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People want to buy good food for their dogs and cats but get hung up on price. They want healthy food for low prices.
It's easy enough to suggest a couple of brands but people want numbers.
I, for one, am tired of having to search up the individual brand and calculate each price every single time. So here you go; here's the thread to make this irrelevant. Next time someone asks, "Suggest to me a dog food!", one can throw not only Cardinal's "I used to feed my doggy poison" thread but also this thread, so that the question of 'price' is answered in a single link.

NOTE: Prices -vary-. All these prices are gathered online from sites like Nextag and Amazon, they may be slightly different than the prices of your local stores. Also, buying in bulk tends to be cheaper than buying smaller bags. These prices listed are a rough guideline, if anything.
Also, not all formulas are included of each brand. Formulas that feature less common meats (such as duck or lamb) are often slightly more expensive.
Lastly, I am a rounder. If it says that the dog food is 28.7 pounds then I'm rounding to 30. If it's 19.64 then I'm rounding to 20.

Never focus on price alone when deciding your pet food! Even if the food is in the same general category, some brands may have a slight edge on others. KEEP IN MIND: Aside from price, less of a high quality food needs to be fed. For example, only 1 cup of Orijen may be required for a cat, but as much as 1 1/2 or 2 cups may be required for the same cat of a lesser brand like Purina Cat Chow.

Best foods are grainfree, better foods lack the worst grains (corn, wheat) and mystery meats. Bad foods are...bad, to say it politely, but at the very least contains meat as the first ingredient. But the worst foods are awful with grains as the first ingredient. Pick foods from the "Better" or up groupings. The "Bad" and below groupings are for comparison...good food is not necessarily expensive, and bad food is not necessarily cheap!

Pay attention to the PRICE PER POUND. Price per pound is the unit price and is basically the 'fair' way to compare food. Inexpensive foods have low price per pounds, more expensive food has a higher number.
I include the number of pounds and the cost so that others, if they are curious of my work, can double-check it for themselves. Also, I include it because the weight of a food often influences its unit price (buying in bulk is cheaper).

FORMAT:

Brandname
Pounds for Cost. Price-per-pound
kcal/cup

Asterick (*) denotes Limited Ingredient food. These are good for pets that have food allergies to specific common ingredients, such as chicken. Pets that do not have food allergies will not benefit any more from a LI diet than they will its equivalent.

ALL FOODS ARE THE DRY, KIBBLE EQUIVALENT
I may include canned foods in the future but for now, dry food is what you get.

I am open for suggestions of foods to add!
The list is quite incomplete, so suggest to me everything you have!
Feel free to debate on what grouping each food belongs. =)

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DOG

BEST

Acana Wild Prairie
30lb for 71. 2.4
425 kcal/cup

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon Recipe
24lb for 50. 2.1
415 kcal/cup

Canidae Grain Free Chicken, Turkey, Lamb and Fish
30lb for 52. 1.7
498 kcal/cup

Earthborn Primitive Naturals
28lb for 50. 1.78
445 kcal/cup

EVO Grain Free Turkey and Chicken Formula
28lb for 56. 2
537 kcal/cup

Merrick Before Grain Salmon
25lb for 52. 2.08
383 kcal/cup

*Natural Balance Grainfree Limited Ingredient Fish and Sweet Potato
28lb for 50. 1.8
368 kcal/cup

Orijen Adult Dry Dog Food
30lb for 75. 2.5
460 kcal/cup

Taste of the Wild (High Prairie Canine)
30lb for 45. 1.5
370 kcal/cup

Victor Grain Free Super Premium
30lbs for 40.99, 1.36
395/kalcup

Victor Grain Free Ultra Professional
30lbs for 65. 2.16
495 kal/cup


Wellness CORE Original
26lb for 59. 2.3
421 kcal/cup

Better

Actrium Adult Dog Formula
15lb for 20. 1.3
caloric amount cannot be located

Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice
30lb for 43. 1.4
419 kcal/cup

Canidae Chicken Meal and Rice Formula
30lb for 34. 1.1
468 kcal/cup

Chicken Soup Adult Dog Formula
35lb for 40. 1.14
336 kcal/cup

Halo Adult Dog Wholesome Chicken
4lb for 12. 3
441 kcal/cup

Horizon Complete
30lb for 50. 1.6
415 kcal/cup

Innova Adult Dry Dog Food Large Bite
30lb for 48. 1.6
504 kcal/cup

Purina ONE Beyond Lamb and Whole Barley Adult
15lb for 23. 1.5
468 kcal/cup

Merrick Wilderness Blend Dog Food
30lb for 53. 1.7
364 kcal/cup

Artemis Fresh Mix
30lb for 58. 1.9
327 kcal/cup

Kirkland Signature Chicken and Rice
40lb for 31. 0.78
356 kcal/cup

Fromm Adult Gold Large Breed
35lb for 50. 1.4
393 kcal/cup

Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice
15lb for 25. 1.7

Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog Food
33lb for 51. 1.54
367 kcal/cup

