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I've never done a diary until now.  I've not seen anyone post about this - least I don't think so - and I thought this was important for people to be aware.

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I ran across this blurb in Truth About Pet Foods Newsletter that I subscribe to and thought it was worth mentioning to all you pet lovers out there:

Too Many Dogs Dying Lately

The frustrating thing about this article will be that no brand names get mentioned.  That is because Susan Thixton, author and "owner" of this blog, is under threat of lawsuit by a major corporation since she began her advocacy for safer pet foods several years ago.  She herself lost her beloved doggie to what she is certain was toxic dog food and has been on this quest on behalf of pets and their owners ever since.  That being said by way of intro is to let you know that I don't think she is some fly by night quack or crackpot.  She seems in earnest.

To find possible problems with the pet treats or foods you feed your dog or cat, please try to do the following via this link:

Consumer Affairs Information

Click on "Recalls" tab to see if you can info on your brand/type of treat or food; most likely you won't find much info

You can also do a search once you reach the Recalls page.  I was absolutely stunned when I looked up the treat brand name (a fairly major one by a mammoth manufacturer) and the canned cat food brand name.  Honestly I got sick and scared at the same time because lots of these entries/complaints are very recent.

I'm not anti- any specific corporation, and I'm not pro-this particular newsletter.  I'm not plugging it, or hawking it or suggesting anyone sign up for it.  I simply offer this as an FYI.  Debunk it, riducule me for diary-ing this, call me a crackpot but please - at least give a looksee and draw your own conclusions.

Sorry if my first attempt at posting a diary is clumsy and poorly written.

Thanks.
Be well,
DES

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  •  A couple of years ago a rash of pet deaths from (23+ / 0-)

    Chinese food containing melanine happened. It got some press, but not huge amounts. I've also seen/heard of other pet food recalls. I have no information on recent events but it seems plausible. But heh, at least we're not paying tax dollars on regulating pet food! W00T! Oh, wait, I'm not a heartless Republican bastard. Damn them and their gutting of every agency they can find.

    "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

    From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 03:51:30 PM PST

    •  Yes I remember that. That was 2006/2007 (10+ / 0-)
      Chinese food containing melanine
      and the so-called premium brands were involved in that one.  My heart just broke for the people who lost beloved pets to that horror.  You want to do the best you can for your pet and then you end up killing him/her. The guilt and devastation must be profound!

      Yes, from what I understand funding has been cut at the fed level from the agencies that could investigate/regulate.  Not that anything would change.

      Ugh!

      When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

      by Dumas EagerSeton on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 03:59:38 PM PST

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    •  My dear little Brady may have died (5+ / 0-)

      from that a few months before that hit the news.  I don't know which brand might have done it because I used to rotate.

      I should feed my Annie more people food.  The general proportion is two parts starchy foods (rice, cooked potatos, etc.) to one part lean meat.  It's okay to add your dog's favorite veggies as part the starches.  (Talk to your vet.)

      My neighbors have a bluetick hound.  They always put their after dinner leftovers in his dish then filled it the rest of the way with dry dog food.  He's dying of cancer now but he's almost fifteen years old.  They're average lifespan is only eleven or twelve so he's had a long life.

      Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

      by Ice Blue on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:30:08 PM PST

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      •  Growing up on the farm we almost never bought pet (6+ / 0-)

        food. The cats were all barn cats and the dogs mostly ate table scraps. That's not always pratical for folks but it was the norm not all that long ago. The petfood industry (why is anything edible an industry?) is largely a post-WWII thing. Sure, companies have been making farm feed, etc. for a long time but even 'old' brands like Friskies cat food was first sold in the 50's.

        "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

        From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

        by ontheleftcoast on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:37:33 PM PST

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        •  Same here otlf. The dogs got table scraps and my (4+ / 0-)

          dad bought a mixture that this guy he knew with hunting dogs made up for his which had some grains and other stuff in it.  He mixed it up with day old bread, the scraps and dogs were good to go.  This was back in the 60s and 70s!!

          As for cats, most of them kept the rodent population at bay, or ate birds they caught.  Bread soaked in milk got put out and they did just fine.

          We did have indoor cats and dogs.  They got the Purina Cat Chow and dog chow, canned foods and table scraps too.  But I think the difference is these ingredients were all from U.S. sources and standards were most likely higher because corporations like Ralston-Purina hadn't figured out there was HUGE money to be made in pet food back in those times.

          Sadly that scurge was saved for the late 80s and beyond.

