A lot of owners prefer to feed their cats dry food, whether as a solitary source of food or in addition to wet food meals. Many cats live a long and perfectly healthy life eating kibble, as long as they are given access to water to ensure that they remain fully hydrated.
In these cases, or if your cat suffers from painful teeth or dental hygiene issues, there are some steps you can take to soften dry food and make it easier for your cat to feast on.
Why Feed Dry Food?
Several benefits are afforded by feeding your cat dry food, rather than wet:
How To Make Dry Cat Foods Soft
Despite the benefits of dry food, some cats cannot stomach it. Some simply don’t like the texture. Some find it too painful to crunch down on dry kibble. Whatever the reason, you can try the following methods to make dry food softer and increase the likelihood of your cat eating it all.
1. Add Water
The simplest method of moistening dry food is simply to add water. Try a ratio of 1 cup of kibble to about a ¼ cup of water. Use warm water because this will soak into the kibble more easily, add it to the kibble, leave for 10 minutes, and then serve it to your cat.
Bear in mind that over the day, the moisture will dry up and the moist kibble will turn to a kibble cement, so be prepared to lift your cat’s food bowl after an hour or two. You can serve the food still in any remaining water, or you can drain the water away and just serve damp kibble, whichever your cat prefers.
2. Add Cat Gravy
Human gravy tends to be salted and may contain additional unwanted ingredients like onion or garlic, but you can buy packets of so-called cat gravy. This is unsalted and is essentially the gravy that is added to some wet food recipes.
You can buy pouches of the gravy and add one to your cat’s food, but you need to check the amount that you feed and remember that this will count towards your cat’s daily food, calorie, and protein intake, so you should feed less kibble.
3. Mix With Wet Food
Another alternative is to feed the kibble with wet food. Again, adjust the amount you feed accordingly to ensure that you don’t overfeed. The simplest way to adjust feeding amounts is to give half the recommended amount of wet food and half the recommended amount of kibble.
4. Try Cat Milk
Most cats are lactose intolerant, and you and your cat will regret you feeding normal milk. Even lactose-free milk is high in fat. Feline milk is a special formula that is safe and makes a tasty treat for your cats. Buy this and add a little to your cat’s kibble, but do remember that this too should be counted towards your cat’s daily food intake. Thus, you will have to reduce the amount of food that you feed every day as a result of giving some of this milk.
5. Try Meat Toppers
Meat toppers are usually small pouches of food that can be used to pep up boring kibble. They are sprinkled on top of kibble. Some of them are quite moist and adding some of these toppers to your cat’s kibble will make them more palatable. It will improve the smell and the appeal to your cat, while also improving the taste.
How To Soften Dry Cat Food
Ensuring good nutrition for your cat is important. This not only means providing the right amounts of protein, carbs, and fat, daily, but it means ensuring that you feed something your cat will enjoy and that benefits them in other ways.
Dry kibble is convenient, cheaper than wet food, and it usually means less mess before and after eating, but not all cats enjoy it and some might find it impossible to eat the hard kibble. Above are five methods you can use to help effectively soften cat kibble and make mealtimes better for both of you.
Remember to properly monitor the amount of food your cat is eating, which includes moistening ingredients like gravy or milk, and also bear in mind that moistening food in this way means that you might not be able to leave it down for day-long grazing like you used to.
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