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Didn't really have a short explination for the topic but here's the deal, if anyone can answer me tonight, if not I will jsut ask the dr. at our practice tomorrow morning when I go in for work.

First off, ever since we moved to this new apartment, I noticed we've had a bit to many fruit, or baby flies here then I'd like to see, we had non at our old place so I really wasn't sure where they came from exactly.

I have this container of cat treats, and I never leave it open for extended periods of times, and I SWEAR I have not recently ever seen any maggots or flies or other stores of buggies in the treat container.

Today I got it out and sat it on my desk to give a couple treats to my trio. I swear I placed the lid back on after maybe 2 1/2 minutes of feeding them a few treats.
About 5 minutes later, I saw one of these little flies out of the corner of my eye, seemingly sitting on the side of this clear treat container.
So I take my finger and go to squish the flie, nothing shows up on my thumb, but the fly was no longer on the side of the container, I saw another one, and attemped to squish that one, same thing happened. So I sat up said "what's going on" and looked the container for a little longer, and soon started to see a few buggy fly boddies moving around inside the top of the food in there. But I wondered if just a few had flown in by the time I opened the container to dispense treats and then closed it, so I started to see more and more, and finally I just tipped the container upside down and saw a very LARGE infestation of these small flies. *shudders*

I hate bugs...

At any rate, I ran to the trash, threw the whole container in there, and then took that bag out to the community trash bin.

1.) someone please tell me how I could not have seen this problem sooner??!
2.) Knowing that my cats ate treats possibly containing flies or maggots, what is my next step? As in, is there any harm these injested flies and such could cause for my cats, if so I need to get it taken care of asap!

Thanks!
 

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1) You probably didn't see the infestation before because the fly larvae had not yet molted into their adult stage. The maggots were probably all at the bottom and very small - they grow really fast! An adult female fly probably flew in while the can was open and laid her eggs at the bottom - she may have been doing this even after the lid was put back on. I've never heard of flies laying their eggs in cat treats but... it is a food source.
2) I am not 100% sure, but I don't think you have anything to worry about. I really doubt that you fed your cats the actual flies or maggots themselves - you would have seen them. You may have fed them the eggs but since they were laid in a fairly oxygen-rich environment (the can was open when the female flew in), I doubt they would be able to hatch/survive in the oxygen-free gut tract of your cats. Also, even though the eggs and waste products of the flies may have been injested - I'm sure all cats have eaten worse / more disgusting things - just think of those cats that root through the garbage! Your cats gut tract is quite efficient at eliminating all the grodies and grebblies that they injest with their food.
If you are still not feeling confident, talk to the Dr. in the morning *just* to make sure. There may be something I'm missing.
 

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I spoke with the Dr. at work yesterday, trying not to be too embarassed and I told him I was just probably being excessively paranoid because these were MY cats this time.
He just kind of smiled and assured me they would be fine. =p
 
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