Is it OK to feed cats dry food only

Our young healthy flame point Siamese cat (7 months) seems to prefer dry to most wet foods. Is it OK to to feed him only dry food or would that eventually compromise his kidneys?

Asked by Member 794869 on Jan 20th 2009 in Pet Food
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Freckles (1993-2011)

Wet food is better as it has more moisture and is closer to their natural diet. However if he won't eat wet he should be ok but you need to encouage him to drink water. The drinkwell pet fountain or similar are good to encourage them to drink water. You could also try him on a raw food diet to see if he likes that, there's a forum fo rthat with lots of good advice

Freckles (1993-2011) answered on 1/20/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Wet is better even if fed once a day or once every other even. But if your kitty wont eat wet then its a waste to feed something that will not get eaten. Make sure your kitty drinks lots of water and you are feeding a good quality grain free kibble.

sasha answered on 1/20/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


You could try and see if he'll eat some raw meats and use that as a supplement to the dry food. It won't be as good as feeding raw only but it'll be better than only giving kibble. If he won't eat raw meat, then I would suggest investing in Innova EVO dry food. It's the closest to raw feeding that you can get in a kibble and you really only have to feed half of the recommended amount once he's reached adulthood.

Member 780700 answered on 1/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Mine were eating mostly dry with just wet once a week but they all really enjoy water so I have no concerns about that. A good quality dry like Blue Buffalo or Innova EVO with enough water should not be a problem. Right now, I am feeding wet once a day because my Kira has a nasal blockage and can't smell. Watching her eat the wet food is the only way I can be sure she is eating enough until after her surgery. What I have done is try different flavors one at a time until I find one they all will go for. If you can't get him to eat wet food, maybe getting a water fountain to encourage him to drink more will help.

Allie answered on 1/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I do not recommend feeding a kitten or cat only dry food. I did this for many years and my cat developed chronic renal failure. I researched this and it stated that a dry food only diet may actually contribute to chronic renal failure later in life. Your kitten is still young and needs a high protein diet at least for the next year maybe. Consult with your veterinarian on the best diet for your kitten. As cats get older their dietary needs change and you need to adjust them accordingly. Keep in mind their activity level and if they are at a good weight. Get your kitten to the vet at least once a year for its age appropriate immunizations and a rabi vaccine. Your vet will tell you which diet your cat should be on. Good luck with your new kitty.

Member 185886 answered on 1/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Oscar J. Cat

Oscar J. eats dry food only with an occasional treat of water packed tuna. He will walk away from wet cat food every time after giving me a look of disdain only a feline can muster. Our vet said it is just fine to feed dry.

Oscar J. Cat answered on 1/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

I was told (by a vet) that wet food most closely resembles what a cat might eat in the "wild", meaning that when it catches something, it's mostly water, fat and meat. The vet said that very seldom will they track down and kill kibble. ;-) But our cats don't live in a "gotta kill and eat something to survive" mode anymore and there are benefits to dry food. My three get two cans of wet food split between the three of them, once in the morning and once in the evening. If they don't happen to like the wet food I've given them, then for that day until I go out and buy something else (no, my cats aren't spoiled) they eat only dry. Your vet should be kept up-to-date on what your kitty eats and how much just in case there are any diet related concerns at any time with him.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 1/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


One can not say if your cat will eventually have his kidneys compromised from a total dry food diet. If you are going to feel him dry food only make sure you get one of the very good brands with very little additives. there are quite a few on the market today. look at the ingredients, if the first 10 or so are not additives, that is good. Ask around.

Member 558711 answered on 1/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Meow in Loving Memory

I have been feeding dry food only, well almost only.. mol. But I have had 3 cats to live to be 22 years old and to be 19. That is why I asked to work part time for them. The food I have been feeding is Nutro Max Cat, Kitten and now Adult, chicken. It was made to help prevent UTI's,kidney/bladder stones and crystrels. In the almost 22 years since I have been feeding Nutro, I have not had any of those problms in any of my cats. What I like about all of there food is that it is all natural and all of my cats and dogs love it. They all have great shinny coats and do not poop all the time. It helps reduce shedding and hairballs.
Meow here was my 3rd kitty to reach 22 years old. He ate almost all dry, he got canned every once and a while. My Daughter's Flame point will be 17 this year. His name is Pudgens.

Meow in Loving Memory answered on 6/18/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer