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 bacteria and virus 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 bacterium