I agree with what sharky and kitytize said and just wanted to chime in.
I read the links that Tutti Bella provided. I’ve never heard of this woman --- I don’t have Sirius radio and I haven’t read her book --- but it’s obvious that she’s very passionate about the well-being of cats. And that’s a good thing.
Having said that, she tends to make such over the top statements that can’t possibly be correct, that in my mind she really loses a lot of credibility and tends to sound more fanatical than anything else. And I for one tend to tune fanatics out, no matter what the topic is, even though inevitably there is a little bit of truth and good advice mixed in.
“Dry food is kitty crack. It's addictive, and incredibly harmful to your cat.” And “dry food will eventually kill cats.” Come on. It’s one thing for members of this site to semi-jokingly refer to Fancy Feast as “kitty crack”. It’s quite another for someone who writes books and has a radio show to say it about all dry food. And describing all dry food as “incredibly harmful” is so excessive…Does she mean that people who care enough to feed top of the line dry food like Orijen and Wellness and California Natural are doing incredibly harmful things to their cat? Wow. What about the vast majority of cat owners who feed the cheapest garbage imaginable? Should they get the Michael Vick treatment?
On balance, is the average canned food better nutritionally than the average dry? Absolutely. But even the average dry isn’t “harmful” or “killing” your cat.
“When you start to feed cats wet food, their personalities will change, anywhere from 10% to 100%, toward affectionate and relaxed.” This very general statement cannot possibly be proven, and besides, 10% to 100% is about as large of a range as numerically possible. It’s so wide that it’s virtually meaningless. I mean, there’s a huge difference between 10% and 100%, wouldn’t you say?
“The average lifespan of an indoor cat is 21 years.” Impossible. Most indoor-only cats simply do not even reach 20 years of age --- I guess it must be all that dry food that their evil uncaring owners fed them all those years --- so how can the average lifespan be 21 years?
Bottom line --- I’d take a lot of what she says with a grain of salt, particularly when it comes to her take on food. Dr. Lisa Pierson is just as much of an anti-dry food advocate as Tracie Hotchner, but at her website she presents her arguments and approaches in a much more rational fashion, IMO.