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Once rinsed well, they make perfectly fitting lids for your pet's canned food; saving you $1-2 for a store-bought one. Always remember that if you don't feed your critters canned food, your local SPCA and/or Humane Society does, and they can always use donations.
Canned food can seem pricey, but when used in moderation mixed with dry, it can be an affordable treat for you loved furry ones. I bought a can of IAMS cat food at Target for $.96. When it was mixed with dry food and the rest kept fresh with a lid and in the fridge, it lasted four meals.
By Regan from Houston, TX
This is an awful, horrible, terrible tip! Please do not do this! Any food, including pet food, should never ever ever be stored in the metal can it comes in. Take it out of the can and put it in a plastic container. Empty margarine tubs work great.
Foods stored in metal containers in the fridge develop a chemical reaction that is extremely toxic. So take the few minutes it takes and transfer it to a plastic container with a lid. This is not just me saying this but it comes from government research. If you google it, you'll find it. Just google "storing foods in metal cans in the refrigerator".
I only keep wet the cat food for one da'ys use. My cats get 1/2 the can on top of their dry food in the morning and the other half in the evening. I'm sure the food does not get contaminated that fast. I will use this tip. By the way, I have been doing this for all my married years and I was married in 1952. No sick or dead cats so far.
I just googled this as suggested. This was meant for "tin" cans. Today most cans are either stainless steel or aluminum.
I have two kitties on prescription food. It is rather expensive, but there is a noticeable break if you buy the larger bag, 17 lbs. However, my discriminating cats don't eat stale food as reliably as when it is fresh. I bag up the excess and freeze it for future use.
I have a variety of pets and needed ideas to keep the food clean and out of the way. For the dogs and cats, I use a big Rubbermaid box with a tight fitting lid. It holds a big bag of food and keeps pests out. If you want to remember what kind of food you bought, you could tape part of the bag inside the lid.
For my fish, I keep their little food containers in a basket next to the tank. They are attractively stored and near at hand. A side note here, I move the basket out of reach when little hands come by that might want to feed the fish.
I have several birds, and I store their food in a plastic bucket that once held ice cream. I have a small measuring cup that I throw in on top to use as a scoop to feed the birds.
By Cheryl from Arlington, GA
Great ideas! I especially like that one about the ice cream buckets. I haven't had any in a long time, since the kids left, as we don't eat that much ice cream, but those buckets are great for so many things.
I like the idea of the ice cream buckets also, need to pass this on to my mom. She has 2 big dogs & she stores their big bags of food in a medium sized metal trash can with the lid & puts bay leaves in the bottom.
The plastic containers meant for pet food were too small for my use, and they are over priced. I bought a large (one that holds 35 -50 lbs. dog food) plastic tub with a snap on cover years ago, and this has worked for me quite well.
There were two small air holes in the handle, and I plugged those up with glue; therefore, the food stays fresh. I keep a plastic 2 cup measure in with the food and measure everyone's food as it goes into the bowls. I found that if I measure the food, I use less and the dogs get the right amount of food. This works great if one dog is on a diet or ill, and I need to keep track of what they eat. My dogs were taught to only eat out of their own bowls.
I notice that today's plastic tubs are so much nicer, come in more sizes, colors, and are see through. No matter what size pet, I am sure that they make the right size tub for your pet's needs.
By xintexas from San Antonio, TX
I use the plastic tubs that cat litter comes in. They have a good snap on lid and they are stack-able.
Another thing, if I happen to buy too many bags like I did this month! Last week I had bought an extra bag because I thought I was running low. This week I did the same thing! So now I have 2 extra bags besides what's in the bin!
I did the same thing with the cat food, except I only have one extra bag of his) I keep the extra bags in the chest freezer. Luckily I have small dogs, so the bags I buy are only 8 pounds. But I just stick them in the bottom of the chest freezer, and they stay fresh till the one I'm using is gone.
I use the large plastic Pretzel containers to store my dry cat food. The screw top keeps bugs out and once, happily, kept the bugs in. I returned that bunch to the pet store, thankfully the bugs did not invade my kitchen. Best of all the pretzel containers are being recycled.
