|Purred: Tue Aug 11, '09 1:24pm PST |
|Ok, so I’ve been thinking lately about all the people who are really trying so hard to provide the most optimum diet possible on a limited budget. Because there’s no doubt about it – top-quality canned cat food is expensive. I do believe that those who can find room for it in their budget will save money in the long run because the cats will be healthier and need fewer vet visits, have fewer chronic illnesses, etc. BUT, from a short-term perspective for people who are trying to do the best they can RIGHT NOW, I think I might have a viable alternative. Now don’t get me wrong – it’s not going to be as economical in the short-term as dry food. Nothing is.
But here it is: Honest Kitchen Prowl dehydrated raw cat food. Ingredients are: hormone-free chicken, eggs, potatoes, yams, flaxseed, zucchini, spinach, honey, cranberries, rosemary, vitamins & minerals (no menadione, BHT, or ethoxyqin!) It comes in two and four pound boxes, and all you do is reconstitute it with warm water, stir, let it sit for a few minutes, and serve. I do use this product, and have for quite awhile, but because I don’t feed it every day (maybe once or twice a week, I will replace either an am canned meal or a pm raw meal with it), it didn’t dawn on me how economical it really was until I sat down to figure it out.
According to Honest Kitchen, a 10 to 16 pound cat should eat about ½ cup per day. Honestly, that seems like a lot to me – I think most cats would eat less. But let’s just say that you’re feeding ¼ of a cup twice a day, and you’re feeding HK exclusively. A 2 lb. box of HK yields seven pounds (or eight cups) of food. At ¼ cup per meal, that’s 32 meals per box, FOR ONLY $27.49 PER BOX! Most cases of premium-brand canned cat food are around (or over) $40 per case of 24 5.5 ounce cans.
There is also a 4 lb. box available for $46.59 (prices referenced are from K9Cuisine.com), BUT right now they are offering $5 off on the large boxes with the coupon code that they provide, so that’s 14 pounds of food (or 64 meals) for just $41.59. That’s 64 cents per meal! I checked Petsmart.com just now and looked at Fancy Feast canned food – their sale price for one can (and I may be wrong, but I think those are 3 ounce cans?) is 56 cents!
** One thing I DON’T like about the Honest Kitchen Prowl is that, at this time, there is only one formula, and chicken is the sole protein. I like to vary protein sources, and of course some cats do have chicken intolerances, sensitivities, or allergies. So I would not necessarily feed this exclusively, but it certainly is a reasonably inexpensive (especially for the quality) alternative to high-end canned food for those that would like to feed those foods but are not currently able to due to budget constraints.
Hope this helps!
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