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Canned Cat Food... [moved from General Topics board]

OK, I know this is going to get moved or removed by the Mods, but it is a serious question and I hope that it stays up long enough to get an answer.

How long can an opened can of cat food stay out and still be safe for them to eat?

I know that we could put it in the refrigerator, but it just seems like it wouldn't be as good for them taste wise. I know that Deviled Ham isn't as good, so that is what I am basing this on.

We are supposed to feed them 1/2 a can in the morning and 1/2 a can at night, and with 3 cats, we will always have a half a can left over!

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  1. Microwave it briefly before serving it to them, just enough to take the chill off.....

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    1. re: KSlink

      +1
      I have a snap on cover that fits cat food cans or I just use plastic wrap if the cover isn't clean. I microwave the food very briefly to bring the food to about room temp. The cats don't seem to have a problem with it and the few extra seconds it takes isn't a hassle at all.

    2. Moved to NOT ABOUT FOOD is likely.
      Many cats here.I don't like to refrigerate open cans.I will not feed COLD FOOD.The cats don't care flavor wise after the frig,but rewarming is a PIA.If it's no more than 8 to 12 hours in a cool spot,less than 70*f I just cover tightly.I have a cupboard that is very cool,58*-60* right now where leaving a breakfast can until dinner is my habit.

      1. I've never had a cat that would eat the food cold from the fridge, and only one that would eat it reheated. I just feed them less food more often - i.e., divide the whole can between all each meal and feed three or four times times a day instead of two. I actually started doing this because I found they digested smaller meals better, but I don't know if that would work for you.

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        1. re: ratgirlagogo

          Our cats wouldn't eat food from the refrigerator until we switched from the pate style to in Gravy. Now we have no problem taking the open leftover can and dishing it out to the cats. After all, they eat turkey, cheese and other deli straight from the refigerator.

          1. re: bagelman01

            Our cats won't eat anything cold from the fridge, including people food. I know other cats who will, but ours won't.

        2. I refrigerate Fancy Feast (a.k.a. crack for cats) ALL THE TIME since Queenie gets 1/4 can per day as a vehicle for one of her medicines. She doesn't balk at the chill at all (she is katty-BATTY for FF), but definitely you can pop it in the micro for a few secs and test the temp with your finger to make sure it's not too hot.

          For her regular food, also canned, I leave it covered on the counter all day--1/2 can in a.m., 1/2 can for dinner.

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          1. re: kattyeyes

            My pigs, I mean cats, will eat cold canned cat food. They nosh on dry kibble all day and get the canned good stuff in the morning and at night so it's like a treat for them. I suggest taking the food out of the fridge as soon as you get home from work so by the time it's dinner time for the cats, the food is at room temp.

            1. re: MysticYoYo

              Honest and for true, about 5-10 seconds in the microwave takes the cool off of a little bit of canned cat food right quick! But my girl does not seem to mind her "pâté" straight from the fridge. :) Her midday meal is at 2; I set an alarm on my phone so I don't forget. But somehow my cat can tell time and sometimes even shows up early. HA HA HA!

          2. I feed Friskies pate to one cat and Benefuls stew meals for dogs (at the moment) to the other. They each get the equivalent of 1/4 can of cat food each morning. I pop a pet food lid on the can and keep it in the fridge. They've never complained about the temp.

            I had previous cats who would lick off the stew in those type of foods and leave the chunks, so I switched to pate.

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            1. re: tracylee

              They're funny about consistency, aren't they?!