Kittens drink their mother’s milk until they’re around 4-8 weeks old. By the 8-week mark, they can chew solid foods fairly easily. After the mother cat weans the kitten off of milk, you can begin to give it specially formulated kitten food. Wet food can be used as a transition to dry food or as a standalone diet.
Many kittens prefer the taste, smell and texture of wet foods. However, dry foods also have the advantage of helping kittens clean their teeth and learn to chew properly.
Dry food is more convenient for pet owners because of its long shelf life. It also comes in large bags that can be bought in bulk. Vets aren’t opposed to dry food, but most consider it to be the worse option compared to wet food.
Wet food usually comes in individual cans. Canned food is just as balanced nutritionally as dry food, however does not include the fillers that dry food has. The downside of wet food is the lower shelf life and price.
Go with your kitten’s gut. A good appetite for a certain brand (that you may not like) does not mean your kitten will have health problems. It’s better to eat a lower quality wet food than a higher quality dry food. Wet food has a high moisture content, which guarantees proper hydration, and it’s closer to actual meat than dry food.