          When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

          by Dumas EagerSeton on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:21:13 PM PST

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          •  You've got to be careful about giving (1+ / 0-)
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            TiaRachel

            cats milk.  It can cause kidney stones.  Mice are the perfect cat food.  The only problem is they can give your cat worms.  That means they need a Drontal pill, w00+, w00+!!!  

            Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

            by Ice Blue on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:26:54 PM PST

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            •  And, of course, cats are lactose-intolerant. (1+ / 0-)
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              Catte Nappe

              Too much milk will lead to tummy/digestive issues & stinky kitties...

            •  There is now (1+ / 0-)
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              jabney

              catfood made of parasite-free, freeze-dried, ground mice grown with organic food.

            •  Thanks for the warning Ice. I should have (0+ / 0-)

              clarified that this was in the old days on the farm.  And the milk was actually unprocessed, unpasteurized.  In other words straight from the cows.  My boys don't get any milk products - except Sunny - who manages to get at the butter in my butter bell on the counter sometimes.  But I didn't know about kidney stones for cats who drink milk.

              I need to tell my 81yr old dad about this.  He gives his Mitzie 1/2 and 1/2.  I tell him it's bad to give her that stuff but I wasn't sure why.  She's too heavy and that was my main reason for telling him to cut out the extra calories.

              I'd hate for problems to occur and for him to have to pill or medicate her.  He'd do it but it would be stressful for him and her too.

              When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

              by Dumas EagerSeton on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 10:24:45 AM PST

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      •  I'm so sorry about Brady Ice. Terrible, terrible (7+ / 0-)

        tragedy.

        I've decided to work on getting my kitties off their current brand of canned food and onto other brands that I have done some research on.  I did that today after I read about those poor dogs.

        I'll have to go slow for two reasons: 1) tummy troubles can happen if switch is done too fast and 2) one of my boys - Jonesy - is super smart and can tell in an instant if something is a little different with his food.  I know because I tried to switch him out unsuccessfully once before and he looked at me like, "What are you doing?"  "This is NOT FOOD!"

        I'm not surrenduring to a 14lb cat - not this time and not for something this important.

        Be well,
        DES

        When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

        by Dumas EagerSeton on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:53:04 PM PST

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        •  Wanna bet??? (0+ / 0-)

          In the end, cats ALWAYS win! ;-)

          -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

          by GulfExpat on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 01:28:14 AM PST

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          •  Very funny GE! I actually made a teensy bit of (0+ / 0-)

            progress last night.  My Jonesy actually ate 1/2 teaspoon of the new brand of canned.  I mixed it in with a half small can of his old flavor and he didn't even know it was there.

            Hopefully baby steps, tons of patience and guile will win the day!

            Best,
            DES

            When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

            by Dumas EagerSeton on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 10:13:56 AM PST

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      •  Homemade Dog Food (5+ / 0-)
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        Mathazar, boudi08, crose, Bluefin, Tinfoil Hat

        Marty, our beloved Australian Cattle Dog, just turned 18 years old this week.  She's in great shape, except for her teeth.  Because of the dental problems, we make homemade dog food for her and our two young Pomeranians.

        We cook up a big pot of chicken with some carrots, corn, and beans.  We put some salt and garlic powder in the water while the chicken cooks.  When the meat is done, we cook rice in the broth.   After it all cools, we mix it up, and stick some in the freezer.  Marty, MaryAnn, and Tracy all just love it!  They're all very healthy and have lovely coats.  We buy rice in bulk, stock up on chicken when it's on sale, and use left-over veggies, so it's not too expensive.  It's sure cheaper than a vet bill!

        It's been great for the 18-year-old, and she still runs around and has a spring in her step!

        Stand Up! Keep Fighting! Paul Wellstone

        by RuralLiberal on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:40:57 PM PST

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      •  third world countrys (0+ / 0-)

        feed their pets people food.  

      •  gotta be careful with salt content (0+ / 0-)

        if you make veggie/bean/grain broth without salt, pour it over the kibble once a week or so. a teaspoon of olive oil a day does wonders for coats.

        saltiness in food the way we like it is very bad for dogs, watch out, i have made that mistake once and saw my dog's stomach knot into painful spasm.

        a little brewers' yeast helps keep fleas/ticks down, and some raw garlic added to their meat helps against worms.

        why? just kos..... *just cause*

        by melo on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 05:39:49 AM PST

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    •  I have read (3+ / 0-)

      estimates as high as 2 million dogs and cats dying from  petfoods tainted with the melamine in wheat gluten that was imported from China. I know of two people whose dogs died of kidney failure during this time. Your best bet is to NOT BUY treats of any kind from China, be they pill pockets, duck, chicken, turkey or ham jerky, rawhide or any other treat. The Chinese raise chickens and other animals by the hundreds of thousands in cramped, filthy housing, and they process these animals into export pet products with who knows what kinds of dessicants, insecticides and preservatives.

