Is It OK to Give Cats Canned Food Everyday?

Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates to meet their nutritional needs. Canned foods are a popular choice among cat owners as they are often more palatable than dry kibble and have a softer texture that cats prefer. While canned food can be an excellent source of nutrition for cats, there is some debate about whether it is okay to feed cats canned food every day.

Canned food has the advantage of being higher in moisture than dry kibble, which is important for cats with kidney or urinary tract issues. It also tends to be higher in fat content, providing more calories per cup than dry food. The downside of canned food is that it can contain significantly more sodium than dry foods, so it should not be the sole source of nutrition for cats.

Proponents of feeding canned food to cats every day argue that it provides essential nutrients and can help keep cats hydrated. Additionally, the variety of flavors available makes it easier to provide an interesting and nutritious diet for cats without having to switch between different types of wet and dry foods.

On the other hand, there are drawbacks to feeding too much canned food. Because canned food is higher in fat and sodium, feeding too much of it can lead to obesity and other health problems such as high blood pressure. Additionally, if you feed your cat only wet food, their teeth may not get enough exercise from crunching kibble which can lead to dental issues.


Ultimately, whether or not it is okay to feed your cat canned food every day depends on your individual cat’s needs and preferences. If you decide to feed your cat canned food every day, make sure you are monitoring their weight and providing a balanced diet with plenty of variety.