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Wet food freshness

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How long does a can of wet food stay fresh once it is opened? I usually give my cat a bit of wet food every 1 or 2 and then cover the can and stick it back in the fridge. Often a can ends up lasting a week. Is this ok? Is there a guideline for when the leftovers should be discarded? It always smells fine and everything but I'm a vegetarian so I don't have a real concept for how long meat products last!
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The vet told me this:

Wet food will stay 3-5 days refridgerated. However, I typically don't let it last more than 2. I mother always told me not to leave stuff in tin cans in the fridge (fruit and apple juice and such), but I think that cat food containers are made of aluminum. Could be wrong though, and that could be a wives tale for all I know.

As for leaving wet food out in the environment - only leave out enough that you are sure they'll finish. If you leave it out too long (starts to dry) it can foster bacteria.
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