Hi Koneko-- I can relate because am a poor grad student too! My mom jokes that my cat eats better than me, lol. I started my cat off on Purina One, but have since been trying better quality foods that don't have by prodicts or corn. You don't really spend that much more money in the long run because the bags last longer, she doesn't have to eat as much per day. My latest experiment if Felidae, the ingredients are so much better than most commercial brands and it is a smaller company. A lot of people on this board seem to recommend it, and a local pet store carries bags of the dry food so I thought I'd give it a try. It was $8 for a 5lb bag, I think you can also get in 20lb. It took my cat a couple of days to come around but now she loves it! I also give her a bit of IAMS canned food (I only go through about one can per week), I'd like to give her something better but any other wet food I've tried she hasn't liked and is expensive. I've heard that it isn't good to feed an all canned diet because dry food helps to keep their teeth healthy. Has anyone else heard that?
Also, this article makes "meal" sound bad, but I thought that it was better to have, say, chicken meal as opposed to chicken as the top ingredient. So now I'm confused.
This article grossed me out! So sad that companies get away with this.