Mixed feeding provides your pet with a welcome variety of taste & texture. Wet and dry pet food each have their own unique benefits. The crunchy texture of dry food helps support your pet’s oral health, while the high moisture content of wet food can help keep your pet hydrated and support a healthy urinary tract especially in cats and small dogs.
When transitioning your pet from dry to mixed feeding, gradually replace the amount of dry food that you feed with wet food. You should do this over the course of several days, gradually increasing the proportion of wet food and ensure the total quantity of food fed is in line with the feeding guidelines.
Introducing mixed feeding into your pet's diet is easy and can begin at any time. You can transition your pet slowly by introducing the food over the course of about a week by mixing the foods together. Start off by including a small amount of the new food into your pet's meal - so that about 10% is new food - and slowly increase the ratio over the course of the week up to the recommended feeding guideline.
As long as they are getting a variety of both on a regular basis, your pet is enjoying the benefit of mixed feeding. For example, you can mix dry and wet food together, you can alternate days (one wet, one dry), and you can feed one in the morning and one in the evening. Ensure the total quantity of food fed is in line with the feeding guidelines.
The makers of PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, CESAR®, CRAVE™ and IAMS® offer a wide range of complete and balanced wet and dry food products for pets of all ages, life-stages and sizes to help them get the proper nutrients they need and the delicious taste they love.
Wet food contains less calories per gram than dry food. Feeding high moisture content wet food has been associated with reduced calorie consumption in cats compared to cats fed only a dry diet. Both wet and dry food should always be fed to your pet according to the feeding guidelines to help maintain a healthy body weight.
Try serving your pet different flavours, or serving the foods together in the same bowl, stirred together. Mixing up a variety of tastes, textures and flavours to find what your pet enjoys.
When you introduce your pet to a new food, it's recommended that you avoid making drastic changes all at once. Instead, you should phase in your dog or cat slowly. Like people, dogs and cats need a little time to adjust to change.