My cat is texture sensitive and will only lick or lap up her wet food (she has no teeth). She's never had much of a thirst drive and after going wet (canned) food only she doesn't seem to drink her water any more (it's clean, fresh). So I like to add a bit of water to her food, something like 1.5 oz food gets .4 oz water.
What I've noticed is that some brands and textures hold up to added water better than others. For example, Fancy Feast classic pate (chicken) does not hold up well. It gets grainy and separates into particles and liquid. This style is a no-go, she can't mechanically/physically eat it. However something like Blue Buffalo's Tasteful Chicken pate does hold together and just gets creamy. Hill's Savory Turkey Entree (minced) also holds together and just gets creamy.
My problem is I can't seem to find many Hill's canned and Blue Buffalo has had too many issues lately with bad lots going out. So far I've found two lots from the Tastefuls line that are a no-go (the product is like overcooked: dry, hard, no chicken smell). So I'm looking for other options in this price point that are available and have better QA. I've tried TikiCat's Chicken mousse and she wouldn't eat it.
Thanks in advance 🙂