Are Plastic Food Containers Safe? BONUS GIVEAWAY from Stor-In-Style

Thu, Apr 16, 2009

Feeding, Giveaways, Health & Nutrition

Have you given any thought to the type of material used in your cat’s food bowl and food storage container? Well, I recently learned a little about this topic when faced with Mackenzie’s breakout of kitty acne (see photo below – it’s not pretty.) This is really a two-part issue:

1) Plastic pet food dishes and containers can trap bacteria that causes kitty acne. What is kitty acne? It looks like little black flakes usually found on the chin and around the mouth. Not all cats are prone to acne, but when they do get a bad case, like Mackenzie did, it can lead to open sores and infection. I treated Mackenzie with antibiotics and “kitty facials” with a cleanser followed by Neutrogena On-the-Spot acne treatment, as prescribed by my vet. He’s all better now, but I also switched all the food and water dishes to porcelain*. Stainless steel, ceramic*, glass, and stoneware* are all excellent options, too, because they are not porous like plastic, which can trap oily food particles and harbor bacteria. It’s also very important to thoroughly clean and dry all food and water dishes daily and food storage containers weekly.

* With any glazed material, make sure that the glaze is food grade, it should not be marked “for decoration only.”

And as if that wasn’t bad enough…

2) Some plastics can contain chemicals that may leach into your cat’s food and water, possibly causing other health issues. This is a controversial issue which has been in the media quite a bit over the past year, specifically regarding Bisphenol-A (BpA) in water bottles and children’s products, as well as phthalates in other plastic products. Apparently not all plastics are bad, but since we really don’t know much about the long-term effects of eating and drinking out of plastic, I’m choosing to avoid it whenever possible, for both me and my cats (which is proving to be MUCH easier to do for the cats than it is for me!) Research done by Environmental Working Group has shown that pets have much higher levels of chemical contamination than humans, some up to 23 times the levels. The study points out that “with their compressed lifespans, developing and aging seven or more times faster than children, pets also develop health problems from exposures much more rapidly.” This is a complicated study that looks into chemical contaminants from multiple sources, but if eliminating plastic food containers might help just a little, it’s an easy change to make.

There are lots of beautiful and functional non-plastic pet food bowls available. If you haven’t already, please consider making this change.


And to help you make a change with your cat food storage, the folks at Stor-in-Style are offering one lucky winner a designer metal food storage container. The metal canister has a durable, non-toxic powder-coated finish and comes with six graphic decals and a metal scoop. To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling us what you currently use to store your cat food. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on April 24.

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550 Responses to “Are Plastic Food Containers Safe? BONUS GIVEAWAY from Stor-In-Style”

  1. 501
    Tesa S

    We use a big plastic container, and the overflow stays in the bag.

  2. 502
    jennifer h

    I sore it in the bag, but I know that it does not stay as fresh. I buy them nice organic food, so this would be ideal for us.

  3. 503
    Joy Venters

    never heard of kitty acne – guess I’ll have to stop using the lplastic

  4. 504
    Shay Williams

    I just leave my catfood in the bag. Now I am sure that they are deprived. I would love to store in a snazzy kitty food container

  5. 505
    Jennifer gersch

    i have ben storing it in its bag

  6. 506
    Suzie Lockhart

    I currently have a huge tupperware bowl on my counter where I store the cat food once the bag is open and I have a scoop inside in order to dispense it. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great prize! We feed some outside barn cats (along with our 3 indoor cats) and a metal container like this would be awesome!
    susan dot lockhart at gmail dot com

  7. 507
    Jane Komppa

    Like a lot of other people the food is left in the bag it came in.

  8. 508

    I story my cat food in a recycled metal popcorn container.

  9. 509

    I just leave it in the bag from the store!

  10. 510
    Rona Gregory

    Currently, my little Snicker’s food is kept in the original bag. This would be great! Thanks!

  11. 511

    Thank you for such timely info! I have been concerned about the little black bits on the chin of one of my kitties for several weeks now and I am so relieved to finally know what it is. (It didn’t seem bad enough to ask the vet.) I hope I win but even if I don’t, I’m definitely switching from the plastic container that I have been using. Thanks!

  12. 512

    The food is stored in a plastic container, so this would be very nice to have.

  13. 513
    Betty C

    I leave the food in the bag. At the rate my fat kitties eat it doesn’t last very long. But a nice storage tub would allow me to buy larger quantities and store it attractively.

  14. 514

    I store my food in a plastic bin that was a promotional item from a pet food company. It doesn’t look the best sitting out in the open because it’s branded all over, but it works. Would love this metal number. Thanks for the chance!

  15. 515

    We just use the bags or boxes they come in but this would be swell to have insteead of doing it that way. wombatspurple at yahoo dot com

  16. 516
    Mya Brooks

    Yup! Another person who leaves the food in da bag…

  17. 517
    Pam Borgos

    I keep the cat food in the bag because I do not have a storage container for it.. And I use plastic bowls for there water and food and you know after seeing that poor cat with the infection one of my three cats had that. Thank God it didn’t get worse but I really would love the change that you are offering it would help alot for my babies.

    Thankyou for the chance to get this..

  18. 518

    I use a clip to keep the bag it came in closed.

  19. 519
    Marcy Strahan

    I have to admit I use a very large Tuperware bowl with a lid.
    Their food is in large tuperware plastic pie container bottom & their water is in one of those water bottle/bowls from walmart.
    I did not know the dangers!
    I would love to win this & have a healthier way to store theri food!

    mom to 3 cats!
    see my blog for pics!

