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Don't want to Alarm...re: Purina One Dry Food...but...

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Lenny

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Purred: Sat Dec 17, '11 11:51am PST 
Just have to post this. We don't know that the food is the cause, but everyone needs to be aware of a strange coincidence regarding Purina One Dry Food that is going on between our house in California, and my sisters house in Ohio.

My sister in Ohio had one cat that started vomiting about 2 months ago. She thought it might be hairballs, but he lost the use of his back legs. His bloodwork came back ok, so the vet chalked it up tio a blood clot, and he started feeling better. He came home, and was fed the same food. Then, her cat Franklin had the same problem; vomiting and losing the use of his back legs. The same with him; blood work was good, and vet chalked it up to a strange coincidence. (BTW both cats indoors, previously healthy as a horse, and being fed Purina One Indoor).

A few weeks ago, her first cat, Ernie, declined again, and passed away after having another bout of the same symtoms; this time the vomit had blood in it. This morning Franklin, the second cat, passed away. Since his first hospitalization, his blood work got bad; kidneys and liver. He was also vomiting with blood in it. Both cats were drinking water excessively. Her vets still don't see what would have caused this to happen in both indoor pets. She has filed a claim with Purina One, and has spoken to the attorneys. She is also taking Frankin to the Vet School for a post mortem.

Now my California story....Only mine is only a weeks worth of illness story. I have been feeding my cats Purina One SmartBlend Chicken & Rice for at least a year. My cats have been drinking alot of water-noticed the increase a few weeks ago, and chalked it up to the heater being on. Bebe, my indoor 1 1/2 year old healthy as a horse male cat started vomiting liquid green....then yellow bile, and lost his appetite completely. He also had diarrea. On the second day I took him into the vet. They took xrays, and thought they saw a bowel obstruction. The vet did exploratory surgery, and found nothing but highly irritated bowels, not even a hairball. He stayed in for a couple of nights. She did take biopsys of his intestines, which we have not gotten back. Then our 22 pound cat Lenny (also no history of illness, and healthy as a horse) started the same barfing Thursday....after he barfed bile again on Friday morning, I pulled the Purina One, went out and got 5 different kinds of food without the Purina Label; Wellness Core, Eukanuba, Royal Canin, Max Cat, and Innova to see which one they like best...Lenny barfed the last time Friday morning, but as of last night, the barfing has stopped, no diarrea, appetite is back, water consumption has decreased, and BeBe, staples and all, is running around.

I have called Purina on this, as I still have the bag and the remainder of the food. I pressed them to take my information, even though they said there has been no recalls, which they did. I am also considering filing a claim with them, depending on what the biopsy of BeBes intestines say, and what my vet thinks. I will keep you posted. What I have seen is a few people on blogs that have mentioned that their cats have also been getting sick. If anyone thinks that their cat might be getting ill from their food, it is important to call the manufacturer right away to let them know, and press them to take the information so they have a record. Right now, I don't plan on feeding my cats, or Chihuahua, Purina until my sister and I get the results from BeBes biopsy, and Franks post mortem.

Lennys Mom Michelle
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

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Purred: Sat Dec 17, '11 12:57pm PST 
Michelle, you should file a claim here with the FDA also: FDA report pet food problems

Thank you for posting this. I'll send this info out to my newsletter members. btw, this doesn't surprise me. Purina has many bad issues!
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

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Purred: Sat Dec 17, '11 1:06pm PST 
BTW, I'm so very sorry for everything that's happened and the loss of Franklin! This is horrible. I would consider switching to a grain free food permanently like Weruva, Merrick, Evo, etc. I have been dealing this week with the CEO of Weruva and I can vouch that they are a stand up company! At the request of myself and my members they have removed spinach from their ingredients immediately because it's toxic to cats and causes oxalate crystals. VERY quick response and they are very concerned for the health and well being of our pets. To me that makes a huge difference. Something to think about. But it's also much healthier food, no fillers, etc. So sorry for your loss again. frown
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Nellie Married to Toby J

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Purred: Sat Dec 17, '11 1:33pm PST 
sorry for your loss. i eat purina without any issues. we had to go back to that after i got sick while eating wellness dry food.
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Lenny

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Purred: Sat Dec 17, '11 1:37pm PST 
Like I said, I am not sure if it is a strange coincidence. I had all the faith in the world in Purina; their record has been good, and has always been an alternative food for people who can't afford the high dollar brands. I still have faith in them that this will be some fluke, and everything will be fine after all the tests come back. I just wanted to let everyone know that if they are also having the same thing happen to them, don't think it is always just a hairball. If anyone is having a problem, contact them right away, so they have a record of the problem. It seems that with the new food I am feeding them, it is a tossup between Wellness Core and Innova (the most expensive ones, of course), and I will stay on those...they seem to like it, and their water consumption has gone down by about 1/2.
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

