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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-22-2005, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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How long can dry food be left out?

I know I shouldn't leave wet food out for more than 30 mins, but I'm wondering how long I can leave the dry food out before it will go bad.

I just got my boys to switch to wet food, but I still want to leave out some dry while I am at work.

How long can it be left out before it will go bad? Days? A week? In the past, they always ate in within a few hours so I don't know.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-22-2005, 12:15 AM
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What I've read is to replace the uneaten dry food daily. That wasn't a manufacturer's recommendation, that's just what I've read in a book and in forum postings here and there. I don't know what manufacturers recommend, if anything.
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That's what I was thinking. Thanks

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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-22-2005, 12:57 AM
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I can usually leave it out for three or four days without any problems.

However, it doesn't hurt playing safe.
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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-22-2005, 10:55 AM
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Well, I used to just leave it out until it was gone without any problems.
Now, I feed a scheduled meal so there really isn't any left over after about 5 minutes. Also, I've started adding water to my dry food and by doing that you really don't want it to stay out any longer than you would with canned food.

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-22-2005, 12:05 PM
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I free-feed my cats dry food. They won't touch wet food - never have.

I have two bowls for each cat, so I can put a clean one out for every cat each morning. When I get up, I pick-up "yesterday's" bowls, which usually have a few crumbs at the bottom. I like to toss the crumbs out the back door onto the patio for the wild birds to eat (they love dry cat food)
Since our patio door is a "mostly window" french door, it makes for great "kitty t.v." The birds get food, the cats get entertainment, and no stale dry food crumbs.

This way, I can wash the bowls from the previous day, and the cats don't have to wait...they have their "back-up" bowls which can be immediately filled. Can't keep hungry kitties waiting.
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I used to do the same thing. My kitties love watching birds munching on stale dry cat food!

However, my landlord sent me a letter (and she lives next door, too...she could have just told me ) that I am not allowed to feed wild animals, according to my lease....
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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-22-2005, 12:18 PM
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grrrr

Sorry, but that is just ridiculous. What a *not-so-nice-person* (I had a different term in mind, but it wasn't appropriate...)

I don't see why tossing out a few crumbs of dry cat food to wild birds is a problem. Some people...sheesh
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Yeah, and out of all the people in my apartment complex...I live right next to her so she sees my shortcomings before everybody else's shortcomings...

No wonder why the previous tenants left so quickly
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-22-2005, 12:51 PM
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Here's an idea...toss the cat food crumbs on HER patio...from the opposite direction, of course, so it doesn't appear to have come from your way. That way, you can confront her: "if you can put out food for the birds, I don't understand why I can't..."
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