Making pet food stretch futher when feeding feral cats.

With prices increasing on a daily basis it is becoming harder and harder for colony caretakers to feed the ferals.

this point  was raised recently by someone who posted a question in the comments section recently.

Based on feeding 10 cats,  this is what I  do, it saves anything from $20-$40 per month.

This is just a rough guide as i forgot to ask what you budget each week, but this is what I would make up for 10 cats.

4 small cans of  cheap food, such as friskies. about 50cents a can
3 cups of cheap dry food $2-4 a 3lb bag
2 packs of chicken hearts and giblets about $1.50
6 eggs
pack of salad macaroni
small pack of  barley
1lb ground beef (cheap one)
1lb sardines
boil the 
eggs
 hearts gibs
fish
meat
mac and barley until cooked add just enough water to cook the items (icook the barley on it’s own)
once cooked  put the mix in  a processor and grind it  down to a course mix, add the cans of cat food mix it together.
Bag up  the mix, enough for a day in each bag and freeze. usually about 2/3 of a cup per day per cat.
 when feeding thaw out the mix and just before serving add  about 1/2 a cup of the dry food. I also add some omega 3 oils (2 tablespoons) you can also add table scraps as long as there is no onion  or garlic, everything from left over pizza to the fat  from meat cuts, potatoes etc. You can also mix in a small amount of dog  kibble.
mixing this amount should last a week to  15 days maybe more.
 
 you can also ask you local store  to let  you buy out of date meats they can’t sell at reduced  cost, try and find out if there is a raw feeders co-op in your area,  if you buy  in bulk you will save money,  put an ad on craigh list for pet food coupons, and also  if anyone has food there animals won’t eat tell them you will take  it, ask  your neighbors  if they would like to help  by donating bags/ cans of  food, coupons etc.
ask local pet stores for samples of foods. Check the pet food makers websites  for free samples and couponsalso get family and friends to send for them.
 Here are some current offers
 
Hope this  helps.
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