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Old July 11 2013, 03:43 AM   #1
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Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

My garage door was open and a raccoon went in and made a mess of things. We had two bags of IAMS dry cat food in a plastic bin and the raccoon jumped up, knocked it down and ripped the bags. According to my father, who found the mess, the cat food wasn’t thrown around. But, if what my dad says is true, that doesn’t mean that the raccoon didn’t stick his nose or paw into the bags and spread his nasty germs around.

What do I do now? Iams cat food is expensive, but I don’t want my cats to get sick. Should I risk it and give them the potentially raccoon-yuckified IAMS cat food or throw the food away and buy some new food? We just bought a new bag of cat food the other day. What a waste of $10!!!!
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Old July 11 2013, 04:19 AM   #2
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

Believe it or not, Raccoons are some of the cleanest wild animals there are, even though they do eat dead things. With that said, however, I am not sure I would trust it. Rabies is spread from body fluids, so I would toss it.
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Old July 11 2013, 05:19 AM   #3
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But does saliva transmit diseases that easily?

I'd throw it out anyways.
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Old July 11 2013, 05:31 AM   #4
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

I'd throw it out. Your kitty cats rely on you to protect them from that kind of harm. They're not going to know about it when they eat it, so I would recommend throwing it out and getting new food. Yeah, IAMS is expensive, but I know you feel the well-being of your kitty cats is far more valuable.
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Old July 11 2013, 06:07 AM   #5
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

Yes, throw it out. Better safe than sorry.
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Old July 11 2013, 06:47 AM   #6
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

Boil it for a few hours down to a paste, then spread the paste and allow it to dry over a few more hours in the oven. Break it up into kibble.
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Old July 11 2013, 10:39 AM   #7
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

It might be ok, the thing you have to worry about with wild animals is Rabies, Toxoplasmosis, Heterakis, Hepatitis E, Fleas and Ticks and other Parasites. I would be more worried about a Rat coming into your house and getting at the food, the average human is never more than 7ft away from a Rat and Rats carry hundreds and hundreds of diseases some of them deadly to both animals and humans. If you have a habit of leaving your garage door open and you leave animal food around then you probably have a Rat problem and don't even know about it.
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Old July 11 2013, 11:35 AM   #8
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

Hunt down the raccoon, and serve it to kitty for dinner. Justice is served.
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Old July 11 2013, 01:25 PM   #9
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

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I'd throw it out. Your kitty cats rely on you to protect them from that kind of harm. They're not going to know about it when they eat it, so I would recommend throwing it out and getting new food. Yeah, IAMS is expensive, but I know you feel the well-being of your kitty cats is far more valuable.
This. New IAMS will cost you, but less than a vets bill.
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Old July 11 2013, 05:12 PM   #10
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

Maybe the cat and the raccoon can learn to share. Racoons and cats can be friends!

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Old July 12 2013, 12:35 AM   #11
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

I agree. Toss the food. It's much better than a vet bill. As for the video... that is a very relaxed raccoon. The wild ones around here are mean furry putzes...
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Old July 13 2013, 01:07 AM   #12
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

There have been a few rabid raccoons out this way in the past year. I hope your kitty has been vaccinated for rabies, but honestly why risk it?
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Old July 13 2013, 01:56 AM   #13
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But does saliva transmit diseases that easily?

I'd throw it out anyways.
Yes, rabies is transmitted through saliva. Throw it out; it's not worth it.
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Old July 13 2013, 04:41 AM   #14
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Re: Is My Catís Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

I say, feed it to your kitty cat. If it dies, it was a bad idea... The call is yours.
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