Originally Posted by Critter Colony
everyone has a different opinion on this vets and owners alike,, I have always had my cats on a dry food diet and my last cat lived to be 20. I worked as a vet tech for a few years and we always recommended feeding dry unless there was a medical reason why not,, I know there have been studies and trials anc such but more often than not I have seen cats get overweight on canned food,, as long as the cat has a good water source they should be fine,, should,, cats naturally go for moving water,, so get a water fountain or leave your faucet going at a trickle,, (thats what my friend does) but yes I do agree that cats dont get enough water from dry food they need a water source as well.
As a vet tech, have often does your clinic do dentals? How often do you have to treat kidney disease? How often do you hear complaints of vomiting (something that seems to be thought of as "normal" for cats these days!)?
Yes, cats prefer moving water. Those fountains are great. But even with a fountain, most cats just aren't drinking enough water. They're meant to get moisture from their food.
High-quality canned food doesn't make cats overweight, free-feeding, too many treats, poor diet, and lack of exercise do. But the cats at your clinic are probably not being fed a good canned food anyway. If they're getting canned Science Diet or something it's not much better than dry. Also, dry food is just as likely, if not more, to make a cat overweight. It's often free-fed, too.
Lifespan isn't the only measure of health and can be more about genetics than diet, anyway.
Dry food isn't the best for dogs but most dogs do just fine on high-quality dry because they'll drink enough water to compensate. Unfortunately, cats don't and so it's impossible for me to ever
recommend a dry food