  •  Certainly worth looking into... (12+ / 0-)

    not just for pet lovers.  Our own food supply is under constant assault from genetically modified crud, and a host of additives that only preserve shelf life.

    The last sound on earth will be the squawk of an optimist.

    by CT yanqui on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 03:53:02 PM PST

  •  good post. never hurts to pay attention (8+ / 0-)

    to what our beloved animal companions eat. and to remind ourselves to pay attention to human food too.

  •  Thank you! (13+ / 0-)

    And nice 1st. Years ago, thousands of dogs died from kidney damage due to contaminated wheat gluten. They fucking KNEW about it for 6 months, but did nothing.
    Non dog people could not understand the anguish until the same shit got in to baby formula.
    Go to Blue.com too see what is in your pet's food.
    I went with Nutra.
    I have also seen the lifespan of my dogs go from 15 yrs to 10.
    Profits are ALL that matters.
    The FDA has sold out. Too.
    These agencies were established to protect us, but with millions in lobbying money, rules are thrown out.

    OBAMA'S GUILDING PRINCIPLES: HOLD NO ONE ACCOUNTABLE. LOOK FORWARD,

    by snoopydawg on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 03:57:42 PM PST

  •  thanks for this very helpful diary (4+ / 0-)

    may I suggest you expand your tags to include the websites you link to and 'dogs dying', etc The links allow others to find your diary when they are searching for a topic.

    Good Job!

    I belong to the “US” of America, not the “ME,$,ME,$,ME,$,ME,$” of America!

    by SeaTurtle on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 03:59:31 PM PST

  •  You get what you pay for (2+ / 0-)
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    Ice Blue, Sister Havana

    I don't mean that to sound as heartless as it might sound, but when you buy the cheapest pet food, there is no telling what you might end up with. The discount brands are cheaper because they use cheaper ingredients, or cut costs in other ways.

    With that said, I also understand many people cannot afford premium brand pet food, and must buy the cheaper mass-market brands.

    And yes, I'm aware of consumer problems with some premium brands as well.

    When we got our doxie 7 years ago, we decided to feed him California Natural, from Natura Pet Products.

    Yes, it's a premium food, and I'm glad I can afford it. It's available at feed stores and similar places; you won't find it at the neighborhood grocery store.

    Just after we started with that is when there was the food scare from Chinese melanine-contaminated food. No Natura products were involved in that recall, which made us feel pretty glad.

    •  Unfortunately a great number of pet owners or (14+ / 0-)
      I don't mean that to sound as heartless as it might sound, but when you buy the cheapest pet food, there is no telling what you might end up with
      volunteer rescuers, or shelters, or similar groups simply don't have the funds to do premium brands.  There are also some very kind-hearted souls out there who purchase cat food or dog food and feed strays who buy a less expensive brand because it's all they can afford.  In a perfect world those groups and kind souls could afford to give the best human-grade- BPA free-non-China-sourced foods to these sweet little beasties.

      But the bottom line is: no animal whether it's fed a premium brand or inexpensive brand of pet food should die a painful, agonizing death because greedy, heartless profiteering ghouls want to pump up their profit margins by sourcing and using poisons in their fucking foods!

      May they all rot in hell!

      When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

      by Dumas EagerSeton on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:32:53 PM PST

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    •  Go to D ES's second link and (3+ / 0-)
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      cany, snoopydawg, Clio2

      put "pet food" in the search box.  Not all the complaints are for cheap brands.  

      I have an uncle who's a retired vet and he won't let his dog eat anthing but dry dog food.  It is nutritionally balanced for dogs.  OTOH, a lot of other vets prefer human quality foods.  Mine is one of them.  Just talk to your vet first.  Not every human food is good for your dog or cat.

      Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

      by Ice Blue on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:39:47 PM PST

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      •  Agreed Ice. I was stunned when I typed in (4+ / 0-)
        Not all the complaints are for cheap brands
        Greenies cat treats and read down the thread that some cat owners reported their cats died a hideous death due to giving them this brand of treat.

        Like I said my stomach dropped to my feet because I give Greenies to my boys.  When I get home tonight, I'm going to toss out all of them.  Never again will I ever take a chance feeding them this crap!

        When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

        by Dumas EagerSeton on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:00:07 PM PST

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        •  Greenies! (1+ / 0-)
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          Clio2

          very bad news. No more for my babies.

