Pet-food recall: More than 200 dead?

March 21, 2007

As of 6 p.m. last night, more than 600 people had reported a pet illness or death into the Pet Connection database. Of those, 241 pet deaths were reported.

Yes, the number surprised us. Shocked us, is a better word. What to make of it?

To be sure, there are limitations to self-reported data. We asked everyone who reported the loss of a pet to check the food they bought against the recall list and provide a veterinary reference, and most did both. But we recognize that a solid count would require cross-checking of those references and post-mortem results. The latter is not possible in many cases, since the pets died well before the recall was announced.

Most of the deaths were cats, and the geographic spread was wide. Truly, as Dr. Becker has said, this is a tragedy felt from Manhattan to Mayberry.

Still, we believe that the number of pet deaths reported to us suggests if nothing else that the official death count will go higher, perhaps much higher, than the dozen or so confirmed deaths the government has announced, a figure that mostly includes the animals who died in a feeding trial.

Our database remains open, for now. We expect in the days to come the FDA’s numbers will also increase.

Last night, we sent the numbers out to the media.

Update: We’ve also added a page to our site with what pet-lovers need to know about kidney failure.

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Filed under: pets, connected,recalls,veterinary medicine — Gina Spadafori @ 2:59 am


  1. Dear Pet Connection,

    First of all, I want to thank you for the effort you are making to both support the public and catalog the extent of the tragedy that has occurred to our pet population. I am lucky, at least so far, that the canned food I have been feeding my cat, Fancy Feast, is not on the recall list. That said, though, I live in fear every time I open a new can that I may be unknowingly poisoning my best friend.

    Based on your reporting, it would appear that MenuFoods and others, possibly the FDA as well, may have really mishandled things. Because of that, and because they have yet to identify exactly what organism or chemical was responsible for the deaths, I find myself with less than complete confidence in the list of affected foods and production dates/factories.

    In a recent post, you wrote:

    “We’ll be analyzing our database later today, removing those entries that don’t fit the time frame, brands or product codes. I can tell you that even a cursory look at what’s in there guarantees there are more than 10 deaths. And they keep coming in to our database.”

    I believe it is a serious mistake for you to remove entries that don’t match the currently defined recall list. Not only might you be deleting records that would match future additions to the list, should any more arise, but you also eliminate any opportunity for your organization to spot unreported trends, for example, of deaths due to foods that are not currently on the recall list.

    Your database effort could potentially spot additional problem foods and yield enough actionable information to ensure that products which had not been discovered as tainted by the manufacturers are revealed and added to the recall list. In other words, you could do more than document the scope of the tragedy, but you could also play a critical role in ensuring that the tragedy does not grow any greater.

    Please note that it would be easy to place some kind of marker in each database record indicating whether it matched the brands and codes on the recall list, or not. Then you can easily limit your searches to whichever set of records you need for your reporting or investigation. I know this because I spent 12+ years designing custom database applications before being felled by Lyme disease. It should be a piece of cake.

    Steven Gottschalk

    Comment by Steve Gottschalk — March 21, 2007 @ 3:47 am

  2. Have you all thought about issuing a forwardable email directing people here to the data base. I would happy to get it on it’s merry way on my many lists. This is disgusting.

    Comment by nancy — March 21, 2007 @ 5:06 am

  3. I’m actually amazed that there have only been 240 deaths reported…. think how many people out there aren’t on this website, maybe are older, or who put their animals down and chalked it up to old age.

    My vet’s office still seems to be clueless, pointing at the Science diet on their shelves, like it’s some kind of manna. And the other vet in my office recommends Iams….meanwhile my dog is improving, thank god.

    I want Menu foods to suffer, but I think they will just quietly declare bankruptcy, then sit back and reorganize under chapter 13.

    Comment by Joyce Finlay — March 21, 2007 @ 8:44 am

  4. I live in N.Carolina and my healthy and spunky cat in three weeks time in December lost over 1/4 of his body weight,became totally lethargic,and began drinking enormous amounts of water, peeing on the floor and his bed frequently (never having done this before) and developed bad breathe. He was diagnoised with high blood sugars and declared diabetic and started on insulin. He did have blood tests. I go to doctor in two days for another check up and I have lots of questions. He was so healthy and declined so fast. I did feed him either Paws,Companion, or Laura Lynn wet food the first of Dec. and very likely the cuts or gravey. Unfortunately the empty cans are long gone.

    I am not going to put info in database till my visit to doctor on Sat. but wanted to inquire on this list if anyone knows of correlation between kidney failure and high sugars. I dont trust my vet as I just called and was told if my cat ate the food in Dec. it was “too early” for the bad batch, when it takes three minutes to go to the or many other sites like this one and find out the recall food started on Dec. 3. My vet said they had recieved “tons” of calls yet hadnt even made this simple check on food dates that could have been accomplished by a ten year old. I am furious. My cat is still drinking constantly, and urinating frequently. He has gained some weight and not so wiped out, though not yet his old self. I am still going for the check up. Perhaps it is just diabetes like they say. Good luck to all. My prayers and sympathy are with you.

    Comment by chrystine — March 21, 2007 @ 9:13 am

  5. One of the key items to consider here is the difficulty of coming up with a number to compare with the 240+ fatalities listed in the database on this site. I’m sure at least a thousand cats die each day of kidney failure, due to reasons which have nothing to do with food. That’s because there are millions of cats out there and kidney failure is not an uncommon way for cats to go. Until there is a root cause that can be tested — such as lead or alfatoxin or something like that — we’ll have a hard time being definitive.

    My cat died last friday of kidney failure, and was eating the affected brand of food. I have added his name to the database.

    Comment by Jeff Stiegltiz — March 21, 2007 @ 9:39 am

  6. HI there,

    Thank you for publishing this website, and helping to keep everyone informed…

    I find it surpising that the FDA does not regulate the pet food industry, and it’s only on a case by case basis…is their a congressman or someone we can contact to change this? Also, is it legal to test the food on poor, innocent dogs and cats? (I hope they at least chose animals in shelters that were going to be put to sleep.) Finally, I’m concerned about feeding my dog dry food, when wheat gluten is used as a filler in dry food.

    I hope some sort of petition or policy change comes out of this..if anyone has any suggestions on how I can participate, please let me know! :)

    Comment by Marcey — March 21, 2007 @ 9:56 am

  7. Chrystine
    Diabetes and kidney failure go hand in hand. The symptoms your cat displayed could be either, but with high sugars, I think any vet would diagnose diabetes. Who knows if the food made things worse? Or possibly, your cat was an undiagnosed diabetic, and the contaminated food threw him into kidney failure. I doubt there would be any way to tell.

    Comment by Joyce Finlay — March 21, 2007 @ 9:57 am

  8. Through word of mouth, I found your website and have fowarded it to everyone I know across the country and maybe more will provide information. I have 3 cats – and 2 are currently in the hospital and have been for over a week now. The 1st cat turned his nose up a month ago( the smart one) the other 2 are in renal failure. We noticed a week ago the change in behaivor; vomiting, not eating, lethargic, not normal behavior. We immediately took them to the vet and did blood work, the vet called me that night and told me their BUN levels were off the chart ( they are only 8 months old) he said they must have gotten into anti-freeze, that was the only explanation in cats this young – our garage floor you could eat and sleep on, we did not think this was possible. We had blood work re-checked 3 times and the same results came back. We were 24 hrs away from putting them to sleep, as we were saying our good-byes, the doctor still did not feel certain we knew the total cause of this and he has been in business for 35 years. He contacted internists and they suggested to start flushing the kidneys. I picked them up on Monday and 1 has gone back and the other is carefully watched on a day to day basis – it’s not looking good and I pray this will not be another casualty. I have contacted every company involved in this and have gotten no response, have had to leave messages. I will continue to do this but if I receive no answer, I will obtain legal action. My question to Menu is… Why on February 27th ( a week after they had numerous complaints) did they test on 40 animals in which 10 died by March 2nd did they wait to inform and pull the product on March 17th???? A month later??? What was the reasoning in this?? I will keep an eye on this website daily and my heart goes out to all the parents and animals involved in this horrific situation and please keep me in your prayers.

    Comment by Sandi Schreiber — March 21, 2007 @ 10:04 am

  9. I had to put my dog Wendy to sleep March 5th due to a relapse of Kidney Failure she had a week before. The brand of food she always ate was Purina Alpo Slices/Cuts w/gravy. That product is not mentioned on the recall list as they are not associated with Menu Foods. Her blood tests from 6 months before showed no indication of kidney problems. The Kidney failure and relapse was sudden as though she was being poisined an neither me nor the Vet could figure out why till now with reported kidney related deaths. So I believe this list will expand unless some of these companies escape the blame. So be wary of all dog foods till the FDA investigates all MFG’s and not just Menu Foods.

    Comment by Mark Gold — March 21, 2007 @ 10:10 am

  10. Thanks for maintaining this information. I am sure that there are more deaths than have been reported, almost always are. Most people do not even know about the recall or might be just finding out. Keep spreading the word amongst you friends and family.

