I currently feed my cats dry Purina Cat Chow, with Friskies canned food mixed in.
Hi neko! If you are not ready to move to a raw diet quite yet, your first step (in my opinion) is to get rid of the kibble (dry food) altogether and feed your cats ONLY wet food. Dry food has a very large percentage of vegetable matter in it (it is typically based on corn or rice which are typically the first or second ingredients in kibble). The reason this is a problem is because cats are obligatory carnivores - they CANNOT eat vegetables because their bodies don't know how to digest it; they only know how to digest meat. So, if you cannot switch to a proper raw diet yet, stick with only wet food
I do feel an ethical dilemma about trying to do it as cheaply as possible, ie buying meat from the grocery store versus only getting organic, free range, grass-fed etc. However, I currently can't afford to buy more expensive meat, but I also believe feeding raw is the best thing for my cat, sooo.... I don't know. I'm still musing about how I feel about supporting the meat industry vs. doing what's right for my cat. I guess buying cat food means you're supporting the meat industry somewhere down the line, and you're supporting the pet food industry that doesn't really do what's best for pets, especially brands like Purina and Friskies.
Hey applesparks! I like your discussion here. I want to reassure you, though, that you CAN feed your kitties a species appropriate diet without supporting the horrid meat industry. All you have to do is feed whole prey! You can either order some feeder mice from the same place that reptile owners get theirs, or you can try to get your hands on some chicken chicks from the chicken farmer. They are rooster chicks and are thus of no use to the chicken industry so they incinerate them. Thus, you can step in a add them to the foodchain by feeding them to your cats so their lives aren't a complete waste. Right now we get our chicken chicks in a giant bag of 300 (we have 3 cats) and they cost us 2 euro cents each. So, that's 12 euro cents a day to feed 3 cats, 2 chicks each. For their other meal they get a 'Frankenprey' meal with bio (Europe's version of 'organic') meats. We calculated a cost of 45-50 euro cents per day for one cat. So, for three cats, let's say a maximum
of €1.62 per day * 30 = €48.50. This compares to the calculated figure of 52 euro cents per portion of Hill's Science Diet SD (which, I hope you understand by now, is complete garbage.)
I hope this helps and gives you some courage to take into account both your own principles and feelings while not making your cat suffer for it. It will just take a little effort but your cat will thank you