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How you choose to store your cat's food can determine how long it remains fresh and maintains its optimum nutritional qualities. Dry cat food especially is challenging to store, unlike its canned counterparts which can be refrigerated, if not finished at once.
- Don’t dispose of the original packagingThe pack has the cat food’s barcode, its date of expiration and batch code – all important information you should possess, in case any problem arises. The container is almost always designed to keep out elements and maintain the food’s freshness for as long as possible.
- Prevent exposure to airIf cat food is exposed to air & humidity, it may increase the risk of bacterial contamination. As also, accelerate the degradation of the food. Make sure you seal the bag after every feeding to prevent the above.
- Prevent exposure to sunlightSimilarly, keep the cat food away from sunlight. It can elevate the temperature and humidity inside the bag leading to the same problems as air exposure.
- Throw it away if it is past Date of ExpiryMany pet owners forget to check the expiration date for their pet’s stored food. Don’t be one of them and risk an uncalled for trip to the vet. Check the “Best Before” and “Use By” date for your cat food before feeding it to them. You don’t want to feed your cat expired food, do you?
- Avoid mixing old & new cat foodTrue, you may be tempted to mix the remaining bit of the cat food from the old box with the contents of the new. Don’t. Doing this may contaminate the ingredients of your brand new bag of cat food.