On that note, talk to some of the small groceries and or meat shops. I get a lot of quick sale meat...still very good...for my guys. I got a pound and a half + of sirloin tip for $2 today. That will make 8 meals for the two inside cats + 4 meals for the dog. I add green beans and other things to the dog's diet but not so much the cats and vary their food frequently. I just had geriatric blood work done on all three even though they aren't that old and the results were wonderful. And they all have very clean teeth. This beats even cheap canned food and I know what they are eating.
On Aug 29, 2012, at 8:10 AM, Kathryn Hargreaves wrote:

The cheapest yet healthiest food I've found is raw that I mix up myself, using balanced recipes online (I can send you links and my own recipe, if you like). I buy at Whole Foods, so I'm paying about twice what you could otherwise---and I'm still only paying about half the amount of the best commercial canned food out there (currently Merrick Before Grain, even though Merrick has had some complaints about their dog food). That's about 70 cents/day/cat, and you could probably be doing it for 35 cents/day/cat. You'll also save on vet bills for diabetes, etc., and they won't be as susceptible to urinary problems, which can kill a male in hours before you even notice it.

A local pet store gives me outdated raw and canned food. (I refuse the dry food, as it's so bad for cats.) If you let them know you're feeding ferals, one of yours may do the same.


On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 4:58 AM, Beth <create_me_...@yahoo.com> wrote:
Talk to local rescues. Our rescue strictly uses Science Diet, so when people donate other kinds of food, they give it to volunteers or feral feeders. Sometimes it's really high quality food, sometimes not. We also have something called Daffy's Pet Soup Kitchen which provides food to people who cannot afford it. There are 2 organizations like that in our area. The best thing to do would be to get friendly with a shelter that can provide you with info on resources.

Beth
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From: dot winkler <venus7ora...@yahoo.com>
To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] outdoor cats plight/free food?/reply

Hi Beth - how do I find out about places that donate food? Or how do I get it at cost? I work alone and don't belong to an organization. thanks, Dot

From: Beth <create_me_...@yahoo.com>
To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 4:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] outdoor cats plight/free food?

Are there any places which donate food in your area? We have several in Atlanta. Also rescues can sometimes get food to feral feeders at cost. You could also set up a Chip-in for people to donate $ for food.

Beth

Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter! www.Furkids.org


From: dot winkler <venus7ora...@yahoo.com>
To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 8:21 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] outdoor cats plight/free food?

Hi I was reading your mail. What did you mean about "that is the price of free food?" Do you receive food free for feeding the cats? I do not TNR. I don't belong to any program. Just my lone self feeding the 7 cats. (they are all neutered except 2 by someone else) I have spent so much money on them each week. Money I don't have. It is getting to be a bad situation for me.




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