Thoughts on supporting a lot of cats, cheaply

@scribe1 (1207)
United States
December 23, 2007 3:50pm CST
My vet, who happens to be allergic to cats, has nine cats of her own! I thought that she was doing a wonderful thing by giving so many cats a home. With the salary she makes, she can probably afford it. But at the same time, I'll just bet that she finds ways to trim expenses on cat food,here and there. For example, she probably buys huge quantities of given canned food flavors on sale. Or maybe has a friend or family member who contributes money for cat food. I can't think of any other options for effectively supporting a lot of cats. Can you? I'm also thinking ahead. Who knows? I may wind up taking in more cats. :-)
3 responses
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
24 Dec 07
I have 23 cats - down from 30 at the first of the month. I feed them Purina One hairball from Walmart, I get the litter from Sam's. I do the best I can, but it takes 6 or 7 of the large bags a month to feed them and about the same litter buckets.
@Alphasee (389)
• United States
24 Dec 07
Free samples, and quantity are generally the best way to go. If you have a costco or a sam's club, along those lines where they get the wholesale is going to be your best option. The absolute cheapest way though, is to make your own. Large vats for the cats. The only problem is that it can actually take more time to do so. Your choice. But stick with the samples, and stick with the bulk stuff! But ALWAYS remember, the cheapest is not always the best, nor does the saying "You get what you pay for" stand untrue.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
24 Dec 07
Depending on where you live, your vet may not make as much as you think. I was shocked to find that the average range for vets in our area was only $80K. Since vets know so many people in the pet food industry they probably get huge discounts on all of the food they buy for their pets or buy large quantities of food while it is on sale. They get all of the treatment for free because they can treat the animals themselves. With cats those are really the only expenses.