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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  • Tara Morgan says:

    My cat eats it cold

  • Why can’t you cook the canned cat food?

  • Amy Smith says:

    I was worried that cold food would not agree with my cat but I was afraid to heat just his snack (he is diabetic). He eats a cool spoonful no problem. Not my first choice but he likes it. If it is a larger portion, I warm it up of course.

  • Ramona Richards says:

    I rescued two kittens one has no foot, not sure what happened but she was left to die. We are now past bottle feeding and are feeding them raw instincts food. Also adding chicken hearts to their diets. both stay in the freezer, can I warm raw food in the microwave? Will it kill any bacteria if there is any on the raw food. I mix a little can food as well. It takes to long to run hot water over frozen food. LOL the M-E-O-W-S are loud!

  • AKhoriaty says:

    Hi Ramona and thanks for rescuing these babies! You can pose your question directly to holistic vet Dr. Dym using our Ask the Vet form.
    ~ Abby, PetMeds Pro

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