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Pet food recall expands

Those of us with companion animals (I think that's most of us) are worried about the pet food recalls. What is especially of concern to me is that most of the brands under recall are high-quality brands, or at least we believed they were. Right now I have a bag of Nutro Natural Choice cat food in my kitchen - almost empty - and Nutro has several pet foods recalled. Not this particular bag. 

As my daughter Elaine notes in her extensive list and coverage of this topic, the best bet right now is to purchase human-quality pet foods. If you go organic that seems an additional safety precaution, so she recommends Newman's organic pet food. I'll be leaving to get some soon.

I have watched a small cat suffer and die from kidney failure. That's the primary death we are seeing with these pet foods. I don't ever want to see that again.

And I ask why? Why these brands? Why now? Have we missed previous recalls? Has something changed?

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dangerouslysane
Apr. 2nd, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Have also been following this story with concern. Frequently check the list, just to make sure I haven't been giving my guy anything he shouldn't have.

That's awful that you had to see a kitty suffer like that!

So much heartache has been caused by the contamination, and everyone who has a dog or cat is worrying now!

*hugs*
judith
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
That kitty died several years ago yet I still tear up when I think about her. She was a feral cat I brought home and came to love dearly. She never completely became domesticated but what was left of the wild was fascinating. (Actually, no cat truly becomes domesticated!)

She got into some antifreeze somewhere in the park where I live. We never found out where.

Right now, two of my cats refuse to come inside because of the third interloper cat that I brought home several weeks ago. They shun me but they still eat from the feeder, which we brought outside for them. I hope they don't wander to anyone else's house for food.
madame_ugly
Apr. 2nd, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Switching foods may cause your pet children to have stomach upset or diarrhea (just a heads up). It's recommend you switch them slowly (mixing the two different kinds together) but in this case, a bit of the runs is better than eating potentially lethal food.

I tried organic food with my three and they HATED IT. They wouldn't touch it. Well, only after I had stuffed it in the cupboard and forgotten about it. It was then I noticed Monte (middle child) going in and out of that cupboard. Little butt was eating the stale food on the sly.
judith
Apr. 2nd, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
My cats love a certain type of organic food. You know that "organic" only means grown without pesticides. It has nothign to do with how the food is made otherwise, so it isn't fair to say your cats hate organic food. Just that one brand of cat food.

I change foods frequently anyway. My kitties are used to that.

Fortunately, most of the recalls are for the gravy-type canned food, and my cats don't like that stuff anyway. But now several other types, including dry foods, have been recalled too. It's still a mystery to me.
madame_ugly
Apr. 3rd, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
True, they probably don't hate all organic food. Just the outrageously expensive brand I bought them that one time. The ingredients on that food looked so good, I nearly had a bite myself. Maybe if I had, THEN they would have wanted it. My children are horrible mooches.

I'm so glad my cats never go hooked on canned food. Canned food is so gross.
judith
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
I really don't like the look of the additives in most cat foods. I think my daughter has it right to look for "human quality". Yes, it will cost more but...aren't they worth it?? Of course they are ungrateful! Otherwise they'd be dogs!
madame_ugly
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
*Of course they are ungrateful! Otherwise they'd be dogs!*

Truer words have never been spoken.

And as for them being worth it, it depends on what time of day you ask me. Six-thirty a.m. when one of them has their sphincter on my face? Not so much. ;)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
Here's a good compilation of posts on the subject:
http://blogher.org/node/17641#comment-17127 which says,

"The Menu Foods pet food contamination and subsequent recall that began in mid-March continues to make national news. Although the company will only confirm sixteen confirmed pet deaths related to the contaminated food so far, the Pet Connection database of cats and dogs lists a total of 2,907 pets as of 7:35 a.m., April 2. 1,592 cats and 1,314 dogs have been reported dead, primarily from renal failure linked to contaminated wheat gluten imported from China by Menu Foods for use in many products distributed under familiar product names, including Iams and Nutro."

-Elaine
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