From me, and I might not be entirely typical (an understatement!), one of the great problems of getting rid of uneaten cat food is that if you put it in a plastic bag and put that bag into the rubbish bin it can still smell. It is particularly bad in warm weather for obvious reasons. The smell is very pervasive and difficult to contain.
Plastic bags don’t seem to be able to contain the smell. Also plastic bags are both environmentally unfriendly in terms of manufacture and landfill. There is a pressing need nowadays to minimise the use plastic bags in whatever context and certainly in terms of being discarded.
Where I live we are meant to recycle waste food by placing it in a small container. However, it’s impractical I believe. The only waste food from my house is cat food and if it’s placed in the container it attracts flies and then there are maggots and a horrible smell. That’s why I developed an alternative method.
A further point about putting waste cat food into plastic bags that it is not as convenient as doing it the way I demonstrate in the video.
In using aluminium foil it is easier to scrape out the cat food and put it onto the foil. In landfill, aluminium foil oxidises down in about 500 years and there’s no leaching out of chemicals into the soil. It biodegrades cleanly and safely. It returns from whence it come so to speak. Plastic takes both a thousand years to biodegrade and is more environmentally polluting because chemicals leach out into the surrounding landscape.
The foil also keeps the smells well contained. It is 100% successful in this regard. I’d like to hear your views on it although as mentioned at the beginning of this article you might find what I’m doing slightly mad. And you may disagree on the environmental issues.
I find that inevitably there is some waste. Often my cat eats the entire contents of the bowl but not always. I have found this with all my cat companions despite my best efforts to avoid waste. Perhaps this is one reason why dry cat food is such a successful product commercially.
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