          If there's a reason for the rich to rule, please Lord, tell us why. -Battle of Jericol, Coal Mining Women

          by JayRaye on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:31:00 PM PST

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          •  Good for you! (1+ / 0-)
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            JayRaye

            My cousin just told me about an arsenic scare in baby formula and a major brand of "organic" cereal on the news last night in WI.  Once again, NO BRAND NAMES due to protecting the rights of the manufacturer and distributors.  Sheesh.

            Not a peep about it here in NYC.  Just so awful what these large corporations get away with.

            When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

            by Dumas EagerSeton on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 10:17:31 AM PST

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    •  Not true for the last scandal. (0+ / 0-)

      My cats ate Friskies wet food and Meow Mix dry food, which are not the expensive brands that got recalled.  

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 09:07:18 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for posting this diary (2+ / 0-)
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    Ice Blue, Sister Havana

    We're ever vigilant looking for food info/warnings on foot we feed our pooties.

    Republicans: They hate us for our Freedom.

    by mikeconwell on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:17:52 PM PST

    •  Thanks mike. I hadn't seen anything in the (2+ / 0-)
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      Sister Havana, mikeconwell

      diary search I did from the past couple of weeks so it was important enough for me to post.

      My kitties have eaten Fancy Feast canned (the Grilled Chicken, Grilled Turkey and Grilled Salmon in Gravy varieties for years now).  I got just sick when I was reading that a number of cat owners had their kitties die a horrible, suffering death b/c of feeding them Fancy Feast.

      My SunnyD has been very finicky lately and I got so scared thinking that maybe he detected something in those foods and he's refused to eat them.  I started mxing Wellness and EVO95 in with his Fancy Feast and he was sort of going for it but is still finicky.

      Fortunately both boys seem fine: energy, box habits, water dish normal, so nothing is wrong.  No vomiting, diarrhea so we're ok.  Scared the crap out of me to read that article and worse to see other people's deadly experience with Fancy Feast canned and the Greenies!  And I'm definately converting them over to a better brand of canned food since I'm fortunate enough to be able to afford the premium brands.

      And I'm cutting out cat treats entirely.  They don't seem to miss them in between treat times.

      Be well,

      When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

      by Dumas EagerSeton on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:08:25 PM PST

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  •  This is an important subject. (4+ / 0-)

    I've become so vigilant about reading labels for the food and treats I buy for Linus (my Welsh Terrier) - not just ingredients, but where the food is made. I will not buy him any food item that is made in China and I hate that almost any chicken jerky product is made there these days. (Blue Buffalo chicken jerky is made in the USA, so is Trader Joe's.) There have just been too many of these stories and I don't want to risk Linus being another statistic.

    Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we will!

    by Sister Havana on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:30:36 PM PST

    •  Yes, where it comes from is just as important as (2+ / 0-)
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      Sister Havana, snoopydawg

      what's in it.  And so much toxic crap comes out of China and ends up in pet food (people food too I'm sure).

      It's absolutely disgusting.

      You're a great doggy mommy.  Linus is lucky to have you.

      Be well,
      DES

      When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

      by Dumas EagerSeton on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:15:01 PM PST

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  •  When they start changing recipes, thats code for (1+ / 0-)
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    AnnieR

    switching to cheaper ingredients.

  •  I used to always make my own pet food. Rice (2+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, Ice Blue

    with any kind of mixed veggies and hamburger or chicken, whichever.  Some broth adds more flavor.  My dog loved it.  I would make a batch and it would last all week.  At least you know what ingredients are in it.  There are also many dog treat and cookie recipes available on the net.

  •  Every time I find a good food, in a few years, (2+ / 0-)
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    FishOutofWater, AnnieR

    they are bought out by Purina and the quality begins to bottom out. Iams, Eukanuba, Innova etc....

  •  I really am all for people making their own food (7+ / 0-)

    if they can, BUT....

    Do YOU know what you are doing?  Do you understand what vits and mins dogs need and how to get them into a diet or are you assuming that if it's okay for you, it's okay for them?

    IF you are considering home cooking, I strongly suggest you go to a pet nutritionist (many vets work with them now days) who is degreed and certified.

    Trust me, it takes quite a while to know what one is doing and in the meantime, the inadequacies of a diet are harming the dog/cat.

    I know that contaminated food kills. i also know that an inadequate diet does the same.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:56:38 PM PST

  •  Now what? What do I feed my kitties? (3+ / 0-)
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    TiaRachel, Sister Havana, Ice Blue

    Any suggestions? Half of what I've fed is on the complaint list - and one complaint from a neighboring town about the food I feed most often. That means I could be feeding a bad batch myself.

