How long can canned cat food sit out?

Healthy and hearty food habits are the base of a perfect and diverse ecosystem encompassing the active movement of organisms. 

Cats belong to Kingdom Animalia and are believed to be the inheritance or milder version of the tiger community.

In human witness, classification of cats can be under:

  1. Wild cats
  2. Tamed cats

Wild wanderers are not specific with their food habits and tend to find food in the heaps of trunks, be it rodent flesh or chicken bones.

Whereas, tamed cats are next to indispensable members of the family and are bound to follow strict and subtle food habits.      

People taming cats mostly prefer either canned chicken feast rich in Vitamin B1, beef broth and chicken, Friskes with additive contents like savory gravy and salmon fish or applaws stuffed with taurine, amino acid and 80% animal protein. 

Why do people tame cats?

One of the most important organ of body strengthened by the regular and proper food habit is the eyes. 

Cats are believed to be nocturnal animals 

(active at night). This detective power and threatening glow of eyes, particularly at shady hour is the reason why most people prefer taming cats.

Proper proportion of nutritional additives in the diet of cats can help them see and grow better.

What problems do Pet-tamers face? 

Pet-tamers, in general, are stuck with day-to-day problems of management and adjustment with new living/housing/fooding habits of new members in their family.

One such problem, most commonly complained about, is the storage of canned foods.

How long can canned cat food sit out

Is it okay to leave dry cat food out?

Dry cat food like meow mix and cat chow have corn gluten food, bone meal and animal fats & oil as a fundamental components. 

The quality, quantity, consumption level and type of food are the key notes defining the choice of family taking dry or wet food.

Some prefer dry food whereas others wet, depending upon the precaution and consultation their cats are subjected to.

The underlying benefits of appetising the cats with dry food is the stimulation of energy, less susceptibility to mycobacterial infection, low content of moisture and affirmation of healthy movement and muscles.

But, leaving dry cat food out for a long time does not serve these purposes. 

In fact, the consequences are direct and following:

  1. Rancidity
  2. Oxidation
  3. Dilution  

Dry canned food, if kept out for long hours, undergoes oxidation( addition of oxygen in a component).

Air rich in nitrogen, carbon , oxygen and argon ( with traces of other gases) may dilute the chemical composition of food.

Rancidity ( it refers to a process wherein, the open food in contact with air becomes bad in taste and smell due to certain chemical reaction) is another adverse effect which can alter the taste of food making it useless for consumption. 

These factors greatly contribute to contamination and degradation of preservatives.

They also kill the healthy and power generating microbes present in the components of food.

Factors that spoil cat food

Cat food is rich in nutrients, vitamin, meat and many perishable components whose shelf-life is very less.

To begin with, the meat used in preparation of food may belong to an infected breed which itself is unsuitable for consumption. 

Other feature supporting this can be the high temperature during hatching period of hens.

The ultimate result is immune damage and inner impairment (like paralysis) of chickens and hens.

Next, unclean tubs of cat food left with the traits of moisture and humidity breeds undesirable bacteria. This can stick to the whiskers of cat, spreading communicable diseases. 

It is partially similar to the monkey fever spread by ticks!        

Milk with puss (in dry food) may prove disastrous for the tolerance capacity of the tissues of cats and hit them with prolonged sickness.

Unlike birds and dogs, cats are not entitled to confinement and thus, freely moves from one place to other. These sickness and diseases may snatch their freedom and virtually cage them. 

Well, how do people curb these menaces?

It’s necessary to estimate the advantages and area of deficiency before taking any step!

Thus, the tendency of storing canned food not less than a year, keeping sealed packs out of refrigerator, providing ambient temperature to open cat food must be adopted. 

However, cat maybe tamed but its nature cannot be taken away.

This is a metaphor to  Tom running after Jerry besides the milk and bone provided to fulfill its appetite. 

Thus, there are numerous factors which effect the food habits of cats!

Factors that spoil cat food

What’s the worry of leaving wet cat food out?

Definitely, food exposed to external environment is hazardous for consumption.

The external matters do not comply with the sustainability of food and thus, the ability of food to retain its flavour is threatened. 

In fact cats themselves sweat through their paws and do not have sweat glands on their body, unlike humans so placement of food must be taken carefully, keeping this fact about cats in consideration. 

  • Food kept out may be trodden or tasted by some other animal, leaving it useless for utilisation.

This food is also open to dust particles micro seeds hailing from the pollination area.

The particles of dust might also aggravate due to the close contact of reactive enzymes in air.

This can disturb the overall composition of food and degrade its quality.

