|How Pet Food Is Made|
Many of the same processes used to make food people eat are also used to make pet food: baking for treats; canning; extrusion for dry kibble, which is also used to make many breakfast cereals; sous-vide, which is a gentle cooking similar to what is used for some pates; and other techniques.
Dry kibble provides the largest portion of calories for America’s pets. Kibble accounts for more than 60% of all cat food and dog food sales in the United States. Dry products are available in packages ranging from boxes of just over a pound to large bags weighing 40-50 pounds.
Dry products are made through one of several different processes:
Wet Pet Food
The most familiar form of wet pet food is sold in a can. Innovation in manufacturing processes can led to the development of new wet products sold in trays and pouches, similar to certain products people eat.