Mixed feeding is either the use of feed with different water content, i.e. both wet and dry feed, or the use of commercial feed in combination with home-prepared components. These can then be raw or cooked.
A big advantage of this feeding method is the variety in the menu. This not only pleases the animal, but also the owner. Besides different flavours, the animals are also offered food of different consistencies. This can be an advantage for poor eaters. Basically, mixed feeding can offer many advantages, depending on the individual situation.
The administration of dry food, for example, can contribute to dental care, depending on the nature of the kibble, and thus ideally compensate for a lack of effect of wet food on tooth cleaning. On the other hand, the administration of wet food or fresh components can increase the general fluid intake and thus compensate for possible disadvantages of dry food with regard to urine volume. Whether the different feeds are mixed or fed separately depends - contrary to some opinions - solely on the individual tolerance. Animals with a sensitive gastrointestinal tract can react to constant feed changes with digestive problems. It should therefore always be decided from animal to animal which feeding is suitable.
One danger of mixed feeding is that the nutrient balance of the ration becomes unbalanced, which can lead to nutrient deficiencies in the long term. This applies in particular to the combination of complete feeds with individual or supplementary feeds. If a third or more of the complete feed is regularly replaced by feed that is not balanced, a veterinary nutritionist should be consulted as a precaution.