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Window Watching and Saving Money on Cat Food

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After she eats in the morning, Stella loves to engage in a little healthy window watching. Loves to scan the backyard for things that scurry and things that fly. I love her fascination for the simple things in life.

After I fed Stella I got to thinking about how I’m trying to save money on cat food lately. Ever since we adopted Stella I’ve been convinced that I should buy the “good brand” of cat food. I hadn’t figured out a way to save money on cat food while still focusing on keeping my cat’s diet relatively healthy.

And then I read an e-book, The Homemade Housewife by Kate Singh, that revealed an interesting game plan. Take the lesser quality cat food and mix it with the better quality one. 

So I’ve been trying it out for the past 3 months and it’s been working swell.

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Here is what I did. I bought 16lbs of Purina Kit & Kaboodle ($9.97) and then a 6lb bag of Rachael Ray Nutrish Chicken with Lentils and Salmon ($9.44 with a $2 off coupon).

I then mix them in a gallon ziplock. 3/4 is the Kit & Kaboodle, 1/4 is the Rachael Ray cat food. That way it’s not totally the cheaper brand but also not all the more expensive one.

Our outside cat Shadow gets just the Kit & Kaboodle. He’s not picky 😃

Using this system, I think that 22lbs of cat food should last 2 1/2 months. If it was just Stella it would stretch about 5 months. It comes out to around $7-$8/month.

Stella actually seems to like the K & K better than the more expensive brand so maybe I’ll just buy that from now on.

Idk. I still have the words of the lady at the pet store ringing in my head from the day we adopted Stella. “Don’t feed her anything but these brands over here! That other stuff is like kitty fast food!” We shall see. We shall see.

~Rachel

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