|Purred: Fri Dec 30, '11 5:37am PST |
|Hi! I didn't post on this before now because although I figured this out a couple of years ago, I haven't paid that much attention recently to what it was costing me. I still can't give you an overall price/cat/day type of number, but I can give you two specific examples from meat that I bought yesterday.
A couple of things about my situation though. I have 4 cats to feed, they are between 10 and 18 lbs, I feed them 3x/day, so they eat a lot of food. I prefer to buy their meat at a locally owned, somewhat upscale, grocery store as opposed to a regional or national chain store, so it's more expensive because of that. Lastly, on weekday mornings they usuallly get fed canned food which is mostly NV Instinct, so for me the price comparison is between the cost of the Instinct and the raw.
Anyway, I purchased beef heart and turkey breast tenderloins. The turkey cost me a whopping $11.53 for 2.14 lbs, which yielded 12 meals (would have gotten 13, but I fed an extra huge breakfast today as we will be away all day) and that worked out to $0.96/meal. This is on the expensive end of what I buy and I don't buy turkey very often.
The beef heart cost me $2.68 for 1+lbs (didn't write down the exact weight) and that worked out to $0.45/meal, more in my usual price range.
Checking the price of some of the cans of NV Instinct in my kitchen, they range from $1.09 for a 3oz can of chicken (1 meal) to $3.39 for a 13.2oz can of venison (4 large meals, $0.85/meal).
So for me, the beef heart is a big price savings over the canned and the turkey pretty much breaks even.
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