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Another benefit of wet food versus dry food is higher nutrient values. Wet cat food products tend to contain more protein and fats than dry food products – they also tend to have lower carbohydrate content. To compare the nutrient values of a wet food to a dry food product, keep in mind that you will have to convert the wet food values to a dry matter basis in order to make a direct comparison. To do so, take the total moisture content and subtract it from 100% – this will leave you with the total amount of dry matter. Then, simply divide the whole number value of each nutrient (protein, fat, and fiber) individually by the total dry matter content. For example, a wet cat food with 78% moisture has a total dry matter content of 22%. If the protein content is 10%, you simply divide the 10% by the 22% for a protein value of 45%. You can repeat this for the values for fat and fiber to make a comparison.
Nowadays most cat food, cheap or high-priced, bears the label "complete and balanced" or "100 percent nutritious." These products meet standards set by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) for nutritional adequacy. Federal and state regulations require that pet food labels specify, among other things, ingredients listed in order of relative weight, a statement of nutritional adequacy for a given life stage, and a guaranteed analysis that indicates minimum percentages of protein and fat and maximum percentages of fiber and moisture. (Note: Comparing protein content of dry cat food to wet cat food is like comparing apples to oranges. The percentage stated in the wet cat food guaranteed analysis always will be lower than for dry cat food because of the high proportion of moisture in the canned product.)