As a cat owner with a neat freak boyfriend who prefers that I keep the cat food in those big plastic tubs that you can buy them in, but those cost more money. So, I saved one food tub and one litter tub. I just buy the paper containers now, it's not only a lot cheaper, but saves a lot of trash from being created.
By Kathleen from Export, PA
Hi, my one friend does that with the dog food however I can not do that because my sweet daughter would take the top off and play with it and put it in the dog's water bowl. So what I do is try to keep it in an old cereal container (plastic) on a top shelf and the rest under the table and the cat litter and food in the bathroom with the chain on the outside. The cat's dish and litter box is in the bathroom. She is not potty trained yet. I hope she wants to do it soon.
In all likelihood the pails you're using are ok but I prefer to go to the bakery section of a store and ask if they have any 5 gal buckets they're getting rid of.
They've always been free when I've asked and you know the plastic is food grade; meaning it is safe to use for long term food storage. many plastics are not safe for food storage so it's a free, safe recycling alternative.
I use empty ice cream buckets for cat food. I have also used them for cat litter. I find that one full tub is just about the right amt of litter for the box. Then of course I use cat litter bags which I can get at Dollar General for $1.00 (10 to a box) so all I have to do is tie up the bag & dispose.
Reusing plastic tubs is a really great idea but please make sure the original 'food' tub is recycle #2, #4 or #5 because all others will leach dangerous chemicals into the food over time. And please do not ever use any non-food plastic containers for storing any kind of food because the plastics those are made of are not food grade and are made of chemicals that are not safe for food consumption items whether for humans or pets.
I found this old Frito Lay tin at a garage sale, and since I collect tins I grabbed it up. When I got back home, I found that it was perfect to put my dog or cat food inside, where it stays fresh and the mice and insects cannot get into it.
I use the large plastic tub that ice cream would come in for pet food. It has a handle, and you get to enjoy eating the ice cream before using it for storage. I made it fun with the kids. They decorate the tubs with dogs or cats.
I use a "dog food only" garbage bin with the locking handles to store 50 lb bags of dog food. The whole bag goes into the bin which is stored in the garage. It keeps the food fresh and keeps the dog out of it.
I use a new stainless garbage can. Since he has his own corner with elevated bowls, I keep the can right next to them with a scoop inside. It matches my kitchen and keeps his food fresh.
I bought a 5 gallon bucket with a screw-on lid from a local feed supply store. I can put a large bag of dog food in it. We have had racoons come in the dog door and get into dog food bags. This keeps the little devils out.
When I buy a big bag of food, I separate it into 1 gallon zip type bags and keep them in a tub. It's easier for me to carry one of these bags to fill bowls as I feed inside and outside. Treats are kept in a mason type jar.
We buy kitty litter that comes in buckets with handles. After using the kitty litter, wash out the resealable bucket and store pet food in bucket. Make sure the bucket is dry before putting the pet food in. Store in a cool place.
I like to put my pet food in a sturdy, resealable container so that ants and mice don't find a way into it. The larger containers can get a bit cumbersome at times, so my tip would be to get one with rollers. For example, the Suncast 80 qt. rolling bin works great in my kitchen.
I am a foster parent for my local no-kill animal shelter. I usually have about 10 cats and the occasional dog in my care. I buy dry kibble pet food in bulk. I divide it into one day servings and store it in the zip lock freezer bags.
We have always used dry pet food for our dogs, but find that mice like feasting on it as well. To avoid the mice and keep the food from getting stale we store it in a plastic garbage can with a snug lid.
I save all the cat litter buckets to store my dog and cat food. The flip up lid makes it convenient to get the food and they seal well to keep out ants. The handle comes in handy too.
We buy large bags of dry dog food. Ants would get in it and sometimes mice would, too. My husband bought a large trash can with a tight fitting lid and we keep it on the carport next to the feeding area for the dogs.
I keep all big plastic containers and clean them out to keep my doggie treats and dog food handy and in a cool dry place.