It is also worth noting that there are tons of resources out there for making your own dog/cat food. My SO read an article of a man who's dog suddenly became seriously ill, and was on the verge of death. The owner started to make the dog's food himself, and the dog's health drastically changed for the better, and he ended up living two more years.
We have been seriously discussing making our cat her food. We are very attached to our Miss Kitty, who thinks of herself as The Love Furchild, Regeant to the Heavens, First amongst the 3 of Us, Empress of the Apartment to the Highest Decree. And yes, she acts the part and doesn't let us forget. But in all seriousness, if anything were to happen to her saying I would be at a loss is the understatement of the year. So I am willing to do anything to make sure she lives a very long, happy life.
[This message edited by Dark Inertia at 6:22 PM, October 29th (Tuesday)]