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post #31 of 46
Hi, it s been a while since I have posted but I was wondering, what is the most amount of time to let canned wet food sit and still be edible? I usually give Karma a 1/4 of a can a day, then put the rest in the fridge. So it usually sits for 4 days by the end of the can. She will eat it cold or warm, she really does not care as long as it is turkey flavor. Is four days in the fridge to long? when does bacteria start to grow? I dont want to make her sick.
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by KarmasMom View Post
Hi, it s been a while since I have posted but I was wondering, what is the most amount of time to let canned wet food sit and still be edible? I usually give Karma a 1/4 of a can a day, then put the rest in the fridge. So it usually sits for 4 days by the end of the can. She will eat it cold or warm, she really does not care as long as it is turkey flavor. Is four days in the fridge to long? when does bacteria start to grow? I dont want to make her sick.
I don't think 4 days in the fridge is too long, but I wouldn't leave it in there longer than that. On some cans, it will actually say "refrigerate unused portion for up to 3-4 days". So I think you're fine.
post #33 of 46
Wonton will eat cold food...I think he prefers warm though. The strange thing is, he doesn't like it microwaved. Even when I only do it for a few seconds, stir it well, and swirl my finger around in it to make sure its not too hot, still, more often than not, he turns his nose up to it. So he either gets food warmed by setting it, in a plastic bag, into a bowl of warm water for ten minutes, or (if im in a rush-or he is) just cold from the fridge.
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
OMG if Ox had to wait another 30-45 sec for his moist food he might pass out!!!
I can't give it to him fast enough the way it is!!


I SOOO KNOW THIS... Chestnut and Angel act like i'm killin em when I am chopping up the soft food and just walking to their mat... Too funny!!!!
post #35 of 46
I don't post here much (and don't follow as many of you do w/the expensive foods) - the cat we had prior to this one, I had since she was 6 weeks old, made it to almost 22 yrs. - I fed her: one 1/2 can morning of wet (Friskies, Nine Lives, Whiskas, etc.) and had dry out all day, she got the other half of the can (from the 'fridge) for dinner.

The current cat is a diff. story, she was a feral that we were asked to take in (temporarily) after trap/spay/neuter - because she had most teeth removed and needed antibiotics - she as a feral had always let us pet her, been non-aggressive, etc. - so we decided to keep her. Problem is: she hasn't really adapted to no teeth, she likes us ok, but when sleeping anywhere, lap/blanket/bed - she drools disgusting brown stains from the food...

HOW to teach a cat to rinse? LMAO (NOT meaning to hijack thread)

My personal feeling is: feed the cat what he/she will eat... NOT to let them get overweight, but... It's a bit distressing to always hear about particular brands PUSHED.
post #36 of 46
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Originally Posted by Flamingo13 View Post
The current cat is a diff. story, she was a feral that we were asked to take in (temporarily) after trap/spay/neuter - because she had most teeth removed and needed antibiotics - she as a feral had always let us pet her, been non-aggressive, etc. - so we decided to keep her. Problem is: she hasn't really adapted to no teeth, she likes us ok, but when sleeping anywhere, lap/blanket/bed - she drools disgusting brown stains from the food...

HOW to teach a cat to rinse? LMAO (NOT meaning to hijack thread)

My personal feeling is: feed the cat what he/she will eat... NOT to let them get overweight, but... It's a bit distressing to always hear about particular brands PUSHED.
She may have been a drooler with her teeth. Some cats just drool.

As far as certain brands of cat food being pushed, what you are reading is from individuals who have used those brands or know someone who does and are aware of how well their cats do on them.

Many of us have learned to read the lables and want to try and provide a littler better quality to our cats all because of this forum. I used to feed my cats whatever I could find that was the cheapest because I was absolutely ignorant about nutrition for cats. Now that I have learned a little bit better, I try to do a little bit better.

I have to say that although I did change the dry food i was giving, I still bought the cheap Friskies wet because my cats were resistant and I did want them to have their wet food.

Fortunately, the past few months I have been trying a little harder to make a wet food switch with them and it is finally working out. Most have accepted the change and those that are hold outs are at least getting a high quality dry. My cats coats feel thicker and softer than I remember them being in the past and they are eating less food just as other said would be the case.

I'm very happy that I decided to try some of the suggestions and I have only known that they are but suggestions. No one has come and forced me to make one change.

What I am saying is.... pleased don't feel anything is being forced on you because it isn't. This is just a large group of people sharing what has worked for them and many of us can be extra zealous in our sharing.

