Some good points in here. Sharky probably already knows what I'm going to say.
Dry food is not the best for your cats. As everyone else is realizing, it doesn't clean their teeth in any way. Watch your cat eat some dry, most of them don't even bite it, it's down in one piece. Also, pieces of dry food are high in carbs. Saliva converts these carbs into sugars. Bacteria love sugars. Any dry food bits left in their mouth after eating will promote bad breath and tooth decay. Dry food is also harder for you cat to digest. It absorbs a lot of water from your cats body to hydrate, it contains a large portion of undigestable plant materials, and most of the meats are cooked which makes nutrients less bioavailable to your cat. All of this serves to slow digestion. This is why dry food has so many additives and suppliments to ensure the correct nutrition. But your cat will get the correct "nutrition".
Wet foods contain a lot more moisture which will help with hydration. This has numerous benifits already listed including a reduction in UTI's and crystals. Wet foods also contain a much lower percentage of carbs and undigestable matter. This usually reduces the amount of waste your cat will produce. The smell is not caused by the food being wet but actually the preservatives, additives, suppliments, and the cooked meats. Not all cats will have smelly feces on wet food and usually a different kind of wet food will help if you have issues. As for their teeth, the reduction in carbs will help some, but the cooked meat chunks require very little chewing and still won't really clean their teeth. Brushing and cleanings will still be required but possibly at delayed intervals.
Raw food when ground up is much the same as prepared food with possibly less carbs and undigestable matter depending on the manufacturer or what you choose to put in. Raw food however has no preservatives and very few additives or suppliments, again depending on manufacturer or personal addition. Cats on raw food will produce less feces and the odor is reduced significantly.
Chunks of meat and raw meaty bones like chicken necks have the added benifit of allowing you cat to chew, rip, tear, and gnaw the meat off which assists in cleaning teeth.
My cats are currently on a ground raw diet as I am unable to find a suitable supplier of free range meats. They still require the occasional brushing but nothing like they did on dry food. They also produce much less waste and drink much less water.
Q: Will your cat be fine on a dry food diet?
Q:Are there better choices available?
Q:Will your cat go straight for canned food or raw food?
A:Not likely, would your kids rather have pizza or a salad? Just because they like it doesn't mean it's good for them.
o I have any degrees or certifications to back my statements
A:Nope. I'm just another concerned pet owner like the rest of you. I've done a lot of research and feel comfortable with the information I posted but it's always up to you.
PS: You can find confirmation of anything you want to belive on the internet if that's all you look for.