Is My Cat’s Food Safe if a Raccoon Got into the Bag?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Ro_Laren, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Ro_Laren

    Ro_Laren Commodore Commodore

    Dec 12, 2004
    The Badlands
    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!!!!
  2. judgeroy

    judgeroy Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    May 30, 2009
    In the mountains
    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.
  3. bigdaddy

    bigdaddy Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 19, 2007
    Space Massachusetts
    But does saliva transmit diseases that easily?

    I'd throw it out anyways.
  4. Amaris

    Amaris Abiding Eos Premium Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    United States
    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. :)
  5. auntiehill

    auntiehill The Blueness Premium Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    Yes, throw it out. Better safe than sorry.
  6. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 20, 2007
    inside teacake
    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.
  7. TheMasterOfOrion

    TheMasterOfOrion Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 28, 2006
    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.
  8. Stoo

    Stoo Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Feb 27, 2013
    10^(-20) Ångström
    Hunt down the raccoon, and serve it to kitty for dinner. Justice is served.
  9. cultcross

    cultcross #NotAllMods Moderator

    Jul 27, 2001
    This other Eden
    This. New IAMS will cost you, but less than a vets bill.
  10. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Premium Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Maybe the cat and the raccoon can learn to share. Racoons and cats can be friends!

  11. Peach Wookiee

    Peach Wookiee Cuddly Mod of Doom Moderator

    May 12, 2001
    Peach Wookiee
    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...
  12. Velocity

    Velocity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 19, 2001
    In the back of beyond
    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?
  13. feek61

    feek61 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 25, 2011
    The Sunshine State
    Yes, rabies is transmitted through saliva. Throw it out; it's not worth it.
  14. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2008
    Rural North Carolina
    I say, feed it to your kitty cat. If it dies, it was a bad idea... The call is yours.