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Wet canned food left out for how log is safe?

Elizabeth MabardyElizabeth Mabardy Member Posts: 2,708
edited 5 March, 2014 in Food & Nutrition
Hello Catster furriends, I went to the Vets today to buy Kally Kat her canned foods. I was talking to the Manager at the clinic about Kally Kat not wanting to eat the small amount that I give her for canned food. I told her after about 20 mins or so it's all dried up & I then throw it away... she's eating that horrible Prescription diet for her CKD Stage 2.. Manager said you can leave it out for up to 24 hours, I said 24 hours! ::o That's way too long, please tell me this can't be true! She eats small meals about 1½ she may not eat it all at once or just decide she had enough. I heat her canned food in the microwave for just a few seconds to take the chill off from the refrigerator Please will some one give me their honest opinion about how long should it be? Thank you!


  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 5 March, 2014
    Canned food can be left out for 12 hours or so. Yes, it will get dry but most cats are ok with it :) If you put it out in the morning, throw out anything leftover before you go to bed. Human used a programmable multi-compartment timed feeder to give me small meals throughout the day. Maybe you can look into that? To keep canned food fresher, some people freeze food into cubes and put the frozen cubes into the feeder. Others just add extra water to the food. There are some feeders that have ice packs to keep food cold.
  • Elizabeth MabardyElizabeth Mabardy Member Posts: 2,708
    edited 5 March, 2014
    Thank you Merlin's mom! That's a great idea about the freezing the left uneaten foods to preserve her wet food from tossing money down the drain! ::o Prescription Hills K/D is very expensive to buy & I was throwing out left over food she didn't want to eat anymore.. I have been recently been adding a few of the Weruva's Freeze Dried Treats that come in a yellow canister, I break a few in her wet meals to encourage her to eat. She loves them, they are the Paw Licken Chicken! I was giving her Pure Bites Chicken, but they are a little bit to hard & more chewier for her. She has Oral Resorptive Lesions.... She eats the wet about 8TB & Maybe 1TB only as I know prescription dry is not good for any Kidney issues! I went to I have a betta understanding about her nutritional needs I appreciates your support, thank you again! :B Purrs, Kally Kat
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