Originally Posted by Alix
Seems to me I saw a bit on TV a while back that said you had about 30 seconds for moist food and almost a minute for dry food. Can't give you a reference for that though, sorry.
We have an incredibly hairy dog and two cats and 4 humans living here. If I get to it before the dog does its a rare day! But yep, 5 second rule applies here.
A friend of mine said he saw a study that gave about the same info as that bit you saw on TV.
At my house, the rule regarding food on the floor and pets: it's fair game while it's on the floor, but it isn't automatically yours. I dropped a whole roast beef and raced the dog for it (and won).
Doggy got some bits that I thought would be better to cut off.
I don't use the 5 or 10 second rule when there are guests. Okay, in the case of a whole roast beef, I would tell the guests what had happened.
If it's something like mayo, if a pet doesn't show up soon enough, I'll holler, "Hay, someone come clean up this mayo for me!"
Current cat doesn't like "people food", so he's useless for cleanup.