Is Your Cats Food Expired? Why it is so important to check the best by date.

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:

  1. Once canned food is opened it should be covered immediately and stored in the fridge for a maximum of 3 days.
  2. Both dry and wet food should always be stored in a cool and dry storage space.
  3. You can buy specially made ‘can covers’ from some pet shops, vets and supermarkets these provide extra help to keep the oxygen out.
  4. Avoid damp and humid spaces like bathrooms and garages since moisture can trigger the growth of mould.
  5. 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.


Black Cats and Their Superstitions

Black Cats and Their Superstitions

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it was a great idea to educate some of you on the history and the superstitions associated with the black cat. In some parts of the world, black cats are considered bad luck. However in many other parts of the world they are actually seen to bring good luck. Genetically speaking, there are actually more black cats in the world than any other colour due to the fact that the colour black is a dominant gene trait! It is important that we cat owners overcome these out-dated stereotypes, as black cats can use all the help they can get (black cats are the most commonly found cat at the pound or other animal rescue shelters!) Keep reading to find out some of the craziest superstitions associated with the black feline.

Black cats, around the world are either portrayed as good or bad luck. In 16th century Italy, people believed that if a black cat were to lie on your bed you would die. However today in the United Kingdom and Asia, a black cat is actually considered lucky! In parts of England it is good luck to own a black cat but bad luck for one to cross your path. This is similar in North America, where it is still bad luck if a black cat crosses your path however if it’s a white cat it is considered good luck.

There are many more interesting beliefs around the world associated with the black cat, some of these include:

  • Finding a white hair on a black cat brings good luck
  • An unknown black cat on a front porch brings prosperity to the owner of the house
  • A black cat walking towards you brings good fortune, a black cat walking away means it is taking the good luck with it.
  • Dreaming of a black cat is lucky

There is however a darker side to this fascination, black cats have long been associated with witches and witchcraft, and you will still see black cat symbols and costumes around Halloween as they have become iconic to the holiday. Because of this, some people believe that black cats are affiliated with evil (due to their witchy beginnings and nocturnal habits). The most shocking fact is that people are still targeting these poor creatures, particularly around the 31st of October.

Veterinary professionals suggest black cat owners keep their feline friends safe and comfortable inside on Halloween, as well as limiting their time outside in the week leading up to it, just to be safe!