My wife and I have had our little cat, Tailchaser, for about 3 and a half years. He’s a black cat with a white belly – a tuxedo! – and we love him very much. What we don’t love is the price of cat food, which before we discovered the Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Food, was superbly expensive, in the order of about $35 to $45 dollars a month. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s actually a lot of money, when you add it up.
Our cat, thankfully, isn’t really picky, so we decided to give a shot to the Costco-brand cat food. Everything else Kirkland Signature supplies seems of good quality, so why not?
It didn’t even take a day for the cat to adapt to the new food; we went ‘cold turkey’ with the food change, which I know isn’t ideal, but we were out of the other one. It doesn’t seem to have affected him, except for the fact that he’s crazy for the new food, purrs like crazy when we feed him!
Having a healthy, happy cat that loves his food is one, very important part of the equation, but it’s not the only one. Oh no.
The Costco Maintenance Cat Food, Chicken and Rice Formula, is dirt cheap compared to what is sold in pet stores. A massive, 20-pound (9.07 kilograms) bag costs only $16.99 Canadian dollars, and we can feed the cat for almost two months on that bag. Even if our cat ate like a pig and went through the whole thing in a month, which he can’t, it would still be a savings of over 50% from before.
You just can’t argue with that. When it comes to the ingredients, without being an expert, I don’t see anything that would be completely inappropriate, such as “Animal Protein Byproduct” or something of that ilk.
So far, so good. We’re on our second bag since we started feeding him the Kirkland-brand Cat Food, and our cat has managed to maintain his weight. He gained a little bit, but mostly (I think) because he doesn’t go outside as much as during the summer. Of course this has direct consequences on his litter box and litter consumption, but what can you do.
To learn more about what should and should not be in your pet’s food, click here. From what I could tell, the Kirkland Signature Maintenance Cat Food (Chicken and Rice, Super Premium) seems to fare quite well, and even includes some Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are not required by law.
Update – July 10th, 2015 – My wife and I have decided to start giving our cat the low-calorie version of this cat food, Kirkland Signature brand of course, because it seems our cat gains quite a bit of weight with this one. There are no drawbacks as far as our cat’s appreciation of his food – he loves it – and he seems to not gain weight nearly as much. I’ll write a full review of the new cat food as quickly as possible, and post a link here.