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What Is the Healthiest Wet Cat Food?

 
By MarĂ­a Besteiros, Expert veterinary assistant and canine/feline hairdresser.. Updated: June 21, 2020
What Is the Healthiest Wet Cat Food?

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When choosing what to feed our cat, wet food is one of the most popular options. This is because not only do cats enjoy wet cat food more than dry food but wet food tends to be a healthier option too. Nevertheless, it's important we know which brands are truly healthy for our cats.

In this AnimalWised article we're going to explain how to identify the healthiest wet cat food as well as give you some examples of brands.

You may also be interested in: Do Cats Need Wet Food or Is Dry Cat Food Enough?

Is wet food good for cats?

In the wild, cats primarily feed on small prey such as birds, rodents, and even lizards. These provide them with all the proteins they need as well as a very high percentage of water that they need.

When we feed our cats high quality dry food, although they receive the nutrition they need, it will not have enough water. Our cat will need to drink enough water to complete their needs. However, many cats do not reach it and can be dehydrated.

That's why wet cat food, when well made and processed, is healthy for cats and ideal for their natural diet. In fact, contrary to popular belief, wet food generally contains fewer calories than dry food. That's why it's recommended for obese cats that are on a weight-loss diet.

The best brands of wet cat food

To choose healthy wet food for our cat we have to take certain aspects into consideration. Firstly, we must remember that, although cats may eat some vegetables at times, they are carnivorous animals. Therefore, their wet food must have meat as their first and main ingredient. Many wet cat food contains viscera. Although it's not safe for humans, it's said to be safe for animal consumption.

Another aspect we need to focus on is fat. Cats need essential fatty acids in order to be healthy. Other than protein and fat, they also need small amounts of vitamins and minerals. As for carbohydrates, they are not essential for cats. Some high-quality wet cat food are:

  • Sheba Paté Perfect Portions: is made without grains, corn, wheat, or soy and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Just high quality meat for your feline. They offer different flavors such as chicken, turkey and beef.

  • Purina Fancy Feast: offers high quality meat with a touch of milk and extra vitamins and minerals for your cat's wellbeing. This cat wet food is creamier than others.
  • Wellness Paté for Kittens: contains lean meat, healthy fats and vegetables. It doesn't contain any grains, corn, wheat or artificial flavors. Made by nutritionalists and veterinarians for the best nutritional value.
  • Meow Mix Wet Food: offers a variety of complete and balanced wet food for adult cats including: tuna, salmon, crab and shrimp.

These are all available on amazon and even perhaps in your local pet shop. If you're curious, we encourage you to check out our article about if cats can eat dog food.

What Is the Healthiest Wet Cat Food? - The best brands of wet cat food

Homemade recipes for cats

Homemade food is another great alternative as you can choose high quality meat and cook it yourself. You can also combine homemade food with dry or wet cat food. By this we mean, feeding them wet food in the morning and homemade food at night.

Remember to always thoroughly cook the meat and add a bit of grains or vegetables to add some more nutritional value. Here are some recipe ideas you can try at home:

  • Homemade meat recipe: 100 grams of grilled chicken or rabbit meat, 35 grams of grilled heart or liver meat, 5 grams of cooked egg yolk and 10 grams of roasted or boiled pumpkin. Just mix and serve warm. You can season it with a few drops of fish oil.
  • Homemade fish recipe: 1 can of salmon, 1 tablespoon of boiled broccoli and 1 tablespoon of cooked oats. You can also add a few drop of fish oil.
  • Homemade chicken recipe: 1 cup of chicken, 1 tablespoon of sunflower seed oil, 1-2 tablespoon of vegetable broth or water.
  • Homemade beef recipe: 1 cup of ground beef, 1/2 cup of cooked rice, 1 tablespoon of mashed carrot and a couple of fish oil drops.

Other homemade cat recipes

If you want more homemade recipes for cats, you will find them in the following links:

We also invite you to watch our Youtube video about a chicken recipe for cats. Does your cat prefer wet or dry food? Let us know in the comments below!

If you want to read similar articles to What Is the Healthiest Wet Cat Food?, we recommend you visit our Healthy diets category.

Bibliography
  • Vicent Cruz, Verónica. BARF diet for dogs: Complete guide to feed your dog with natural food.

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