Can I store my cat or dog’s canned food in the garage?

Storing your cat or dog’s food in an uncontrolled environment – such as a garage or outdoors – is not recommended.

  • For dry cat and dog food
    • Store the food in a cool and dry environment. It is best to store the bag off the floor to reduce potential infestation.
  • For canned cat and dog food
    • Prior to opening, store cans in a place where the temperature is between 50-100°F. Do not freeze canned cat or dog food as it can change the texture and taste of the food.

Should I use a plastic storage container for my cat or dog’s food? 
Many cat and dog owners like to transfer their cat or dog’s dry food from the bag to another container. Studies by Hill’s® packaging engineers have shown that storage in a variety of plastic containers (garbage cans, zip-to-close bags, garbage or, kitchen bags, rubber/plastic containers, plastic pails, etc.) may impart an odor and taste to dry pet foods that adversely effects the taste of the food. Zip-to-close bags, garbage and similar bags will also not prevent fat from accumulating on the outside of the bag. Storage in clean metal containers (small metal tins, metal garbage cans, etc.) is acceptable. If you do prefer using a storage container, keep the food in the original bag within the container to create an ideal storage location.


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