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Boxes, bags, can, pouches . . . If your cat's a finicky eater, try mixing dry and moist food for optimal nutrition and affordability.

Canned or wet foods are often the most appealing to felines since most cats enjoy the texture and aroma of canned foods. Those that have a high fat concentration are especially favored.
Although canned foods contain about 90% water, they cannot meet a feline's daily water requirements. 
Canned food consumption should be monitored. Once in your cat's bowl, it does not stay fresh for long. In hot weather, canned food will become stale and attract insects. Be sure to wash the bowl when your cat's finished eating.

What should you look for when buying food?
To check for quality, make sure that there is no swelling or raised bumps on the can. This may indicate that the vacuum in processing has been broken and that the can might contain disease-causing bacteria.

Another way to evaluate your canned food's quality is to check the content of the food for large pieces of blood vessels, tendons and ligaments. These are poor quality meat byproducts that contain little nutritional value. 
Also visibly inspect for foreign materials. You should always check your cat's food as you would examine your own before a meal. This ensures that your cat is getting the careful attention that it needs.

How should canned food be stored?
Finally, when storing canned food, remember to refrigerate it, but do not keep it longer than two or three days, since it easily spoils and loses flavor. Some cats will turn their noses up to chilled food.

For food that has been refrigerated,
warming it briefly in the microwave will improve the palatability and aroma to most cats. Stir before feeding and check to ensure that there are no "hot spots" that could burn your cat's mouth.

Variations On A Theme
These are the most convenient type of commercial cat food, and are readily available.
Though they may be less desirable for some cats, semi-moist foods have a nutritional value on par with their dry and wet counterparts.
Often the most appealing to felines, canned or "wet" food are tasty and have a pleasurable texture to your cat.
In addition to providing food, hunting also helps maintain your cat's natural ability, yet it can upsetting to some.

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