How Much Does Cat Food Cost Per Month?

Cat food can be as cheap as $50-$80 per month or as expensive as you choose to make it. There are hundreds of cat food brands on the market, all with different price ranges and offering different food types.

Canned cat food is generally the cheapest option, with basic brands costing around $0.5 or £0.5. Many cat food brands also offer multipacks and stores will give a slight discount per tin when bought as a multipack.

Some cat owners prefer to feed dry biscuits for their cats, or a combination of wet canned food and dry biscuits.

The price of dry food for cats is dependant on the brand and the size of the box or bag you purchase. Typically, a 500g box or bag can cost as little as $1.50/£1 or as much as $6/£5.

Aside from the traditional canned food and dry biscuits, cat owners now also have the option of paté. These foods come in a small foil tray with a peel-off lid. You can purchase paté trays individually or in small packs. They are priced similarly to canned food at $0.5 or £0.5.

Cat food brands that use natural and locally sourced ingredients tend to be more expensive due to the higher costs involved in manufacturing. Additionally, cat food brands that do not use grain fillers will also be more expensive.

What is the average monthly cost of owning a cat?

The average monthly cost of owning a cat depends on the cost of the brands you purchase and how much you use, but here is a general estimate:

  • Food: $50-$80 or £40-£65 per month.
  • Treats: $10 or £10 per month.
  • Litter: $15 or £20 per month.
  • Flea treatment: $5-$10 or £10 per month (brand dependant)
  • Insurance: $10-$20 or £10-£15 per month.

You should also factor in putting money aside in case of emergencies if you do not have pet insurance or to ensure you have money to pay any excess fees you may be liable for.

How much and how often should I feed my cat?

Cats require different food amounts and feeding times depending on their life stage. Kittens will eat smaller meals and more often than older cats.

It is also important to note that some cats only eat dry biscuits, which can be left down throughout the day for the cat to come back to whenever they want. If you feed this way, you should remove any uneaten food at the end of the day and put fresh food down in the morning.

All cat food brands apply a feeding guide to their packaging to give you an indication of how much to feed your cat based on their age and weight.

Remember, this is just a guide. If your cat leaves food, try feeding less at the next meal so you are not wasting anything. If they eat all their food and seem to be looking for more, you can feed larger portions, provided they are not gaining weight.

Speak to your veterinarian if you are unsure about feeding schedules and portion sizes.

How long does pet food stay fresh?

Kibble in an unsealed bag typically remains fresh for as little as 14 days, depending on the moisture content in the kibble. As it ages, the food starts to break down due to the natural breakdown caused by microorganisms in the air. After this point, the kibble may turn rancid and could potentially be less safe for pets to consume.

How long does a bag of cat food last?

A 7-pound bag of cat food will provide 14 days of food for a cat that eats 1 cup per day.

When calculating how much food a cat needs, remember that they require different amounts of nutrients depending upon age, breed and size. Also, cats tend to eat less as they age, so it’s important to keep an eye on your cat’s eating habits.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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