Recently, my roommate's sister went on vacation and I offered to take care of her kitten for her in the 1-2 weeks she is going to be gone.
The feeding instruction she told me is to leave dry food out at all times for the kitten and give her a can of wet cat food once a day. I typically open a can of wet cat food when I get home from work around 5:30pm.
The problem is, the kitten never finishes the wet cat food in one sitting. She will typically eat half of it and over the next 12+ hours finish it.
Food safety states that any food stored in the danger zone(room temperature falls in this danger zone) for more than 2 hours will drastically increase chance of food sickness. I know the dry pet food is processed enough that it does not matter. However I am a little worried about the wet cat food.
Does leaving wet cat food out at room temperature for a long period of time pose a risk for your cats?
Upon further research, I found that cats are very resistant to pathogens that are commonly found in food that has been sitting out at room temperature.
- Salmonella - cats are really resistant to Salmonella which are commonly found in raw meat;
- E. Coli - this is a bacterium commonly found in cat stomach;
- Campylobacter - also commonly found in cat stomach;
- Clostridium perfringens - these bacteria rarely affect cats, they more often affect dogs;
- Staphylococcus aureus - commonly found bacteria in cat mucus glands;
- Norovirus - this is a virus that affect humans;
- Toxoplasma gondii - cats have very high immunity to this parasite.