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Pesach update

1. Fridge is done. There's a chometz cooked chicken in there, but it's wrapped up securely and will be gone tonight.
2. Freezer is done. There is no caveat.
3. Cupboards are empty.
4. Oven is done and lined.
5. Counters are covered.
6. The folding table is covered.
7. Everything has been switched and the chometz utensils put away.
8. Most non-perishables purchased and put away.

To do:

1. Kasher the soup pots.
2. Kasher and cover the stove top.
3. Kasher the sink.
4. Put the dishes in the cupboard.
5. Seal the the chometz cupboards and cover the pile o'chometz in the book room.
6. Shop for perishables and remaining non-perishables.
7. Cover the dining room table.
8. Get new toothbrushes/toothpaste


pile o'chometz in the book room

A-ha! I'd been wondering how I was going to deal with the cat & dog food. Their containers are way too big for my chometz cupboard. So now I'll just move it all to the laundry room and cover it with a blanket. Thanks!

Are we talking dry pet food, in which wheat is a minor ingredient? And which is not eaten by normal people? If so, there isn't an issue. I know what the Blumenkrantz guide says, but the Shulchan Aruch says that mixtures that contain chametz (rather than actually being chametz themselves), which are not "the food of healthy people" (as opposed to strange potions with which people dose themselves when they're sick), may be owned and benefitted from on Pesach, but not eaten (should you suddenly get a strange craving for them). So you can not only keep it, but feed it to the pets. Only actual chametz must be got rid of, unless it's so degraded that not even a dog would touch it.

I didn't know this.

I assume it's for products purchased before Pesach so it bittuls?

Not really. The product was certainly manufactured before Pesach. But even if you somehow got product which was made on Pesach, it became non-chametz in the hands of the manufacturer, who is not Jewish, so it should be OK.

Can't you sell the pet food but then accept responsibility for feeding it to the pets? So, essentially, you're feeding someone else's food to your pets -- or, if you prefer, you're feeding someone else's food to someone else's pets which you have custody of.

(Of course, CYLHA.)

If the pet food is actually chometz (see zsero's comment above, then the answer is no.

The prohibitions against chometz are threefold - no eating, no owning and no benefiting from(just like milk and meat combos.)

Using it to feed your pets directly benefits you, as it keeps your pets alive.

However, pet food doesn't have to be kosher, and, for Ashkenazim, it doesn't have to be kitniyot free. So one can feed a dog a rice/lamb mixture, or a pork/cheese mixture made with corn starch, or pure shellfish, and it would be fine.