    Comment by DoggieMeow — March 21, 2007 @ 9:36 am

  11. I have a 16 year old cat(Bambi) who was hospitalized on February 15th because I brought her to the Animal Emergency Center for what I thought was either a kidney or bladder infection. I came home from work and found her sitting in her litterbox, she was extremely lethargic, she could barely move. I had noticed that she was drinking unbelievable amounts of water, very unusual for cats. They took blood and urine samples and said she was dehydrated but all her levels feel within normal ranges. They wanted to give her SQ fluids before I took her home, but she had a seizure before that could happen. She was there for 2 days, the news was very grim, she was demented, ataxic couldn’t see and couldn’t eat. I decided to have them treat the systems, so they gave her Phenobarb for the seizures an antiinflamatory and SQ fuids for the two days. I took her home against their wishes because I felt if she was going to recover she needed a place where she felt safe. It has now been a little over a month and she is almost back to normal. She will be on the Phenobarb for the rest of her life which I think is probably a good thing because it makes her thirsty all of the time, if she did have any kidney problems it will keep her flushed. I thought I was doing something good for her because I had been giving her Nutro and Iams, I previously gave her Fancy Feast and most Vets recommend the premium foods. I am extremely thankful I followed my heart and took her in immediately because I don’t think she would be with me now if I had delayed. My thoughts go out to everyone who lost a loved member of their family.

    Comment by Valerie Terenzi — March 21, 2007 @ 11:17 am

  12. Thank you for the up-to-date information.

    This morning, we returned every can of food, sold by a large independent grocer in San Antonio under a different label, and they cheerfully refunded our money. It appears that the most contaminated foods are “chunks” suspended in gravy, but we are taking no chances.

    We have begun feeding our Jack Russell his dry food along with boiled chicken, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, turkey breast, and ground sirloin. He is a family member.

    Most appalling is is the manufacturer’s arrogance and denial of these contaminated pet foods, their unwillinness to accept blame for their actions. In the future, we will go to great lengths to avoid patronizing this company, as their lack of shame and compassion for the innocent warrant that decision.

    Comment by Cathy — March 21, 2007 @ 11:31 am

  13. This is just awful. Not only did we lose a close member of our family, with another still under a vet’s care, but my third cat was tested on Monday, after I heard that my kitty’s food was recalled too. My first cat became sick probably during late December. I brought him into the vet on Valentine’s Day. I didn’t think it was bad, but it was. He was in complete renal failure. While he was at the vet’s office (he was there for 5 days) receiving treatment, I brought my second cat (he was 10) to the emergency vet. He didn’t do well. I brought him to my vet on the following Monday, and he was put down February 21, 2007. But, this was before any news of this recall. My vet assumed that someone in the neighborhood had poisoned my boys. Though I wasn’t happy with the thought that someone might have been cruel enough to poison an animal, I was okay. Until I went to buy my kitty food this past Monday, and found it recalled, with it causing renal failure. I just about got sick in the store. I have since regained my composure, and am on the warpath. This should not have happened. And not being able to file any lawsuits? Because our pets are not considered anything but property. Just not right. My third kitty is so far, thank goodness okay. I don’t know what I would have done with 3 pets sick. All of you who have lost loved ones are in my thoughts, and I’m not going to let my Zippy die for nothing.

    Comment by Sharon Gilbert — March 21, 2007 @ 11:32 am

  14. I must admit I agree with Steven Gottschalk’s post and would encourage you to track kidney related illness and deaths outside of the identified window.

    I have three 8 year old dogs, two shih tzus and one bichon. Since they were pups they’ve been fed Dry Science diet mixed with a can of Mighty Dog. Last November we noticed the Bichon was in extreme distress and rushed her to the animal hospital where she was diagnosed with a fistful of bladder stones. Upon their removal the hospital lab analyzed the stones and determined her stones were caused by diet alone. So, that is 8 years on Science Diet dry plus Mighty Dog and a $4000 vet bill…

    Since then she’s been on Royal Canin urinary SO dry however unfortunately I’ve been adding a tablespoon of Mighty dog… Tomorrow afternoon all 3 dogs will have a renal profile test performed.

    There have been days when the dogs refused their food or even an occasional vomiting episode. I can only assume there were days I fed them some of the recalled food and other days the untainted food.

    I have a 12 pack case of the Might Dog Pouches, premium entrees; beef dinner in gravy; chicken in gravy and turkey in gravy.

    Now for the Mighty Dog serial numbers:
    The serial # printed on bottom of the 12 pack cardboard carton is 662701798. The Mighty Dog recall advisory states the recall product serial numbers range from 6307 to 7073 followed by 1798. This tells me the entire case of 12 packets is part of the recall.

    Yet, the numbers on the individual packets taken from the very same cardboard case tell a different story. i.e., 62751798; 62711798;

    For the moment I’m not sure if this number disparity on the carton versus the pouches has broader implications or not.

    In the meantime my pets are exclusively on dry food and I am playing phone tag with the FDA.

    Comment by Lorraine Takahashi — March 21, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

  15. Its a good thing that Menu Foods is in Canada…very far away from me.

    Comment by Cheri — March 21, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

  16. Our 5 year old Healthy terrier died the night before the recall from EXACTLY the same symtoms as the recall. She spent 48hrs at the Vet but nothing could be done. Her Diet her entire life was alpo “prime cuts and gravy”. I know it is NOT on the list but thought I would let others know. I repeat the symtoms were EXACTLY the same and the dog was in perfect health before this.

    Comment by dave — March 21, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  17. I forgot to add in my earlier posting that my cats were on Nutro Natural Choice Complete care, both the adult and kitten formualas. Oh… and if you go to Nutro’s website, they are denying that any of their foods are involved in the poisoning they ONLY pulled their product from the shelves as precautionary measures!!!!

    Comment by Sandi Schreiber — March 21, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

  18. Please do NOT delete any of the information you have collected. You can deactivate it if you wish, but you need to keep ALL of the reports. We don’t know everything yet!

    We really appreciate all of your hard work on behalf of the pets.


    Comment by Dog Detective — March 21, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

  19. Hi – In February my dads little pomeranian became ill – fever, lethargic, vomiting – even mild seizures on Sunday evening – took her to the vet on a Monday – they called to tell us she was in kidney failure, abnormal amounts of something in her blood etc on Tuesday afternoon and to bring her in to start IV antibiotics – well, she passed early that morning. I can’t tell you what my elderly father went through waking up finding her in her bed like that. Her main diet was Eukaneuba packets and Ol Roy. The companies knew of this long before this recall and it’s so sad that people have to suffer losing their companions all because we feed them. Now the guilt he goes through feeling he caused her death is just not right. It also sickens me to hear about their testing – taking 50 animals and just feeding them until some die – surely their has to be a better way then taking helpless shelter animals – and I highly doubt it was only 7 deaths in the 50 for this recall to be so widespread with so many deaths. I adopted two shelter dogs last year – thank God I didn’t feed them these foods. When my Dad’s pom passed he gave me his leftover food. I used one packet of Eukaneuba and my dog was sick with diarhea and I wouldn’t use any more (no recall at the time). Adopt a pet if you can – fight this abuse of animal testing on helpless animals and spay and neuter your pets!

    Comment by Evelyn — March 21, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

  20. Seems ot me that all of them are saying that it was a voluntary recall on their part and that none of their foods are involved. No one’s owning up to anything depsite sick animals left and right witht he same symptns all eating foods on the infected list. It’s disgusting!

    Comment by Rafael — March 21, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

  21. Isn’t there some statistic which says that for every one person who makes a comment about a specific issue, there are at least ten other people who have the same opinion/problem but haven’t spoken up? No matter what the number of reported deaths in your database ends up being, you can probably multiply the number by ten for a solid “guestimate” of how big the problem really is. It’s just stunning.

    Comment by Leigh-Ann — March 21, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

  22. Here is something to think about:

    Menu Foods issued its first news release on Friday, 16 March, 2007, “Not for release over US newswire services”

    This tells you that Menu Foods deliberately timed the release to be buried in all but the most aggressively investigative news outlets because
    1) CCNMatthews, which issued the release for Menu Foods, is a business wire service; its releases go to the business sections of the media, not the general news.

    2) Bad news about business is usually issued on a Friday afternoon – Saturday because the stock exchanges are closed (so the stock won’t immediately tumble) and a lot of bad news is absorbed and/or dismissed by the next week.

    3) Menu Foods is an Income Trust; CCNMatthews itself was taken over by a private equity group just before Christmas 2006

    You might wonder what this has to do with the recall?

    Note that each aspect of this story revolves around business; what has been happening since the turn of the century is that more and more business scandals are coming to light and this is just the latest instance of a company probably going to the cheapest bidder for ingredients so that its anemic profits can be pumped up – and who cares about the consequences for the consumers, who in this case are unable to speak up anyway.

    In 2004, the FDA sent a WARNING LETTER to Menu Foods because its New Jersey plant (the other plant at which contamminated food was made)produced zoo food containing beef lung that did not carry a warning label that it not be fed to ruminants.

    At the moment I have to go but if I find more information that is relevant to the callous treatment of our pets I will post it.

    Comment by Holly von Hundeshagen — March 21, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

  23. Somewhere on site, someone posted that they were using a better food, Wellness brand I thought I had heard something about them, and sent them an email regarding outsourcing, etc. Here is the response I got:
    “We are aware that Menu Foods has initiated a recall. No products made by
    Wellness & Old Mother Hubbard are affected in any way.

