it may take some experimenting to see which ones your new cat likes best. Once you find some winners, stock up! But don’t be afraid to occasionally try something new. You may find your cat’s palate changes over time.

Understand texture terminology.

Know what to expect when you open that can, pouch, cup or tub.

Paté – A smooth, mostly uniform consistency that can vary between soft and creamy to firm or soft chunks (like ground beef).

Shredded – Typically contains long, thin pieces of meat mixed in a gravy or gelée.

Cubed – Consists of small cubes mixed in a gravy or gelée.

Flaked – Small, flat, thin pieces of meat mixed in a gravy or gelée.

Minced – Small pieces of meat mixed together to create a smooth consistency that’s a bit chunkier than paté.

Morsels – Chunks or bits of meat in almost any shape or form mixed in a gravy or gelée.

Sliced – Thin, flat pieces of meat mixed in a gravy or gelée.

Stews – Typically contain a chunky mixture of processed meats and vegetables.

Blends – Sometimes referred to as duos, medleys, duels and more, blends usually combine textures such as a paté on bottom and a stew on top.

Broths – Mostly liquid with chunks of meat, these are usually designed to be a treat or topper.

Quick tips

Feed at a specific time. There’s little chance of your cat letting you forget dinnertime, but we recommend feeding at a certain time and then removing uneaten food before it spoils.

Feed within three days. Opened containers of cat food should be lidded, stored in the refrigerator and used within three days.