Again, about your cat... she may just be a drooler and it would probably be a good idea to keep towels on hand for her.
post #37 of 46
LOL - right now, we have a ratty old sofa (covered w/a sheet) - the drool strains are permanent, but we aren't concerned as the sofa will be trashed when we HOPEFULLY sell/move next spring - concerned though about getting "nice" furniture... she doesn't like to lay on towels (she does like a fleecy throw on the spare bed which is also ruined, along w/the conforter, stains will NOT come out) - thanks for your take on the food issue, I was feeling a little paranoid -
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by Flamingo13 View Post
LOL - right now, we have a ratty old sofa (covered w/a sheet) - the drool strains are permanent, but we aren't concerned as the sofa will be trashed when we HOPEFULLY sell/move next spring - concerned though about getting "nice" furniture... she doesn't like to lay on towels (she does like a fleecy throw on the spare bed which is also ruined, along w/the conforter, stains will NOT come out) - thanks for your take on the food issue, I was feeling a little paranoid -
Have you tried Nature's Miracle for cats? this product will get out most/any stains. I have used it on urine, throw up stains and it does work.
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by Cat Mommy View Post
Have you tried Nature's Miracle for cats? this product will get out most/any stains. I have used it on urine, throw up stains and it does work.
I used it previously when we had doggy "accidents" I didn't think of using it on something like a sheet/towel, etc. - thanks for the tip.
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by moggiegirl View Post
I wasn't talking about raw food. I was referring to canned. I believe the way to make raw food room temperature is to put it in a plastic bag and let it sit in warm(not boiling water for a few minutes).

I've microwaved leftover refrigerated canned food many times for only 7-9 seconds and stirred it up with a spoon and all it does is make the food lukewarm or back to room temperature and enhance the aroma. In fact parts of it are still cold which is why I stir it up with a spoon to get it just right.

It's when you overcook it in the microwave that it's a problem. I'm pretty sure those pet food manufacturers have already cooked the food to very high temperatures and for a long enough time already. I haven't done anything to destroy it's nutrition.

Besides, I've been buying the smaller cans lately for convenience, so I don't always have to refrigerate and microwave.

This is what I do too with any leftovers. Of course, my 7 older cats won't eat leftovers to begin with; they snub it. So the 5 kittens get the leftovers. But they won't eat it cold, so I have to nuke theirs for 5-10 seconds, then stir it. Meanwhile, Kirby's baby food is sitting in a bowl of warm water because a., she won't eat any cat food period, and b., she'll only eat chicken baby food, not even turkey - must be chicken, and it has to be slightly warmer than room temp but not too warm.

Lordy, my cats are spoiled. Every time I explain this feeding ritual to people, I get this look like I'm completely nuts. At least the cats are happy, lol.
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by Rang_27 View Post
the last thing I'm thinking about is heating up the 1 tbl spoon of food my vet suggested I feed to help them loose weight (I used to feed 1/8 cup dry)
I am very happy to read this post. I began switching my overweight kitty from dry to wet about 4 months ago. Since I had no idea how much he was eating or how often when he was free-fed dry, I had to let my kitty tell me how much to feed him. Within two weeks of the switch it was clear he would only eat 1 tablespoon roughly every 4 hours. I was resoundingly chided on several web boards with charges of underfeeding my cat, this in spite of the fact that my kitty would only eat until he was full and absolutely refused to overeat.

It is nice to see a vet has recommended exactly what my kitty taught me a few months back.

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Originally Posted by KarmasMom
I usually give Karma a 1/4 of a can a day, then put the rest in the fridge. So it usually sits for 4 days by the end of the can.
I do the same, except upon opening a new can, I empty the can into a small plastic dish with an air tight lid. This keeps the food from drying out in the fridge. When I first switched my kitty from dry to wet, it would take him 3 days to finish a 5.5 oz. can. Now that he is adjusted to wet, he can finish a 5.5 oz. can in two days. He has never gotten sick from 2-3 day old food being stored in the fridge.
post #42 of 46
I usually add a tablespoon or 2 or hot water and stir which warms the food from the fridge and also makes more gravy which they like.
post #43 of 46
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I usually add a tablespoon or 2 or hot water and stir which warms the food from the fridge and also makes more gravy which they like.
That's a great idea, thank you!
post #44 of 46
I'm glad to hear they can eat their food cold!!

Maui gets a 1/2 can of Nutro every night and the kittens share 1 can of the kitten Nutro (I think this week we'll see if they can each eat an entire can on their own though). So Maui's is kept in the fridge every other night & the kits get a brand new can everyday.

Usually I remember to take the can out for a few minutes before I feed him to let it warm up a bit but it was always a pain when I would forget! I would just grab a new can and feed him that then just have two cold cans for two nights in a row....

Anyway- it's good to hear I don't have to do that anymore! I'll still try to remember to let it warm up a bit but in case I forget this will be nice! I'll just keep an eye on him to make sure it doesn't upset his tummy.

Isn't it funny how cats act like they're starving to death every night!? When I remember to take the can out of the fridge he usually never notices since I just do it casually while I'm in the kitchen- but if he knows I'm putting it into dishes- they alllll go crazy!
post #45 of 46
My vet suggest me not to buy Friskies or Whiskas
Better find a good pet store and buy quality food
not labels and brands
Just good quality cat food
I suggest you do the same
post #46 of 46
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Originally Posted by Mau Harry View Post

My vet suggest me not to buy Friskies or Whiskas
Better find a good pet store and buy quality food
not labels and brands
Just good quality cat food
I suggest you do the same

This is a very old thread @Mau Harry , more than ten years old now. I doubt any of the original posters will respond.

 

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