How Can You Keep Pet Food Clean and Safe? – 9 of the Best Available Storage Containers

Owning a pet can be a wonderful experience, but being able to store all of their food away that is both safe and hygienic can be a little bit troublesome. Pet food can go stale quickly, especially when it is not stored properly. As a pet owner, you have to ask yourself whether or not you would be willing to eat stale food. If not, then your pets probably don't want to either.

Today we are going to be reviewing some of the best pet food storage containers that are currently available on the market. Using one of these could save you from troublesome experiences. 

The Best Food Containers for Cats and Dogs

Female Puts Dog Food In Dog Food Bowl

Female Puts Dog Food In Dog Food Bowl

As a pet owner, keeping your pet safe and happy should be your main priority. This means that you will need to make sure that you have a food container, regardless of whether you need something for cat or dog food storage.

If pet food is not kept in a sealed container, then it could potentially tempt vermin into your home. It is also quite common for dogs to suffer from bloat after they have eaten food that has been left out in the open for too long. Veterinarians frequently recommend that you keep your pet food stored in another container because of this. It is worth noting that you still have to be careful and make sure that you keep all of your pet food in a temperature controlled environment.

Here are some of our favourite storage containers for both wet and dry food storage: 

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IRIS USA Three Piece Food Storage


IRIS USA, Inc. 3- Piece Airtight Pet Food Storage Container Combo, Blue

IRIS USA, Inc. 3- Piece Airtight Pet Food Storage Container Combo, Blue

Summary

The IRIS USA Three Piece Food Storage system consists of a pair of stackable plastic containers, both of which are completely airtight and ideal for storing either dog or cat food in. The containers themselves also feature both airtight seals and snap locks that can be used to make sure that your pet food doesn't go stale over time.

If you currently have a pest problem inside of your home, or in the area that you live in, then these storage bins could also be good for keeping them out of your pet food. This could also deter vermin from ever entering your home in the first place because it would eliminate a potential food source. 

Why do we like this product?

One of our favourite things about this product is the fact that it really is portable. The smaller of the two containers can be stacked on top of the other and it comes with wheels, meaning that you can easily move this food storage container around without having to worry. Can you imagine how difficult moving around 35lbs of pet food would be without wheels?

Keep in Mind

If you are thinking about purchasing a plastic container, then you need to make sure that you are purchasing one that is BPA free. BPA stands for Bisphenol-A, a chemical that is used a lot in reusable products. It has been reported to be hazardous to humans (especially infants). Because of this, it makes sense that we should try to avoid it when it comes to the well-being of our pets.

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IRIS Nesting Airtight Pet Food Container


IRIS Nesting Airtight Pet Food Container, Extra Large

IRIS Nesting Airtight Pet Food Container, Extra Large

Summary

If you are currently trying to find large food storage containers, then this IRIS USA Airtight Pet Food Container might be the right product for you. It comes in different sizes, the largest of which can hold a massive 50lbs worth of cat food or dog food.

Why do we like this product?

This pet food container is a great example of airtight pet food storage. It features an airtight seal and snap lock that can be used to keep out moisture, humidity and any pests that might be attracted to the smell of pet food. We believe that you should do everything that you can to keep pests out of pet food because they could adversely affect the health of your pets.

Keep in Mind

It is worth noting that this is a really large food container. Due to how big it is, we believe that it would work best as a dog food container. If you have a small cat, then you should probably look for something that is a little bit smaller because you will not need the amount of space that this container will be able to offer you. If you have a large dog, and you often find yourself buying big sacks of dog biscuits, then this would be a great option for you.

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Gamma2 Vittles Vault Plus for Pet Food Storage


Vittles Vault Outback 35 lb Airtight Pet Food Storage Container

Vittles Vault Outback 35 lb Airtight Pet Food Storage Container

Summary

One of the best things about owning a pet food container is the fact that they can keep your pet food fresh and stop it from going stale. The Gamma2 Vittles Vault Plus is a great example of a product that can do just that. When you are looking for a food container, 30lbs should be the minimum size that you settle for, unless you are looking for a wet cat food storage container. If you are, then you could settle for something smaller.

