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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Abby Rosenberg

Abby Rosenberg is a PetMeds employee and long-time cat lover. She was a volunteer for several years at a local no-kill cats only rescue shelter. This has prepared her for her most challenging role to date: secretary, photographer, social coordinator and treat dispenser for Daisy, and Daisy’s sidekick Harley. Daisy is a dilute calico Devon Rex cat, and Harley is a “cow-cat” who was adopted from the shelter where Abby volunteered. You can also find Abby on Google+

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