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04 December 2011 @ 12:56 pm
WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill  
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WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill</a>
Originally posted by issendai at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill

My coworker John told me that his cat was seriously ill--throwing up, lethargic, refusing food, dropping weight. The previously healthy 6-year-old, 15-pound cat had lost a third of her body weight over the last few months. The vet couldn't find anything wrong with her. Blood tests were clean, and she didn't have any known illnesses. Yet she was a few days from organ failure.

That was a week ago. She's fine now. The solution was... to stop feeding her Purina cat food.

When John told me that, and said that friends of his had the same problem with their cats and Purina cat food, I looked into it. Holy shit. Take a look at the consumer complaints about Purina cat and dog food. This exact same problem has been an issue with Purina pet foods since 2007, but since this summer, the rate of complaints has picked up drastically. People who previously had to problems with Purina are reporting issues. Comment after comment sounds the same:

I've been feeding my three cats Fancy Feast canned food Chopped Grill Feast for many years. They have always devoured their meal and licked the plates clean. Last week, I noticed they did not want to eat much and went from plate to plate, ate a little. Next day, none of them would eat it. I kept trying new cans. What they did eat made them vomit and one cat was lethargic for days. I refuse to buy any more of this food. It's very scary. I don't know what is wrong with the food, but I fear it has toxins in it. I switched to another brand and the cats are fine now. Did anyone else experience this?


My dogs have been eating Purina Dog Chow (green bag) for about four years. They used to eat only Iams, but due to financial issues, we had to go with a cheaper brand. The last bag I purchased was about a week and a half ago. My 14 years old Labrador has vomited about 5-6 times and my German Shepherd has vomited about 4 times. Something is wrong with this food! The food has a kind of metallic smell to it. It just does not smell right. I'm taking it back to the pet store. I am changing my dogs' food, it's just not worth taking the chance to save a few dollars.


We purchased a large bag of Purina One Salmon dry cat food to give to a needy pet owner. She emailed us a couple of days later ,to say that there were maggots, lots of them with what looked to be like strands or webs with more dead gnats or flies, pieces of web in the food and "shells" of gnats or flies in the bag. Cats would not eat much of the food and, fortunately, they did not get sick. The store had noticed this problem in other bags and was willing to swap out.


I purchased a 34 lb bag of Purina One Smartblend dog food every three to four weeks for my two Labradors. The last bag I purchased seemed fine until I noticed a new infestation of little black bugs. Upon further inspection through the contents of the bag, I noticed clusters of white "eggs" adhered to quite a bit of the food. Some of these clusters contained larvae in the process of hatching. I immediately threw out the remaining contents of the bag but did save samples for my vet.

We went out of town last weekend and had friends dog sit for us. We originally attributed their lethargy and random vomiting to separation anxiety. Although they are doing better, I am still concerned and will be watching them closely. As stated, I saved samples of the infested dog food for our vet in the event that anything results from this issue.


I recently switched to the Friskies Poultry Variety pack (32 cans) that says it must be used by August 2013 (12281789 09:31 lo61237) sku (050000454242). I have 5 cats and feeding them this food, I noticed some of them throwing up. There's nothing in it but liquids, no hair ball, no food, nothing. My cats range from 8 weeks to 13 years old.

I switched my own cats to Purina a couple of months ago, and their coats look so much better than they did on the old brand of cat food... but Buffy has started vomiting stomach liquids. Purina and Fancy Feast are off the menu. Permanently.

I have no idea why this isn't news. But if you're feeding your pets any Purina brand, please don't wait for media confirmation that something is going on. Stop feeding your pets Purina immediately.

Black_Raven135black_raven135 on December 4th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
There seem to be a lot of dry food that is suspect now also.........
I think natural brands are best.
I know my BIL and sister feed their dog a natural brand because she got so sick on so many of the regular dry food brands.
She is thriving now.

I will never forget having to switch my cat from dry to canned because the vet said her kidney's could not deal with dry form
She turned up her nose at so many of them
He kept assuring me when she gets hungry enough she will eat it and he was right.
I never did feed her any Fancy Feast though.
It was a natural brand she finally ate, so maybe she had some indication some of it not right
I Am the Bad Wolfjerel on December 4th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I got some natural-type food from the shelter a couple of weeks ago, because the cats up there won't eat it. I was mixing it with what was left (of our Purina dry food) but now we're out of Purina. And I don't think I will go back, even though I've been using it for years now. I lost my kitty to kidney failure a few years ago, and we're not sure if it was the pet food or not. I'm not risking it.
Ithithildyn on December 4th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
We had to switch to cheaper food with half the family being unemployed, and had been mixing Purina with other food. Now we'll use the new WalMart organic food. It's pricier, but not as pricey as the stuff we used to get. The ingredients seem good, and could find no complaints about it. discovered it's made my a reputable pet food manufacturer. So will keep fingers crossed.
Mischief: CatsRainem_kellesvig on December 4th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
I fed my three Purina for years. Now I wonder if that had something to do with Pixel's diabetes and kidney failure. The other two are on 9 Lives now and doing fine. :(
Kristin: Dark Kittyirish_dragon on December 5th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
My family's cat Buddy was diabetic. The vet moved him off of dry food and put him on canned food, which worked well in regards to his diabetic condition.

That being said, there have been new stories coming out mentioning more problems with ingredients in pet food coming from china, getting pets sick.

and there is a chicken jerky from china that is also making dogs ill.