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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Is it okay to soak dry food in water and give it to my cats to eat? One of my cats really likes it that way. I mix about 2 cups of dry food with 2.5 cups of water, soak for 2 hours, smoosh it and keep it in the fridge until gone. Do you see any harm in doing this?
post #2 of 21
In our heat and humidity here I've seen it grew mold quickly when the ferals don't eat all I've out out for them, in an indoor controlled climate I don't think a small amount would be dangerous but I wouldn't leave out more than they would eat at one sitting.
post #3 of 21
Several people told me that bacteria grows very quickly when you mix dry food with water, and that the food should be consumed within 30 minutes...
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
Several people told me that bacteria grows very quickly when you mix dry food with water, and that the food should be consumed within 30 minutes...
That is also my understanding. The more knowledgable folks don't recommend it. It is better to buy a wet food that is not so pricey but fair quality. Sharky is our resident guru on food - she will be along to guide you.
post #5 of 21
I wouldn't store it in the fridge. I would only make as much as your cat needs to eat, and dispose of the leftovers.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
I will stop doing it then, I don't want my baby to get sick. The reason why I started this is because Angel won't eat any wet food. I tried several types. He only likes dry. I didn't do it because I wanted to save money. He just really likes it that way. I guess I will keep trying to find a wet food he will eat.
Thanks guys.
post #7 of 21
That's funny, the one of mine who absolutely refuses anything but kibble is also named Ange! My grand daughter named her, after a few encounters the vet techs all choke on her name, she is so far from angelic! Ten pounds of Siamese mix determination, she rules the house even with only three legs!
post #8 of 21
I wonder why that is..why so many cats refuse can? Gigi will eat it, but it takes hours. I'll dish some out, put it back (fridge); take it out a few hours later...eats a little, put back; and one more time. Then at night I wind up giving her a handful of crunchies...which are gone by morning. Eventually she eats her wet food, but she sure isn't a member of the clean plate club and would much rather crunch all night! Argh! Why?? I've had cats that were the opposite..totally spoiled to "cannie" and wouldn't eat their dry without it! I tried adding chicken broth to Gigi's crunchies once and she refused to eat it. Humph!
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
I know, it's so crazy. My other cat only eats wet but I have to sprinkle it with fresh chicken or turkey pieces otherwise whe won't eat it. Her name is princess!
post #10 of 21
I do this everyday. Soaked in the fridge. It is eaten within minutes of serving. This is the cat that eats ANYTHING edible when the opportunity presents itself, from salad, popcorn, fruits, vegetables, just anything, cold, hot, doesn't matter.
post #11 of 21
I think its ok to do it that way especially if your pet love it that way.
post #12 of 21
After Fiona had oral surgery, our vet tech recommended either giving her canned food OR soaking her food before feeding it to her. She didn't mention the possibility of bacteria...

It didn't end up mattering though, because even with stitches in her mouth, Fiona would only eat hard food anyway.
post #13 of 21
As I've written (complained!) several times, my cats are very picky about canned food. Have you tried different textures? Some like shredded meat in gravy but dislike the pate or loaf-style foods.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by motoko9 View Post
As I've written (complained!) several times, my cats are very picky about canned food. Have you tried different textures? Some like shredded meat in gravy but dislike the pate or loaf-style foods.
I ended up trying about 12 different wet foods before I found 2 flavours of Merricks that Bijou would eat.
post #15 of 21
I just started adding water to Cupidos dry
I time it 15min then serve it 15min then throw it out
I think I will wean him off dry as soon as I have enough wet foods

the person with the no canned food kitty
have you tried freeze dried like stella and chewys or wysong archetype
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I ended up trying about 12 different wet foods before I found 2 flavours of Merricks that Bijou would eat.
Do you think it's a coincidence that Bijou and two of my guys are Siamese? Maybe...but my cats do seem opinionated sometimes!
post #17 of 21
and wet food is an option?? Adding water to dry sounds really gross.
post #18 of 21
My current foster kittens will not eat dry, so I mix a handful of kitten kibble with water and half a small can of wet. It only takes a couple of minutes for the dry food to absorb the water, by which time I usually have three or four kittens climbing up my legs! They eat every scrap within five minutes of it going on the floor, so there is no question of it getting mould. They get four meals like that a day. They also have a bowl of just dry, but are only learning to like it gradually.
post #19 of 21
I have not had a single cat eat dry food moistened--all of Ginger's kitten refused it as well.

Leslie
post #20 of 21
I bought a can of before grain chicken added it to moistened dry
it got rid of constipation but loose stools wasnt my goal
I am going to try evo 95% chicken and turkey next
post #21 of 21
Since it has been so hot here lately i have added 3 oz of water to each 3 oz of food that i feed my cats. I don't even let it soak, and it is gone in five minutes or less. I figure the more moisture/water that they will drink the better.
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