They have been brainwashed by Madison Avenue into believing that spending money is the only proper say to show love. Humans succumbed to this notion so long ago that few remember when it was otherwise.
Now, if that explanation doesn't work, think of how many people will be forced to go on the dole if cat owners buy their food at bait shops. Of course, this would probably cause more bait shops to open and they would need to compete...and they'd turn to Madison Ave. for assistance. The next thing you know, only "upscale" bait would be available and fisherman wouldn't be able to afford to buy it.
We could shock our entire economy trying to care for Tabby and Fido's perception of their owners. Who wants a neurotic or emotionally unstable pet?
It's strange that common sense thinking of yesterday is today's radical approach.
It seems there are all kinds of recalls for moist dog and cat food that seems to be contaminated from an extender.
What is wrong with feeding your pets human food? REAL FOOD!?
Purchase your cat real tuna fish at 3 for $1 at the supermarket.
Why not purchase a fish head for your feline friend? Cheaper than store-bought cat food that is mixed with sawdust.
What are you all afraid of? Your cat will hate that dried crud you feed them now?
Go to a bait shop and buy your cat a whole mackeral for 59