Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Dangers of a dry food only diet

Thursday, August 30, 2018
Feeding dry food only to your cat, especially your male cat, is dangerous. Feeding it ad lib is particularly harmful.
Dry food is convenient and the premium diets are well-balanced with all nutrients - except water. The cat's urine becomes super-concentrated, predisposing male cats to blockage of the urethra.
If the male cat is also overweight and not very active the risk of blockage increases.
Cats on an ad lib dry food diet tend to become overweight. Dry food is like space food. A lot of calories are packed into a very small package. A tablespoon of dry food is equal to a can of wet food. Cats grazing on dry food all day and not moving around much are bound to pack on the kilos.
All cats have a poor drive to drink. In the wild most of their fluids come from their food. They avoid water sources as that is where they are most vulnerable to predators. A cat on a dry food only diet drinks more than a cat on a wet diet, but not enough to remain properly hydrated.This puts pressure on the kidneys. When they are young they can compensate to a degree but as they age it may accelerate kidney failure.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


ribbon bed pain relief tablet flu head panadeine computer blood in urine heart disease lily hard faeces introduction urine bladder stones runny nose ulcer sudden blindness lilies hunting sore ears sucking wool fabric paralysis dementia allergy, herpesvirus kitten play blood test lilly fleas blindness new cat hunters marking enemies pet insurance hiding hunter odour free vet visit dental check prednisolone slow lump urinating outside litter diuretics corneal ulcer paracetamol cta fight rigid head appointment old cat chlamydia pheromone antiviral paralysed diarrhoea kidneys aspirin learning urinating on curtains or carpet spray hypertrophic cardiomyopathy check-up pain killer Canberra Cat Vet inflammatory bowel disease touch itchy fluid pills yowling headache cat flu grooming client night dry food lick obese hearing toxic blood pressure hypertension jumping biopsy salivation advantage home kidney disease aerokat Hill's Metabolic gifts mince open night kitten fight paralysis tick high blood pressure adipokines thyroid tartar holidays cystitis poison heaing cat enclosures mental health of cats cognitive dysfunction checkup feline herpesvirus sensitive stomach cage annual check snake bite pred new kitten calicivirus tick anaemia crytococcosus eye ulcer allergy decision to euthanase snake fever New Year's Eve scratching cancer blocked cat cat enclosure bladder African wild cat bump sneeze dilated pupils food puzzles desexing snuffle introductions skin vomit sick cat fear mass physical activity changed dental treatment ulcers cough holes in teeth dymadon photo competition vomiting vision information night goodbye echocardiography sick renal disease nose scabs scale enteritis kittens hungry cat containment cat history off food panamax panleukopaenia heavy breathing sensitive Canberra lymphoma wool pica scratching post meows a lot wet litter fat training senior drinking more eye fits appetite eye infection litter snakes nails hyperthyroidism twitching worming brown snake diabetes new year train plaque strange behaviour tumour overweight FORLS noisy breathing straining stress thiamine deficiency kibble best veterinarian breeder flea prevention stiff opening hours polish litter box depomedrol poisons fireworks signs of pain lame not eating seizures cat behaviour vocal attack FIV behaviour antibiotics kidney aggressive vaccination abscess cat friendly stare into space cat fight asthma best clinic bite xylitol mouth breathing toxins best cat clinic roundworm hole intestine bad breath ACT rub snuffles blind pet meat microchip pancreatitis panleukopenia sore eyes flea treatment health check AIDS runny eyes desex comfortis urine spraying gasping senses thirsty weight plants prey competition castration furball insulin restless award cat worms pain snakebite cranky tapeworm feliway painful best vet old wobbles diet abscess,cat fight arthritis indoor cats kitten deaths IBD virus cryptococcosis return home face rub sore aggression panadol christmas feline AIDS liver foreign body drinking a lot euthanasia when to go to vet string spraying eyes weight control unwell carrier cat vet vaccine hunched over mycoplasma sense of smell tradesmen poisonous plants revolution body language introducing grass teeth snot feline enteritis weight loss furballs hairball on heat unsociable holiday tooth visit blue sun cat urination constipation ulcerated nose blockage holes whiskers catoberfest love spey massage poisoning radioactive iodine open day socialisation in season skin cancer moving hyperactive poisonous rash worms breathing difficult activity exercise petting cat groom behaviour change blood hospital change permethrin conflict pill cortisone urinating rolls anxiety birthday obesity rough play pet introduce collapse dental scratch skinny


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions