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How to Soften Dry Cat Food Into Wet Cat Food

When it comes to feeding your cat, there are two basic food options: dry food and wet food. Which one you serve your cat is most likely up to your cat, since they are picky eaters and will choose the one that they want. There are plenty of reasons why you may need your cat to eat dry food. Fortunately, it is possible to make a wet food out of your cat’s dry food if the need arises.

To transition your cat to wet food, soaking cats' dry food is a common method. To do this, add one part water to three or four parts food and let the food soak in it. You may need to add more water as it is absorbed to reach the right consistency for your cat, depending on what they like. This method is particularly useful for kitten dry food, as younger cats might find softer food easier to eat.

To make the process go faster, you can use a food processor to blend the water with the food. Heads up! This will make a smoother mixture which your cat may enjoy. While using a food processor can create a smooth mixture, remember that most cats prefer soft cat food with a thicker consistency and some chunks, similar to commercial wet foods.

Why Would I Soften Dry Cat Food?

Both wet cat food and dry cat food are sold in stores. In fact, some brands have wet and dry cat foods of their own. For kittens, this method can also be used to create the best kitten wet food, tailored to their developing dietary requirements. Softening dry cat food is also a practical solution for cats with dental issues, making it easier for them to eat without discomfort.

Dry Cat Food Consumption Issues

Cats, like people, have trouble eating when they get older. Chewing and swallowing dry food can become a problem, which is why many older cats switch to senior cat food options. If your cat is used to eating dry food and is a picky eater, then switching to wet food can be difficult. It is easier to turn the dry food into a wet feed that your pet already knows and enjoys. This method can provide a healthy wet cat food alternative for senior cats, while also being adaptable for kittens who require the best kitten wet food for growth.

Increase Cat’s Interest in Dry Food

Trying to get a cat to eat dry food when he or she does not want to can be a challenge. Instead, you can turn that dry food into wet food to make the transition easier. The food doesn’t have to be completely wet either. You can set it into different stages of softness as a way of tapering the transition to wet foods.

How to Soften Food for Kittens

Kittens are a common reason why cat owners switch to soft foods temporarily. Kittens often have problems swallowing, which can become a major hazard if not addressed. You can get your kitten started on a particular food and slowly transition it from wet back to dry.

To soften the food for kittens, start with the right amount of dry food in a bowl. Add enough water to fill 1/4th of the bowl, but make sure that all of the food gets wet. Let it sit for a few minutes to soak it in. If needed add more water and stir. Continue this process until you reach the right consistency for your kitten. The same approach can be applied to senior cat food, accommodating the needs of older cats who may benefit from softer textures.

Recipe: Homemade Wet Cat Food

This recipe was provided by holistic veterinarian at "I and love and you", Dr. Angie Krause, DVM, CVA, CCRT.

  • 1/4 cup kibble (I used the Naked Essentials Digestive Support)
  • 1/4 cup water (it seems like a 1:1 kibble to water makes a pasty version)
  • 1/4 tsp Ultra EFA (The clinician in me couldn't help but add some omegas here)
  • 1/4 capsule Bacillus Coagulans (Also, more probiotics help support gut flora during diet changes)

Let the kibble soak in water for 5 minutes and used a small food processor to mix all the ingredients.

I and Love and You For Your Cat

Whether you're catering to the delicate needs of a kitten, managing the dietary requirements of a senior cat, or simply trying to increase your feline's interest in dry food, softening dry cat food is a versatile solution. By following the simple steps to create a healthy, moist meal, you can ensure that your cat is receiving the nutrition they need with the texture they prefer.

With the added benefit of being able to customize the consistency, you can make mealtime a delightful experience for even the pickiest of eaters. Don't wait to give your cat the best; start blending the perfect balance of taste and nutrition today. See our dry cat food for all the ingredients you need to make a homemade wet cat food that your pet will love.


Updated January 19, 2024