Water is the essence of life. A creature will die without water before it dies from starvation.
And that just may be the main reason why raw is right. How can you argue with a moisture content upwards of 70%?
Dry kibble tends to have a moisture content of between 6 and 10 percent. How bad is that? It's like feeding your dog (cat) crackers. No wonder they lap up the water bowl like my Uncle Saul slurping up chicken soup at Thanksgiving!
Why is the moisture content so important? Why does a plant need water? Why are droughts so devastating?
Because water is life.
Organisms require water to break down food molecules and generate energy during the respiration process. Water also helps regulate metabolism and dissolves compounds going into or out of the body.
Don't get mad at your pet because he urinates frequently on a raw diet; he's just detoxing his system.
Let the river flow, or as my late Great Aunt Itka, (who had a mole on her left cheek the size of Brazil), used to tell my freckle-faced cousin, Irwin, "Don't hold it in you idiot!"
I'll never forget when one of our customers, a vet, told me that the only time she ever saw her cats drinking water was from a puddle. "They're originally desert animals," she explained, "domesticated in Egypt. Their ancestors drew their moisture from the prey they ate."
Same thing with dogs, more or less.
The upshot to all of this: Can it be more obvious that raw diets are healthier and more biologically appropriate for your cat or dog?
No, no, no!
So save the crackers or kibble for the soup, something that would've made my late Uncle Saul, blessed be his memory, exceedingly happy.