Why do we like this product?

One of the things that we really like about this product is the fact that it comes with a set of detailed instructions. These include the fact that the manufacturer recommends washing and drying the Vittles Vault regularly so that oils from your pet food are not absorbed into the plastic. It would be even better if you could keep your food in its original packaging and put that into the vault.

Keep in Mind

Try to remember that you will have to wash out a plastic container like this one. If you do not wash it out and dry it thoroughly, then the pet food inside of the plastic container will have an altered taste that your cats and dogs might not like. This does not mean that it is not safe, it is made out of an FDA-approved food grade plastic.

The Best Stackable Pet Food Storage Containers

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​Gamma2 Vittles Vault Airtight Stackable Pet Food Container


Vittles Vault Outback Stackable 40 lb Airtight Pet Food Storage Container

Vittles Vault Outback Stackable 40 lb Airtight Pet Food Storage Container

Summary

This airtight container is another container that has been brought to us by Gamma2, but this one functions in a slightly different way. It can be used with other Gamma2 Vittles Vault Stackable products, as long as they are all stacked on top of each other properly. This makes it a perfect option for people who need to store different types of food.

These containers can hold approximately 40lbs of food each, but an alternative option that can hold 60lbs of food is also available. Having stackable containers can make your life easier because you could use some as dry cat food storage containers and another as an airtight dog food container without having to worry. 

Why do we like this product?

What we love about this product is the fact that it is incredibly practical. Each of the food containers come with lids that you can write on so that you can easily spot what is in each one. This makes having a few of these a great option for a multi-animal household.

Keep in Mind

You do need to be aware of the fact that these storage containers are quite large when you compare them to alternative options. If you only have a few small pets and you only buy small bags of pet food, then you should probably look for some smaller containers so that you can save space in your home.

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​Bergan Stak-N-Stor Stackable Storage


Bergan Stack-N-Stor 65 Stackable Storage

Bergan Stack-N-Stor 65 Stackable Storage

Summary

Are you a fan of organisation? If you are, then this Bergan Stak-N-Stor Stackable Storage container could be a great option for you. Each container can be used to hold between 9 - 24 gallons of dry food, depending on which model you choose. All of the different sizes can also stack with each other, meaning that you don't have to worry about any compatibility problems.

Why do we like this product?

One of the things that we love about this product is the fact that the lid is large and rectangular. Having a large lid means that you could also use one of these as a cat food container for canned products, because you would be able to see inside to stack them up properly.

Keep in Mind

These stackable containers have been designed with practicality in mind, but you will still have to clean and dry them occasionally. If you are looking for something to make your life easier, then we would also advise that you look for something like a cat water fountain. With both of these products, you would only have to scoop some dry food out in the morning and your initial job would be done.

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Gamma2 Vittles Vault Plus for Pet Food Storage


GAMMA2 Vittles Vault 10 lb Airtight Bucket Container for Food Storage, Food Grade and BPA Free

GAMMA2 Vittles Vault 10 lb Airtight Bucket Container for Food Storage, Food Grade and BPA Free

Summary

The first thing that you should notice about the Gamma2 Vittles Vault Outback storage container is the fact that it looks a little bit like a bucket of paint. One of the first things that we noticed about this product is the fact that, while it is stackable, there are a few issues that could appear if you actually use it as a stackable product.

One of the main issues that you need to be aware of is the fact that you would have to unstack all of your Outback containers in order to open them. They open from the top so it would be impossible to open them without unstacking whatever is on top of them first. This could prove to be quite time consuming. 

Why do we like this product?

As we have already mentioned, this product does have one or two things that we would consider to be design flaws, but it also has several aspects that we really like. For example, each container is dishwasher safe and they are all made out of impact resistant plastic. This means that you could drop one of these containers and you would not have to worry at all.

Keep in Mind

If you are thinking about purchasing this product, then you need to make sure that it is the right product for you. We would advise that you consider all of the pros and cons in the same way that you would if you were purchasing something like a cat house or a cat litter mat. We would also advise that you only purchase this as a stackable product if you have the time to unstack it. If you are known to rush around, then this is not the right product for you.

