Originally Posted by Juniper
I free feed dry food, because Meeko has anxiety issues about food (if he doesn't have constant access to food, he becomes nervous and anxious and upset, and spends all day and night pacing and wailing, and then when he does get fed, gorges himself and promptly throws it up) - free feeding resolves these issues, so I have no choice (I prefer free feeding anyway, though). We don't do wet food because a) it is insanely expensive - around $2.50 for a 5.5 oz. can, so if I were to feed canned food exclusively according to the instructions (feed one ounce per pound of body weight), it would cost me around $825/month - even half wet/half dry would cost me around $412 - and there's just no way that's feasible and b) Phineas and Henry hate it and refuse to eat it, anyway.
Samwise is the same way, if there isn't any food down he freaks out. I think it has to do with the fact when he was a kitten he was dumped. Who knows how long the little guy went without food. He was terrible skinny when I brought him home. Thankfully my cousin found him and gave him to me, so now he's spoiled rotten.
I free feed dry so they have access to that 24/7. I also feed wet every day or every couple of days in the evening. Sometimes they get tired of it and won't eat it. I refuse to feed them wet in the morning because they get me up early enough as it is.
As far as cost, I buy the big bag of Innova Adult for $36 every month or so and spend about $10 -$20 bucks a months on wet. Sometimes that last longer than a month sometime less depending on whether they go through a no I'm not gonna eat wet food phase. So about $50-60 a month. They eat better than I do. And they get a treat of cook hamburger whenever I have spaghetti or anything that calls for ground beef. They also get cooked chicken occasionally and the juice off the canned chicken.
And when we visit my parent's Samwise will eat whatever kind of food is down that week for Bubbles my parent's cat. She has kidney disease so tempting her with food is important because she goes through phases where she won't eat at all.
I thought about going raw and even tried to transition over but Gandalf would have no part of it. He's my picky eater. I might try again later but for now I think I'll stick to what I know they'll eat.