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post #361 of 752
Our cat went downhill quickly after feeding the Special Kitty on Saturday morning. I saw the recall notice and checked our packs. Our pack lots were not on the recall list. It is possible that she got some 'bad' packs before then. Anyhow, we're off to the Vet for a kidney test. I just wonder how they determined what lots were tainted and when? Don't use any of this stuff until all of the facts are out. Our Wal-Mart pulled all of them.
post #362 of 752
I just called the number on my Whiskas wet food pouch and you can be SAFE in feeding Whiskas cat food because it is NOT a part of the recall. They said Whiskas and Pedigree for dogs is all safe.

Thank God! I did feed my cats a couple of pouches of Iams wet food so I worry about that, but primarily I have been buying them Whiskas pouches on a regular basis.
post #363 of 752
What about a seperate post with media links, and FDA information. That way we can keep track of what the media is reporting and also what the FDA is reporting without having to scroll through this post. What do you think? Let me know and I will start it if you all think its a good idea
post #364 of 752
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Originally Posted by RubSluts'Mommy View Post
They refused to eat their food yesterday... I'm wondering if it was a bad can and they could tell... never know with these two... they normally don't refuse loaf food...

Amanda
I know what you mean about refusing food, it is worrisome at a time like this. I know I can't please every single one of them every day...but the other day all 8 of my inside cats refused a regular favorite...and 5 outside cats did too. It was really odd to see 14 cats turn down the food they normally eat pretty well.
post #365 of 752
i just found this article, but i don't see any updates on the menu foods site. i guess i'll keep watching for the updates.

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_New...-013202-1406r/
post #366 of 752
Do we know if any of the companies are paying to have lab tests done?
post #367 of 752
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Originally Posted by petcrazy View Post
Do we know if any of the companies are paying to have lab tests done?
My guess is either Menu foods or the supplier is
post #368 of 752
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Originally Posted by gooned View Post
Our cat went downhill quickly after feeding the Special Kitty on Saturday morning. I saw the recall notice and checked our packs. Our pack lots were not on the recall list. It is possible that she got some 'bad' packs before then. Anyhow, we're off to the Vet for a kidney test. I just wonder how they determined what lots were tainted and when? Don't use any of this stuff until all of the facts are out. Our Wal-Mart pulled all of them.

I think that is very wise. I threw out the non-affected pouches I had too. Look at it this way: If you were told that only the frozen dinners marked #123 were poisonous, and you had one marked #124, would you risk eating it yourself?

I'm sorry your cat got ill This just makes me so furious.
post #369 of 752
So does this apply only to wet food? We only feed dry food...Iams.

I am so sorry for all those affected by this...this is just awful y'all...

Hilda>^..^,
post #370 of 752
A dog in my hometown died due to eating the wet dog food.

I really hope that this is solved soon and that the animals across the country will be okay.
post #371 of 752
Over the past couple of days, I've started weaning the kitties off moist food. THis afternoon I fed one can of tuna and all hard food to the "gang". It seems that they are tolerating the change well and none are starving. I still think there is more to the kidney issue than we'll ever know.
Tonight I am loading a bag full of the remaining moist food and am headed to WalMart with receipt in hand.
No more moist food until this mess is sorted out, we find the cause of the problem and a satisfactory solution is reached.
post #372 of 752
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Originally Posted by Hilda>^..^< View Post
So does this apply only to wet food? We only feed dry food...Iams.

I am so sorry for all those affected by this...this is just awful y'all...

Hilda>^..^,
only wet - and only certain ones.

The best thing to do is to go to the website for the brand you use and view their recall info - Menu Foods site has discrepanices and is not complete.

Also, the source of the problem is wheat gluten, which is a protein source. Menu Foods had a new supplier of wheat gluten and that is where the problem began. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17650075

Saturday I was at my vet for an unrelated issue and he said (before they mentioned it was wheat gluten) that it is going to end up being some sort of fungal issue. He also said that while there have "only" been 10 reported cases, that because most of the brands are bottom of the barrel no-name brands mostly used by low income people, that there are a LOT more cases that will never be reported.

I have to return a bunch of Nutro pouches this afternoon.
post #373 of 752
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Originally Posted by Moz View Post
"Pet parents can substitute the impacted foods with any dry food from the same brand or use alternative canned or foil pouched wet foods such as: Pedigree, Pro Plan, Mighty Dog cans, Cesar and Alpo for dogs, and Friskees, Fancy Feast, Pro Plan and Whiskas for cats."

