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Cat Nutrition Benefits of Mixed Feeding

The art of mixing

The term “mixed-feeding” is a commonly used term to describe a nutritional routine that involves feeding your cat, or kitten, a mix of wet and dry food. Not only could mixed-feeding have a positive impact on your cat's overall wellbeing through providing balanced nutrition, and a more pleasurable eating experience, but it may also bring measurable benefits that contribute to overcoming a number of health challenges throughout your cat's life.

Kitten feeding: “Diversity right from the start”

As you may already be aware, your kitten's dietary preferences are first influenced by her mother's nutritional routine, and, again, later influenced by the nutritional routine you establish during her first year. With this in mind, it is thought to be highly beneficial to your kitten if you expose her to a variety of foods as early in life as possible in order to broaden her dietary preferences from an early age. This is especially relevant when it comes to mixing wet and dry foods as it allows your cat to take full advantage of the potential ‘urinary’ and ‘weight control’ benefits of wet foods later on in life at a time when she most needs them - following neutering.

It is recommended that, between the ages of 2 and 3 months, you present your kitten with a variety of different foods, all whilst respecting adequate diet transition periods for new recipes. Through providing this diverse experience so early on, your cat will, upon reaching adulthood, more readily accept a variety of foods and reduce her tendency to reject new foods. In a nutshell, your cat may be less fussy!

A word from the Dr Corinne Lesaine, Perfect Fit’s consulting veterinarianWhile kittens usually prefer novelty in food, and enjoy the process of discovering smells, flavours and textures, it has been observed that in stressful situations they often revert to more familiar ‘comforting’ foods and refuse new foods. It is therefore beneficial to create a favourable environment for your kitten, so she can vary her eating experiences and be less likely to develop into a fussy eater!”

Mixed feeding benefits for cats by Perfect Fit


“Your neutered cat’s love for food”

By the age of one, 93% of adult cats are neutered1 , and 10% of cats live indoors, which are two phenomena that can lead to a sedentary lifestyle which, among modern cats, may increase the likelihood of health complications such as weight gain or urinary problems. Added to this, once an adult, a subsequent decrease in activity also occurs. It is therefore crucial for your cat’s wellbeing that upon neutering, her food portion be adjusted according to her 'ideal weight'. Your veterinarian will be able to guide you on this matter and answer your questions at the time of neutering.

A word from the Dr Corinne Lesaine, Perfect Fit™ consulting veterinarian –After neutering, your cat may be prone to gain more weight. The common trap cat owners should look to avoid is increasing portion-sizes proportionally to their cat's increase in body weight, thinking that their cat is still growing.

One efficient weight control method is to use mixed-feeding, combining kibbles with wet food, e.g.1 pouch a day. The high moisture content in the wet food means that a larger portion of food can be fed for the same number of calories, helping your cat to stay in good shape.

On top of this, mixing wet and dry food can combine the benefits of each type, such as helping cats maintain good water balance and promoting urinary tract health,. It also provides your cat with the opportunity to experience a greater variety in her diet, which she might enjoy!”

Older cats nutrition

When your cat pays less attention to her water intake, urinary troubles could become a new concern. The benefits of mixed-feeding are more important than ever at this stage of her life as 2 pouches of wet food a day2 can satisfy 73% of her recommended daily water intake! For instance, British Shorthair, Persian and Siamese breeds may be at a higher risk of “urinary stones”, solids formed from minerals in the urine, which can make it difficult and painful for your cat to urinate:

Fact: According to a WALTHAM study3, cats that were fed high moisture diets were more physically active than those whose diet was lower in moisture. Well, there you have it!

And on a final note…

Perfect Fit™ has been developed based on the expertise of the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition. These products take into account the evolution of your cat’s modern lifestyle and her current needs. However, we believe that your cat’s wellbeing goes well beyond her stomach. Healthy nutrition is obviously ‘a must’, but we believe that physical exercise and playful interaction are also essential to her wellbeing in order to help provide her with the best quality of life, one that she can enjoy from her first years through to old age.

  • 1 Ipsos Pet Ownership Study 2016.
  • 2 For an average 4 kg adult cat. WALTHAM® Science.
  • 3 Cameron 2010, Alexander 2013, WALTHAM® Science.



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