The Best Pet Food Storage Containers for Travelling

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Gamma2 Vittles Vault Plus for Pet Food Storage


Vittles Vault Gamma TRAVEL-tainer, Blue

Vittles Vault Gamma TRAVEL-tainer, Blue

Summary

When you are looking for a pet food container for travelling purposes, there are a few different things that you need to pay attention to. For example, you need to know exactly how much food your cat or dog eats in a day so that you know whether or not the product that you are looking at is capable of holding enough food.

The Vittles Vault Gamma TRAVEL-tainer is a medium-sized travel product that can hold approximately eight cups of dry dog or cat food. It comes in two different colours (pink and blue) and features an airtight lock so that your pet food is not exposed to any outside elements.

Why do we like this product?

One of the things that we like about this product is the fact that the centre of this product is clear, meaning that you can see how much food is inside when you are starting to run low. This can prevent any accidental slip-ups and enable you to make sure that you have enough pet food for the duration of your trip.

Keep in Mind

If you are planning on going on a pretty long trip, then this travel-sized pet food container might not be large enough for you. The same could apply to your situation if you have more than one pet. You should try to do your best to research each product that you are looking at and make sure that they are large enough to suit your needs.

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​PISSION Pet Food Storage Container with Graduated Cup and Seal Buckles Food Dispenser for Dogs Cats


PISSION Pet Food Storage Container with Graduated Cup and Seal Buckles Food Dispenser for Dogs Cats (Blue)

PISSION Pet Food Storage Container with Graduated Cup and Seal Buckles Food Dispenser for Dogs Cats (Blue)

Summary

This PISSION Pet Food Storage Container is a rather convenient product that can be used to hold up to 2.5L of dog or cat food. This would make it more than large enough for most people to use when they go away. If you have more than one pet, then you will be happy to know that this product comes with different coloured lids, enabling you to quickly spot whose food is whose.

Why do we like this product?

Whenever we are looking for travel-friendly pet products, we always have to consider whether or not they are actually practical. These containers are for a few different reasons. They come with airtight seals, meaning that no moisture can reach your pet food, nor can any interested pests. They are also transparent, meaning that you can see exactly how much pet food you have all of the time.

Keep in Mind

One thing that you do have to note is the fact that the PISSION Pet Food Storage Container does not come with a handle. This means that it would be quite difficult to carry it around while you are travelling. If you are travelling via car, then this shouldn't be too much of a problem at all.

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Gamma2 Vittles Vault Plus for Pet Food Storage


Kurgo Kibble Carrier(TM) Travel Dog Food Bag

Kurgo Kibble Carrier(TM) Travel Dog Food Bag

Summary

This Kurgo Dog Food Carrier is probably one of the more aesthetically pleasing travel food containers that we are reviewing today. It looks like a small bag that could easily be clipped onto the back of a dog harness or thrown in a bag, as long as you do not fill it up too much. The roll-down top and hex-weave material that this bag features is capable of keeping pests out, but it is not as airtight as some of the alternatives on this list.

Why do we like this product?

There are a few different things that we like about this product, but one of the main things that we like is the fact that it can be used to store more than just dog biscuits. It includes a zippered side pocket that could potentially be used to store treats, small toys and other small items that you might need.

Keep in Mind

It is worth noting that this carrier can hold approximately 5lb of dry dog food, but you could also use it to hold dry cat food. If you have more than one pet, then this probably won't last you very long and that is something that you will have to consider if you are going to be travelling for a while.

Why Should you use Food Containers?

Owner feeding cute cat at home

There are a few different reasons why people use food containers to store their dog food and cat food. Just because a reason applies to one person does not mean that it will apply to you so we are going to be talking about a few of them.

One of the main reasons why people use airtight containers is to make sure that pests and vermin are not attracted to their pet food. Vermin of different species will enter a property happily if they know that a food source is readily available and pet food on the floor is a perfect option for them.

