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Is Wet Food or Kibble Best?
Always feed wet food (grain-free, low starch) or a raw meat diet. Wet food mirrors what they would eat in the wild and prevents CRF
Roger Biduk says never feed kibble to your cat (not the best for dogs either) for several reasons. “Most kibble only contains 10% moisture while wet food and raw meats come in at around 75%, which is the similar to the amount of moisture in an animal that a feline or canine would eat in the wild. This is the reason kidney disease is unheard of in nature. Many kibble brands with bad ingredients such as “prescription diets” also contains huge amounts of starch / sugar/ carbohydrates which cause all sorts of serious health problems and is used as garbage fillers and as a binder for the dry food. Years ago, two of my cats died from CRF because of being fed garbage veterinarian-recommended kibble [Hill's Prescription Diet].”
10 Reasons Why Dry Food is Bad for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM
Making Cat Food by Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM
Feeding Your Cat: Know the Bacics of Feline Nutrition by Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM
Transforming Feline Dry Food Addicts to Canned Food by Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM
On CRF (Chronic Renal Failure): Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM, states, “It is troubling to think about the role that chronic dehydration plays in feline kidney failure. And remember, cats are chronically dehydrated when they are on a diet of predominantly dry food.” Here’s a brilliant article from Dr. Pierson that explains everything.
I consider Dr. Pierson’s website CatInfo.org as the absolute best and most complete resource on feline health and nutrition on the internet… follow her advice and your cats should live a great, long, vet-free life well into their mid to late twenty’s… all of mine certainly have.
If not feeding a balanced, species-appropriate, enzyme-rich raw meat diet then always feed wet food (grain-free, high protein, low starch, low carbohydrates) or a mixture of wet and kibble. Use good dry food as a treat. Wet food mirrors what they would eat in the wild and is best by far.
For the last 40 million years in the wild, canines and felines drank very little water. Dogs have gotten approximately 70% & cats 80% of their water needs from the kill (wet food), always keeping their kidneys hydrated.
Dry food was invented only for the convenience of humans and for the HUGE profits of the pet food industry, unfortunately to the detriment of the health of our animal companions and some food may cause a host of illnesses leading to premature death including Chronic Renal Failure (CRF), a main cause of death that doesn’t even exist in the wild!
CRF (Chronic Renal Failure) is a major, premature killer of dogs and is 600% more common in cats… and it’s mostly PREVENTABLE…!
In fact, if you have or have had a cat or know of someone who does, it’s almost certain you know of a cat that had died from kidney disease or CRF… and it’s mostly PREVENTABLE…!
CRF is a degenerative, fatal disease that hardly exists in the wild, if at all, and is mainly caused by feeding a 100% kibble diet; and it doesn’t matter how good the ingredients in that kibble are.
It has to do with the moisture content; in the wild, cats (obligate carnivores) get approximately 70% and dogs (carnivores) 60% of their water needs from the kill [raw meat] keeping their kidneys constantly hydrated.
Kibble is approximately only 10% moisture while canned foods and raw meats are around 75%.
“As a result, cats have a low thirst drive and don’t drink water until they are about 3% dehydrated—a dehydration level so serious that most [good] veterinarians would consider giving intravenous fluids. Dogs have a higher thirst drive and will drink more readily, so they are less prone to dehydration” says Dr. Jean Hovre, DVM.
Feeding a high carbohydrate / high srarch / high sugar (cats and dogs have a zero need for carbohydrates!) 100% kibble diet along with the dehydration that comes with it causes or contributes to many serious health issues often leading to premature death such as:
IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
Urinary crystals and stones
FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disorder)
And of course, kidney disease and CRF (Chronic Renal Failure)
Feeding good grain-free, high protein/low carbohydrate/low starch canned food or a balanced, raw meat diet contributes to NONE of the above…!
At the very least, mix a good high protein/low carbohydrate/low starch kibble with the aforementioned type of canned foods.
Unfortunately for cats/dogs, I’ve met or am aware of so many bad veterinarians who treat the above mentioned illnesses and diseases by selling “prescription diets”… I (along with all of the holistic/integrative vets I know of) still have not seen one of these “prescription diets” that make the conditions better and not worse… you just have to look at the horrible ingredients.
“Always keep in mind that water flowing through the urinary tract system is the most important factor in keeping it healthy… not any of the expensive, low-quality, “prescription diets” often recommended by [bad allopathic] veterinarians.
Unfortunately, many of these people and their veterinarians have missed the point of water… water… water and have continued to put the cat in danger by feeding / prescribing a dry food diet – including any and all of the “prescription dry diets”. They are expensive and contain low quality, species-inappropriate ingredients” says Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM.
“Many veterinarians still insist that a renal diet should be low in protein despite studies that show aging pets – including those with kidney disease – need more, not less protein” says Dr. Karen Becker, DVM,
Here’s two excellent pages and video from Dr. Becker “Why do so Many Domestic Cats Have Chronic Kidney Failure”? and “Canine Kidney Failure: Causes, Treatment and Prevention”
“Recent research suggests a link between vaccination for feline distemper and immune-mediated inflammation of the kidneys, which is also thought to be a major cause of CRF.
“Annual boosters for distemper are COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. A cat with kidney disease should not be vaccinated at all” says Dr. Hovre.
If being fed only a kibble diet, cats/dogs have to drink up to 6X their usual water needs to make up for not eating a wet/raw food diet… and they never do.
Read these great articles which applies to both cats and dogs and why wet food is best along with other topics:
CatInfo.org; Common Sense – Health Cats by Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM
Common Sense – Commercial Canned Foods by Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM
Why Cats Need Canned Foods by Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM
YourDiabeticCat.com Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, DVM, JD. The best site on the internet for a diabetic cat.
Remember; NEVER blindly trust your veterinarian… It’s up to all pet parents to make informed decisions that will ultimately affect the heath and lives of their cats/dog.
And I would always, always visit or if none are located in my area do a phone consultation with a good holistic vet regarding diet, vaccination protocols or drug therapies…