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.
Everything you Need to Know About Your Cat Urinating Inappropriately
Generally cats are pretty good with their toilet habits, and it is in fact quite easy to train them to use a litter box! However, cats can simply decide when they’re bored of doing this and move to other options. These are some of the reasons your cat may be exhibiting these behaviors:
Dirty litter box
Us humans can agree that a clean toilet is preferable over a dirty one right? Cats think the same about their litter boxes! This is a very easy fix and requires regular cleaning of the litter box and a regular change in litter. Veterinary professionals suggest scooping out your cats litter box once per day, and once a week changing the old litter out for new. As well as a once a week deep clean of the box itself in warm water, with unscented soap. For time poor cat owners, you can also find self-cleaning litter boxes online and at your local pet shop.
If you have multiple cats it is important that you have a separate litter box for each one, as cats have a habit of marking their territory and won’t want to use a litter box that has already been marked by its housemate.
Sometimes it can all come down to the type of litter you are using! A simple fix, however it may require testing out a few different types before you find the right one. To make this process a little bit easier, we suggest having two litter boxes; each with a different type of litter, and see which one your cat chooses!
Cats are creatures of habit, so when they break their normal routine it could be due to a medical problem. A urinary tract infection, diabetes and arthritis are common problems associated with this behavior so if the above steps don’t work seek veterinary attention.
Litter box location
Location, location, location! I can’t imagine many humans being happy to use the toilet in a room full of people, cats are the same! Try placing your cats litter box in a quiet and private part of your house, preferably one that doesn’t attract too much foot traffic. The laundry or a less used room is a great place to start!
Hopefully these 5 tips have helped you identify where your cats urinating problems have stemmed from. Remember that the longer you leave this matter unattended, the harder it will be to correct!