Hi all I'm new here, I've been reading up in preparation for me & the girlfriend's new arrival this Friday, a 1.5 year old male black and white moggy who we've named Pippin! We went to our local Cats Protection centre as we'd decided we'd love a cat to join us in our new home, we were told the black and white ones seem to be less popular for some reason, no idea why. We liked him straight away, a real fuss pot, his original owner had to move back abroad so had to let him go. He had an injured leg when he came in, possibly a cat/fox bite they're not sure but it's all healed fine now and apart from having to wear a silly looking collar for a while he's now back to 100% again. I'll post a pic when we have him home, we had the CP home visit which was fine although it's left me with some questions concerning feeding etc. The CP home visit lady recommended hills science dry pet food, although from reading these boards that doesn't sound too popular. I believe the advantages of dry are (correct me if I'm wrong) it's better for their teeth and fills them up, doesn't smell and is easy to leave out for them but can leave some cats a little dehydrated if they're not drinking enough? The CP lady seemed to suggest that because the wet food is mostly 80%+ water it's not so good for them and they need more of it. Now I've read about feeding raw but I'm not sure we're up to such a step, at the moment at least, but we want to make sure he's well cared for of course. I've read that a good quality high meat content food is best, not whiskers etc. I have already purchased some applause 80% meat content dry cat food the other day as the hills science stuff only seemed to list that it had around 10% meat content. My question is it possible to feed them on both wet and dry? Say a wet meal in the morning and evening and dry left out for him during the day when we're at work? He's currently being fed on dry with no problems at the CP centre. Alternatively is an all wet diet best? If that's so how's the best way to keep their teeth nice and healthy? If feeding a wet diet we'd get the better quality high meat content ones of course. Finally, not a food question but during the home visit the lady recommended we get a scratching post lined with carpet rather than the usual material you see on most. Apparently due to their being cases that she has experienced of owners with the non-carpetted kind having cats getting their claws caught and sometimes even ripped off due to getting snagged. Any advice would be great, my girlfriend has lived with cats all her life but I'm pretty new to it all, but love 'em, thanks for any help!