Therefore those named foods are not "tainted".... my brain isn't working too well tonight.

ETA: Nevermind, just saw the PDF Natalie posted.
I heard purina was one of the recalled brands, They make friskees.
They're not on the site but I just heard it on the news 2 minutes ago.

And also, My grandfathers cat died about a week ago, He had kidney failure.
post #374 of 752
This is from Purina's web site:

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company today announced that as a precautionary measure, it is voluntarily withdrawing its 5.3 ounce Mighty Dog® brand pouch products that were produced by Menu Foods, Inc. from December 3, 2006 through March 14, 2007. This withdrawal is in response to the recall initiated earlier today by Menu Foods, a contract manufacturer that does limited business with Purina as well as with other pet food manufacturers. Only Mighty Dog 5.3 ounce pouch products are being withdrawn by Nestlé Purina, including those pouches contained in multi-packs. Importantly, no Mighty Dog canned products, or any other Purina products are affected by Menu’s recall.
post #375 of 752
If this isn't enough to make you scream, I don't know what is...animals died during testing of product according to 1010 WINS:
http://www.1010wins.com/pages/309721...ntentId=378484

Menu Foods told the FDA it received the first complaints of kidney failure and deaths among cats and dogs from pet owners on Feb. 20. It began new tests on Feb. 27.

During those tests, the company fed its product to 40 to 50 dogs and cats and some seven animals -- the mix of species was not immediately known -- died, Sundlof said. The contamination appeared more deadly to cats than to dogs, he said.
post #376 of 752
i saw a similar story on nbc news tonight.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17650075/

it made me feel sick to my stomach.
post #377 of 752
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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
i saw a similar story on nbc news tonight.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17650075/

it made me feel sick to my stomach.
Yeah ... also how hard is it to give the suppliers name so if any other companies use that one they could pull there stuff ... Or the other thought of How many human products have other parts of the questionable wheat ???
post #378 of 752
I just found this in my area and thought that it contained some "interesting" information
post #379 of 752
I just found this in my area and thought that it contained some "interesting" information



http://www.itchmo.com/go/tagged/safety/
post #380 of 752
Been looking round the internet to find out what toxins would cause renal failure in cats (and dogs).

Ethylene Glycol (Antifreeze) seems to come up a lot.
Certain species of Lily.
Some rat and mouse poison.
Pesticides incorrectly used

and a whole load more.

I know if some food item (human or otherwise) is tainted in this country, the press very quickly release what's caused the problem but usually worded in such a way that if they are wrong, there would be no comeback on them.
post #381 of 752
I'm disappointed how Menu Food is handling this recall. I heard they have received complaints back on Feb. 20th. It took them a month to finally recall food? They are asking for some major law suits. As for Proctor & Gamble products such as Iams, they contracted with Meno Food all their wet food until 2013. That means, all wet food will be manufactuered by Menu Food. What great comfort huh?
post #382 of 752
I had an interesting visit to the Vet with my cat. His response was that these recalls are 'great for business'. He did not mean this in a negative way though. Apparently he had a lot of clients concerned about the recall. He had been on the phone for hours trying to track down the real scoop. The State University and the Vet AMA (whatever that is called) told him the following...

The true cause of the problems is not really known at this point. It is suspected that probably some gluten was spoiled by mold (mentioned in an earlier post) and made it's way into the food. It is not known how many pets were affected. 10 deaths is one thing but if it were 10,000, that's another story. The opinion was that the 'poison' would work it's way through the system in a couple of days once the source of toxin was eliminated. As a precaution, a blood test should be run to determine if the kidneys are affected. If acute renal failure is found, symtomatic treatment is given.

His opinion was that the media was running wild with this story since the core facts are not yet known (to us). I felt he was suggesting that many people were over-reacting. Perhaps he is right but I certainly noticed a dramatic downturn in my cat's behavior that was confirmed by the recall frenzy.

Anyhow, my cat's physical was OK. He drew blood to determine the renal aspect. He said just closely monitor her for any changes until the blood work comes back. I hope he is right about it working through her system. She does appear to be getting better in that she is showing more interest in food and has a little more energy. I have switched soft foods to one with no wheat gluten until this mess passes.

Please, I am not asking for opinions about my Vet's analysis. I'm giving those of you some information you may want to consider. I'll be getting the results of the blood work on Wednesday. I'll post then.

