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Premium pet food for one year
-- Average cat: $102 to $203.
-- Small dog: $96 to $192.
-- Medium dog: $188 to $225.
-- Large dog: $260 to $276.

Food treats
-- Dogs: $64.
-- Cats: $37.

Sources: Iams pet food and a 2008 consumer survey by the American Pet Products Association.

The fine print: Premium food promotes better digestion and a healthier pet, according to Iams and animal advocacy groups such as Born Free USA. These advocates say that cheaper foods contain fillers your pet can't digest. That leads to more, ahem, waste.


 

 

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