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post #1 of 18
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I'm doing a report on the pet food industry. Can you answer these questions? Thanks.

Who are your cats and how old are they?
What brand do you feed?
Why did you choose this food?
Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these?
Where do you buy your food?
How much does it cost to feed this brand?
Are you you happy with your food?

TIA
post #2 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? Bugsy is a 2-yr old Ragdoll, Lucky is a 1 yr old Ragdoll, Hope is about 2yr old DMH
What brand do you feed? Orijen 6-Fish mixed with Acana for Dry, Tiki cat and Natural Balance for wet
Why did you choose this food? Orijen and Acana because of quality and ingredients; Tiki and NB for the type of protein (Bugsy is allergic to chicken)
Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? Dry and wet
Where do you buy your food? Orijen and Tiki on a neighborhood store; NB on Petco, Acana online
How much does it cost to feed this brand? Orijen 6-fish $19 for a 5.5lbs; Acana $16.00 for a 5.5lb bag, Tiki cat $10 for 12 3ozcans, NB $34 for a case with 24
Are you you happy with your food? Very happy!!
post #3 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? I take care of 30 cats, their age range at the farm is 1-8 years old, and my housecats range from 1-13 years old.
What brand do you feed? Dry food - Instinct chicken, wellness core, taste of the wild, natural balance, and kirkland. Wet - friskies or fancy feast.
Why did you choose this food? I believe it is the healthiest food for them, and i have to feed friskies wet to keep the cost down.
Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? Mainly just raw (chicken, beef, turkey), also i use 35 ounces of wet food and 22 ounces of dry food a day.
Where do you buy your food? Petsmart, Petco, a local feed store
How much does it cost to feed this brand? Roughly $180 a month (keep in mind the 30 cats).
Are you you happy with your food? Yes, they are doing really well on it.
post #4 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? Shareena and Miss Patchwillow are 2 years old, Goldy is 1-1/2 years old, Iris and Cali are 10 months old.


What brand do you feed? Dry: Taste of the Wild and Authority Kitten. Wet: Friskies prime filets.


Why did you choose this food? TOTW because it's grain-free. Authority because two of my cats don't do as well on TOTW as I would like. Friskies prime filets because I have some picky eaters who won't touch high-quality pate (or even poor-quality pate). They want only something with the texture of real meat.


Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? Wet and dry


Where do you buy your food? TOTW at a feed store or online. Authority and Friskies at PetSmart. Occasionally buy Friskies at a grocery store but only when I've run out and don't have time to drive in to town.


How much does it cost to feed this brand? TOTW $25/15# bag. Authority $12/8# bag. Friskies $11/case (24 5.5 oz. cans) Prices are approximate and I try to get them on sale whenever possible.


Are you you happy with your food? Very happy with TOTW and Authority. Not so much with Friskies. I can't wait the try the new TOTW wet that they're supposed to start producing soon. I just hope my cats will eat it so I can replace the Friskies with higher quality food.
post #5 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they?
Molly and Polly are Siamese sisters from the same litter. They are three years old.
What brand do you feed?
I rotate between TOTW and EVO dry, and EVO wet.
Why did you choose this food?
I only feed grain free foods, and these contain a high meat content suitable for a cat's diets and no corn, soy, or byproducts.
Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these?
I feed both wet and dry. I couldn't possibly afford to feed all wet. I've tried to give them raw, but they don't seem to know how to eat it.
Where do you buy your food?
The semi-local feed store. They sell equipment and food for horses and other animals.
How much does it cost to feed this brand?
TOTW (dry): about $12/5# EVO (dry): ~$15/6.6# EVO (wet) ~$15/12 5.5 oz. cans
Are you you happy with your food?
Yes. I go without a lot so my cats can have the best food I can get them, but I don't regret it for a second. They are healthy and happy with beautiful coats and bright eyes.
post #6 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they?

Belle and Delilah are both 17 months old. DSH and DMH.

What brand do you feed?

Dry - Orijen Cat and Kitten Wet - Friskies Chicken Dinner

Why did you choose this food?

Orijen I chose because it was high quality, Canadian, and grain-free. I have tried switching to more affordable brands, but they do best on Orijen.

Friskies I feed because it is the only wet food I have encountered that my cats happily eat. I used to feed Authority, and I would have to water it down and mix it in a blender so they would eat it. And then they stopped eating that. I bought Friskies just as a random trial/treat and they loved it. It has the added benefit of being a little cheaper than the mid-high quality wets I was attempting to feed before.


Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these?

They are free-fed dry and share 1/2 can of wet twice a day.

Where do you buy your food?

Orijen I buy at a local independent pet store, or sometimes at a small Canadian chain store in a nearby city. Friskies I get wherever I am - Walmart, grocery store, pet store. If I need to stock up, I usually go to the pet store, as it seems to be cheapest there (not considering sales).

How much does it cost to feed this brand?

Orijen costs $50 plus 15% tax for a 15lb bag. The bag typically lasts me 2-3 months. Friskies is between $0.50-0.60/can.

Are you you happy with your food?

I am happy with the Orijen, although it would be nice if it were a bit more affordable. However, they do VERY well on it. Less shedding, smoother coats, and more regular/healthy litterbox "behaviour."

As for Friskies, I would like to feed something higher quality, but my cat's tastes, as well as money, limits that. They, do, however, seem to do just as well on Friskies wet as they did on other wet foods (as a supplement to dry). So, given the price, I'm happy at this point.
post #7 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? 5 x Ocicats aged 4 months-2.5 years.

What brand do you feed? Home prepared raw

Why did you choose this food? Because I feel raw food is what nature intended cats to eat.

Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? Raw

Where do you buy your food? I buy in bulk from a butcher

How much does it cost to feed this brand? About $150-200 month

Are you you happy with your food? Very
post #8 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they?Aya is 8-9m/o Japanese short hair (mixed breed)
What brand do you feed?She eats Mon Petit/Purina beef terine (pate style) wet food 1 can per day and I free feed dry as she is still a kitten and skinny. The dry is a mixture of Science Diet/ Purina One/ Royal Canin. I am in process of switching from kitten to adult formula
Why did you choose this food? Unless you want to pay 300-400yen per can or 3000yen per bag this is the best of what is available in Japan
Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these?answered above
Where do you buy your food?Makeman (home improvement store), and the local pet store
How much does it cost to feed this brand?
Mon petit cans are 3 for 198yen
SD is 1300yen per bag.
Royal Canin is 3000yen per bag (I buy the sample bags for 700yen and mix in with the other food)
Purina one is 980yen per bag

Are you you happy with your food?Yes, I fed SD to my cats in the States. I do wish there was more choice in quality wet food. Most wet food here is packed tuna or fish bits and junk in juice or gelatin.
post #9 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they?Joji (+15), Skinny (+10), QT (8), Ashley and Buddy (+5), Ichi, Ni, San, Go (3)
What brand do you feed? TOW dry, DVP's Natural Balance, homecooked seafood and raw meat.
Why did you choose this food? Cats love it and they're healthier food.
Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? The dry is Taste of the Wild, and the rest is wet.
Where do you buy your food? A Pet store called Bow & Wow.
How much does it cost to feed this brand? I spend about 50 dollars/week.
Are you you happy with your food?
post #10 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they?
9 DSH and DLH 2 years to 11 years

What brand do you feed?
Fancy Feast Wet Friskies Dry and Royal Canine Dry

Why did you choose this food?
Its the only one they will eat

Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these?
Wet/Dry

Where do you buy your food?
PetSmart

How much does it cost to feed this brand?
Approx. $400 a month

Are you you happy with your food?
The cats are happy, I'd rather feed them something more healthier.
post #11 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? Ling Mixed spayed female (4 yrs old), Charlie Ocicat neutered male (3 yrs old), Jack Ocicat neutered male (9 months old)
What brand do you feed? Royal Canin for Urinary(dry); Wellness, Natural Balance, Blue Buffalo, Avoderm, Max Cat, Iams (all in canned)
Why did you choose this food? High quality foods and one cat has an UTI
Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? Mix of all of them (some raw - hamburger/chicken)
Where do you buy your food? Vet & Petco/Petsmart
How much does it cost to feed this brand? $40 for large bag of dry; $.75-$1.49 per can of food
Are you you happy with your food? Very happy - no reoccurance of UTI on this diet.
post #12 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? Tessie, 4 yrs old

What brand do you feed? Innova Evo and Wellness

Why did you choose this food? No By-Products or fillers, very low in carbs.

Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? I feed mostly dry and canned 3 times a week

Where do you buy your food? Pet Supplies Plus

How much does it cost to feed this brand? $19.99 for a 6lb bag of EVO (last me atleast 2 months) and $1.19 for the Wellness wet

Are you you happy with your food? Yes, very happy. My cat no longer get sick since I switched her to the no grain food.
post #13 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? Halo 3months, Phoebe 6 years old. Both Ragdolls
What brand do you feed?Wellness Core and EVO for dry(will add TOTW to the mix next month).Blue, MeowMix, Chicken Soup, Wellness, EVO for wet
Why did you choose this food? Dry for the quality and they love it. Wet for is what the picky pants will eat.
Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? Dry free-fed, wet morning and evening
Where do you buy your food?Local independent pet store and Petsmart
How much does it cost to feed this brand?Dry $9.23 for small bag Wellness Core and $7.49 small bag EVO. Wet varies from $.50 to $1.35. Since Halo is a kitten and Phoebe is putting on weight from her last litter,they are eating like pigs
Are you you happy with your food?Very. I am glad they eat the highest quality dry I can afford. The wet they get to choose
post #14 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? Spaz NFC 15 yrs, Baby DSH 2 yrs, Jade DSH 1yr

What brand do you feed? Nutro Max Salmon, Blue Spa Select & Friskies pate

Why did you choose this food? Nutro and Blue Spa because they love it and all three do well and look great. Friskies because every kitty needs wet food IMO and this is the only one that all three agree on

Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? Free feed dry and an evening meal of wet

Where do you buy your food? Petsmart, local feed stor and Sam's Club

How much does it cost to feed this brand? just picked up 77 pounds of dry, both brands for $69, so I currently have no clue on monthly cost. Friskies I get at Sam's for $18 for a 48 can case

Are you you happy with your food? Very happy, I just wish I could get them to eat a better wet
post #15 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? Currently, I have 3 kitties. Cassidy is a DMH/DLH and approximately 15 months old, Delaney is a DSH and approximately 13 months old, and Emory is a DSH and approximately 20 months old.

What brand do you feed? Emory is fed Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul dry food and both Cassidy and Delaney are currently being fed a mixture of the above food and Purina One (chicken and rice). Both Cass and Laney will be completely off of the Purina One by July 15th and will then be fed only the Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul dry food along with the moist food they're all fed. For canned or pouched food, they are all fed a combination (in rotation) of Fancy Feast, Whiskas, Friskies, and Wellness.

Why did you choose this food? For the longest time, I was unable to get Cassidy and Delaney to eat anything other than Science Diet or Purina One dry food. However, with the addition of Emory into the home (who happened to come from a shelter that fed Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul), it spurred Cass and Laney to try to adapt to a newer, more nutrient-sound, healthier dry food. I am still in the process of switching them from the Purina One to the other food, but they are doing well and should be completely off of the Purina One by mid-month. The moist food has been much of the same. All of the cats were fed a low quality wet food at the shelter. Therefore, I have struggled with finding a moist food that I approved of and that they'd consume. So, for now, I am rotating a number of lesser-quality wet foods with one higher quality brand and am hoping that, in time, they will exclusively eat the Wellness pouched food.

Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? As of now, they are all fed both dry and wet food. Since I'm currently in the process of switching two of my cats' dry food, they are being fed dry twice a day along with their twice a day pouches or cans of moist food. This will likely change as they age and their condition improves.

Where do you buy your food? Typically, I purchase the Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul as well as the Wellness canned or packeted moist food from a local holistic pet store. However, I occasionally will purchase from Pet Supplies Plus as they also carry all of the brands I use and are reasonably priced. In a pinch, I'll go to PetSmart or Petco, but I try not to if at all possible (at least where their food is concerned).

How much does it cost to feed this brand? Since I am in the process of switching my cats from a less healthy food to one that is far better for them, my cost has increased. The dry food I'm feeding runs anywhere from $20.00 per 18.5 pound bag to $24.95 per 10 pound bag. The wet food runs from $0.69 to approximately $2.25 per can or pouch. This does not include treats or supplements that I feed.

Are you you happy with your food? Even with the change to a higher quality food, I feel as though we could be doing better. I am considering other options, but, for the time being, the situation as is has suited both myself and my kitties. Only time will tell if this is a short-term solution or a more solid, long-term one...
post #16 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? I have two Siamese cats named Pixel and Bamf. They are a little over a year old.

What brand do you feed? My kitties eat Taste of the Wild dry food and all kinds of wet food as well as some bits of tuna, chicken, etc. Wet food brands include Wellness, Evo, Friskies, Fancy Feast, Merrick's, Eagle Pack, Weruva, Tiki Cat, and anything else I see that they might actually eat.

