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
pack of salad macaroni
small pack of barley
1lb ground beef (cheap one)
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you can also ask you local store to let you buy out of date meats they can’t sell at reduced cost, try and find out if there is a raw feeders co-op in your area, if you buy in bulk you will save money, put an ad on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.
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Hope this helps.