It is so easy for us humans to assume that canned goods have infinite expiry’s, and yes it’s true that they are dated much farther into the future than fresh food but it’s important to understand how important it is to stick the those dates on the back of your cats dinner. Many pet owners wonder what actually happens when these expiry dates are reached. Does it go rancid? Does it lose its nutrients? Does it actually go bad? Today I will go into detail and try to answer some of the most common questions. Shelf life varies greatly from company to company; dry pet foods can last anywhere from 4 months to 3 years where as canned products can last from 1 to 5 years. It’s also important to note that the ‘best by’ date on these products does not denote when the product was made, only the date that particular company has decided that specific food does not provide your cat with the proper nutrition anymore. How you store your cat food also plays a huge role in how long it will last. Here are some tips on correct storage procedures:
- Once canned food is opened it should be covered immediately and stored in the fridge for a maximum of 3 days.
- Both dry and wet food should always be stored in a cool and dry storage space.
- You can buy specially made ‘can covers’ from some pet shops, vets and supermarkets these provide extra help to keep the oxygen out.
- Avoid damp and humid spaces like bathrooms and garages since moisture can trigger the growth of mould.
- Dry food should be kept in its original packaging and sealed tightly, for extra longevity keep the bag in an airtight container.
Remember that what you feed your cat is always critical to their health and wellbeing. If you are concerned about the state of your pet’s food it is always best to throw it away and purchase fresh food as then you won’t have to worry about your pet’s health and safety.