Originally Posted by sharky
Most never do away with dry food just decerease it while increasing canned , raw or homemade.... are they currently used to having food at all times
Not to be nasty, but this is completely untrue. While Vets seem to still be debating whether Raw Food diets are good or bad for cats (most say it's "not recommended"), the dry food issue is considered settled (unfortunately, old-school Vets still tend to relate "old news" to pet-owners and often don't keep up on the changing facts about cats and what they are "meant" to eat for optimal health).
Dry food contains Carbohydrates which are completely and totally NOT meant for cats to eat. They are from desert-dwelling ancestors who ate primarily rodents, birds, and lizards and typically gained most moisture from the moisture in their prey. That is also why the average modern housecat STILL does not drink enough water even though they DO typically know "to drink some water".
Dry food not only further dehydrates cats (who don't drink enough to start with), but it also negates the moisture they're getting from Wet/Canned Foods. In addition, the high-carbohydrate levels in even "Organic" Dry Foods have absolutely ZERO nutritional value for cats because they are meant to live on meats and small amounts of vegetation. So anything you give that contains Carbs are basically doing them NO good as far as "health benefits" (at best) and are also a leading cause of Obesity and Diabetes in older cats (because while they can digest them and may enjoy them....carbs are not meant to be in their bodies at all).
My own Vet has confirmed this when I took my kitten for basic vetting and deworming. She said that Kittens can eat more (in general) since they are growing, but dry food is basically something that is only useful to the human that's feeding them (since we are often afraid we'll forget to feed them, are afraid they don't eat enough soft food, and like to pamper them since we love them).
My Vet suggested that I wean my cat off of dry food entirely (since it does nothing positive for cats) and switch him to a "wet-food-only" diet. It's also important to buy wet foods that are labeled "grain free" because regular brands ALSO contain grain/carbs because it's a cheap filler ingredient (including big names like Iams Kitten Formula).
So basically, the healthiest thing for a cat is to have NO table food ever, obviously NO cat treats (they are already known as "dangerous-only" for cats), and either zero dry food or only dry food as a "treat" on special occasions. And serving them 2 meals of soft food per day is the best diet for your cat, but only if you are using Grain-Free Soft foods. Anything that has grains has carbs and are to be avoided at all costs.
Even brands like "Wellness" (a popular grain-free brand) contain OTHER ingredients that aren't the best for cats.
A brand that I use and is highly recommended (for soft foods) is "Weruva: Cats in the Kitchen" packets of soft food. They are BPA-free, Grain Free, Gluten-Free and usually contain Pumpkin (a useful healthy addition to your cat's diet) and are my cat's absolute favorite. They are not the pureed kind, they're the kind with a "gravy sauce" which is good for hydration and the "meats" do not contain "by-products" and are also in slices/pieces that cats really like.
So eliminating dry food actually IS considered the best option for both kittens and cats, but especially for adult cats who are no longer growing.....and will just retain weight and develop the same problems humans who overeat/eat unhealthy develop. Obesity in cats has also been found to be linked to Cancer in Cats ....and we all want to avoid that, of course!!
Shop carefully and look for "no carbs, no grain, gluten free" and you can be reasonably assured you are feeding your cat the optimal diet for optimal health throughout their lives.