|Purred: Thu May 9, '13 9:26am PST |
|Actually, dry food does absolutely nothing for dental health It's a big myth about dry food cleaning teeth It's like a dentist telling a Human to eat crunchy hard pretzels to keep the teeth clean
You can read http://catinfo.org/#Dental_Disease for more info about dental health and diet.
The best way to keep any teeth clean is to brush daily. Use only pet toothpaste and a small pet toothbrush or finger brush. Here's a video of how to brush a cat's teeth: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/video/Teeth.htm
Now for your food question, dry food isn't good for a cat's health Catinfo.org goes into all the reasons why. Even grain-free dry food isn't good. No dry food has water in it which leads to a constant dehydrated cat. Cats don't drink enough water from a bowl to meet their daily need.
"Cheap" dry food tends to be full of fillers and junk quality ingredients They're the equivalent of potato chips, greasy hamburgers, and fried foods. It tastes good and is cheap and it's food you can survive on but you will likely have health problems later in life (obesity, diabetes, etc).
Personally, I feel that if some dry food must be fed for whatever reason, limit it to less than 10% of the diet and add extra water to the canned food to ensure good water intake.
Stella and Chewy's freeze dried raw food can be fed dry. The nugget shaped ones, not the pouches of mostly powder. Maybe you can feed that dry and also give canned food? Stella and Chewy's is a lot healthier than regular dry food.
Nature's Variety Instinct, Wellness Core, and Innova EVO are good grain-free dry foods you could feed.
Edited by author Thu May 9, '13 9:27am PST
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