I have 8 permanent strays to feed and about another 10 that come sporadically.
I feed the best brand of kibble I can afford, and it makes me feel great because I know they're not eating garbage-food. I don't own a TV nor enjoy going out, I much more enjoy knowing the cats downstairs are healthily fed. And of course they're all neutered.
On Friday evenings I serve an all-you-can-eat raw meat dinner buffet: chicken wings, breasts, liver, cow liver, hearts, turkey hearts or breast, minced meat - I keep my freezer full to capacity with the special offers in the chain grocery stores.
During the week I give them as treats the leftovers from my meat lunch or tuna and cheeses dinner at work if any is left, or fat milk / yoghurt, or the leftovers from the meat dinner that the sick stray gets every night.
Sometimes neighbors give me some treat or leftovers to give the strays, and sometimes people who buy ready-to-eat grilled chicken at the grocery store on the ground floor of our building will give the leftovers to the cats (if I'm there, I remove the bones).
I save the big bones from chicken wings and once every couple months I make a huge pot of chicken soup that we all lap up happily. That's the only time I add salt to the food - they just love it.
On very rare occasions I feed them canned (wet) or tuna (mixed with the kibble because it's so expensive). They like the newness of it, but it's neither healthy, nor cheap, nor do they like it more than they like meat.
I'm not saying everyone should invest as much time and money as I do, it's just my very special life circumstances. I also spend hours with them in the street lavishing attention and petting to those who crave it.
The Royal von Meouw Dynasty: His Royal Highness the late Prince von Meouw,
Her Royal Highness Princess Gatita von Meouw, Nikita Duchess of Meouw and
His Highness Cuchi-Cuchi, next in line for the throne of Prince von Meouw.
Last edited by Straysmommy; 01-24-2013 at 10:51 PM.