|Purred: Sat Jul 28, '12 2:26pm PST |
|Okay, this is based on averages, and costs that I know of.
The average cat (8-10 pound neutered indoor tom is what I've found companies refer to as "average") needs to eat about 1 5.5oz can of food a day. If you buy a wet food- Special Kitty or Friskies are best for 5.5oz cans on the cheap- in a box, it amounts to an average of .53$ CAD per can. So that will bring your cost immediately down to 1.59$ CAD a day to feed your cats the bare minimum in wet. That's about 50$ a month.
IF you feed them only wet.
Dry food is often harder to decide on then wet food. Nutrition IS important, but so is a loving home. If you rehome them, you have ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE that they will be fed any better. In most cases, they will be fed worse, or at par with what you can actually afford to feed them. We enlightened folk who know how to read labels are in the minority of pet food buyers. Even those buying premium brands often only do it because it was recommended by a vet, pet store clerk, friend, breeder, or they just liked that the packaging said "HOLISTIC ALL-MEAT NATURAL CAT FOOD DIET".
Dry food can reduce your costs, period. I am only feeding two cats, but if I were to purchase a 12 pound bag of Whiskas (Which I find to be on-par with IAMS, which is probably one of the better quality commercially available non-premium foods) it would feed my cats for two months. That's about 13$ CAD for the bag of Whiskas. With about one half cup of dry a day, I can split one can 5.5oz can between two cats. That reduces the cost of wet. So for a bag of dry food and the new wet food cost (About 25$ CAD a month) you're spending 38$ on the cats per month, instead of almost 90$.
Three cats are going to be hungry mouths. You can, of course, reduce your costs further, but it's at your own discretion. You can also decide to buy the cheapest wet food and the best dry you can afford, or some very good wet food to supplement the cheapest dry food you can afford.
I don't know how able you are to do so, but my suggestion is to go to a local Petco, Petsmart, or Walmart, and look at the food offerings. Take a note book and pen and jot down names, weights, prices, and ingredients that matter to you. I usually look at the first four or five, and for menadione. Be aware of tricks like "chicken" as the first ingredient, which will actually end up farther down the list as exclusive-of-water ingredients follow it up. I made an entire little chart one day of which foods were the best price per pound and had the best ingredients, and found the one that was right smack-dab in the middle. Maybe you'll find something you like if you "math" it out.
You CAN reduce your cost, maintain their health, and keep your lovies in your home. Don't give up!
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