Why does pet food come in dry and canned va­ri­eties?

Animal Scene - - THE 411 -

Just like hu­mans, dif­fer­ent pets will have dif­fer­ent pref­er­ences and will seek va­ri­ety in their diet. In the US, dry kib­ble pro­vides the largest por­tion of calo­ries for Amer­ica’s pets, and ac­counts for more than 60% of all cat food and dog food sales. Dry pet food of­fers con­ve­nience as it is eas­ier to store and feed. For those who prac­tice free-feed­ing (let­ting the dog or cat feed it­self through­out the day with the use of a timed de­vice to re­lease food at in­ter­vals), kib­ble can be sim­ply left in the food bowl to give pets enough food to last an en­tire day, and pets can eat at their own pace without risk of spoilage.

Mean­while, wet food may be a bet­ter op­tion for those with pets that have cer­tain phys­i­o­log­i­cal chal­lenges such as miss­ing teeth, poorly aligned jaws, or smaller mouths, or for se­nior pets that have lost their sense of smell. Pets that are re­luc­tant to drink ad­e­quate amounts of wa­ter may also re­ceive some hy­dra­tion in wet food.

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