Maggots! What The....?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Laurajean, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    My cats were meowing for food, so I went to check their dish. I saw there was still cat food from last night in the bowl, so I reached in with a fork to stir it up for them. It's canned food, so sometimes they mash it down and then can't really get to it. Well, as soon as I stirred it up I saw maggots all through it! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I'm completely grossed out, but also confused. The screen door has been opened a lot in the last few days and it's been extremely hot lately, so I can understand a stray fly or two getting into the house, but do maggots actually develop that fast?? The cat food's only been sitting there since dinnertime yesterday!

    I'm totally sicked out. Should I switch to dry food? Is this an unusual exception because of the extreme heat maybe? The cat food isn't cheap, so I hate to dump whatever they don't eat each day, it would be a huge waste, because they do eat it all eventually, but I don't want maggots forming!!

    Yuck. Advice?
  2. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    Can't help, but [​IMG] I HATE maggots! They can all crawl in a hole and DIE! [​IMG]
  3. Ferrret

    Ferrret Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Switching to dry food may be a good plan, especially if the heat is making your cats eat less. Wet food typically costs a lot more than dry. As you said, the cats will eventually get hungry enough to eat, so you can have dry food laying out for them without worrying about what else might get in it.

    As for maggots, I have no idea how quickly they can hatch, so under 24 hours in the recent heat may be enough time. [​IMG]
  4. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Yep...24 hours is the turn around time on maggots... ewww.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I'd just go to dry food. You won't be paying for water and it's better for their teeth.
  6. ranit

    ranit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Maybe you could give them less canned food but also leave some dry out for them. That is kinda what I do. I give my cat a little bit of canned in the morning (rest goes in refridgerator for the next day) and leave dry out for her for the rest of the day if she gets hungry.
  7. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

  8. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    My cats are older and eat less but wont eat dry food. What I do is I divide a can between them in the morning and they usually eat it all. Then later if they complain I divide another can 3 ways I dont have cat food stinking up my kitchen and they get fresh food.
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Some flies produce fully formed maggots rather than eggs. They are ready to go from the git go. Try feeding smaller quantities twice a day. Less chance of contamination from flies and less attraction for predators (coons).
  10. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    Dry food is a good idea, but some cats just won't eat it, so I can appreciate where you're coming from. If that's the case, I'd feed them twice a day. They can eat what they want in the morning, and then again in the evening. If they have leftovers in the mean time, you can refridgerate it inbetween meals and decrease any wasting of food. They might not like it at first, but they'll get used to it.

    As for the maggots.... [​IMG]

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