Serving a Combo Diet of Wet and Dry Food
There are advantages to feeding a cat a combination of both wet and dry food ensuring your feline enjoys the benefits both meal plans have to offer.
• Dry food is very convenient to serve, especially if you cat is a nibbler and returns to her food bowl at regular intervals throughout the day.
• Kibble also has a “cleaning action” on the teeth helping to prevent a tartar buildup and maintaining good dental hygiene.
• Wet food recipes contain moisture, which is essential to overall nutritional health. Many cats don’t drink enough!
• Wet food is great if you need to “hide” medication that she may resist swallowing.
• As cats age, and possibly have dental issues, wet food is easier to eat and to digest.
Introducing Wet Food
It’s a good idea to initially offer wet food as a treat in a saucer or small plate. A heaped teaspoon is sufficient. You can also consider adding a teaspoon of wet food as a “topping” to her dry food.
Placing it in a microwave for about 3-5 seconds will enhance the aroma and may entice a reluctant cat to try the treat serving. (Make sure it’s only lukewarm when serving and not hot.)
Choose a recipe that contains the same protein that your cat is currently eating in a dry formula. Cats, just like people enjoy different tastes as well as different textures. Both the Wellness Complete Health Grain-Free wet options and the recipes available in the CORE Grain-Free recipes offer a huge selection of both different protein flavors as well as textures options.
The Wellness Complete Grain-Free line-up includes Pâtés, Gravies as well as Minced, Morsels and Sliced texture options. The CORE Grain-Free selection includes convenient little bowls offering combos such as beef pâté and diced chicken liver in gravy, pouches of shredded proteins such as chicken served in a light broth. Also there are cans of chunky cuts of beef and chicken, as well as shredded tuna and salmon combos and pâté recipes. It’s simply a matter of experimenting. She may even find one of our Complete Health wet variety packs to be appealing as we’ve themed them based on flavors, such as Seafood Pâté. Cats will quickly demonstrate their favorites in terms of both taste and texture.
There is no need to worry if she turns up her nose at certain options because under the 100% Catisfaction Guarantee, the remainder of an opened product can be returned, along with the receipt, to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.
Introducing Dry Food
Once again, introduce the kibble in the form of a treat to a cat that is used to a wet food-only diet. You can simply put down 7 to 10 kibble pieces in a little dish or place them in a treat toy for her to discover for herself. Similarly, you can add some kibble as a topping to her wet food dinner. Once she accepts this mealtime addition, slowly increase the amount of dry food offered.
Working Out The Portion Sizes For A Combo Diet
It important to work out the right portions of both the wet food and the dry food you are serving daily to ensure that you are not overfeeding. The totally daily allowance depends on your cat’s weight. Wellness wet food offer guidelines on combining wet and dry food portions to ensure your cat is being fed the correct amount. Alternatively, you can consult with your veterinarian who is familiar with your cat’s diet and nutritional needs, or, contact Wellness to seek advice from a knowledgeable staff member.
A cat on a combo diet will often eat the wet food first. If you are worried about leaving wet food down in case it brings ants or, begins to perish from standing, consider serving it first thing in the morning or, alternatively, at a time when you are home, can monitor the meal and pick up the dish the moment she’s licked it clean. Then leave only the dry food out for intermittent nibbling.
Even with a combo diet, always make sure that there is plenty of fresh water available as it’s essential for your cat’s overall good health.