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Heating up can food.

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Can you heat up canned cat food and serve it to cats warm (of course when its out of the can)? I dont know if it would spoil quickly or burn easily thats why i'm asking.
post #2 of 18
Sure you can. You can zap it in the microwave, or try adding a tablespoon of hot water and stirring - that way they get extra liquids.
post #3 of 18
For half a can that's been in the frigde, I usually add a sprinkle of water and nuke mine for abour 20 seconds before giving it to the cats.
post #4 of 18
i've read from a website b4 that never microwave cat food, but it doenst give a reason.

i asked the pet store staff if i want to heat up a canned food (from the fridge) what do i do, she told me to add a bit of hot water in it.

anyone knows why we shouldn't microwave?
post #5 of 18
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm? We've always heated up ours with the microwave and had long-lived cats

Dan
post #6 of 18
Wow I've never heard of that. I usually will open a new can (room temp) and feed them half of it and rifidgerate the rest. Then when I feed them the fridge stuff I microwave it for about 8-10 seconds just to take the cold off. I've actually read that you're supposed to microwave it because eating cold canned food can make their tummies upset and cause them to vomit. Who knows though...
post #7 of 18
that's good. then i could keep microwaving them...
i was very skeptic about that page, since it didnt' give me a good reason of why not microwaving it ..but i was still a bit worried...
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by lizch6699
Wow I've never heard of that. I usually will open a new can (room temp) and feed them half of it and rifidgerate the rest. Then when I feed them the fridge stuff I microwave it for about 8-10 seconds just to take the cold off. I've actually read that you're supposed to microwave it because eating cold canned food can make their tummies upset and cause them to vomit. Who knows though...
Ditto. I only zap it 10 secs to get the chill off, then stir it up so there aren't hot bits & cold bits. I read you're supposed to heat it to make it more appetising to them. It smells better to me, so I reckon it does for the cats too.
post #9 of 18
When I open a new can, I feed it to them at room temperature. Then whats left over I put in the fridge, then the next day I put it in the microwave for 15 seconds and stir it up. Mostly because they will not eat it if its cold, and because it refreshens the smell and I think they enjoy it more.
post #10 of 18
If Sienna's food has been in the fridge, I microwave it to make it warm too.
Also, my last cat developed CRF and once her appetite started to decrease, I always warmed her food up to increase the smell and make it more appetizing.
I usually warm cold food for about 8-10 seconds but that will very slightly depending on the settings.
It's important to check the temperature of the food as it can burn your kitty's tongue if it's too hot. I usually test it with my finger. Also, make sure to test the food on the bottom of the bowl as it's usually hotter than the food on the surface.
post #11 of 18
Yes, you can zap in in the microwave for a few seconds. This makes the food smellier and more attractive to the cats. Stir the food thoroughly because the microwave causes it to heat unevenly.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok great I was asking because I wanted to use this for the stray cat, since warm food will taste good since it's cold out. Mabye I will heat a can up for my cats ocassionally, chicken flavor will smell nice heated up.
post #13 of 18
micro waving is fine, never heard anything bad about it...but dont worry, your kitty will tell you what he/she likes...for instance Hobbs hates warmed tuna cat food, and wont eat it if I nuke it out of the fridge.......but he wont touch cold chicken and gravy so I have to nuke it for 6-8 seconds....picky picky, but so are we
post #14 of 18
I guess the warning about not to microwave food is because it can get too hot in there, or have hot spots after (just like you shouldn't microwave baby food).

10 seconds never seem to do the trick for me. It's still cold. I might try the hot water thing. But my cat has been known to eat the food straight from the fridge as well, so I am not too worried.
post #15 of 18
What about sitting it out and letting it come to room temperature on its own? Does that take too long and increase the risk of spoilage?
post #16 of 18
I've read and been told that this is ok. In fact, it is suggested especially for elderly, finicky cats, as it makes it more appetizing to them. Kind of like when you smell something cooking....
post #17 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by KittyGoneWild
What about sitting it out and letting it come to room temperature on its own? Does that take too long and increase the risk of spoilage?
If you can thaw it in under a half hour go ahead otherwise you do run the risk of bacteria overgrowth starting..
post #18 of 18
I store cat food in our cellar, which is cold, and generally bring up about 10 or 12 cans at a time and put them in a kitchen cabinet. When I forget in winter, I sometimes will place the cans (small 2 to 3 oz. cans) on top of the radiator at a low setting for 20 to 30 minutes to bring the food up to room temperature before serving. I turn them after 10 to 15 minutes.
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