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. 451
    Tammi Denmark

    I had already switched all my plastic bowls over to ceramic because of the same problem. I didn’t even think about storage containers being plastic. Perhaps the folks that designed this can offer it for sale.

  2. 452
    alicia wallace

    I use a plastic storage container, which keeps the cats out!

  3. 453
    Lori Walker

    we use ziplocs…

  4. 454

    unfortunately, my kitties food stays in the bag it came in tucked away in a high cupboard they can’t get to. a cute metal container would work really well for me. and i could leave it in a more accessible place.

  5. 455
    Kortney Lawlor

    We are using plastic containers that Wellness Cat Food offered with their large bags. My cat Nellie has had cat acne and although I changed her food bowls to stainless, I never even thought to change her container! Thanks for the info.

  6. 456
    Candie L

    We have a plastic tote we keep the food in and then we put their food in a plastic bowl (boy do I feel like a bad mommy). Thank you.

  7. 457

    This would be much than the plastic container that I use!

  8. 458

    Do you think it is possible to find this container in Europe or Italy??
    It is exactly what I0m looking for!!

  9. 459

    I buy large bags of dry cat food and put it in smaller containers just because it’s easier than digging into the large bag. I’ve been using coffee containers (the large Maxwell House plastic ones). I use stainless steel food/water dishes, as I know plastic can be problematic, and I’ve been looking for other solutions – I’d love to win this!

  10. 460

    We store cat food in the bag it came in. We would love to have such a container.

  11. 461
    cece keeling

    Another good reason not to use so much plastic. Great storage container.

  12. 462
    jan koontz

    just to cool

  13. 463

    I currently store my cat food in the bag it came in, doh!! I have 3 cats and could really use something chic like this ;)

  14. 464
    Terra Heck

    This would be great to have. I store my cat’s food in the original bag it comes in.

  15. 465
    Terri L

    Never knew this about plactic and cat food. Luckily just upgraded to glass bowls but still store the food in plastic (our sweet kitty chews through the food bag otherwise). I would love to win this!

  16. 466
    Samantha Fonger

    I currently store Franklin’s food in a plastic cereal container. However now I have guilt and I would like to know where to buy one.

  17. 467
    sarah lc

    love it! we’re redoing our kitchen now and that would be perfect!

  18. 468

    I use large jars for their food. Try to make it look “pretty.” But I really could use a little “garbage can” like this as I have two cats. Boy this would look great in my kitchen as my kitchen is white.

  19. 469
    Carrie Fagerstrom

    Naturally I keep all of my cat and dog kibble in those gray plastic tubs . . . four of them. Wonder if I should switch them out.

  20. 470

    the bag it comes in

  21. 471
    Susan Ledet

    I would love to win this for my 2 cats. Sad to say but I store it in the bag that it comes in. This would be a major improvement!
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  22. 472

    Wow, I’ve been looking for something like that to store my cats’ food. Currently, I just store their food in the bag with the top clipped shut. I always worry about it going stale or pests getting in it, so this would be great. Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. 473
    Janet F

    I leave my cats food in the bag it came in because I don’t know what to put it in.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. 474
    April Vrugtman

    Our cat food is stored in the bag it comes in but they eat out of porcelain bowls.

  25. 475
    Leigh Nichols

    Cattywampus’ food is stored in a big lollipop tin- this would be a definite improvement!

  26. 476
    Sam Lamp

    I have tupperware type containers for my cats food. I have 7 cats and the containers really need an upgrade the lid broke on one. But it is hard to find a suitable container for so much food. 18lb bag twice a month.
    I know my cats used to get the “cat acne” from there dishes so i use metal now and that really does help. The plastic is not good for them.

    Great site by the way.

  27. 477
    Kimberly M

    I’ve got one cat who can break into pretty much any food storage container, so I store their food in one of those “vittles vaults”, which is, unfortunately, plastic. They eat out of glass dishes at least. This looks like a great prize (and hard for a clever kitty to break into!).

  28. 478
    Melissa Barnes

    my cats i just leave their food in their bag and the dogs i put in a plastic container

  29. 479
    Kat Emerick

    I would love to win this for my cousin who has 2 beautiful cats. She has a heart of gold and would do anything for you and this would be a nice gift to her. Please enter my name.. Thanks

  30. 480

    I have these gallon size glass jars that I usually use. But sometimes (I hate to admit) I just use zip-lock type resealable plastic baggies.

  31. 481
    Kym E

    Our kitty food stays in the bag it came in. This would be great to have.

  32. 482

    After learning that our cat suffers from Cat Acne we started feeding him out of stainless steel bowls. His food stays in the bag now, because the pet food containers around here are made from plastics.

  33. 483

    Tango’s food stays in the bag that it came in.

  34. 484
    Paula Harmon

    I store the food in the bag it comes in, and if I leave it on the floor and not put up, the cat chews holes in the bag, even if his dish is filled!

  35. 485
    Barbara Fox

    My kitties would love to have their food stored in this container! Cute!

  36. 486

    I would love this for my mom she stores her cat food in these big ugly plastic totes.

  37. 487
    Leslie S.

    I store our cats’ food in a plastic bin.Thanks!

  38. 488
    christina singer

    Our little Siren is such a stylish kitty, she needs a cool place to keep her gourmet grub

  39. 489

    I leave it in the bag it comes in right now.

  40. 490

    How cute! I keep my kitties food in those big plastic containers for dog food, but metal would be better.

  41. 491

    An old (and yes, cleaned out) paint bucket. And get this… the cat’s name is Picasso! :)

  42. 492
    Pamela S

    Sadly enough I just leave it in the bag with the top folded down. I’m sure Mr. Romeo Cat would love his food in this container!!

  43. 493
    Dawn D.

    I’ve been storing my cat’s food in a plastic pour container with a lid. Ugh! I’ve learned something today! This would be a great replacement!!

  44. 494

    My kitties currently have their food kept in a big plastic container with a snap lid. I would keep it in a bag…but I use a mix of 3 dry foods so a container is needed! Sadly, I should probably give it a complete cleaning more often than I do.

  45. 495
    Bonnie Day

    I use a 5 gallon plastic bucket Never knew that it could hurt my kitties

  46. 496

    In the bag it came in… stored inside a big plastic container.

  47. 497
    Phillip F

    Currently I just keep it in the bag it came in.

  48. 498

    I currently use a five gallon bucket with a lid

  49. 499

    We have eight cats and we mix different kinds of dry food together for them in a big plastic storage tub. I hadn’t thought about the plastic leeching chemicals into their food, although we use ceramic and metal dishes to serve them. Presto has a plastic allergy, but it only flares up when he finds something plastic to chew on! I’d love to have one of these Stor-in-Style containers.

  50. 500

    Most of it stays in the original bag inside a big rubbermaid bin. Then I transfer a few pounds at a time into an old cat food jug.

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