If you own a cat, then you likely know that cats can be a bit finicky when it comes to their food. Of course, this means that you have to buy different brands and flavors of cat food. In this article, I’m going to give you an overview of the cost of cat food and let you know how much money should you budget for this expense.
How much does cat food cost per month?
The cost of cat food is between $50 and $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 dependent 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 does cat food cost per year?
If you’ve got a feline companion, you’ve probably wondered how much cat food costs per year. Depending on what cat food you buy, the price can range from $600-$960 per year, but on average you’ll spend $600.
Why so high? Cat food is often more expensive than dog food because of the higher quality ingredients and more expensive manufacturing processes that go into it.
But before you decide to switch your kitty to dog chow, remember that cats are obligate carnivores and need meat in their diet as well as a few supplements to make sure they’re getting all their nutritional needs met.
Some cats are picky and will only eat certain flavors of cat food, which can be very expensive.
If you have a kitten or an older cat with special dietary needs, you might spend even more than the average price of cat food per month.
Kittens need more protein than adult cats so they usually need to be fed a higher quality diet to make sure they grow up healthy.
Older cats will need senior or “geriatric” diets because they’re not as active and have different nutritional needs.
If your cat has health problems like diabetes or kidney disease, you might need to buy prescription diets that can be just as expensive as premium brand foods.
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 microorganisms. After this point, the kibble may turn rancid and could potentially be harmful to pets.
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.
Conclusion: How much do cats cost?
The cost of cat ownership, as with all pets, can be broken down into two main categories: initial purchase costs and ongoing upkeep.
Costs for the purchase of a kitten vary depending on the breed and where you buy it from. The average cost for a kitten is approximately $150-$300.
Upkeep costs will depend on the size of your cat and whether you feed it wet or dry food. You will also have regular veterinary expenses, such as checkups and vaccinations which are mandatory in some areas. Other additional expenses include a litter tray and some cat toys to keep your pet entertained.
There are also some necessary expenses that pet owners may like to consider to ensure their cat has a long, healthy, and happy life. These include neutering/spaying, microchipping, pet insurance, and boarding kennels when you go on holiday.
And then there are cats with health issues. Make sure you ask your vet how much and how often your cat should eat, what kind of food is best for her current health status (for example, a cat with feline hypothyroidism may need foods with added iodine or high-quality protein), and whether or not she needs any special supplements.