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Is Your Cat Diner Up to Code?

By Darcy Lockman

Is Your Cat Diner Up to Code?

You don't want to eat out of foul-smelling dishes on dirty tables and neither does your cat. If you think that human concerns like cleanliness don't cross a cat's mind, think again. "One of my cats is quite finicky," says 32-year-old cat owner Amy Morgan of Brooklyn, N.Y. "When she started flat-out refusing her food, though, I couldn't figure out why. A friend suggested I start cleaning her bowl after each meal. That did the trick -- she started eating normally again."

Restaurant owners and managers are well schooled in the strict safety codes that their kitchens must follow. To ensure that eateries adhere to these codes, many health departments require that restaurant employees take a city-sponsored food safety class. According to Vincent Delisi, who supervises restaurant inspectors in Austin, Texas, those classes offer information having to do with food handling and storage, as well as hygiene. When it comes to keeping human restaurants up to speed, "Education is critical," says Delisi. Here, with Delisi's input, we've designed a restaurant safety class for your furry friend's favorite caf

Darcy Lockman is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to The Daily Cat. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times and Rolling Stone.


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Posted on December 11, 2007

Margaret E. Baker says: Just recently my 2 yr male cat is extra thirsty! I'm concerned. He seems pretty normal otherwise. He goes outside a lot. I have a cat door.

Posted on December 2, 2007

Anita Palmer says: can food gives them the runs,and they wont eat kitten chow,they love can food even though it upsets there belly what should i do?

Posted on December 7, 2007

Sylvia says: My catis about 4 yrs. old. I have had him since he was 7 mos. - he was a stray from the pound. He has developed sores in his mouth particularly in the corners and front over about the last year or so but they go away. His appetite is fine. I have found 2 teeth he has lost recently. He was treated earlier this year with antibiotics but they didn't help. I can get his teeth cleaned - any other suggestions? I give him wet and dry food.

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