Sharky will be around to give you some good advice on the specifics.
I will weigh in with my feelings on the wet/dry thing. There are A LOT of differing opinions 'out there' on this issue...you may have already found that some people say that dry food is evil and others say the same thing about wet. It comes down to arming yourself with all of the info out there, finding out what your cats will or won't eat vs. what they do well on, what fits your lifestyle and budget, and whether you want to be able to get the food at the corner store, pet store, feed store, or mail order it. There are tons of choices.
|I have heard that wet is best, and if I do get wet can they be on an entire wet diet or should there be dry in there too?
IMO, you don't have to feed dry. In my household, if things were perfect (which they aren't) ...we would be on all wet and/or raw and I would feed dry as 'treats' or small 'snacks'. I don't think I would cut it out COMPLETELY, because they do seem to enjoy it, and I like to spoil them.
But it would be like a treat. That said, we still have bowls of dry out here...I can't have everything I want, yet.
|Is it true that wet feeding is better than dry, are there any benefits to dry?
IMO, there are no great HEALTH benefits with dry. Some say it cleans the teeth but I personally don't give that thought much merit. I think there is some research somewhere that states that in an experiment, tube fed cats still got tartar buildup on their teeth (even though food was never in their mouth). It *can* be easier and *slightly* cheaper to feed all dry, but for the long term overall health benefit I like canned. Again, just my opinion. This subject is something I've lost sleep over recently.
|How much wet would wet food cost compared to dry (more or less and by how much)?
That will vary widely depending on the brands and how much your cats eat.
It costs me approximately $5-$6 a day to feed 8 cats a 50/50 split of premium wet and prescription dry. To go "all wet" of those same premium brands would be $7-$8 for 8 cats
, feeding from only the huge
more economical cans...make it as much as $10 if I want anything in smaller cans. But your numbers would be a lot less with just 2 cats.
|And I need some suggestions on good wet and dry foods (i'd like an all life stages food if you know of any since I have a 8 month kitten and a 2 yr. old cat) and a the cheapest good food you know (wet or dry) would be very helpful.
I'll let someone else cover that.
We like Eagle Pack, Merrick, Nutro, and Wellness right now. Blue Spa went over pretty well too.
That was probably more than you ever wanted to know. LOL