An open bag of food can also be quite tempting to your pets if they can reach it. It is quite common for dogs to get bloat because they have managed to get into an open bag of food. Sealing their food and putting it away can prevent that from happening and protect the wellbeing of your pets. 

How to Choose the Right Food Container

1. What material should you look for?

The material that a pet food container is made out of probably isn't as important as you might think that it is. A metal cat food container is no safer than a glass pet food storage container, and vice versa. What we can tell you is that a plastic container should always be BPA-free and free of any of the other harmful chemicals that are sometimes present in plastics.

It is worth noting that glass and stainless steel containers are incredibly durable, but they are also quite expensive. Plastic food containers work perfectly as long as you remember to wash them regularly and dry them properly when you do. If you do not wash them, then your pet food will start to taste funny. If you do buy a storage container that is made out of something else, then it will probably still come with a scoop that is plastic. 

2. How many pets do you own?

Many cats and dogs eat pet food from bowls

Many cats and dogs eat pet food from bowls

Before you can even think about purchasing a storage container for your pet food, you need to work out exactly how much food all of your pets eat. This is especially important if you are buying travel-sized storage containers because you need to be able to make sure that you have enough food for your pets.

3. How much food do you need to store?

Little chihuahua peaking over large bowl of dog food too big for him

Another thing that you need to think about is how much pet food you will actually have to store. If you have more than one pet, then you might have to store more than one type of food. If this is the case, then you should try to make sure that you buy a stackable option so that your storage boxes only take up a small amount of floor space.

4. How much space do you have available?

When it comes to floor space, you will also need to think about how much space you actually have available. Naturally, pet food containers come in different sizes because they have to be able to hold different amounts of food, but they can also be different shapes. Some of these shapes take up a lot more space than others.

How do you Clean a Pet Food Container?

Cleaning a pet food container is something that you will have to do quite frequently if you have purchased a plastic one. We would actually recommend doing this on a weekly basis. Make sure that you are using a good sponge and that you have emptied all of the food out of the container. Use a de-greasing detergent to remove any fat that has come away from the pet food and make sure that you let the container air dry after you have finished cleaning it.

FAQs

1. Are plastic dog food containers safe?

Plastic dog food containers are perfectly safe when they are high-quality, but not all plastics are high-quality. You just have to make sure that the plastic that is present is BPA-free. If harmful chemicals are present, then they could potentially leach into your pet food. The FDA has actually banned the use of BPA in a lot of different containers, which should be enough to show you why you should make sure that it is not present in your pet food containers.

2. How long can kibble last in an open bag?

Most people are under the impression that an open bag of dog food can last for as long as they need it to, but the truth is quite the opposite. An open bag of pet food usually only lasts for a fortnight, with the use by date referencing a "best before" date for an unopened bag. Oxidation occurs as soon as the bag is open, which is why using an airtight container is so important. Oxidation can also affect the fats and oils inside of pet food, making it go off quickly.

3. What temperature should dry pet food be stored at?

Before we even begin to talk about temperature, you need to be aware of the fact that moisture is more dangerous than temperature. It is incredibly important to keep dog and cat biscuits dry so that they do not spoil. You should also try to keep your pet food cool, because excessive temperatures will also cause it to spoil quickly.

4. What do you do if ants get in your dog food container?

black ants on a bowl

black ants on a bowl

If an ant realises that it can access your dog food, then you will have a whole army of ants in your dog food before you have time to stop them. Your pooch should not have to be subjected to an ant and food meal. Most people actually recommend that you sprinkle corn starch into the dog food. Corn starch is safe for dogs to eat, but deadly for ants. You could then run something like a hand vacuum through the food to pick up some of the corn starch and ants.

Try to make sure that you keep your dog food in an airtight container so that you do not have to worry about this problem.

Conclusion

As you can see, purchasing a storage container for your pet food could actually save you from a lot of different potential problems. You wouldn't have to worry about pests, vermin or your pet food spoiling quickly. But, you will have to make sure that you know exactly what you want before you purchase one. Otherwise, you could end up with a container that is too small for all of your food or one that is not practical in the way that you need it to be.

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