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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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If you want her to eat more wet food (and it would be better for her to do so!), don't leave the dry food out all the time. That's a bad way to feed cats anyway. They aren't designed to nibble, and eating 24 hours a day has a way of putting a lot of weight on a cat, not to mention other health problems. Try feeding in meals, 30-60 minutes at a time, and put the wet food down first so she eats it all.

Dr. Jean
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