Why did you choose this food? I chose the dry food specifically because of the list of ingredients and the fact that it is grain free. There are a lot of other high quality, grain free foods, but of those foods, Taste of the Wild is the most affordable dry in my opinion. And my kitties like it! We try out any wet food that is in our price range and sounds edible.

Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? They eat both wet and dry food.

Where do you buy your food? I buy my food mostly from Pet Supplies Plus, the local pet supply store. Occasionally, I will buy wet food cans from a grocery store.

How much does it cost to feed this brand? Taste of the Wild costs about $24 for a 15lb. bag. Very affordable! The cans of wet food range from $0.50 to close to $2.00 a can, depending on the brand. It usually ends up being about $35-$40 a month for both cats.

Are you you happy with your food? Yes, except that I wish I could get them to eat more wet food!!! We love Taste of the Wild, though.
post #17 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they?
I have 3, 1-~7 year old, and 2- 2 year old all males
What brand do you feed?
Authority (petsmart brand) dry adult and authority, friskies, natural balance, evo, by nature, and triumph wet although I have fed various others at some point
Why did you choose this food?
1. No fish in any of the foods I feed...due to UTI issues. 2. Price 3. availability
Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these?
1/2 dry and 1/2 wet
Where do you buy your food?
petsmart, have bought at petco, walmart for friskies canned, and online through sites like petfooddirect
How much does it cost to feed this brand?
Hmm... the dry authority I buy in large bags for ~ $25 lasts me about 2-2.5 months. The wet is anywhere from $0.40 - 1.00 a can depending on where / when I buy it... I'd say I spend an average of $15.00 a month on wet food. So, ~ $25 - 30 a month to feed 3 cats
Are you you happy with your food?
On the whole, yes. I would love to feed a grain free dry, but none are available to me that do not contain fish and aren't crazy expensive... I would also love to feed a grain free wet food (i.e. evo 95% meat line) but can't get my picky cats to eat it. For the price, I am happy with the quality I get as a whole.
post #18 of 18
Who are your cats and how old are they? Schweppie, a 8 or 9 year old male cat and My Little Guy, a year old male brown tabby

What brand do you feed? Now! grain free Turkey and Duck dry and various canned foods - for Schweppie - Eagle Pack Holistic Selects Turkey and Barley/Duck and Lamb/Chicken &?/Salmon and Shrimp (once a week)/Go! Chicken and Vegetable. For Little Guy, Prairie Homestyle in Turkey, Duck & Chicken, Lamb, Beef and Instinct grain-free chicken, lamb, rabbit, duck or beef. NOTE: I'm changing Schweppie to just canned and trying Before Grain's 100% meat (Chicken, turkey and quail) and EVO 95% meat (Turkey & Chicken, Duck and another flavour I can't recall) cans - I think he is having trouble digesting the veggies and grains (as most cats will) so I'm going to try all meat foods. I also bought three cans from a brand called Addiction - Unagi (eel), King Salmon and Brushtail (I don't really know what that is but they like it!)

Why did you choose this food? I chose the Now! because that is the only dry food my cats will eat - if I could afford it, I'd feed them all canned but I can hardly afford what I feed now. I chose the Eagle Pack initially because I thought it wouldn't be as rich but I did a fecal test on Schweppie and apparently, he's not digesting the grains and veggies as well. The Prairie Homestyle foods are the only foods Little guy will eat consistently - he will eat the Instinct but only if I feed it between Homestyle feedings, if that makes any sense. I used to have to hand feed him just to eat...he may be ADD I think!!!

Wet, dry, raw, or a mix of any of these? Mix of wet and dry but starting only wet for Schweppie

Where do you buy your food? Global/Ryans, and now a new store called Bauhound Haus (sp)

How much does it cost to feed this brand? [color="indigo"]The small bag of Now! costs $17.49, which lasts both cats 2 and a half weeks. The canned food varies between $1.79 and 2.19 per can and I probably buy 20 cans per month. I was buying the large cans of Eagle Pack for Schweppie but he would just stop eating it halfway through the can so what's the point?

Are you you happy with your food? I'm happy with the food but, like I said above, Schweppie seems to have trouble digesting the grains and veggies. I would like to give them both grain-free but Little Guy will just not eat. I'd also like to feed all canned but that will have to wait. Although, with the price of Now!, it may not be a huge difference.

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