|Purred: Thu Nov 18, '10 11:19pm PST |
|Lucy has severe allergies and has been eating ZiwiPeak Daily Cat Venison food (looks like beef jerky) for 2 years, along with her wet diet of NB. My kitty Leo also eats some of the ZiwiPeak (both kitties eat a small amount about 5 times a week).
About 2 months ago, both cats developed what looked like chin acne. My other cat Charlie (who rarely touches the Ziwipeak) has barely been affected. Lucy and Leo's chins have both become severely infected, requiring multiple vet visits, testing, and treatment to try to figure out the problem. Both cats are miserable with their infections.
Two vets have examined them and both vets kept asking me if I had changed their food, opened a new bag, or could possibly be feeding them expired food. I assured them that there were no changes and I always check dates. I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out what could be causing this (I don't use plastic bowls, am very clean, bowls are always cleaned between use, etc).
Tonight I made the connection. I did open a new bag of ZiwiPeak at the time this problem started. And it's about the only thing that Lucy and Leo are exposed to and Charlie is not. Bought 4 bags from Only Natural Pet at the end of August. Have two bags left, one opened and almost gone, and one unopened. They have the same batch number and have expiration dates of Nov. 2011. The unopened bag has a white powdery substance on the meat- I can see it through the clear plastic window on the bag. It looks like mold and there is a lot of it.
Is anyone else having problems with ZiwiPeak? I've emailed ZiwiPeak and Only Natural Pet with my concerns. I am going to take the unopened, moldy bag to my vet and then, I don't know. But I am not happy. I truly think that this is a bad batch and it has caused illness to my cats. Keep your paws crossed that taking this food out of their diets clears their chins and that no other cats get sick.
I am so disappointed in ZiwiPeak- I've always been so happy with them but something is wrong with this food. If you are feeding this food, please be careful and extra vigilant.
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