Some of you may remember our kitten saga from 2016. Dog-Cat is officially not a kitten anymore. She’s a massive Maine Coon. She’s so big that the vet initially thought she was male. (Don’t worry–he figured it out quick.)
- Has decimated one cat tree.
- Climbs onto the highest shelves and ledges.
- Knocks everything over as she jumps around because she doesn’t seem to understand how huge she is.
- Helps our child as an emotional support animal.
- Will claw open the food bag if we don’t put it in the closet.
The girl likes to eat. Despite what the picture may lead you to believe, we do regulate how much she consumes. When we give her a bath, you can really see how lean she is.
Okay, “lean” might not be the right word. But she’s definitely not overweight. She has an insane amount of dense fur–even for a Maine Coon.
If she had her way, though, she would eat all day.
Royal Canin Cat Food
When we first got her, she was eating some primo, though expensive, cat food. After losing Chaton Frugality, we wanted to make sure Dog-Cat was extra healthy. Plus, she had just moved here from another continent, and was a little bit stressed out. So we kept her on the food she was used to for a while.
After a bit, financial fatigue set in. She had adjusted to her new environment, so we decided to try switching her onto another food.
The Cat with the Sensitive Stomach
You wouldn’t think a cat who is constantly attempting to eat off of our dinner plates would have a sensitive stomach. But apparently, she does. This food is actually a really great brand, but our cat’s body chemistry didn’t agree with it.
We felt really bad for her. Also, cleaning the litter box was a less fun task than usual.
Nulo Cat Food with Probiotics
In order to help her get her digestive system back on track, we opted to get a food with probiotics in it. It worked like magic. The only downside was that we were now at a more expensive price point than when we started.
We went through a few bags of this before deciding she was stable. It was time to get the budget under control.
Affordable Cat Food from Purina
Finally, we threw our hands up in the air. Maybe cheaper wasn’t worse. We’d give a lower-priced brand a shot, and if it made her sick again, we’d switch back to the expensive stuff.
Oddly enough, the Naturals version of Purina is currently a tiny bit cheaper than the regular stuff. Go figure.
Luckily, there has been no illness months after switching! She’s as ravenous as ever, and our budget is a lot happier.
Have you ever gone through budget drama thanks to your pet? Share your story in the comments!