Good luck to all.
post #383 of 752
Just got word from someone saying that it is a form of "Sugar substitute" that is causing this. It is highly toxic to pets. Just got this from a friend, who has an inside source to the company's will report more when i get more info.
post #384 of 752
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Originally Posted by leesali View Post
If this isn't enough to make you scream, I don't know what is...animals died during testing of product according to 1010 WINS:
http://www.1010wins.com/pages/309721...ntentId=378484

Menu Foods told the FDA it received the first complaints of kidney failure and deaths among cats and dogs from pet owners on Feb. 20. It began new tests on Feb. 27.

During those tests, the company fed its product to 40 to 50 dogs and cats and some seven animals -- the mix of species was not immediately known -- died, Sundlof said. The contamination appeared more deadly to cats than to dogs, he said.
Scary. Testing showed 1 in 6 animals died after eating the food. How many animals can be affected by this? Thankfully my cats seems o'key even though their Nutro food is on the recall list. How horrible. Both my poor cats could have been hurt by this.
post #385 of 752
Sugar substitute? Wonder if it's Aspartame. I don't know how that would affect animals but it is very dangerous to humans. One of the things it seriously affects is thyroid function. Aspartame is so potentially dangerous that many eminent doctors and scientists from this country and around the world would like to see it banned in food and drink. Unfortunately, it is used in multi-billion £ & $ industries and is a cheap alternative to sugar so once again profit is the keyword

I found a link to the harmful side-effects and when printed out (and it's in very small print) it covered nearly 2 pages of A4 paper. I avoid the stuff like the plague and seldom drink cola because it's full of the stuff (even the "fat" cola - and the "skinny" cola is even worse).

If anyone wants the link let me know and I'll try to find it again.
post #386 of 752
This story just keeps getting scarier. I'm so concerned about my girls. They aren't dealing well with the change in their food. They don't like any of the new foods. I feel so bad and I get scared they aren't eating cause they're sick. I know I'm being paranoid but I'm been watching them like a hawk. I think they are reacting to my fear. I guess I need to get them tested just for my own peace of mind.
post #387 of 752
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Originally Posted by gooned View Post
I had an interesting visit to the Vet with my cat. His response was that these recalls are 'great for business'. He did not mean this in a negative way though. Apparently he had a lot of clients concerned about the recall. He had been on the phone for hours trying to track down the real scoop. The State University and the Vet AMA (whatever that is called) told him the following...

The true cause of the problems is not really known at this point. It is suspected that probably some gluten was spoiled by mold (mentioned in an earlier post) and made it's way into the food. It is not known how many pets were affected. 10 deaths is one thing but if it were 10,000, that's another story. The opinion was that the 'poison' would work it's way through the system in a couple of days once the source of toxin was eliminated. As a precaution, a blood test should be run to determine if the kidneys are affected. If acute renal failure is found, symtomatic treatment is given.

His opinion was that the media was running wild with this story since the core facts are not yet known (to us). I felt he was suggesting that many people were over-reacting. Perhaps he is right but I certainly noticed a dramatic downturn in my cat's behavior that was confirmed by the recall frenzy.

Please, I am not asking for opinions about my Vet's analysis. I'm giving those of you some information you may want to consider. I'll be getting the results of the blood work on Wednesday. I'll post then.

Good luck to all.
That's VERY INTERESTING.. My vet basically had the same attitude- he said only 10 cats have died from this and that there is a very small chance that my cats would be affected. I am printing some articles I've read about this and will bring to him when I see him to show him that this IS SERIOUS... I got the impression that he felt media was going crazy over this too. I understand where he is coming from BUT at the same time I did not like his attitude about waiting and see. I am having 3 cats tested tmr to give me peace of mind. If any of these 3 cats (Buddy, Pepper or Tango) tests postive (MY WORST NIGHTMARE COMING TRUE!) then I'll have rest of my cats tested.

I read 2 interesting articles and will post the links to them here for u guys to read. Let me know what u think..

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...d-recall_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...nda-food_N.htm
post #388 of 752
The link kittiesx2 provided is interesting reading. If true, heads are gonna roll over this. I don't use any of the recalled products, but I'll seriously think about researching who makes the food I do buy in the future. The folks at Menu Foods don't sound like the kind of people I want in any way responsible for the health of my pets.

It's just sad. I'm holding good thoughts for any of you affected.
post #389 of 752
My cats are Persians so they already could be prone to kidney problems (PKD). And one of them is of very delicate health to begin with. I have been feeding them nutro because they only eat chunks in gravy.
post #390 of 752
This is a risk we take when we buy manufactured food, I'm researching now on possibly making cat food at home. At least I'll know whats in it. Anyone here make their own cat food?
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