Wet cat food comes in pouches or tins and is a popular option for feeding our feline friends. Wet food is made by mixing the meat or protein source with vegetables and added nutrients in a jelly or gravy. The food is then sterilised and packaged. Are you looking for the best wet cat food? Are you struggling to decide between all the brands offered? From Purina to Royal Canin, from Hills to Thrive, it can seem overwhelming. Read on for more information, and when you’ve made your decision you can order online here, with a 1-3 day weekday delivery, free shipping over £39, and our special 30-day return policy.
Pouches, or tinned wet cat food, are suitable to feed your cat as a sole diet if you choose a
‘complete’ diet. This means that they provide all the nutrition that your cat needs, from
protein to energy to vitamins, in the correct balance. Complementary, or mixer feeds, are
not suitable as a stand-alone food, as they do not contain the correct nutrients that your cat needs to thrive.
There are a huge variety of complete wet cat foods on the market. The most important
consideration is your cat’s age. Wet kitten food contains a very different balance of
nutrients from adult food, and senior cat food changes yet again. Making sure your cat is
being fed appropriate food for their life stage is important. You can also find diets tailored
to your cat’s breed and activity level, and to any health concerns.
Wet cat food has a high water content, which can be useful to maintain optimal hydration in
cats, who gain most of their water intake from food. Cats with certain health concerns such
as urinary and kidney concerns may benefit from being on a solely wet food diet. Any cat
with difficulty chewing or swallowing may find wet food easier – but this should be based on
advice from your veterinarian.
Some of our feline companions are very fussy with food, and wet food is often the most
appealing as it smells more intense. Cats have a highly developed sense of smell and are
fussy eaters, making them more likely to eat strong-smelling foods. On the other end of the
spectrum, chunkier cats can do well on wet food as it tends to make them feel fuller after
eating, which can make reducing their portions easier.
Wet food often comes packaged in handy portion sizes, which make it convenient. However,
it is then more difficult to change portion sizes by small amounts, for example, if you are
aiming for weight loss, or have a smaller than average cat. If you have to split a pouch or tin,
the remainder can be kept in the fridge.
Feeding a combination diet can be a good way of getting the benefits of both types of food.
However, it is important that both diets are appropriate for your cat in terms of their age
and lifestyle. It is also very easy to overfeed when opting for a combined diet. Obesity is a
growing problem amongst pet cats, so it is important to carefully calculate how much of
each diet they require to make up a normal daily ration.
Wet cat foods come in a huge range of flavours, types, textures, and brands. They also differ
in price. Some cheaper diets have less high-quality ingredients, often meaning that they
have to be fed in a larger quantity, so may not be as cost-effective as they seem.
Wet cat food often has a good shelf life, so can be bought in bulk. It is usually available in
pet stores and general shops but can be bulky to carry and transport. Buying online is a
quick and convenient option. Remember, buying at FirstVet gives you weekday delivery in 1-3 days, a 30-day returns
policy, and free shipping over £39!