Feeding cats can be a tricky business. Owners want to serve nutritious foods and cats will eat only what they choose to eat. Although experts disagree about the detailed particulars of an optimal diet, they agree that cats need plenty of protein, lots of water, and minimal, if any, carbohydrates to thrive. The very best cat foods contain protein from identified sources and very little filler; many are completely grain free.
It's possible to meet most, if not all, of these requirements on the cheap and still find food that appeals to cats as well as their owners. Cheapism.com pored over reviews from experts and users, and even interviewed pet lovers for added input, to identify the best wet and dry food for the average cat. We came up with six budget-friendly brands, and two with a little something extra, that won't cost consumers more than 38 cents an ounce. Even better than the smaller dent they'll make on pet owners' wallets, the majority of cats should deem them delicious -- at least most of the time.
Our picks (and the prices) are representative of the wide assortment of flavors and formulas each brand offers.