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Konotashi 01-05-2013 02:32 PM

Just a Pet Food Rant
 
I buy my cat Nature's Variety Instinct and Ozzy gets EVO.

I'm so sick of people flipping out when they hear how much I spend on my pets' food.
I can choose to go out and eat junk. My animals don't have that option. They rely on ME to feed them a healthy diet. So I'm going to feed them the best food I can afford for them.
I spend around $70 every two months on their food. Versus $100+ on groceries just for myself EVERY month! I don't think $35 every month is too much for food.
I know you guys spend more since your dogs are bigger, but I think you can all see my point....

I'm just tired of people saying the amount of money I spend on their food is ridiculous.

Rerun 01-05-2013 02:53 PM

I don't talk to people about what we spend on dog food, honestly it just doesn't ever come up and I know a lot of people who have dogs (basically everyone I know has dogs...). They don't ask, and I'm not looking for approval from anyone on anything pertaining to our pets so I wouldn't bring it up for any reason.

As far as your grocery budget, I think you still live at home so perhaps you don't think about what your mom spends on food a month? Because I just can't imagine at all how a person can sustain on only $100 in groceries a month unless you are emaciated and live on peanut butter sandwiches and raman noodles. Unless that isn't including lots of meals eating out and whatnot or you have a garden/farm that you grow a lot of your own food in (though to be fair you'd have to factor in all that goes into the garden/farm and deduct what you spent vs what you saved).

GusGus 01-05-2013 03:04 PM

When I tell people how much I paid for BB they say things like "why? Its just a dog" or "why not buy iams (or Purina) its just as good but less than half the price" its like..yeah my dog eats cat poop and won't eat iams anymore..plus after reading the ingredients on both..I'll stick to BB

Konotashi 01-05-2013 03:07 PM

Sometimes it comes up in conversation. :/

I buy my own groceries. $100 per month was inaccurate- it's $100 per pay check. (Every two weeks). I was just irritated and typed that up quick.

It came up today because we were at Petco dropping off cats for the adoption event and I had a $10 gift card to spend, so I used it toward the cat's food.
My mom and another foster asked how much it was and they were like, "OMG, that's RIDICULOUS!!!"

Konotashi 01-05-2013 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by GusGus (Post 2678209)
When I tell people how much I paid for BB they say things like "why? Its just a dog" or "why not buy iams (or Purina) its just as good but less than half the price" its like..yeah my dog eats cat poop and won't eat iams anymore..plus after reading the ingredients on both..I'll stick to BB

I just mention that it's cheaper in the long run, because you spend less on vet bills, they eat less, less bathing, and smaller poops are an added bonus.
I get grossed out petting some people's dogs because they're greasy and leave an almost slimy feel on my hands.
Ozzy only gets a bath if he goes out and plays in the mud or something.
He has a super soft, shiny coat. His last bath was probably around August last year, and that was because he was a mud puppy, haha.

Nigel 01-05-2013 03:17 PM

My family members are as well versed in the differences between brands, so they are spending the same kind of money. Anybody else, I'll tell them to read up on what's in the cheaper stuff. I've convinced a few coworkers to make a switch for the better.

GusGus 01-05-2013 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Nigel (Post 2678313)
My family members are as well versed in the differences between brands, so they are spending the same kind of money. Anybody else, I'll tell them to read up on what's in the cheaper stuff. I've convinced a few coworkers to make a switch for the better.

People around here just think I'm an idiot. My favorite one ever "its the same thing..you're just paying an extra 35 dollars for a shiny bag and a name" OH REALLY NOW? everyone seems to feed their dogs the WORST food out here. Kibbles and bits, pedigree, Purina, etc.

gaia_bear 01-05-2013 04:50 PM

My parents used give me grief almost every time they saw me. Until I pointed out that our dogs are the same size, I feed 3-3.5 cups a day, they feed closer to 6. My 80$ bag of dog food lasts 2x as long as your 35$ bag, when I made that point they kind of backed off.

I dog sat for them for 2 weeks and when they came back I sent their dog home with a new bag of dog food, completely off Alpo or whatever they were feeding her and loving Fromm, they haven't looked back since.

marksteven 01-05-2013 10:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Konotashi (Post 2678249)
Sometimes it comes up in conversation. :/

I buy my own groceries. $100 per month was inaccurate- it's $100 per pay check. (Every two weeks). I was just irritated and typed that up quick.

It came up today because we were at Petco dropping off cats for the adoption event and I had a $10 gift card to spend, so I used it toward the cat's food.
My mom and another foster asked how much it was and they were like, "OMG, that's RIDICULOUS!!!"



I dont think its ridiculous to spend money on a decent cat/dog food. I know poeple that feed their dogs junk like purina and complain about it all the time. I give you a thumbs up for only spending 100 bucks every 2 weeks on groceries. I'm single and cant get out of the supermarket every week for under 80 bucks and i dont buy junk food either.

3ToesTonyismydog 01-06-2013 02:38 AM

Next time someone makes fun of you for feeding a good quality dog food, just mention to them that you know someone who's dog died because of what they were feeding. My last GSD dog had a tumor under his chin on the throat area and he had to be put down because of it. When I asked the vet if the dog food could have been the cause he said YES and it most likely was the cause. No more cheap dog food for any dog I ever own.


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