    Again, no Wellness, Old Mother Hubbard, or Neura products are part of this

    While we do have some of our products made at Menu Foods, we do not use the
    specific ingredient that has caused the recall to take place. In addition, we
    have strict cleaning procedures in place to prevent cross-contamination

    If you would like more information, feel free to write us back or call our
    Consumer Affairs line at (800) 225-0904.

    So, no one is really safe from outsourcing, even the “wellness” brands of food. Nutro was supposed to be all organic and holistic. Apparently when outsourcing to Menu Foods, they forgot to tell someone that.

    Comment by Joyce — March 21, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

  24. Has anyone pursued legal action besides the lady from chicago in the news? I spoke to a lawyer today who told me the case would go no where due to the fact that “animals are considered property”. What happened is wrong, we lost our kitten who suffered through weeks of pain and like most of the others no one knew why. Something must be done. If anyone has or wants to start to file a suit against this company please contact me.

    Comment by Ryan — March 21, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

  25. My boxer Bruno was depressed and lethargic for a few days and we assumed it was due to the fact that most of the family went away for the weekend. On Feb.24th I noticed him laying down, breathing funny and shaking. His breath was also bad. We took him to an animal emergency center. He seemed to feel better but when the doctor took his temperature it was low and his blood test results were abnormal with low protein levels. The vet also drained a lot of loose fluid from his abdomen. She stated that one of his organs was leaking, but couldn’t tell which one. After an x-ray she still couldn’t figure it out. He suddenly collapsed and had problems breathing. He was put on IV. In a matter of hours he threw up and died.
    Bruno was only 6 years old, extremely healthy 90 pounds of muscle. Until now we do not know what happened and we are devastated. We fed him different flavors of Nutro, Eukanuba, Iams, Companion etc. I will do anything to find out what happened to him and if Menu Foods is responsible they will pay for the pain they have caused Bruno, my family and our young bulldog Winston who does not know how to live without him.

    Comment by Kathy Pfisterer — March 21, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

  26. time for a class action lawsuit! thank you pet connections for compiling this database.

    Comment by anna — March 21, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

  27. I am deeply saddened by all of this. To think I almost bought more of the priority brand as it was on sale. I have restocked with 9 lives and Friskies, and I keep going to their sites to see more info. I read yesterday that Purina is now taking mighty dog off shelves.

    What I would really like to see, is a list of pet foods not affected by this recall, with statements from those companies about where they get their supplies.

    Since the foil packs seem to be the main culprit, I can think that maybe the products put in them are not as pasturized or processed as in th e cans or dry food.

    I have used smaller whole food brand names before as well, but if the supplier of the wheat gluten or other filler used has supplied to other companies, this could get very big.

    Comment by janet — March 21, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

  28. We need to make a statement here. As consumers who care about the health and wellbeing of our 4-legged family members, we need to make sure that Menu Foods feels the pain from their lack of proper care for the food they manufacture.
    As concerned consumers we need to make sure that Menu foods will NOT recover from this fiasco with “just” a chapter 13 reorganization fix. The message we need to make is that we will not stand for ANY pet food manufacturer to use sub-standard products in pet food at all!
    What gets to me is this particular comment on a Canadian fiancial website:
    “Sprott’s Israel said Menu’s recall “will clearly have a short-to-medium-term impact on customers’ confidence in its products. However, the company has been successfully making these products for decades and it has been proactive and very precautionary towards the recall.”

    He doubts there will be permanent reputational damage and expects sales “will normalize back to historical patterns by mid-2008 at the latest.””
    This statement is appalling! Menu foods had a profit of $6.5million for 2006 on sales of $350million. They expect that this recall wil cost them $40million…we need to make sure that it will cost them far more than the $40million they expect. We need to send a message to the pet food processing industry that we will not only vote with our pocket books, but through legal action as well!
    I look forward to reading a list of legal action against Menu foods for the untimely death of not just a pet or an animal, but a valued member of the family and often a necessary aspect of the maintenance of health to us as people.
    web/gadget guru

    Comment by Ed — March 21, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

  29. Thank you for the database, as heartrending as it is to read. I imagine some small fraction of all is represented here, but is it 5%, 25%, 50%? The real numbers will no doubt represent a horrible loss. Meanwhile our survivor hangs on but is not gaining weight yet after a month, at least now we know what the cause was, and our Vet put our cat on a special kidney function diet eliminating our use of the wet food products long enough for us to hear about the recall…

    It is important to realize that it is not Wheat Gluten that is toxic, you (people, too) eat it all the time, too, bread & gravy just to name two. Contamination happens frequently and is not always easy to detect. I don’t blame menu for that, but the supplier. I do blame menu for delaying the recall after their taste-test animals started to die.

    Comment by steve — March 21, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

  30. I lost my best little buddy KitKat(tabby Cat)in mid december, it upset my family so bad and really took away from our holidays.
    I now have no doubt what killed him.
    I have been a faithfull IAMS customer for years paying more for thier food believing that I was feeding my pets the best money could buy only to find that I helping to poison them.
    My dog Demon has suffered from this I blamed him for not being able to control his unrination and would scold him for make a mess in pen and for going on the deck and not being able to make it to the yard and it was not his fault, now I’m worried if he will suffer long term damage.
    Needless to say I am no longer an IAMS customer and will never be again. I was paying for better food for my pets and now I feel ripped off I’m mad at them for what they are doing to me and my pets.
    I want them to pay millions of dollars to animal shelters and adoptions programs and they should have to follow strict guide lines and provide testing for every lot of pet food they produce.
    They have no excuse and should suffer, just as they have made innocence animal suffer.

    Comment by John Carnal — March 21, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

  31. Please forgive me for posting this in more than one place- but I am depserate for any advice anyone can give me.

    Can somebody please tell me what is safe to feed my cats?

    All were on Science Diet because one has a history of Feline Urologic Syndrome and my vet has always (and still continues to) swear by Science Diet.

    She says to just avoid the recalled products- but at this point I am terrified to give them anything that has any connection with Menu Foods.

    Is there a good brand- not made by Menu for cats with a history of FUS but still ok for non-FUS kitties to eat (my 2 other cats do not have the problem)


    Comment by nicole — March 21, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

  32. As to the companies who use Menu Foods as a copacker and claim there is no possibility their product is contaminated because of stringent cleaning standards between product runs, I raise the following points:
    Why do companies who do not have peanuts in their product have to print a disclosure on their product label that their product was manufactured in a facility that produces other products that contain peanuts? Isn’t it logical to assume the cleaning standards for human food products are considerably more stringent than for pet food products? Yet some peanut residue may “sneak” through to a non-peanut food. Hellooooo!!!
    And since the toxic substance has not yet been identified, is it even remotely possible it could have been a deliberate act? And since said substance has NOT been identified, how can any company claim their product produced in those facilities is safe?
    How stupid do they think we are? Time will answer that question.
    I hope this will change forever the way pets are treated as to the quality of their food (see API-“What’s Really in Pet Food) and their status as “property” in the eyes of the law.
    My deepest, heartfelt, gut-wrenching sympathy to all those who have experienced the loss of their beloved animal companion(s) and to those who are now fighting to save their precious lives.

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi

    Comment by Lois Kimball — March 21, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

  33. My heart and prayers go out to every one that has lost a pet or is trying to save one. I had to put my beautiful 11 year old Siamese, Crazy, to sleep on Feb. 18th. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. She suffered from kidney failure and, of course, suffered all of the usual symptoms. I felt, and still feel, guilty over her death. I switched her to Special Kitty on November 6th and probably started feeding her the poison food in mid-December.
    My biggest concern now is that, although stores have pulled the poisoned food off the shelf, there seems to be no warning or notice of the recall in the stores. My cat ate 3 packages of food a day and I usually bought 72-96 packages of food at a time. As I type, I have about 40 packages of poisoned food on my pet food shelf. As I said, Crazy died on Feb 18th and I adopted another rescue kitty on March 3rd. Had I fed her any of this poison, she too would be dead. Please contact your local stores, news media and anybody with pets to warn them. Not everybody reads the paper or watches the news!

    Comment by Big Ron — March 21, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  34. Nicole,

    Wysong has their own manufacturing facilities and a food called “Uretic” for cats proned to urolithiasis.

    Comment by Lois Kimball — March 21, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  35. My little cat Wickett is five years old, and he is now at the vet with kidney damage caused by eating Wal-mart brand Special Kitty cuts and gravy pouches. I contacted the FDA, Wal-mart and Menu Foods. Menu Foods said that they would have a representative contact me, but no one has yet. Does anyone know what compensation pet owner’s will receive from Menu Foods? I want compensation for my vet bills, which are currently running $700! Does anyone know anything about what Menu Foods is doing?

    Comment by Crystal — March 21, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

  36. I’m going to add my voice to the several others who recommend not purging your database of those that don’t fit “the profile.” These pet’s illness and death could be unrelated, but it is also possible that they could be from a product not yet listed on the recall list. We lost our cat after feeding him Pounce Tartar & Plaque Control treats. It could have been something else, but the short time span (approximately two-three weeks) and heavy treat consumption, against our otherwise healthy cat point to something other than natural causes. I put Taeki in your database, but couldn’t answer the “Recalled Food” section, because he didn’t technically eat recalled food. You can always purge later when everything has come to light, but until then, I’d recommend keeping ALL of your data.

