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Is it okay for me to wait until my cat has finished all the food in his bowl before refilling it? — 1 Comment

  1. I have my doubts about dry food being safe to leave out. I have always had a mixture of cats, with different needs, so free feeding has never been an option.

    Dry food left out and partially eaten will contain grain, which is prone to fast growth of harmful fungal spores. Add to that, the fact that the food the cat has not finished, will always have some cat saliva on it, I think it is a risk not worth taking.

    Bacteria from feline saliva will grow, die and different bacteria can grow, maybe bacteria that will be harmful to the cat. Greedy gobblers and delicate, occasional nibblers do not make good companions in ensuring good nutrition or prevention of obesity in the multicat home.

    Cats have very strong stomach acid, amylases in the gut which can cope with many types of bacteria. But, modern kibble is a very fertile ground for thriving bacteria that may be toxic to our precious companions.

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