Shreds are more palatable than pates for a lot of cats. But a lot of cats just lick the gravy off shreds. Pates do a better job of encouraging uniform intake of nutrition. Plus they are denser. You would have to feed more shredded food to equal the same calories in a pate. Tiki Cat Ahi Tuna has 26 calories per ounce. Rawz Turkey has 36 calories per ounce. I have, on occasion, mixed Tiki Cat shredded tuna food with Rawz turkey pate to encourage her to eat the pate. Sometimes this backfires and she only eats the tuna. More frequently, I top her food with fish flakes. She likes the Rawz well enough but sometimes needs more encouragement to finish a plate. She doesn't understand how important it is for her weight gain that she finishes plates. When she gets back to a healthier weight, she can leave some behind if she wants to.