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AyeAyeFishyPie Fri 17-Feb-17 10:55:11

I have a 6 year old rescue cat. When we got her we put her on half dry half wet - both high quality, grain free etc. She is in the vets today for a dental (how I wish I had checked that, her teeth were bad when we rescued her). The vet has suggested getting rid of the wet or at least giving it to her less regularly. But I am worried about her kidneys.
She is an indoor cat. At the moment she has dry in the morning and wet at night. What would u do?

WingsAloft Fri 17-Feb-17 11:22:03

Personally I don't like giving cats a dry-only diet, partly because of kidney concerns if they don't drink enough, partly because (my) cats seem to take genuine pleasure in eating wet food and meat, and I don't want to deprive them of that sensory experience. Having half the diet as dry food should be enough.

Have you tried giving your girl chicken wings or necks as toothbrushes? Otherwise maybe make both meals half dry, half wet so she's getting her teeth scrubbed twice a day.

AyeAyeFishyPie Fri 17-Feb-17 11:46:15

Yep tried the chicken - she looks at me like 'wtf', bats it around and then runs away.

Soubriquet Fri 17-Feb-17 11:48:46

Give her it less regularly

My cat gets one portion of wet food a day as her evening meal

That's it.

The rest of the time she has dry food so she can go and eat when she wants to. It's down all day for her

I've seen her drink too so I'm not worried about her kidneys

AyeAyeFishyPie Fri 17-Feb-17 12:00:27

Sobriquet that's how often she has it at the moment - dry in the morning, wet at night

PolterGoose Fri 17-Feb-17 12:02:52

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WingsAloft Fri 17-Feb-17 12:25:54

Some vets I've encountered have swallowed the line sold to them by the pet food manufacturers about the best food for cats being dry only. I stopped listening to those vets years ago. Find a happy balance that works for you and your cat. Mine have grain free dry food out all the time and an evening meal of either fresh meat or tinned food, though at the moment they're all being spoilt with extra meat at other times as well.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Fri 17-Feb-17 12:39:16

Harry has a pouch morning and evening and, if he's eaten that, I'll put a small amount of biscuits down. I daren't leave a large bowl down all the time as the little gannet will eat the lot!

I'm probably going to have change to one pouch a day at some point as two a day is getting a bit expensive. He'll be happy as he prefers biscuits!

TheNoodlesIncident Fri 17-Feb-17 22:42:38

OP have you considered getting this. I bought some for our cat as the vet said she had tartar building up on her teeth. You don't need to brush their teeth with it thankfully as the enzymes will have an effect without that. I put a 1 cm long blob on a spoon for the cat to lick off.

Also do have a water supply away from the food area - my cat particularly treasures my bedside water glass for this and often comes for a drink after she's had some dry food at night. (I however no longer use this one, I have a narrow bore glass she can't get her furry face into grin )

Chocolou Fri 17-Feb-17 22:59:02

My lovely cat had the same. A friend who is a specialist in this area said the oral gel was useless. Best bet is to get hills science dental dry biscuits. It's scientifically proven to work. You tube it. It's very impressive.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Fri 17-Feb-17 23:03:01

We tried that choc - the little sod wouldn't eat them! They were quite big though and he's lost a lot of teeth so it might have been off putting for him. He didn't seem to understand I was trying to preserve his remaining teeth!

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