I have 3 known ferals and a possible fourth (not sure if he gets meals elsewhere as a latchkey cat), but I'm also not sure if it is limited to that many since I fill a big bowl of food in the morning and it is completely clean by the next morning. Even bits of kibble that spilled from the bowl are gone.
In the mornings I also find a water bowl (just one particular one out of three) gets tipped to where it is standing on it's side. Does this suggest there is a raccoon snacking at the feral snack bar?
The amount of dry food I'm going through is astonishing and it's not even cold yet! A 5 lb. bag of $16 quality food isn't lasting a full 7 days.
I need a way to go through less dry OR find a brand that is more affordable. Even though they are ferals I want them to have non-damaging food. No junk stuff, no fish etc. I don't mind processed meats but I TRY to stay grain free- though if my only option is to buy non grain-free I will do it if it means the cats will not have to starve for my next paycheck.
It is important to note that the ferals are given wet food whenever I see a cat out there in order to have it eaten before the yellow jackets get to it
I'm putting out between 2-3 cans of wet sometimes more depending on how many of the cats show up.
So, I'm just perplexed at how much dry they are going through. I don't know what is normal because my indoor cats only eat wet.
Can anyone give me some advice about how much dry I am going through-is it a raccoon, night ferals I haven't seen, just mine building fat for winter?
And, of course what dry food is a good quality but much cheaper than what I currently use ($16/ 5 lb bag)?