    Comment by Paul R. — March 21, 2007 @ 2:30 pm

  37. Thank you Lois-

    I have never heard of them but I will definitely check them out!


    Comment by nicole — March 21, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

  38. Thanks to smart reporting on this website and others (including and, I realized yesterday that it is possible that pets may not immediately exhibit symptoms of kidney failure, and if you catch it early you have a better chance of saving your pet. I had been feeding my two kitties a variety of “good” brands, including Nutro Max, Iams, and Eukanuba, and when I called my vet she advised that I bring them in immediately for tests (blood tests and urine tests). Fortunately, my kitties seem to be OK, but I want to make you all aware of my vet’s advice:

    Until the cause of this poisoning is discovered, DO NOT FEED YOUR PET ANY WET FOOD — even if it’s not (yet!) on the recall list. New brands are still being added to the recall list, and we just don’t know what’s safe and what’s not at this point. However, my vet said I can feed my kitties meat-flavored baby food, which is safe for cats.

    Comment by KZL — March 21, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

  39. I have feed my 3 bichones for years with inovva regular and senior, also my dry food for them is Flint River Ranch,never really been sick,12,13 and 16 yrs old

    Comment by toni cartoscelli — March 21, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

  40. I have been feeding my 3 bichones Innova senior and reg for years, and Flint River ranch dry also they are 16 13 12, and are pretty healthy

    Comment by toni cartoscelli — March 21, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

  41. I contacted Variety Farms who manufacture Mixables and let them know my 2 dogs (2 yrs old each) ate food on the tainted list and have been received good results on their kidney tests from the vet.

    To my surprise, Mr. Robert Kirch, Variety Farms President, called me personally to inquire as to the welfare of my dogs and their diagnosis. I believe this speaks volumes to the type of manufacturer Variety Farms is and that they are not the cause of this problem, but are victims also.

    We must remember that Menu Foods manufactured and distributed the agent that has caused so much misery for so many and that most of the distributors are just as outraged as the owners.

    Thank you for your database and your concern.

    Comment by Karen — March 21, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

  42. I have 2 Havanese and they seem fine. But I have switched to Merrick, and an organic dry food.

    Comment by Karen — March 21, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

  43. I put my beloved cat down today due to kidney failure. I had been feeding her Iam Weight Control foil packets.

    I left a message with Chicago office of the FDA yesterday, and I was surprised to get a call back from an investigator today. Our call lasted about 20 minutes as he collected a lot of detail.

    So, at least in Illinois/Chicago, the FDA seems to be following up in this first stage of investigation.

    Comment by Jo-Elle — March 21, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

  44. I was concerned about the pet food recall by Menu Foods and did a search on Google as the news stations were recommending to do that for more information. I found more information than I had thought to find. There are a few websites that are saying and documenting laboratory animal abuse by Iams and Menu Foods, with pictures and information of an undercover PETA person that was hired by this laboratory. If they mistreat their lab animals, why should they care about our pets?

    Here are the links:

    Comment by Tricia — March 21, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

  45. About a month ago, my cat Missy (2 years old), began throwing up Special Kitty almost immediately after eating it. She was also throwing up small amounts of dry food. Two weeks ago, she began acting lethargic and very much unlike her normal tree-climbing, vermin killing self. I saw her nibbling on a houseplant and immediately attributed that to her malaise. Little did I know that it was the Special Kitty food. Thankfully, her savvy gastric system rejected the poison immediately and she is doing fine now. She now eats only Purina Indoor dry food and boiled chicken. Prayers going up for those with ailing kitties and dogs and for those who have lost their best friends.

    Comment by Cathy Weaver — March 21, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

  46. We need to make a statement here. As consumers who care about the health and wellbeing of our 4-legged family members, we need to make sure that Menu Foods feels the pain from their lack of proper care for the food they manufacture.
    As concerned consumers we need to make sure that Menu foods will NOT recover from this fiasco with “just” a chapter 13 reorganization fix. The message we need to make is that we will not stand for ANY pet food manufacturer to use sub-standard products in pet food at all!
    What gets to me is this particular comment on a Canadian fiancial website:
    “Sprott’s Israel said Menu’s recall “will clearly have a short-to-medium-term impact on customers’ confidence in its products. However, the company has been successfully making these products for decades and it has been proactive and very precautionary towards the recall.”

    He doubts there will be permanent reputational damage and expects sales “will normalize back to historical patterns by mid-2008 at the latest.””
    This statement is appalling! Menu foods had a profit of $6.5million for 2006 on sales of $350million. They expect that this recall wil cost them $40million…we need to make sure that it will cost them far more than the $40million they expect. We need to send a message to the pet food processing industry that we will not only vote with our pocket books, but through legal action as well!
    I look forward to reading a list of legal action against Menu foods for the untimely death of not just a pet or an animal, but a valued member of the family and often a necessary aspect of the maintenance of health to us as people.
    web/gadget guru

    Comment by Ed — March 21, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

  47. With the utmost respect and heartfelt sympathy for everyone whose pets have become ill or died, I’d also like to see compensation for those of us who have incurred vet bills for pets who fortunately were not sickened, and for our emotional distress as well as our pets’. How would the CEO of Menu Foods like to have a needle inserted into his bladder with no anesthetic in order to have a urine sample taken? We and our pets wouldn’t have had to go through all this if not for Menu Foods’ negligence and dishonesty.

    Comment by KZL — March 21, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

  48. This continues to make me angrier and angrier. Great idea on meat flavored baby food. Also, there is a website for homemade wet food – maybe this will help some people. My 2nd baby came home today..what an emotional roller coaster.. I think this is going to become bigger and bigger with all pet owners and lovers. Does anyone know how to contact the lawyer in Chicago?? Someone has got to start somewhere, I am in Dallas, Texas and have friends looking into lawyers – if anyone wants to contact me they can send me an e-mail Currently, I have spoken with someone at the FDA office and he informed me that everyone effected by this needs to contact their local office and report your situation so you can be on the list. Also, I have left 4 messages with Nutro and currently on hold with them for the past 30 minutes. If you can’t talk to anyone, start sending letters to these companies and also if you purchased your food at any of the stores that have the cars ( for example, pet perks) call and have your purchases tracked – this will also give your proof and if you have any tainted food – DON’T RETURN IT!!! Petsmart tried to heavily persuade me to bring in back.

    Comment by Sandi Schreiber — March 21, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

  49. My sweet Italian Gryhound girl died from sudden/severe kidney failure a couple weeks ago and I can now trace it back to the Nutro Natural Choice Brown Rice and Chicken in foil packets. I have 2 othr IGs that also became sick but have survived. I don’t know if it’s been mentined yet but there’s a Yahoo group set up for the Menu Foods recall at:

    Comment by Myra — March 21, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

  50. My best friend Ernie the cat became ill last Friday. He was diagnosed with kidney failure, and yes, he was fed Iams pouch food. It was the one and only box of pouches I ever bought. He is currently staying at the veterinary clinic and they are trying to save him. I cannot put into words how angry I am. Now I find out that this has been going on far longer than I had heard! I thought this was new, but after reading these letters, realize something has been wrong for a long time! We HAVE to hold these people accoutable for their negligence! My heart goes out to all of you who are feeling the same pain I am. We are not rich people, and the vet bills are very high. The money spent is well worth helping our beloved pets, but Menu foods needs to know that we are not going to ignore what they’ve done. If we do, they’re likely to let it happen again. We can’t let that happen. Let your voices be heard.

    Comment by Lois A.Moore — March 21, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

  51. KZL,

    Did your vet say to feed baby food in place of wet food, in addition to dry food? And if so, can I then assume my kitty will receive enough nutrition from the baby food/dry food combo for at least the time being?


    Comment by Amy Boda — March 21, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

  52. Our 7 yr. old Toy Fox Terrier (Pedro) who was perfectly healthy stopped eating last Wed (two days before the recall) and has been at the Vet on IVs since Thursday morning. He is making gradual progress and we still have hope that he is going to make it.

    What makes us mad is that we just purchased the pouches of contaminated food on Sunday the 11th which means if Menu Foods had come forward and shared the news of the test where their food killed animals in FEBRUARY our dog Pedro would not be fighting for his life!

    Menu Foods deserves to lose far more than $40 million…they should never make another dime or ounce of pet food! It’s one thing to make a contaminated product and it’s another to HIDE IT!

    Isn’t it amazing how all reports continue to report a very small number of deaths yet this site alone has HUNDREDS of deaths/illnesses and just think of all of the pet owners without computers or those who haven’t stumbled upon this site yet! I truly believe the number is in the THOUSANDS!

    Another interesting thing about this recall is how Menu Foods first published their list on Saturday morning, March 16th with instructions to pet owners if your products aren’t listed then “continue using them”! Well I personally have in my possession unopened pouches from the same batch that my dog ate (as well as one of the ones he DID eat from!) and they weren’t listed for the entire day on Saturday. The way Menu Foods was reporting the dates and brand info LOTS of products were omitted and ours didn’t hit the list until Sunday! How about the people that continued to feed their pets products that were contaminated but reported in error for a day or so?! Talk about negligence! Amazing that list continues to change…dog food products have gone from 46 on the list (up and down to 48, 49, etc.) and now currently stand at 53 and the cat foods have changed just as well…all the while Menu Foods was able to spend time to clearly calculate how much the recall will cost them! Who cares…this should cost them their business!

