Bags of cat food are better than recyclable! They are reusable!
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates that can of cat food, bag of dog food, or box of dog treats or snacks in your pantry. The FDA’s regulation of pet food is similar to that for other animal foods. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires that all animal foods, like human foods, be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled. In addition, canned pet foods must be processed in conformance with the low acid canned food regulations to ensure the pet food is free of viable microorganisms, see Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 113 (21 CFR 113).
I am a volunteer taking care of stray cats, so I buy 12 bags or 18 lbs of cat food a week. I use all the empty bags to build shelters and food stations.
Choosing the right size bag of food for your pet depends on the size of your pet and how much they are fed. A 10 lb. bag of food could last a small dog or cat 4-5 months or more, while it might only last a large dog a few weeks. In the future, I will share how to estimate the optimal bag size for a given pet and food. For now, please rethink the strategy of buying the larger bags to save money and start using smaller bags instead. This will ensure that your pet is getting fresher food that their bodies can actually utilize for their nutritional needs while also lowering the risk of unwittingly serving them rancid food that might contain harmful toxins.Sealing the cat food bag after every feeding helps prevent unnecessary exposure to air and humidity — both of which speed up the rate at which pet foods degrade and increase the risk of bacterial contamination like Salmonella.High-quality cat food bags have been designed to keep out the elements and maintain its freshness for as long as possible. Keeping the cat food bag also has the added benefit of retaining the cat food’s barcode, expiration date, and batch code – all of which are important information to have, especially in the event of a cat food recall.You may be tempted to transfer that last bit of cat food from the old bag to a new bag. Don’t! You may be unknowingly tainting your brand new bag of dry cat food.Exposing the cat food bag to sunlight can elevate temperatures and humidity inside. This will also speed up food degradation and increase the risk of Salmonella contamination as well as other bacteria.Packaging cat food and cat related products with stand up pouches is a wise decision. The strength of the barrier films making up the pouch along with the films' barrier properties protect the bag's contents from moisture, vapor, puncture, and odor. Not only that, but the pouch has a wide face and back, perfect for an applied label or, better yet, custom printing. Stand up pouches can be custom printed in up to 10 colors, and available features include heavy duty zippers, tear notches, hang holes, pour spouts, and even gas release valves.Storing dried kibble can be a challenge, because it can become damp or stale if left open. Keep in mind also that once the bag is opened, the food loses scent, flavor and nutritional value as time progresses. If you buy dry food in bulk, the food can go stale well before you get to the bottom of the bag, your cat might lose interest in eating it and you’ll possibly throw some food out.My cat's food bag is filled with ants and I'm sure I'm not supposed to give him ant filled food. So is there a method to remove the ants from the original bag or should I throw it away and get a new bag of food? Also are there any methods to keep ants away from their food bag in the first place?