    I can't make food for six cats...

    "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

    by Lorinda Pike on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:12:32 PM PST

    •  You could go to the pet store (1+ / 0-)
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      Lorinda Pike

      and buy some mice.  ;-)

      Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

      by Ice Blue on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:31:35 PM PST

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      •  But then they would keep me awake all night (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        maybeeso in michigan

        chasing mice... and if they didn't eat the mice, I would have to feed the mice...

        Endless cycle. ;-)

        After some research I think I'll go with Newman's Own until I figure something out. Damn, that stuff's expensive, but no dead kitties and no complaints.

        "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

        by Lorinda Pike on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:56:28 PM PST

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    •  Make sure you check the date on those complaints - (3+ / 0-)

      some problems might've been fixed, or they might be problems of the 'undeclared allergen' sort, where it's a matter of labeling re:issues that don't apply to all animals.

      One of my cats has allergy/IBD problems, so I have to feed novel-protein foods (rabbit/duck/venison/peas rather than the usual turkey/chicken/beef/fish/corn/rice) (I can't reliably make my own cat food, either). But other than that allergy issue, I've had good luck with the Innova Evo grain-free diets and Merrick, both canned & dry. My vets like Wellness -- it's apparently both careful about the ingredients & a large enough company that the vet was confident about their quality-control.

      There are several sites out there with detailed discussions re: pet nutrition -- look for those with some scientific/veterinary input & a lack of Alternative! industry shilling.  There's lots of money in pet care, &  it's not only big corporations that sometimes put $$ ahead of product quality...

      Someone in the pootie diaries might be able to give you more info.

      •  These were recent - late last year to present. (2+ / 0-)
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        TiaRachel, Dumas EagerSeton

        "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

        by Lorinda Pike on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 06:16:36 PM PST

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      •  I've heard good things about Innova and Merrick. (1+ / 0-)
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        TiaRachel

        I had a cat who needed the novel meats. His favorite was duck, bless his heart. Live to be 18. I still miss him, but not the expense.

        And I don't hang around long on sites that are too "alternative" - I don't want alien invasion conspiracy with my pet food reviews... ;-)

        Thanks, TiaRachel!

        "In other words, if we bust our butts, there's an even chance things will get better; and if we sit on our butts, there's a major chance things will go completely to hell". --- G2geek

        by Lorinda Pike on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 06:21:39 PM PST

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  •  sled dogs (1+ / 0-)
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    TiaRachel

    I new people who had sled dogs and when working they were fed a diet of fish and oatmeal.  
      I was here when that put food poison went down and did some research on the raw cat food diet.  It was quite a combination of ingredients and you need one hell of a grinder cause they said grind the bones and all.
      I had a little cat that died this spring not poisoned but tragic.  But before he died one night while i was making popcorn on the stove he slammed a dead chipmonk into his bowl and proceeded to eat it.  I was in stiches, because it was already dead and he actually had it in his bowl.  I took pictures don't know how to post it.  but i put one on the face book because i was stunned and impressed by sweet pea getting his own chow.

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      passionate about my animal brethren and get just sick to learn of any harm and death coming to them.

      When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

      by Dumas EagerSeton on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 10:38:07 AM PST

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    I remember the big melamine scare a few years ago - a lot of good blogging got done here and elsewhere about that. Guess we need to be ever vigilant though.

    One tip - don't put all your eggs in one "brand" basket. Our cats get a rotation of Natural Balance and Science Diet canned; and a blend of Science Diet and Royal Canin dry.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 07:04:44 PM PST

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      One tip - don't put all your eggs in one "brand" basket
      After careful research, my personal choices will be Natural Balance, Nature's Variety (not rabbit as it's sourced from China), Merrick and some Wellness.  Personally I don't feed dry because my Jonesy had a urinary tract infection when he was 3yrs old.  I quit giving them dry and he's never ever had a recurrence.

      The patience it takes for switching over slowly will be well worth it for me and the boys.

      When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

      by Dumas EagerSeton on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 10:43:16 AM PST

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    the comments to your diary, so forgive me if I repeat already posted ideas/info/opinions.

    Are you a member of the PWB Peeps group? If not, you should be! It's a generous, warm-hearted, knowledgeable, and wicked funny bunch of hardcore critter lovers. http://www.dailykos.com/...

    It would be a good idea for PWB Peeps to keep a routine eye on food recall information for all kinds of critters.  Here's the American Veterinary Medical Assoc's list of 2011 recalls:

    http://www.avma.org/...

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