  20. 520
    Lynn Wiabel


  21. 521
    Lily Kwan

    Currently I just leave the food in the bag until used.

  22. 522
    Collin Shaw

    We currently use a plastic bowl, thanks so much for the chance.
    I`ll keep my fingers crossed!!!!

  23. 523

    I currently use a plastic bin.

  24. 524

    I use a big ugly white bucket to store their food.

  25. 525
    Veronica Garrett

    I leave it in the bag. Is that good?

  26. 526

    It just stays in the bag under the counter.

  27. 527
    Donna Ouimette

    My cat would love this!

  28. 528

    I currently use a ceramic jar

  29. 529

    i keep the cat food in an old plastic cat food jug we got waay back when we first got Mo – i just refill it w/ new bags every other week

  30. 530

    I’m new in the cats world, so I`m still learning. I keep the food in the bag that it came in. is it a problem? or this plastic bag is ok?
    thanks, love the blog!

  31. 531

    We store the food right now in a plastic cereal dispenser, since we have three cats and they are all big eaters and we don’t want to haul out the 20-pound bag every time we refill the bowl! The bowl is ceramic, though, which we switched to after Yukon Cornelius developed acne and rodent ulcers (which have thankfully not bothered him since).

  32. 532

    love that design! and my 4 cats would ove it, too!!!

  33. 533

    omg… I’m glad I keep my cats food in the bag.

  34. 534
    Cheri Anderson-Albert

    Ha! I have no container for our cat food other than the brightly colored bag it comes in. I wish I had a bucket or something similar to more aesthetically store his kibbles!

  35. 535
    Chet Siuta

    Plasic, unfortunately. Looks like I’ll be rethinking that now.

  36. 536

    I use glass cereal bowls. Plastic allergy is quite common in cats.

  37. 537

    I try to use glass or stainless steal dishes for my cats but,use a plastic storage container I think a metal one is a great idea. My younger cat gets terribel kitty acne on her face when our neighbors treat there lawn an yards with pestisides/herbisides she also gets sever alergy reactions inclueding asthma atacks.

  38. 538

    Wow, what a nice container!
    I stare my kitties’ food in a plastic container… I had never seen any other option as far as materials, for larger food bags.

  39. 539

    Well. Okay, so I store the food in the bag inside one of those big rubbermaid tubs. It seems to make the food stay fresher for longer if I keep it in the bag in there instead of dumping it into the tub and throwing the bag in the recycler. I don’t know why. The cats like it better. Who knows though. NOW I wonder if it’s more about it lying around in the plastic. I can’t stand eating off of plastic, using plastic utensils, drinking from plastic cups. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me that my pets might not like it either.

  40. 540

    I put my food in a big glass jar with a scoop

  41. 541
    Nancy E. Davis

    My sweet calico cat has developed a severe case of chin acne. I’ve changed her bowls to ceramic, but hadn’t thought about the large storage unit used for kibbles from Container Store. Guess I’ll need to change that as well, and winning this would be fantastic!

  42. 542
    Laura Newfarm

    NEVER plastic. Those poor kitties! Thanks for this blog!

  43. 543
    Eberhard Basler

    I’m a ceramic artist. So I made my cats a ceramic pet drinking fountain. They like it and my wife loves it too, because its not only easy to clean but a piece of art as well. And it holds a gallon of water, enough for our 2 big cats.

  44. 544
    Joni Dick

    I store my kitty food in a rubbermaid container that clips closed (because my “boys” know how to open it – as well as the cabinet door it’s kept behind). I found out that my cat Louie is allergic to plastic so I feed him out of a ceramic bowl but I never thought about the food storage issue (severely red-faced).
    I think the container you offer would be a great alternative to my current problem and maybe Louie’s chin would clear up for good (or at least to some degree).

  45. 545
    jason reynolds

    My wife and i just purchased the stainless water fountain and our cats love it. We usually keep the cat food int he original cardboard bag it comes in. We are a bit short on storage and they are easy to store. We love our four cats and want to keep them healthy.

  46. 546
    Patricia Becker

    I store my dog and cat dry foods in their original bags. I have been looking for a non toxic plastic container for months with absolutely no luck whatsoever. I was so happy to find your website as I have seven cats and one dog and I buy tons of dry food every two weeks.
    Thanks for letting me submit my comments and I’m hoping to get a chance of winning that great looking and safe storage pet food containers.

  47. 547

    I definitely need these!!

  48. 548
    Donna Ciggia

    I keep the food for my 2 kits in the original bag, rolled down and clipped each time after refilling their bowls. I did have a plastic container that the entire bag (intact with food) would fit into to but I’m using that for other purposes. I wouldn’t store the kit’s food directly in contact with plastic. In any case, I appreciate the opportunity to respond!

  49. 549

    We have 12 cats, we use a pottery dish on the one floor, an old Tupperware container on the next floor and just out of the bag on the next floor. I want to keep just the first floor, which is really just for one cat, who is separated from the others as she hates them and I want something large and NON Plastic for the third floor and eliminate the small container and feeding bowls on the second floor. That was initially when we introduced a new cat. He is integrated. All food bowls in one place and I want a decorative container so that no heavy lifting is involved for me.

  50. 550

    Of course like most people, my cat is my child.I care for him as I would a human being. Junior is one of the smartest cats ever, he never ceases to amaze me. After reading many posts about whether or not it is safe to store Juniors food in plastic, I will be switching to stainless steel with an airtight lid. Thank you fellow pet owners. You have been very helpful. Michael and Junior.

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