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When word of the first round of coronavirus quarantines started to hit, we were all guilty of a little panic buying.

Some of it, in hindsight, maybe turned out to be a little silly – did we really need all that toilet paper right then and there? – but some of it was probably actually pretty helpful. Like all the pet supplies!

During the peak of the coronavirus shutdowns, you probably got concerned about being able to take care of your four-legged family member (or two-winged, or two-fin-ed, or whatever) and you found yourself buying a lot of pet food, treats, and toys. And we don’t mean “a lot of pet food” like “poor Max hit a growth spurt and eats more for lunch now”, we’re talking about one of those gigantic industrial-sized bags that they seem to only sell to farms with a lot of cattle dogs.

While we absolutely applaud your commitment to your family pets, we’re pretty sure you’re running into the same problem many people in your situation are – where the heck am I gonna store all this pet stuff I bought when I thought the stores were going to run out?

 Glad you asked:

 

Pet Food & Pet Toy Storage Tips During COVID-19

Dry pet food: The most commonly-purchased pet food in bulk tends to be dry food. Kibble, cat chow, whatever you call it, can take up a lot of space if you’re not careful. An easy way to store an intense amount of dry food, while also working to reduce the risk of a mess caused by ripped bags, is to take it out of its bags and use plastic storage bins instead. This can help you better sort out whose food is whose (in case of dietary restrictions, or just trying to prevent the cat from eating the dog food), help you keep an eye on how much is remaining, and try to prevent the familiar sight of spilled pet food all over the floor.

 

Wet pet food: If your dog is lucky enough to get the weird beef stuff in the can, or if you have one of those cats that starts screaming at 5 AM when his tuna pate can isn’t open and in front of him, you probably have a ton of wet food cans you need to keep somewhere. Treat these like you would treat any other canned good you bought in bulk – keep a careful eye on the expiration date, store them on wire shelves or metal shelves to prevent corrosion or other damage to the can, and keep them somewhere dry and room temperature for safety.

 

Treats: Depending on exactly how many treats you bought, you’ll want to keep some at hand. If you have space in a kitchen cabinet organizer (or in anything with a door), try storing a bag or two there for easy access, and keep the rest of them in the basement or out in the garage so they don’t get mysteriously knocked over and eaten in the night. (Not that we’ve seen this happen.)

 

That Giant Thing Of Kitty Litter: We love cats as much as we love dogs here at The Shelving Store, but we have to say, sometimes we wish it was easier to train them to, uh, do their business outside. That said, we’ve all dealt with a giant tub of kitty litter, and if you panic-bought them in bulk during the quarantines, you’re probably figuring out where they can go. Try to keep them as close to the litterbox as possible – either in a bathroom cabinet, up on some closet shelves, or somewhere the cat can’t tear them open. (See our previous tip about the dry food – those claws can get themselves in some real trouble!)

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