How to Warm Refrigerated Cat Food

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Unused canned food may be stored in the refrigerator.
Unused canned food may be stored in the refrigerator. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Some cats prefer warm food and, according to the Cornell College of Veterinary medicine, unused canned cat food may be stored in a refrigerator for up to two days. The key is warming the food without making it too hot for the cat to eat.

Place the refrigerated food into a microwave-safe bowl. Do not use the pet dish, which may become so hot that it will burn the pet.

Microwave the food in 30-second intervals. Stir and repeat as needed.

Check the food's temperature. According to Pet MD, cats enjoy food that is approximately body temperature, which is between 100 and 102 degrees -- only a few degrees warmer than the human body. Stick a clean finger into the food to check the temperature. If warm to the touch, the food is near the correct temperature.

Scoop the food into the cat’s dish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leave a small amount of cold food. If the heated food becomes too hot, stirring in the cold food will lower the overall temperature.

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