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Old 03-18-2010, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to store opened cat food?

This may seem like an odd question but what's the best way to store open tins of food?
Dory is pretty fussy - she loves Avoderm but only about half a can a day - the rest she makes up with dry food. The instructions on the tin say to store it refridgerated once open, which we do with a plastic snap-on lid, but the next day, the food is cold and congealed (obviously) and she won't eat it so we have to throw half a tin away every other day.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can nuke it for 8-10 seconds, make sure to stir so there are no hot spots. Or add a little warm water. Or sit the can in a bowl of hot water for a while.
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1 large can will be enough for several days for 1 cat -- you can feed 1/4 of it, save 1/4 in a baggie in the fridge (and add warm water b/f serving) and then freeze 2 baggies w/ 1/4 can in each to be thawed for the next day. That keeps it a bit fresher for the picky kitties.
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All good suggestions. We'll try the hot water one first - nuking it could be a bit hit and miss and I don't want her to burn anything if I get it too hot.
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8-10 seconds in the microwave just takes the chill off it, it doesn't get hot. But it's enough to loosen it up. Stirring is just a precaution. But some cats don't like it microwaved. So you'll have to experiment.
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We actually use lids. They sell them at Petsmart or any pet store really. They come in different sizes. This isn't the exact one I have (mine is orange and fits large and small cans) but here is one.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... Id=3469934
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We actually use lids. They sell them at Petsmart or any pet store really. They come in different sizes. This isn't the exact one I have (mine is orange and fits large and small cans) but here is one.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... Id=3469934
We use lids on our tins but we put them in the fridge too. Maybe we could just put the lid on and leave them out?
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I would get the food out of the can ASAP and into a baggie or something. Once air hits the inside of the can, it can make the food smell off.
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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for azores we split one regular size tin of avo into 4 parts. and give her 1/4 once in the morning and afternoon, sometimes she eats just 1/4 the whole day. the rest we put in little small plastic containers and stick in the fridge. i usually nuck it to bring to back to "life" so to say and azores eats it.
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I nuke "breakfast" for the boys for 11 seconds, then I add in a little water from the tap and mix it to make sure there are no hot spots. (Breakfast is always the other half of the can they had for dinner the night before).
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