What is the chemical relation behind cat’s food and external environment? 

Apart from baked and marinated Fish, broth and beef cat food like Fancy feast seafood

(grilled) has whisk of metallic chemical compound( like potassium chloride, ferrous sulphate,  etc) which tend to experience chemical reaction under pressure and temperature acting as catalyst.

Chemical composition is completely hollowed. 

  • Roots of biological spoilage have its connection from farms wherein corn is harvested.

Default in irrigation or natural calamities like flood may cause eutrophication: phenomenon which washes away the crops and water and nurture bacteria within them, a total destruction!

This causes food poisoning to the consumer of those items after the low-lying symptoms like diarrhoea and vomiting. 

Other factor which spoils food when left out:

Protein, if not intaken, breaks into amino acid.

Further addition of amino acid to the existing acid and compound toxicates the content.

An interesting fact about cats is that the number of bones in them is more than 206 i.e., more than the normal human beings, yet their food requirement is lesser than the humans, except for the milk which they yearn for and which makes them run faster by strengthening their large number of bones!

Can I store my cat's canned food in the garage

Can I store my cat’s canned food in the garage?

Cat’s canned food stuffed with ample of nourishing nutrients and minerals are open to diminishing derivatives, dehydration and decomposition. 

Can garage be used as a temporary warehouse?

Garage must not be used as a warehouse to store cats’ canned food because it provides poor temperature leading to  an increase in the kinetic energy of the integral elements to amalgamate and become ineffective. 

Contrary to the hot temperature, the chilly and freezing temperature too, disfigures the texture of food by synthesising the layer of ice around.

Moreover, tin cans in the presence and close contact of air, water and humidity can face rusting.  

The USDA ( united states department of agriculture) working under FDA ( food and drug administration) advices that the canned food must be stored in refrigerator for not more than 5-7 days so that the building elements do not lose their flavour.

Special cold- storage can be established for commercial storage of bulky order. 

Should I use a plastic storage container for my cat’s food?

Compliance and co-ordination of surrounding with the constituents is the salient requirement for storage of any food, especially of pets  (like cats). 

Plastic is made up of unsaturated compounds.

It absorbs fat and oil from the food turning its taste weak.

Moreover, plastic bears the ability to stir the contents into small molds which can play on the health of pets!

Even if wet food is stored in plastic container, it must be consumed or dumped within/after 5 days.

Can dry food be stored in plastic bags?

Dry foods have the advantage of intact and non-contact behaviour over wet food and can be stored in plastic.

However, the quality of the plastic must be judged before its usage lest it is harmful.

Chemists say on wet food storage in plastic container is that the plastic itself has various chemicals which can blend with the food, penetrating into body and leading to major chronic diseases like cancer. 

Pet-tamers are well- conscious about the time, cost and effort involved in treatment of pets!

Jute and paper bags and tell close substitutes of plastic with little or no deficiency in storage and delivery of goods and in fact , are  commonly adopted by most households to get redemption from plastic and its cascading(one after other) effects.

Can dry food be stored in plastic bags

The precautions to take in order to keep cat food from spoiling

Laboratory proven, the cat’s canned food must reside in a temperature of 38°C  (100°F) , more or less.

Unlike dogs which express their emotions to master by whining, barking or abnormally vocalising, Cats do not express with subtle shades (no matter they can produce 100 different sounds) and hence, remain limited to their boundaries of expression.

Psychology says that cats do not live long.

 According to a well-known proverb, 

Cat has nine lives: – in the first 3 lives it  plays, in the next 3 it strays and last 3 it stays.

Perhaps, one of the relatable reasons could be insensitive food habits or their inability to comply with the feed.

Therefore, before feeding a detailed consultation from veterinary care  is important for proper control and care of pet cats. 

Side by side precautions which must be taken to prevent food from spoiling are:

  • The cat’s canned food must be kept in zip-to-close bags.
  • The food must not be in direct contact with sunlight, especially the wet ( or opened) food as it can undergo evaporation.
  • Before purchasing the cat food, one must check the date of manufacture else, it should be discarded.
  • The leftovers of cat’s food should not be stored for a long span. It must be drained.

Thus, cats are one of the most uncomplaining and friendly pets one can tame and deserve the finest parenting and concern for the safe and affectionate service they grant their masters. 

Their food, living and freedom must be adopted welcomingly and they must be treated as an indispensable being of family.

What can be the reason behind taming cats if healthy and happy 4( or more) are fine under one roof?

Well, the wise answer for this would be:

Some are born in family to complete it, while others give birth to one by creating it!


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