cocoa- Your "small town" sounds a lot like mine...very few options on food here. Do you have a petsmart near you? If so, then their brand of canned food, authority, is good AND CHEAP! It is roughly 65 cents a can here...that's less than fancy feast and the better quality friskies (naturals, or whatever they call it) at walmart. I HAVE found newman's own organic canned cat food at my walmart...they were originally selling it for $1.45 a can... I lucked up and bought a bunch on clearance there for 45 cents a can a couple months ago
All that said....I rotate wet food every day... Right now I've got Natural Balance (2 cans of different flavors), EVO 95% meat beef (this would be a good "kitten" can, even though it doesn't specify them, it is all meat and high in protien and fat), authority in 2 flavors (beef and lamb/rice), and several cans and flavors of friskies (from walmart). I try to rotate between the really good stuff (EVO, NB, and newman's own), the middle-level stuff (authority), and the not-so-great stuff (friskies) so that they don't eat the "junk" food for too long, etc. I also try to mix up the flavors (i.e. they'll get a beef on monday, turkey on tuesday, chicken on wednesday, etc.)
Switching between flavors / brands of wet food everyday won't cause major digestive upsets like changing dry will... Because it is so much water, it's not as big of a "shock".
I rotate for 3 basic reasons:
1. I don't want them to be picky eaters
2. I think that it helps prevent any insufficientcy or overdoeses of any nutrients from eating 1 brand/flavor too long,
3. I like to give them some variety, as I'd hate to eat the same thing day in and day out all the time.
I used to combine 2 different dry foods at one time (usually EVO -grain free- and something like nutro natural choice or california natural-with grains) but have had to stop as there are only a few UTI-friendly dry foods and one of my cats seems to be prone to them. Now I feed nutro max dry in the mornings and canned food at night.
Something you might want to think about is saving up and ordering a large amount of wet food online through a site like petfooddirect or national pet pharmacy. They offer many brands and although they are not cheaper on the lower quality brands (I've not found anywhere cheaper than walmart for the friskies in the 13oz cans)...You can get good deals on the higher end brands if they are on sale and you get a 22% coupon via email (which is usually enough to cancel out shipping costs and then some, for me...if I order, like $100 of food at once). I just placed an order for about 4 months worth of canned food with them. Some of it I can get locally (NB cans are about 1.65 here a can but I got it for about 75 cents a can via the website) and some aren't (EVO and by nature 95% meat cans). That is where I had to order the different types of dry I fed them before switching to max....I can't get EVO or cal natural within a 50 mile radius of my home town.