Feline Nutrition: Dry Food vs Canned Food

by Kathy Fatheree


Dr. Lisa A. Pierson, DVM is a strong advocate for natural nutrition for cats and is strongly against dry cat food. She states that “cats have a better chance at optimal health if they are fed a quality canned food diet instead of dry kibble.” Some highlights from her article are as follows:


  • Cats can better utilize animal-based proteins (meat) and derive much less nutritional support from plant-based proteins (grains).
  • A natural cat diet would consist of 6-9% carbohydrates. The average dry food contains 35-50% carbohydrates.
  • Grains are cheap. Dry food is convenient. Affordability and convenience sells.
  • The cat on dry food consumes approximately HALF the amount of water compared with a cat eating canned foods. This is a crucial point when one considers how common kidney and bladder problems are in the cat.
  • There is a very strong and extremely logical connection between the way that we are currently feeding our obligate carnivores and many of the life-threatening diseases that afflict them.

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Disclaimer: Kathy Fatheree is not at all a medical expert. Contents of this web site are a collection of Kathy’s assist feeding experiences as well as the experiences of other cat owners who have assist fed their cats. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, Kathy Fatheree or anyone associated with this web site cannot be held responsible for anything that may happen as a result of using the information on this site.