Cat Food: Room Temperature, Please!

If you feed your cat canned food, you have probably stored uneaten portions of cat food in your refrigerator.  In fact, there are re-usable cat food can covers made just for this purpose.  Have you ever noticed that your cat doesn’t seem to like the leftover portion as much? Cats are known for being finicky, and temperature is one of the factors that felines can be picky about: they like their food not too cold, not too hot, and room temperature is just right.

Many cats will refuse to eat food that is still cold from the refrigerator. This is partly because when food is cold, it doesn’t smell as strongly.  Gently warming your cat’s food will release the aroma, which is often enough to entice your cat to eat. Remember, you don’t want to actually heat or cook the food, but just warm it to room temperature or slightly warmer. If you warm your cat’s food in the microwave, be sure to use a low setting and stir thoroughly to make sure there aren’t any spots that are too warm.

Remember, any open can of pet food stored in the refrigerator should be discarded within 2 – 3 days after opening. Using a marker, note the date the can was opened directly on the can so you know exactly when the can should be discarded.

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Erin Gleeson

Erin Gleeson is the Outreach Specialist at 1-800-PetMeds® and works with the 1-800-PetMeds Cares donations program. She has loved animals as long as she can remember and has worked in several veterinary offices in the past as a veterinary technician. She has one cat, Kitsy, and frequently fosters kittens for a local rescue group. You can also find Erin on Google+.

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