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Purred: Sat Dec 17, '11 4:16pm PST 
Personally I'd never again feed a food that I even suspected of causing issues. But either way, this is a recall from back in August of this year. Is this from the same product # of the ones you had? Purina recall
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Lenny

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Purred: Sat Dec 17, '11 6:28pm PST 
Nope...Mine was Smart Blend Chicken and Rice, and my sisters was Indoor Formula. I have already called Purina to let them know what was going on, but have not told them about my second cat getting sick for a couple of days. It was not as if it happened right after they ate the first bowlful; Both at my sisters household and mine. I have had it for a few weeks (22 lb bag). I also have a couple other kitties and they did not get sick. My sisters vet said it is possible that it could effect some and not the others, depending on their systems. I will keep you posted. As of tonight, all is well with my kids again, but my heart is breaking for my sisters kids, and my sister. I hope we get a yes or no soon, at least to let us know.
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

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Purred: Sat Dec 17, '11 6:42pm PST 
I have seen that happen. Many kitties just like people have poor immune systems or ones that just need that one trigger. There's a Catster who just wrote me to tell me her two kitties were sick last month after eating the same one you had. They got better after switching to something else. It breaks my heart too. I can't stand to think of how your sister must feel. I send out recall notices in my newsletter and you just wouldn't believe how many there are in a month. You'd think things would have improved with food safety but they haven't. shrug
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Bumpurr

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Purred: Sat Dec 17, '11 7:46pm PST 
I just went thru the same thing, with Blue Wilderness chicken dry, the week of Thanksgiving. This is a food they have been eating, for like 5 yrs, and this is the only food they have been eating.

Bought a new bag, code date Nov 11 12. It started with very stinky poopies, then progressed to diarea, then 2 refused to even eat it, by Sat, the kittens threw it up. I was trying to figure out, which one was sick, and when the kittens threw it up, I thought it was them. But what was stumping me, was thru all this, they never acted sick, quiet, hiding, like a sick cat would act. They all continued to run thru the house at warp speed, like crazy boys, as is their normal. Called my vet, she was closed for the holiday. She called me back on Mon, she agreed with me, it was the food.

Bought them a new bag, code date Sept, they were all fine, no stinky poopies, no diarea, no refusing to eat, no throwing up. It had to be the food.

Called Blue Buffalo, they pretty much told me I was all wet, nobody else called with a prob, and told me, I had too many issues. The next Friday, went to Petsmart, and saw 3 cans, sitting on the shelf, Blue Wilderness, chicken, seeping food from the seal. Called Blue Buffalo, figured they would want to know.
This time they got nasty.

Said I had too many issues, their food was not a good fit for my one cat that has HCM, and that I should be feeding him the prescription food for heart kitties, and that it is a huge liability. I told them there is only a liability if there is something wrong with the food, how do they feel, that I have too many issues, and oh by the way, there is NO prescription food for heart kitties, and this food, was APPROVED by his cardiologist.

And mysteriously, the 3 cans disappeared, like I made the whole thing up. I should have bought them, as proof, I will next time.

Now my vet is involved, she is filing a report, and she got his cardiologist involved too. He SAID there is no prescription food for heart kitties. So I am dealing with the same issues too.

You tell me, it wasn't the food.

I told them, I will pursue this all the way up to Bill Bishop, and if needed, I will go to the newspapers and CNN. I will not back down and I ain't going away.

DO NOT give up the evidence, and I highly recommend, you get it tested. Write a letter to the newspaper in your area, in your sisters area, and when you get the result of the autopsy, call CNN. Ya need any help, call me, I will be right there with you.

If my cat died, ya would already have seen it, on CNN.

Find out who mfg Purina, who owns the company, and work your way up to them. Do not, take no, for an anser. I am so very sorry what happend to the kitties.

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Charlie- Chocolate- Paws

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Purred: Sat Dec 17, '11 11:54pm PST 
So sorry to hear about sick kitties. The pet food world is scary. Just wanted to give a heads up, multiple kitties have mentioned urinary problems/crystals developing while eating Wellness Core (dry). There are previous threads in this forum discussing a possible concern. I'm not sure if you are feeding the dry or canned but wanted to give you a heads up.
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