Wellness Super5Mix Lamb, Barley and Salmon Recipe
30lb for 51. 1.7
405 kcal/cup
Bad

Authority Adult Chicken Dry
18lb for 19. 1.05

IAMS Proactive Health Adult Chunks
17.5lb for 17. 1
426 kcal/cup

Science Diet Adult Large Breed
35lb for 40. 1.14
357 kcal/cup

Diamond Naturals Beef and Rice
40lb for 31. 0.775
338 kcal/cup

Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed
18lb for 30. 1.6
338 kcal/cup

Eukanuba Large Breed Adult
40lb for 52. 1.3
349 kcal/cup

Worst

Purina Dog Chow Complete Nutrition
20lb for 22. 1.1
430 kcal/cup

Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend Chicken and Rice
35lb for 40. 0.875
465 kcal/cup

Alpo Prime Cuts
47lb for 32. 0.7
375 kcal/cup

Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy
30lb for 52. 1.7
355 kcal/cup

Ol' Roy Kibbles Chunks and Chews
40lb for 20. 0.5
unable to be found

Pedigree Wholesome Recipe with Chicken, Rice and Vegetables
16lb for 15. 0.9
378 kcal/cup

Cesar Dry Dog Food
3lb for 15. 5
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Acana Grasslands Grain-Free Dry Cat Food
15lb for 48. 3.2
485 kcal/cup

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Recipe
12lb for 35. 2.9
391 kcal/cup

Felidae Pure Elements Grain Free Cat Food
15lb for 30. 2
498 kcal/cup

FirstMate Fish and Potatoes with Blueberries
12lb for 35. 2.9
570 kcal/cup

Halo Grain-free Chicken Cat Food
3lb for 11. 3.6
449 kcal/cup

Nature's Variety Instinct Chicken Meal Formula
12lb for 34. 2.8
491 kcal/cup

NOW Grain Free
10lb for 36. 3.6
460 kcal/cup

Orijen Poultry and Fish Cat and Kitten
15lb for 50. 3.3
480 kcal/cup

Solid Gold Indigo Moon Holistic Cat Food
15lb for 30. 2
450 kcal/cup

Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula
15lb for 34. 2.26
390 kcal/cup

Merrick Before Grain Chicken
11lb for 25. 2.27
409 kcal/cup

Wellness CORE Original Fish and Fowl Recipe
12lb for 40. 3.3
502 kcal/cup

Better


Actrium
6lb for 16. 2.7
caloric amount cannot be located

Blue Buffalo Indoor Cat Food Chicken and Brown Rice
15lb for 34. 2.26
478 kcal/cup

Halo Wild Salmon Indoor Cat
3lb for 11. 3.6
449 kcal/cup

Life's Abundance Premium Health Food for Cats
7lb for 18. 2.6
495 kcal/cup

Wellness Complete Health Chicken and Rice Recipe
12lb for 35. 2.9
395 kcal/cup

Purina One Beyond Chicken and Whole Oat Meal Recipe
13lb for 23. 1.8
428 kcal/cup

Fromm Gold Adult Cat Food
5lb for 12. 2.4
453 kcal/cup

Chicken Soup Adult Cat Formula
18lb for 28. 1.5
367 kcal/cup

Simply Nourish Adult Chicken and Rice
14lb for 30. 2.1

Bad

Nutro MAX Indoor Adult Cat Food
16lb for 25. 1.5
373 kcal/cup

Authority Chicken Dry Cat
18lb for 25. 1.4

Science Diet Adult Indoor Dry Cat
15lb for 46. 3.1
503 kcal/cup

Iams Proactive Health Adult Original with Chicken
6.8lb for 13. 1.9
366.5 kcal/cup

Worst

Purina Cat Chow Indoor Formula (also cleverly called "Pukerina" from one disgrunted Amazon reviewer who noticed his cat puking up her guts after consuming Purina)
7lb for 7.50. 1.1
412 kcal/cup

Friskies Feline Favorites
16lb for 17. 1.06
unable to be found

Whiskas Original Cat Food
15lb for 20. 1.3
367 kcal/cup

Meow Mix Chicken Turkey Salmon and Oceanfish
16lb for 17. 1.06
360 kcal/cup

Special Kitty Adult Care
15lb for 13. 0.86
287 kcal/cup
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FERRET
Many thanks to Henrika for her contributions! Without her, this post wouldn't even exist.

BEST
Wysong Ferret Epigen
18lb for 81. 4.49
caloric content unknown

EVO Ferret Diet
8lb for 25. 3
549 kcal/cup

BETTER

8 in 1 Ultimate Ferret Diet
4.5lb for 15. 3.3
unknown kcal

BAD
Marshalls Premium Ferret Diet
7lb for 25. 3.6
unknown kcal

WORST
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