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Quick question for those who feed both wet and dry food

post #1 of 28
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Do you feed them together or at separate meals?

I've always fed dry in the morning and wet early evening (then a little more dry at bedtime) but that's mainly for convenience. I was just wondering what other people do.
post #2 of 28
Polly is supposed to eat as much wet as possible, but she likes dry, so I let her have a little. I meal feed because Polly and Prego eat different foods. I offer her both at each meal. She likes to eat most of the wet then nibble a little dry then wet and back and forth.
post #3 of 28
I free-feed dry and give her wet around noon (oddly enough that's when I'm usually home, ah, college). I don't need to meal-feed because Zissou is in no danger of being fat, if anything I'm worried she's a little skinny but she's growing like a weed still, and still on the kitten food.
post #4 of 28
I free feed dry and feed wet once a day at about 6 in the evening.
post #5 of 28
We free-fed our cat dry food and then put a half a can of wet food at night time
post #6 of 28
My three get their wet food breakfast around 7am when I get up and dry food free feeding the rest of the time -- this may change though as one of my guys is getting hefty.
post #7 of 28
Kandie is feed on demand she eats raw and canned ...
Zoey eats free at night and when Kandie eats during the day
post #8 of 28
I free feed kibble and feed 1/2 a can twice a day one in the AM and PM.
post #9 of 28
Dry is out all day...and 1/2 can of wet for brkfst & dinner, also some kitten milk in the am. If I don't give her the milk she sits at the fridge and cries.
post #10 of 28
about 1/2 cup dry free fed (Mika usually eats most of this) and wet twice a day, morning and evening.
post #11 of 28
Jamie gets a dry meal in the morning, and a can in the evening.
post #12 of 28
When Elmo used to eat wet and dry food he used to get his wet in the morning (cooler - flies etc) and he had free flow dry feed.
post #13 of 28
We free feed dry, and the three share a small can of wet in the morning and another in the evening.
post #14 of 28
I wet feed for breakfast and dinner and leave about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of dry food out during the day. she will be one year old in September.
post #15 of 28
Wet food twice a day with a side order of dry twice a day. 1/4 of a can morning and night and 1/8 of a cup dry morning and night with freeze dried meat treats and a CET chew at night. If some of the wet food is not eaten then I have to feed more dry food. If Rosie eats most of the wet then Spotty gets more dry and Rosie is not fed until the next meal. I adjust accordingly. On weekends when I'm home I sometimes split a 3 ounce can of wet for lunch instead of putting out dry food for the morning. Boosts water intake for kitties, plus they both could lose a little weight. My vet says carbohydrates in dry food are fattening and I read a lot of info about that myself.
post #16 of 28
Hi, I have 5 cats all with different appetites. I leave dry food down all day and night, they never overeat so I know they are only going to eat when they're hungry. Then they have wet food at dinner time, between 5.00pm and 6.00pm whenever is convenient around our own meal time. They tend to lick all the jelly off and come back to the meat later on! All the cats are healthy and none of them overweight so they must be happy with this. Cat ages range from 6 years to 1 year (the 1-year old has special treatment at the moment as she's just had a litter of kittens 6 days ago.
post #17 of 28
We free feed dry. One small can of moist split between three cats twice a day.
post #18 of 28
I feed wet with dry sprinkled on the top! They get this generally three to five times a day in small servings!
post #19 of 28
I feed wet twice a day, in the morning and before I go to bed. I leave the dry out when I go to work or school. I'd like to feed all wet someday, but unfortunately, my schedule and my budget make having the dry food out a necessity.
post #20 of 28
I free feed dry and then they get wet 2 times a day, well except for Sherman, he gets a bit more. He cant eat dry very well.
post #21 of 28
I used to leave dry food out all the time, and wet twice a day, but can't do that with Tom - he is a scavenger and not allowed that much dry. So now, they get wet twice a day and dry for supper, and they all seem quite happy.
post #22 of 28
My cats have pretty much free access to dry food, with wet offered 2-3 times a day. If I only had one or two cats, I'd measure and limit the amount of dry but it's not really realistic for me with the numbers I have so I just make sure to offer generous amounts of canned so everyone can eat pretty much as much as s/he wants. That way (hopefully) they'll be less interested in dry.
post #23 of 28
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Thanks for all the answers. It seems most people free feed the dry and serve the wet at specific meal times. I can't free feed anything as my Jaffa is a greedy guts! (and at the moment I have one on kitten food and one on adult food anyway). Currently I feed the wet and dry separate but am thinking of mixing them - ie half a pouch wet morning and evening with some dried mixed in instead of a whole pouch in the evening and dry only in the morning. I add a bit extra water to the wet so I'm thinking I could get a bit more water into Jaffa that way. I might eventually end up reducing the amount of dry and feeding one pouch of wet morning and evening with just a little bit of dry for crunch. They always have a small meal of dry food late evening and I'm not going to mess with that.

Sar - how much wet/dry do yours get in a day (amounts, proportions)? And do you try to match up flavours or is that just me being silly?! For some reason I feel they wouldn't be impressed if I gave them beef flavour wet topped with fish flavour dry!
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by urbantigers

Sar - how much wet/dry do yours get in a day (amounts, proportions)? And do you try to match up flavours or is that just me being silly?! For some reason I feel they wouldn't be impressed if I gave them beef flavour wet topped with fish flavour dry!
Between the three of them, they generally get between one to two big cans! Oh, I've never worried about matching flavours - makes their experience more exciting!

Molly will have fishy biscuits with any flavour of food!
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by Sar
Oh, I've never worried about matching flavours - makes their experience more exciting!
Very true! Mealtime is probably the highlight of the day in your house!
post #26 of 28
I open feed dry all day and wet feed at 7PM. The amount of wet food that each cat gets is related to their size - the hefty boys get less wet than the others.
post #27 of 28
I'm a bit late to this post but here goes. For breakfast, my girls get half a pouch of wet food each and half a small cup of dry food each. They get a further half pouch each for lunch and another half pouch for tea. At tea time, I also top up their dry food if they have eaten it all.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by urbantigers
Thanks for all the answers. It seems most people free feed the dry and serve the wet at specific meal times. I can't free feed anything as my Jaffa is a greedy guts! (and at the moment I have one on kitten food and one on adult food anyway). Currently I feed the wet and dry separate but am thinking of mixing them - ie half a pouch wet morning and evening with some dried mixed in instead of a whole pouch in the evening and dry only in the morning. I add a bit extra water to the wet so I'm thinking I could get a bit more water into Jaffa that way. I might eventually end up reducing the amount of dry and feeding one pouch of wet morning and evening with just a little bit of dry for crunch. They always have a small meal of dry food late evening and I'm not going to mess with that.

Sar - how much wet/dry do yours get in a day (amounts, proportions)? And do you try to match up flavours or is that just me being silly?! For some reason I feel they wouldn't be impressed if I gave them beef flavour wet topped with fish flavour dry!
I personally believe it's better to feed canned and dry separately, not together, simply because when dry food gets wet it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria but if you're not leaving the food out for very long then it should not be harmful. I just think it's better not to mix them.
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