Originally Posted by Calico
So there is basically no difference in cost between wet and dry? Interesting, I thought wet would have been more expensive.
I do need to cut some costs, but I don't think I could go as far as buying cat food with any by-products or "animal digest" ick!
Also, how do you store the canned food portions after it's been opened? Fridge? Serve cold or warm?
I buy the 13.5 ounce cans of Wellness and Evo, which make 5 meals for my girls. When I open a new can, I divide the food up into five portions - one to feed immediately, one to put in the fridge for the next meal, and three to freeze for future days. I've noticed that if wet food is in the fridge, thawed, for more than 24 hours the girls won't eat it. So I went out and bought an 8-pack of small Glad containers specifically for portioning out the food, and this system works beautifully.
Wellness is available at Petco, and the big cans are usually a little over two dollars. I'm fortunate to have a healthy pet food store not too far away, so I head there for the bulk of my food, so I have more options as far as foods that come in a bigger can. You may want to check out the 'where to buy' links on the websites of Wellness, Evo, Merrick, etc - you might be surprised to find a small healthy pet food store pretty close to you, and just because they're small doesn't mean you'll pay a lot for the food. My small local store has nearly the same prices as the big store I usually buy from, AND they have two adorable store kitties who love the customers! And most stores will order food for you even if they don't normally stock it, as long as you buy it by the case.
I think the cost of wet vs. dry really depends on what you're feeding and in what ratios. I feed my girls half wet and half dry, and for quite a while the costs were pretty close between the two. But a few months ago I switched their dry to Evo, which is higher in calories but about the same price as the comparable Wellness Core, and now the dry food lasts twice as long because I don't need to give them as much. SO my wet rotation costs between 25 and 30 bucks a month, depending on how much Weruva I give them (it's their favorite, but at 1.89 a 6 oz can they don't get it more than twice a week!) and dry is about 11-12 bucks a month.
I got a little frustrated as I was working on finding healthy foods that my girls would eat, but it's worth it to spend the extra time driving for food for a while. Once you get it figured out, you can pick up two or three months of food at once, and then it's really not a big deal to drive a little farther for their food. (My healthy pet food store is a half hour drive totally the opposite direction of any other place I go, but once every two months? Not a big deal!)