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8/22/11 10:06 P

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It would appear that semi-moist cat food a la Tender Vittles is no longer made as a main food. answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid
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Please note that I don't know how reliable the answer linked to is, since that's not a specialist site, but it does fit what I know about the subject which is that I don't see the stuff on the shelves anymore and when it was available, it was the object of much scorn as being not very healthful for kitties.

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8/16/11 5:56 P

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I keep a container with a lid, usually an empty peanut jar, in my freezer. I then put my grease and anything else that's "stinky" in there. Then, when it's full, I just put it in the garbage on garbage day. It's not the best as far a recycling goes, but one container takes quite a while to fill up. As far as the cat & dog food cans, we have both. I rinse them and then put then in my recycle box. Their caned food is a treat I give them to keep them from getting under my feet when I'm fixing supper...

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7/31/11 8:27 A

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While my cat was recovering from tooth extraction I put a tablespoon of water on his dry food, microwaved it a few seconds (ten), then let it sit a few minutes to absorb the water. Once his mouth healed he was able to eat dry again. Pore thing doesn't have many teeth left and loses another one everytime he goes to the vet!

Soft/moist food used to come in boxes of eight or twelve pouches but I don't see it anymore. I don't know why but it doesn't seem to be available anymore. I think it was made by Friskies.

I have always had trouble with cystitis in my cats so they are all on prescription dry food from the vet. They each get 4 tablespoons twice a day in seperate bowls. I pick up anything they don't eat as soon as they finish. While I was moistening the food I put it into the fridge when he finished, but he turned his nose up at it so it went into the garbage right away. If you don't want to use plastic bags (I use shopping bags from the grocery store for garbage) you could wrap in in newspaper.

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7/28/11 1:44 P

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i have never seen it either, but i have read pet health articles about the benefits of soft moist cat food so it must exist.

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7/28/11 8:59 A

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Soft dry foods? Except for treats, I have never seen those. Can you tell me a brand?

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7/27/11 12:37 P

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what about the soft/dry foods

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7/26/11 8:18 P

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My little cat hasn't got the teeth to chew dried food, so I have to put out wet food at least twice a day to keep his weight up, and in this humidity, that's not long enough for it to really dry out. But if I get a smaller wastebasket and line it with the newspaper liner, that might just work for me. Thanks for the idea. In the meantime I've just been taking the bowls outside to empty them.
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7/26/11 1:37 P

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If the trouble is the food needing to dry out, couldn't you leave it in their bowls a little longer, say until the next feeding? I don't know much about cats, so maybe that wouldn't work, but I know about:

folded newspaper liners: http://ottawa.ca/garbage_recycle/images/or
igami_bin_liner_en.pdf

They are what we use for our compost & garbage bins. It doesn't work great if you are dumping stuff that is really wet (like coffee grounds) but anything that is damp (tea bags, food scraps) has worked just fine for us. I use the newspaper flyers rather than the newspapers themselves for anything smelly, since they are smaller :)

Also, have you considered using your fridge's freezer? In the summer we have started to keep our compost in a small ice cream tub in the freezer and we are finding it works very well. This was a trick recommended on a vermicomposting page and has definitely cut down on the number of fruit flies we see. (We eat a lot of bananas, so this was a major annoyance!)

Good luck finding a system that works for you!

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7/25/11 1:22 P

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feed them dry food and only can food for a weekend treat

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7/22/11 4:12 P

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Thanks for your feedback.
I don't think it will work for me to try to feed the cats only what they'll eat. Even if they eat "all" of it, there are still crumbs stuck to their dishes and it doesn't seem to take much to feed an insect. Besides, some days they just eat less than normal and I don't know how to predict it to put down less of the can that day.
Paper trash can liners is an idea. I think if the food just finished drying out it wouldn't attract bugs (I never had this problem when I was feeding them dry food). To this day, my mom lines her kitchen trash with paper grocery bags. My grocery store doesn't even offer them, and anyway I carry my groceries in my backpack.
Or maybe SSKELTON is right and I just have to stop being lazy and start taking the trash out as I make it.

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7/22/11 11:52 A

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I read that many years ago "trash" was wrapped in the days newspaper and then put into the trash can without a plastic bag. ~What made everyone switch to plastic I wonder (other than the convenience). I wonder what condition the dumps would be in if this practice had continued....

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7/20/11 11:02 A

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emoticon I have a cat too..we have our indoor can just out side our back door 24/7...we deposit all actual trash in it several times a day...........we recycle the cans on an ongoing basis. I have many totes outside our back door with lids... each is marked with the type of recycling material within . these bins are taken when full to recycling plant in town ( no pick up here). for 22 years prior to where we live now...we had an on going compost pile...or piles. We never incorporated cat food or dog food in compost...simply because most literature on composting says to avoid meat, bones , and manure from meat eating animals ........ just a thought to chew on awhile. if you are worried about the plastic bags outweighing the garbage...you can use paper bags (still available in some stores as lunch bags) this will guarantee decomposing and rid land fill of all that plastic. i prefer going out many times a day than to being greeted with fly larvae and their smell! emoticon emoticon


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7/20/11 9:37 A

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feed the cats only as much as they will eat. put the rest in a sealable container and put it in the fridge. they also sell plastic caps for pet food cans

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7/20/11 6:56 A

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Here's a challenge for you all:

My two cats are now eating canned food because one of them has bad enough teeth that he can't chew dry food. Twice a day, I shake the sticky dried leftovers out of their bowls into the trash and put out another serving of food.

My problem is how often to take out the trash. Since the food in the trash is still a bit damp, it spoils quickly, smells terrible, and draws flies. The trash can seals pretty well, but I have to open it to shake the bowls out, and then the whole house reeks for a while. It'll be worse in the winter when the windows aren't all open. I could take the trash out every day, but since I have a compost pile and really great recycling options here, usually the only thing in the trash for the day is the cat food crumbs - I'd be throwing out a larger mass of plastic trash bags than trash! I can't not line the trash can, since the trash is sticky. The only other thing I could think of was to just stop using an indoor trash can, and shake the cat food bowls directly into the big outdoor barrel. Of course, the whole point of having indoor trash cans is that it's a pain to take the trash directly outdoors, so I don't like that option 'cause I'm lazy.

Can anybody out there think of another solution?

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