    Last but not least…we contacted Menu Foods on Sunday and were finally able to get through after they added the second 1-800 number only to have our call answered by a RUDE operator from an answering service who hung up on us about 10 seconds into the call. We were able to get through again and left a message as the operator stated someone would be returning our call. Well as of Wednesday we have received NO call from Menu Foods but I will say…the FDA called us back within a day and we have filed a complaint which I encourage EVERYONE to do.

    I truly believe that Menu Foods will do nothing for pet owners, vet bills, etc. so we might as well ban together and see that they suffer along with the rest of us!

    Comment by Donna — March 21, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

  53. Also I wanted to make a brief statement to each and everyone who has been told that their pets are simply “property”. Each state has animal cruelty laws which are either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the state. I believe very strongly that neglecting to inform consumers of possible tainted pet food, back when the first complaints came forward, is in fact animal cruelty. Our animals are suffering needlessly! Even if Menu had not initially pulled the suspect food, we as consumers could have been advised that the company was doing some sort of an investigation. We have the right to sue Automobile manufacturers if a defect is found in our cars and causes incident, the right to press charges and seek damages if our homes, vehicles or belongings are vandalized. These items are property. Expensive sure; difficult to replace…of course, but yet, in the broad scheme of it all, still things. Animals are living, breathing creatures who deserve better. A second lawsuit has been filed against Menu Foods. More to come I’m sure. Keep trying to contact lawyers, just because one turns you down does not mean that the next one will. I will exhaust them all if I have to; in order to make this non-feeling, irresponsible company pay for it’s actions.

    Comment by Amy Boda — March 21, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

  54. I don’t know anything about this attorney, but he is starting a Class Action suit.

    Everyone should be mad as hell. MAD AS HELL!!! We can’t forget this as Americans so often do and just fall back into our day to day lives. These events are unforgivable and it will take a great deal of energy and determination to not only “make them pay” but, more importantly, bring about permanent change for our beloved animals.

    I learned about the pet food company lies almost 10 years ago when one of my cats was diagnosed with a very rare fatal intestinal disorder. I was enraged then and am enraged now that something of this magnitude has been allowed to happened. But hopefully, it will bring about huge change in this shameful, disgusting industry.

    Channel that anger!!!!! Don’t let these little angels die in vain!!!!!

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (and women) do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

    Comment by Lois Kimball — March 21, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

  55. Amy, yes, my vet meant use the baby food in place of wet food and in addition to dry food. It is my understanding that cats who are older than one year do not need wet food at all (but I was unable to wean my kitties off the wet stuff, which they still clamor for in the mornings). I leave dry food out all the time and supplement it with wet (now with baby food), but nutritionally cats should be OK with just good dry food. I recommend you check with your vet to be sure. They don’t usually charge you anything to answer a question over the phone, especially right now!

    Comment by KZL — March 21, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

  56. On Monday, my eight year old Shih Tzu and beloved friend, Buddy had to be put down because by the time we had seen any of the symptoms of kidney failure he was too far gone. He looked healthy when we went in to say goodbye to him.

    I took our other six year old Shih Tzu, Perry, in as a precaution with no outward symptoms other than the dimples that he had on his sides. He was in the beginning of kidney failure. He is in the hospital right now receiving IV therapy. We will find out tomorrow whether we’ll have to put him down as well.

    Our six month old kitten, Wesley, got neutered last week. He had pre-surgical blood work which came out normal. On Friday, before we found out about the recall he got a mouthful of the dogs’ food before my husband could get him away from the dish so the dog could eat it. One mouthful. I took him in today, again with the “dimples” and as a precaution. He has an elevated BUN level which is a precursor to kidney failure. They had to put a bubble of IV fluid on his back so he can absorb it. We have to go back on Friday.

    The dog food pouches are on the contaminated lot list.

    By the end of the week, all my pets might be dead and no one can do anything to these companies?! I wish everyone that works at these places could have looked into my dogs eyes as he pleaded to go home with us, but we had to put him down.

    No more wet dog food ever at my house.

    Comment by Sandra Snyder — March 21, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

  57. Historically, the law has classified pets as a kind of property. This status has enabled owners to protect their pets in the same way they can protect other property from undue restrictions and seizure.

    Because there are a number of kinds of property, however, pets enjoy a special legal status. The law recognizes, for example, that pets are not the same kind of property as desks or cars. Rather, each state in the U.S. has laws requiring humane care of pets and criminalizing cruelty to animals. Other laws set standards for the care and handling of companion animals involved in commerce. So while pets do not have the same legal status as people, they are treated as a special type of property, a kind of property that requires humane treatment by pet owners and protects pets from irresponsible neglect and other forms of abuse by pet owners.

    I’m sorry, but as far as I see it, this company is guilty of cruelty to animals as it took them a month to recall the food they KNEW was unsafe.

    There is a possible class action lawsuit in the works. If your pet has been affected, even if it hasnt died, PLEASE fill out the form at

    A lawyer will be in contact with you to obtain details. Just a side note, it should cost you a thing to be part of a class action lawsuit. Lawyers involved in CALS are usually paid out of the proceeds of a successful settlement or verdict.


    Wichita Falls, TX

    Comment by Pepper — March 21, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

  58. My cat stopped eating last week after eating the recalled food. We’ve been at the vet every day (sometimes twice a day) since. I’ve had to stay home from work to care for him. He is in kidney failure. He’s only 2 years old and was perfectly healthy prior to last week. The first day we went to the vet there was no knowledge of this problem. The first diagnosis was “a hairball” issue. This story broke over the weekend. On the first day the food my cat ate was not on the list. It was added to the list by Saturday night. By the time his test results came back, he was in kidney failure. Last night he almost died.

    Menu Foods must be held responsible for the deaths of these pets. There must be some way to start action against their liability insurance company so that a fund is established for the vet bills. Is there anyone out there that can initiate this action?

    I’ve been spoon feeding the cat Stage 2 baby food. He will eat about 1 ounce per session. Cats eat (much) 10 to 20 times a day. This may have saved his life. If you cat is sick, try the baby food.

    Comment by Joan — March 21, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

  59. Had two cats that got sick with kidney failure and the Dr told us it was from antifreez but we don’t use it here in Florida lioke up norht. Checked with all the neighbors and no one had any at their house then the food recaly was in the new. We gave our cats the Walmart brand Special Kitty and that what did it, we kild our cats by feading them some one should pay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Tom — March 21, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

  60. Hi, I posted to your website about our kitty but based on a post this morning, it appears you will be removing the ones that don’t involve a food on Menu Foods recall list. I beg you to keep your minds open. Remember that list is made up by Menu Foods, they don’t know what is even causing the problem at this point so how does anyone know other foods arent involved? If you will please read my story you might wonder also…..

    Our cat became ill in December. She had been doing great, no problems and was full of it. She began vomiting and not wanting to eat the food she had been eating for 3 years. This was after we had purchased a new batch of her food thru our pet food supplier (the same kind she had been eating for years). She would eat other food like tuna and baby food but not her normal food which was Nutro Max Cat California Chicken Supreme. While I know you are saying oh, that’s a can and not on the list, please hear me out. I right away began to suspect something was wrong with the food partly because the color was very dark and did not look the same as the food she had been eating in the past. I contacted Nutro at the end of Dec, first of Jan and they had me send in several cans for testing. They replied back quite awhile later with a standard letter saying the food was fine and the color difference is due to different ingredients and processing plants, etc. That is what I had expected they would say so it was no surprise to me to get that letter. Our cat continued on a down-hill decline and she died on March 11th, 5 days before the recall happened. She ended up having surgery to try to figure out the problem on why she was vomiting, she never did have a urinalysis done that could have showed kidney problems. She ended up dying from a blood clot that became dislodged after she threw up. Interestingly after her surgery, she ate nothing but baby food and had no vomiting for 4 days. Also note that she was consuming copious amounts of water, to the point she would just hang over her bowl as she couldn’t get enough as far as she was concerned. She vomited for the first time after her surgery the morning after I had given her cat food to eat, the Max Cat California Chicken Supreme. Please note that while it is in a can, it is a cuts and gravy style of cat food that does contain wheat gluten. The date on the bottom of 2 of the cans are 9-19-09 and 5-16-09, we don’t have the other cans that had different dates because we donated them to animal shelter on 3-12 (before the recall). I didn’t want to donate this other batch as I was always suspicious that the food was bad and this was also before the recall. I have cans left that if anyone wants for testing I can provide.

    I feel very strongly to this day as in the beginning of Dec (long before the recall occurred) that the food had something wrong with it. I have notified FDA. I have tried calling Menu Foods but because that food isnt on the infamous “list” they don’t even want to talk to us. Nutro finally returned my call today and is looking into it….But I cant get any answers as to why they supposedly “know” that food is OK considering they don’t even know whats wrong with the foods on the recall list…..this makes no sense and I am worried that other kitties have been or will be affected because of everyone’s quick rush to conclude the food on the recall list is the only “bad” food…..thank you for hearing me out.

