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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 comes in at around 78% and raw meats at 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 cheap kibble brands also contains huge amounts of starch 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 veterinarian-recommended kibble.”
10 Reasons Why Dry Food is Bad for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Jean Hofve, 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-twenty’s… all of mine certainly have.
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 60% & cats 70% 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 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 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 are 78% and raw meats 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 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, 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)