Should Pet Owners Feed Their Puppies or Kittens Wet or Dry Food?

by Lisa Fimberg on November 30, 2020

When your customers purchase their first puppy or kitten, they have a lot of things to consider.  They need to get the right supplies, safeguard their homes for their new furry family members and decide what type of food to feed them.

Of course, their veterinarian is always the best place to start for food recommendations, but they might ask, wet or dry food?  The consensus, particularly at the puppy and kitten phase, is both.   Wet food provides the much needed moisture and dry food provides the necessary carbohydrates.

The most important thing for pet parents to monitor, of course, is that their puppies and kittens are eating.

Below are some of the benefits of wet or dry food for pups and kittens:

What is the real difference between wet and dry food?

Both wet and dry food are nutritionally complete if they are of high quality. The biggest difference between the two is that wet food has a much higher moisture content.  For puppies and kittens, wet food can help keep them hydrated if they are not drinking enough water.

The benefits of wet food for puppies and kittens:

Water Content:

Wet food for puppies and kittens has more water content and is therefore ideal to keep pets hydrated.  If a pet owner’s puppy or kitten does not drink enough water, lives in a hot or humid climate, wet food is very beneficial.   Of course, fresh water should always be readily available for puppies and kittens.


Kittens and puppies that have trouble chewing in their infant stages can eat wet food much more readily.  With the more slippery texture, kittens and puppies have no trouble eating or digesting wet food.


Wet food has a very distinctive smell and can be very appealing for finicky kittens or puppies.  Most kittens and puppies love the smell and will eat it readily.

Weight control:

Due to the higher moisture content, wet food is more filling, and it also has less calories than dry food.  While puppies and kittens need to eat and gain weight, wet food is better for young cats and dogs that are overweight.

The benefits of dry food for puppies and kittens:


A measured potion of dry food can be left out all day for puppies and kittens for grazing.  Pet owners do not have to worry about it spoiling like wet food can if left out all day.  Dry food is ideal for pet parents who want to leave out some food while they go to work or school.

Less expensive:

For the most part, dry food for kittens and puppies is less expensive than wet food.  It can be bought in bulk and has a long shelf life.

Dental health:

For puppies and kittens, dry food is important to help develop and strength their teeth.  Some dry food formulas can also help reduce plaque build-up in dogs and cat’s teeth.

Good carbohydrates:

A healthy dry food will enable kittens and puppies to get the good carbohydrates they need for growth and development.  Most wet food is low in carbohydrates and high in protein.

Ultimately, the decision is up to the pet parents and their kitten or puppy.   However, for the formative years, a combination of both wet and dry food is always the best at this phase in their life.

In fact, there are many different wet and dry food choices that are made specifically for kitten and puppyhood.  Your store probably has both healthy dry and wet food options made for this young age.  Their veterinarian can also recommend the best food for their pet.

This, of course, is just one of many common questions a pet owner might ask after bringing a new puppy or kitten home.

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Lisa FimbergShould Pet Owners Feed Their Puppies or Kittens Wet or Dry Food?