    Comment by Sandi — March 21, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

  61. I’m wondering if any of you pet owners out there had dogs or cats that got a strange mass along with all these symptoms. Our pet was completly healthy had a check up six months previous and then was put down, alot of the same symptoms and problems that everyone has describe all of a sudden urnitating all over the house, and like most we scorned him, when we first took him to the vet they said he was healthy maybe he had an overactive bladder or had developed a prostate problem and we were sent home. Strangely enough our second dog, about three weeks ago suddenly stopped eating, she refused to eat the food, and due to her 6lb weight dropping to 4lb we had no other option then to feed her broiled chicken or coldcut turkey. Personally, I am completely outraged, and for all you other outraged pet owners, here is a website to go to, I refuse to buy Iams i refuse to buy anything from Meal Foods, the question people should be asking is, if this was baby food, what would you do. Pet food is no different, youre pet can not communicate to you that it doesnt feel well that something just isnt right and neither can your infant.

    prayers to all of you.

    Comment by Mandee — March 21, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

  62. Someone asked about a list of *safe* foods. We’ve been compiling a list and it can be found at Please keep in mind that it’s a work in progress and will be updated as time goes on.

    Comment by Therese — March 21, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

  63. I filed a claim with the Dallas FDA office because of the death of my cat Daisy. That was Monday afternoon about 3:00, and he already had 60 claims filed from this area. Some of those may have been ill pets who have not died, but 60 is a large number in one day. I’m sure it is much higher by now.

    Comment by Gloria Rose — March 21, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

  64. PetGuard and Innova, which are on the list, but claim to be “unaffected” by the recall, are both manufactured at Menu Food plants.

    I agree with KZL’s veterinarian. Until the toxin is indentified, I wouldn’t use any wet food, especially anything processed at a Menu Food plant.

    Comment by Lois Kimball — March 21, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

  65. No one will ever have an accurate count. There are many people who feed strays and feral colonies. Who will ever know the numbers of cats and dogs on the street that were affected.

    Comment by Mary Willow — March 21, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

  66. For those who are asking about legal action, I have registered on a website that is collecting names of those who might be interested in a class action suit. There are 319 people registered so far. The website is*

    Comment by Gloria Rose — March 21, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

  67. We too lost our precious 4 yr old cat, Tessie. She had to be put down after mysteriously developing kidney failure. Now we know… We normally bought Whiskas and dry food, but occasionally bought Special Kitty because of the different flavors. For a week before she got sick, we fed her this. Our hearts are broken. If they had told us earlier, we may have saved her. So unfair. Thanks to Pet Connection for the least they care.

    Comment by Becky — March 21, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

  68. My name is Riffie. I am a 16 1/2 year old female cat who lives in Ventura, California. I ate a little of the Pet Pride food several weeks ago and I knew right away something was wrong. I got diarrhea and vomitted. I think what ultimately saved me is that I like to drink a lot of water and thus I probably flushed this poison out of my system. The people who made this food are very bad. They have killed a lot of cats and dogs which is very cruel. But what can we expect? This poison comes from Canada, a country where they hide Mad Cow disease!

    Comment by Riffie — March 21, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

  69. my heart goes out to each of the familes whose pets were effected by this, and your not alone my dog was also effected by this and shes still very sick. i have to take to her to vet everyday for fluids. the blood work said her kidneys are extremely bad and from her kidneys being so bad she got a urinary track infection so we just appreciate every day that shes still here. i actually just found out the food that we were feeding her was recalled “OL Roy US” so her getting sick completly randomly all makes sense now. id love to know what actions people are taking because of this recall. email me please at

    Thank you

    Comment by Ryann — March 21, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

  70. My cat Mr Kitty was just put down today. 3/21/07. He was only 4 yrs old.
    Due to Kidney failure. I was feeding him
    Special Kitty from Walmart. My kids are devestated.He was a family member to us.
    I strongly believe MENU FOODS should
    be responsible.

    Comment by CARMEN CARDENAS — March 21, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

  71. Nicole…I have two cats that have been impacted. I’m happy to say one came home tonight and the other should be home tomorrow night. We are lucky that we caught it early. Our 4 year old had a very difficult time. The internist/specialist at the hospital who has been treating him is confident that the Hills special diet foods (i.e., Z/D, etc.) are safe because they are closely monitored because of their use in ill pets and are not made using mass ingredients. Hope that helps.

    Comment by Sherry — March 21, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

  72. Our cat Sheana, 14 only ate dry Purina cat food, but had the exact same symptoms and died after being sick for less than 2 weeks. She quit eating, had troubl walking, slept all the time, would walk and meow then lay down, like she was in pain. Then she started having urinary problems and starting passing blood. My husband came home to take her to the vet and found her dead. She had been perfectly healthy until then.

    Comment by Nancy Potts — March 21, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

  73. I agree with many of the posts here stating that we can not believe that the only tainted foods are currently on the recall list.

    My 15 year old cat has been eating Nutro Natural Choice Indoor and Senior for the past few years (gluten was a byproduct in the Senior food). In December she began drinking large amounts of water and urinating heavily (and she turned her nose up at her food). Blood tests in January turned out well but the problem persists and our Vet has been perplexed as to why she is exibiting these symptoms.

    I am shocked that virtually all of our pet food comes from one manufacturer.

    My cat is currently eating only dry food and baby food as a substitute for wet food. I hope that the dry food doesn’t utimately turn out to be tainted as well.

    Comment by Janet Yost — March 21, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

  74. Each day the numbers grow. I do hope they find the cause very soon.

    Comment by Sue — March 21, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

  75. so i hear a BIG class action suit is being organized right now does anyone know how to contact them? or has any1 else heard about this to?

    Comment by Ryann — March 21, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

  76. Thanks for the baby food info earlier today, at home now and got the 2 sick ones to take a bite, they both go back on Friday for bloodwork and more flushing. Sad to say I don’t think Raz will make it, looks like another long week – this has been going on since 03-12. Wanted to give everyone an update: my husband spoke with our attorney and he might possibly take the case. He did give us a some advice I would pass on: if you have talked to any of the companies involved – Menu Foods or the name ( like Nutro for me) someone from the company might contact you to make a settlement over the phone – DO NOT TAKE IT!! Also, Menu knew about this problem a month ago, most likely they have moved their money and will go defunct and then it will be left to the suppliers to decide on a settlement. Also, DO NOT return any unused product that is on the recall list. Like I said before, Nutro’s website is still denying they have a problem. Also, I did receive from a cat rescue group that CNN reported in 2005 that corn had a fungus and it would effect pet food manufacturers in the years of 2006-2007. Interesting?? Just amazing how much is being uncovered. Please, we need to come together and stand strong on this. To all the pet parents that have lost a pet, you are in my prayers and no words can express the loss and pain. To the ones that are taking care of the sick babies, be strong and hopefully it will pass on to them. I have one laying here now, purring but slowly slipping away from me….

    Comment by Sandi Schreiber — March 21, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

  77. Just for clarification, although Menu Foods is a Canadian company, all the recalled foods were processed in Emporia, Kansas, not in Canada. The press keeps implying the products were made in Canada and that is not correct. We can’t blame Canada for this horrible problem. It happened in our own heartland.

    Read it for yourself on the FDA’s website.

    Comment by Lois Kimball — March 21, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

  78. I read that there was a delay in getting the recall out. I was wondering if there was any sell-off of stock by company insiders ahead of the recall. I couldn’t find any information on this.

    Comment by Ron — March 21, 2007 @ 9:09 pm


    Comment by MIKE WILLIAMS — March 21, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

  80. This is about our story in the local paper. “Morris said her cat suddenly became lethargic and uninterested in food. Within a day or two, it became clear he was seriously ill. She took him to a veterinary emergency room, but by that point, it was too late to help him.”

    Hard to believe this company, Menu Food is able to produce 85g pouches at the rate of up to 1,110 pouches per minute. Collectively, their plants are capable of producing more than one billion containers annually. Thats alot of bad/toxic pet food.

    Comment by Trish Morris — March 21, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

  81. They FDA is focusing on the Emporia, Kansas plant. Also, they are shutting the plant down on Friday 03-23-07 @ 4am and not reopening until 03-29. Wonder what this is about??? Possibly we will find out more.

    Comment by Sandi Schreiber — March 21, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

  82. Sandi,
    My heart breaks for you and your beloved cats, for everyone who is suffering through this horrible experience. This is so unbelievable. It seems they MUST know something by now but won’t reveal it for whatever reason.

    Comment by Lois Kimball — March 21, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

  83. We had to put our 8 year old Ragdoll cat [Mozart] down on March 5th. Kidney failure of course. It tore our hearts out. We fed him Iams thinking it was a higher quality brand. From everything I’m seeing this is much bigger than the press is saying. Somebody will pay here, one way or another.

    Comment by Ray — March 21, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

  84. Thanks Lois, this is completely unbelievable, I don’t think anyone would ever believe this could happen – believe me, since 03-12 prior to the recall we were beating ourselves up thinking we had killed our babies with anti-freeze and our garage you could eat off. Thanks goes to my vet who was determined to try everything – we were 24 hrs away from putting them to sleep. Sad thing is we put our Muffin to sleep after 20 years in October and then rescued these 3 guys in November and now this. Xanax has been my best friend since last week. I think more than anything is the upseting news is that Menu KNEW about this and why in the hell did they not pull their products 3 weeks ago when they had questions themselves and THEN tested on 50 animals? Unexcusable!!!

