|Purred: Wed Aug 31, '11 7:23am PST |
|I've heard the thing about dry food cleaning teeth, and it seems so illogical. I thought it was old-school thinking, so it's odd that it would be recommended to your friend by multiple vets. I mean, how clean do your teeth feel after eating, say, potato chips? It seems to me that dry food would be MORE likely to stick to their teeth than wet food. This is all just my personal opinion.
My kittens were both on a half-wet half-dry diet, but recently transitioned to all-wet. Their vet said that it's better to have them on a high-protein low-carb diet, not speaking specifically about wet versus dry, but about making sure that kittens get plenty of protein and fat. From my research I learned that it seems to be easier to provide such a diet with wet food (or raw, but I don't have the skills or confidence for that).
For my kittens, one now about a year old and one about 5 months, an all-wet diet has worked very well. I've done the best I can to make sure that their foods are good quality with no grains or by-products, and that they have a variety of flavors and types. We're currently experimenting with a few new brands to add to the rotation. Since being on all-wet, they both drink less water but they pee just as much. That alone tells me that the wet food is providing more of what they need than the wet-dry combination diet.
Please post an update when you've decided whether or not to adopt one of these kittens! I hope you do. Good luck!
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