What defines semi-moist commercial cat food?FamilyPet
Semi moist foods should not be the sole source of nutrition available to your cat.
These are the foods that come in packets and are essentially soft kibble. More expensive than kibble, they usually contain dyes to make them more visually appealing to cat owners, and almost always contain chemical preservatives.
Both dyes and preservatives have been linked to a number of health problems, including allergies and hyperactivity. Semi moist foods also tend to stick to the teeth and gums, promoting the development of tartar, and eventually, gum disease.
Whether you decide to select wet or dry food, you need to be sure it includes all the essential nutrients and is completely balanced. Also, remember that cats are strict meat-eaters; in fact, they lack the digestive enzymes to digest carbohydrates—and they must have taurine.
Besides semi-moist, cat foods also come in the following forms:
WET (CANNED): Some people argue that canned wet food is best, because of the high animal-source protein, but others say it can create a host of dental problems. If you feed your cat wet, be sure to make routine dental visits a regular part of the schedule.
DRY: If your cat only eats dry food, she is likely to be getting less nutrition than a cat eating wet food. Many low quality dry foods contain a lot of fillers and carbohydrates which the cat doesn’t want or need. In the wild, carbohydrates are only about five percent of a cat’s diet, what the wild cat gets from ingesting the stomach contents of her prey.
Cats on dry food-only diets are slightly more prone to obesity and diabetes than cats who eat wet food, partly because of the high carbohydrate levels and partly because of dried kibble’s ease in being used for free-feeding.
Canned food averages 78 percent water and dry food averages 10 percent. Therefore, experts suggest that if you feed your cat dry food, she should drink approximately one cup of water for every ten pounds of body weight in a 24-hour period. In warm weather, she’ll need even more. Cats on canned food diets only need to consume one-third to one-half that amount of water.