    Comment by Sandi Schreiber — March 21, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

  85. Something needs to be done about these bastard people in the pet food industry. First step is to force them to eat the same crap they sell that killed our little loved ones. Where in the hell is the FDA or some governmental agency for monitoring and oversight? These m_____f_____s need to be severely dealt with. This event is absolute bullshit and could have been prevented.

    Comment by Jackson — March 21, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

  86. I am confused because there are class action lawsuits coming up and also personal lawyers getting involved as well. Are there any “Legal Beagles” out there that can give a little advise to cat lovers who have never gone through such a tragedy before. This site contacted our local news channel and my cat was featured on our news last night because she is now our second cat affected. Our first one was euthanized last week due to acute kidney failure. We are now looking at easily $4,000 in vet bills alone for this one cat. We put the first cat to sleep because we would never be able to afford this and we didn’t know the food was to blame. Now that this has come out I feel like I owe it to both my cats, but I still can’t afford the vet bills. We are taking our dog in as precautionary measure because she is a chocolate lab who eats the cat food all the time. We will put the bills on credit card, but we need financial help now. However, I don’t want to settle anything fast either because, as mentioned in an earlier blog, it would be prudent to wait. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Debra Umlauft — March 21, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

  87. My beloved American Eskimo passed away from kidney failure in August 2006. Just because the recall started in Dec. 2006 does not mean that it didn’t really start earlier. We only know what they put in the media. My dog was healthy and suddenly became ill very fast. He was never sick a day in his 14 years. I fed him Iams wet and when he became sick the vet put him on Science Diet. He hated SD, when he ate human food, he suddenly got better! The vet told us that he needed SD for his condition, so we had to force feed him. I knew something was very wrong and just didn’t know what at the time. We chalked his death up to age.
    I am in an law enforcement occupation and have done hundreds of investigations like this. I know for a fact—the public does not get the real info!!!!!
    It’s all about money, politics, and cover ups!
    I now believe my baby was a victim of this recall! The truth must come out.
    We must file a class action suit.
    I have a puppy whom I adopted from the Humane Society, and I have stopped his Iams and he is on human food.
    Anyone with similiar time periods as I have, please email me.

    Comment by Iggy's Mom — March 21, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

  88. I am curious to know if anyones dogs or cats are suffering from skin problems in this whole mess? Skin Allergies or Skin Infections? My 10.5 yr. Golden died on March 6 of renal failure. Only 4 days after his diagnosis!!
    Prior to that he suffered skin problems so bad he was bleeding and on medication and special shampoo. Prior to this Food Recall he NEVER had a problem until these past few months. Could this have been another symptom of the poisons in his body? He was probably saturated!
    WE all miss him

    Comment by LISA — March 21, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

  89. My cat went into renal failure out of the blue. This happened before the recall was made public. Our vet could not explain what was happening and threw everything she could at it. We are taking it day by day and spending alot of $$$ for fluids and meds. This is most incredible that we are at the mercy of these companies. I hope that we can nail them for their lack of caring about what are pets are ingesting. Our prayers are with all pet owners at this time and we share in your grief if you have lost your best friend. They are in our prayers! God bless!

    Comment by Susan Fredricks — March 21, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

  90. My neighbor had to put her cat to sleep on 2/25/07 due to acute kidney failure. She fed him the Kirkland brand dry food from Costco. I find it hard to believe that this is just a coincidence. Have there any been any other cases that have involved dry foods? Maybe this is more widespread than realized!!!

    Comment by Karen — March 21, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

  91. I am the vice president of a small cat rescue group in Illinois, Paws and Purrs Humane Society. As word of the recall reached us Friday, we waited, rather impatiently, for the recall list to be published by Menu Foods on Saturday. Fortunately, 99% of our foster homes feed either Friskies or Fancy Feast canned food. Thankfully, none of our approximately 60 foster cats, or owned cats have become ill, although our hearts break for all the little “furkids” who have died or become ill. We are a Petsmart and Petco approved charity, and as such, receive food donations from both. From our last pickup, one of the items was a variety 12 pack of foil pouches of SophistaCat, which is on the recall list. Even though the date stamped on the box does not match the recalled product date, I will NOT be giving this food to any cat at my house! It was going to be fed to an young, abandoned, and undernourished pregnant cat that I took in March 9th from the people who found her. Two days ago, March 19th, she gave birth to 7 beautiful babies. The people who found her are going to adopt her after the kittens are weaned. No way am I going to take any chances with this lovely girl! I think Menu Foods should be held liable as well, but sadly, I don’t think it will happen.

    Comment by Kim McKay — March 21, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

  92. I have 2 cats to which one of my cats is locked in my bedroom and the other has the run of the rest of the house.
    My cat that is locked in the bedroom stays only in the bedroom is on a special cat food, Eukanuba low-residue and also low ph/s mixed together. This a dry food but, last week I took him to the vets because of blood in his urine. He also drank alot and seemed to not have his usual bowel movement. He was very sick just howling all the time. After taking him to the vet they put him on an antibiotic. He is still not himself but seems to be better. I know the dry is not on the list but I found it strange that this bag was just opened about a week or less before he got sick.

    Now my cat that has the run of the house is on PURINA1 for urinary also dry. Now this cat seems to be fine so far.

    I am very concerned about this. What do I do. Is the dry a possiblilty? This is strange he would get this right after I open the bag.

    Comment by Dorothy Maddy — March 21, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

  93. Dear Pet Connection,
    Thank you for providing a place to finally have my wonderful 4 1/2 year old sheltie Roxy counted. I have tried to contact the Chicago office of the FDA without any luck.

    Our vet tried for almost a week to save her life but was unsuccessful and she died on February 23rd. At our request he did do an autopsy and reported that her kidneys were fried yet could give no reason for a healthy dog to suddenly die of massive kidney failure.

    He did do a biopsy of her kidney and liver and sent them to a lab so if they ever figure out what to look for we can test for it. We did feed her food from the recall list but do not have any of the cans left. My family is heart sick over the loss of Roxy, she was so cute and had so much to say, she would bounce when she walked so happy to be alive.

    I think what has happened is a crime! What are we paying all these taxes for if the FDA can’t even call me back much less check on the food supply! Don’t they work for us? And what about Menu Foods, when did they do the testing, when did they suspect they had a problem. There are questions that must be asked and answered for the saftey of not only the pet food supply but for the food supply in general.

    Lastly, Roxy ws a memeber of our family and while there is no dollar amount you can put on how we felt about her we did spend almost $2,300.00 trying to save her. This is what we had to do and we did it but if it turns out that somebody knew that the product was tainted I feel the company should reimburse those of us who lost or had sick pets. Unfortunately there is no amount of money that will bring her back to us.

    Thank you again for having a place to post her death and have her be counted.
    Greer Haseman
    Oak Park, IL

    Comment by Greer Haseman — March 21, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

  94. I would love to see a class action suit against Menu Foods. But I really believe that the reality is that class action suits never really help the plaintiffs. They drag on for years, and the only people who benefit are the attorneys. If anyone has experience with a class action suit, I would love to hear it.

    Comment by joyce — March 21, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

  95. My heart goes out to all those who have lost their beloved family members and those who are worried sick over their sick pets. My prayers are with your innocent pets.

    I called the ShopRite that I buy Iams Variety Pack – Tuna & Salmon two days ago to make sure they took the tainted food off the shelf (it’s on the list – serial #s and all)- they said they did and they did take MOST of the foods off the shelf. Well, I went there tonight and the little Iams cans were off the shelf, BUT the Variety Pack – Tuna & Salmon was still there!!!! Well, I made a stink and a manager showed me a list of what they were told to take off the shelves and my food was not on their list!! Now it is up to me to call their 800#! I can’t believe it!

    My point is, we may have to police our local food stores. We can’t just assume that they will do their homework or the right thing – the managers I talked to never even visited the recall website. I am glad I stopped there tonight and will go there tomorrow with my information.

    Also, they offered two days ago to refund me for the food I had left. It’s no longer food to me – its evidence, which I hope never need. I also want to thank everyone that has contributed their advice. Well, back to watching my cats, praying, and hoping for the best.

    Comment by Michele Ventricelli — March 21, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

  96. Can anyone help? Raz is now having seizures- last one 15 minutes ago. Any help would be helpful?

    Comment by Sandi Schreiber — March 21, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

  97. Sandi,

    Go to the ER with him. They have meds which will hopefully stop them.

    Comment by Amy Boda — March 21, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

  98. My cat is in the hospital with severe kidney failure. I am a single woman with a modest income and hoping they can flush the toxins out of her system during her four day hospital stay. If it turns out my cat needs dialysis, I am not sure I will be able to afford it. At a minimum, menu food should reimburse us for our vet bills and apologize for the pain and suffering our pets (children) are experiencing. Menu foods has a supposed consumer hot line that is always busy and a supposed enhanced web site that points you from one page to another (really not helpful at all) and IAMs, the food I fed my cat will “gladly reimburse me for the recalled food”. This is an outrage! Additionally, after researching what goes into pet foods, I will never feed her any kind of pet food again.

    Comment by Betsy Arroyo — March 21, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

  99. Please note, as I have directed too before, in the “same vat” blog I posted the newly announced PG recalled foods list. Check your cans/pouches folks.

