Hubby Tony and I were out running errands this afternoon. One of our stops was the pet supply store to get food for Jackson the cat.
We've had felines in the house for years, and for most of those used dry food because it was cheaper than wet and easier to serve. A couple of years ago, on the advice of the vet we changed over to canned food. She gave
us some suggestions for brands, and we chose the cheapest one. (Jackson has never met a cat food he didn't like.)
Changing Jackson's diet was a learning experience for both Tony and me. We found that cat food came in two can sizes - 3 ounce (single meal) and 5.5 ounces. The big ones cost less per ounce than the small ones. A large can of food lasts for a day's worth of meals. (Jackson also doesn't mind eating portions that come chilled from the refrigerator.)
The canned food prices and selection were pretty stable until Covid and then supply chain issues started. The manager of the pet store told us that so many people had bought quarantine pets that they were having trouble getting merchandise. All of a sudden the five flavors that had always been there dropped down to three.
And the price went up a nickle.....then a dime.....then another two dimes. Tony had last purchased cat food about a month ago. Today we found out it would cost twenty percent more! I know food prices in general are going up, but Tony and I eat very little meat at home and I've not kept on top of how much it costs.
Jackson is going to be celebrating his 20th birthday later this year. We want him to be healthy for as long as possible. If we have to spend more money for that health we'll just grin and bear it.
Five years ago: Slurp, Slurp, Slurp