    Comment by Amy Boda — March 22, 2007 @ 12:16 am

  100. Our Cat died 2/26/07, He was only 2 years old. He had been perfectly fine until 2 days before he died. The brand we were feeding him was Laura Lynn from Ingles grocery store. The dates on these cans are different from what is on the recall list. The 5 oz cans are recalled and these are 3 oz cans, but they are the slices with gravy styles. He was showing all the symptoms they are giving now for kidney failure, but he died before we could get him to the vet and he was buried before we even knew of this recall. Please keep the info on this site because I believe the recall list is not complete.

    Comment by Beth S. — March 22, 2007 @ 12:18 am

  101. Thanks Amy and we did go to the ER. Raz is now gone to kitty heaven. He had 4 seizures in the last hour – there was nothing more we could do. Hopefully Blue will be ok. I am at a loss for words at the moment – I’m pissed, angry, sad and hurt. I thought I did the right thing.

    Comment by Sandi Schreiber — March 22, 2007 @ 12:42 am

  102. This is terrible. My heart goes out to each one of you and I feel your pain. I lost my dog on March 3rd, but because she was elderly, I attributed her symptoms as classic body shut down and she died in my arms before I knew anything about this recall. I did not take her to the vet for testing after she died – had no reason to. Looking back now, all of her symptoms are consistent with the published symptoms for renal/kidney failure. She had always eaten dry food but I had switched her over to Mighty Dog meat and gravy pouches the last part of February, thinking it would be easier on her teeth. By the way, the last individual pouch I still have from the multipack is 7 digits before the recall numbers – I had already thrown out the outside carton the pouches were in so I don’t know if that number was different. Before I changed my dog to these pouches, she was healthy and vibrant. I just never suspected the food made her ill! How something like this could happen is terrifying and heartwrenching. I am sick with the knowledge that something I fed my dog killed her after all the years I had her. She was NEVER ill. This is just sickening. Thank you Pet Connection for setting up the blog. I heard about it on national news today. I’m sure there are many other people who know nothing about this website.

    Comment by Mary Foreman — March 22, 2007 @ 1:59 am

  103. Both our Official Office Cats, ‘Ginger’ and ‘Sophie’, died from the tainted food. Rather than going through a big explanation, I urge you to see their picture and story here:

    ‘Just go to the window…right now…throw it open and yell, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” (‘Network’)

    Robert M. Blevins
    Managing Editor
    Adventure Books of Seattle

    Comment by Robert M. Blevins — March 22, 2007 @ 2:41 am

  104. We lost our cat, Babe two weeks ago. He had been fed Nutro cat food in the pouches, that is on the recall list, along with Friskies dry food. He was a Maine Coon cat that was abandonded, and we had him over 2 years. He was fine and doing great, on Thurs. he was lethargic, and on Fri. I called the vet, and was told to bring him in on Mon. On Sat. he had more of the symptoms, and on Sun. he went into a coma, then had seizures and died. The food recall came 2 days after he was gone. We are both upset, I am depressed and sad, angry that no one was minding the store, only collecting the money from loyal customers. It appears that they assumed the customers are very gullible, and will do nothing. Money cannot bring back the family pet, but it can make a company go out of business. I think this will make other pet food companies take stock and realize how important safe food is to the person who purchases it. I hope that a lot of people band together to fight for our pet’s rights.

    Comment by Darlene — March 22, 2007 @ 2:48 am

  105. When my sweet 17-year-old cat developed kidney failure a year ago, I did all that the vet said and she survived although this will be a chronic condition. I know that was a different situation, but maybe this info could help someone. I used Pepcid to bring back appetite (took a few weeks), Aluminum Hydroxide (special-order, to deal with toxins? or phosphate?) I still give it to her daily, and SQ solution every two days for three months (did at home). When she started feeling better, she also started protesting the needle so I decreased SQ to every five days for another three months. In the beginning when she refused to eat the vet had me try 4 kinds of Rx food (no luck), turkey-flavor baby food (a little luck)which I syringed into her mouth in desperation (she only ate 5-15ml food daily for a week), thought I would lose her, then boiled chicken worked for a while. Eventually returned to dry Purina for sensitive stomache or seniors. My other cat eats dry Purina “Vitality”.

    Recently the vet wanted me to start SQ again once a week, just in case, but my cat was so peppy. But now I learned of the recall! What concerns me is that for a month or two my other cat has occasionaly vomitted the dry food, which is unusual and my older cat vomitted after eating grass & drinking water the other day. I was thinking hairball. They seldom get canned food(9 Lives mostly or Fancy Feast). Time to call the vet, or home-cook the chicken again. Hmmm.

    Comment by Jo Turn — March 22, 2007 @ 3:37 am

  106. My Marilyn died in mid-December. I cannot verify that the small cans of Sophisticat were from a tainted batch, the flavors that I fed as a special treat are on the list: chicken caccitore and sliced duck with wild rice in 3 oz cans. She used to be my “clean-up” kitty, clearing what the other cats left on their plates. She had sudden onset blindness (which I now have learned can be a symptom of acute renal failure) and died before I could get her to a vet. I have no way to prove that she ate the tainted food, but I know in my heart that I unintentionally poisoned my fuzzy little baby. Menu foods will just reorganize without a second thought to the misery they have caused.

    Comment by Karyn Vanderburg — March 22, 2007 @ 7:12 am

  107. My cat Nikki was put to sleep last wed after I took her to the vet she was in renal failure. The cat food Iams is on the list and the lot numbers match. So what am I suppose to do with this product? I want to know why it took them so long to recall, this was going on since Dec.

    Comment by Mandy — March 22, 2007 @ 7:23 am

  108. I want to join the list of those wanting you to keep all listings of pets suffering or dead from ALL pet foods.
    Our cat died the second week of March of this year after having the same symptoms of renal failure listed as a cause. He had eaten 9 lives all his short 7 years. In late Dec he started vomiting after eating his food. He also started drinking more and more daily actually moving his water dish in desparation to get more water into him. I filled it a couple times a day. Worried I started feeding him a different home made diet and he started to get better and kept his food down. I also contacted my homeopathic vet who started treating his symptoms. He would do ok for a week or so then I would put him back on his “favorite” turkey and giblets or tuna with chicken flavors of 9 lives and he would start vomiting again. He lost his battle early March. He stopped eating entirely and only drank water, then went into hiding. I was getting him out when he seized in my arms and died. My precious Maine coon cat was gone.
    Please keep a all records of pet deaths with the common symptoms. He was a healthy boy before late Dec. I am sick about this and so is my husband. He was a beautiful big black cat. We miss him a lot. I think there is way more to this than just the companies listed so far!

    Comment by Lil Bear's Momma — March 22, 2007 @ 7:24 am

  109. First and foremost my heart goes out to everyone who has been effected by. Secondly I’d like to thank this website, as it’s been extremely helpful to my wife and I.

    Since I found reading all your stories helpful, I’ll briefly explain what is happening to our 6 Year Old Cockapoo dog. A week ago, he started to urinate all over our home while we were at work. We chalked it up as a once off accident. But then he kept peeing and wanted nothing but water suddenly, he would crave water like you wouldn’t believe. To the point he just wanted to go outside and eat the snow or lap up the bath water as we gave our children a bath. The final straw was him throwing up large amounts, amounts we’ve never seen. He’s been in the vet now for 4 days, and they still don’t know what’s wrong. He still has blood in his urine, and he threw up again food they gave him. Today they are conducting an ultra sound. The only good sign I see for Max versuses alot of other cases I’ve read – he’s energictic and seems peppy as usual. I still have hope for him. I could go on an on about how mad we are, but we’re just do exhausted and disappointed with the FDA, the way the news is being sent out and lack of information.
    On a positive note, I must admit my call to Purina (Max ate the recalled Mighty Dog pouche), they not only took my call, but called me back to obtain the exact codes and bar codes off one of the pouches. They are now sending me a package to over-night the pouch to them for analysis. The customer service rep I spoke to was kind and understanding. I did not take my frustration out on her, she was doing everything I asked. A “Claim” file is being set up there – but this leads me to a concern and question. How do I know Purina will reimburst me for all our bills? When do I tell the vet to stop treatment? What if our Max is like this for life? So many questions, so little answers.
    Thanks again to everyone contributing your stories. Best of luck to you all – let’s get Menu Foods where it counts – their pockets.

    Comment by Todd — March 22, 2007 @ 8:18 am

  110. My heart goes out to all of you dealing with this horrible epidemic. Thank god none of my 8 cats have shown any signs of being sick. I usually only feed them Purina One Urinary Tract Health Dry Food, and occasionally some moist Meow Mix, which I have stopped since the recall, even though its not on the list, i’m not taking any chances. I pray for all of you that have sick animals at the vet right now. And I agree, someone has to pay for this.

    Comment by Tami Carlson — March 22, 2007 @ 9:30 am

  111. First, I would like to say that our vet has lost four pets in one week from kidney failure. I am attaching the news media for our local news (In San Diego Area) where it shows my story, my vets story and the story one pet that had died on that day:

    CBS hannel 8

    News Channel 10

    In the beginning of January, within a day our vivacious, energetic, happy dog Peaches was beginning to sleep longer, she could no longer jump onto the couch to her normal area where she would always sit between my husband and I. She could no longer jump into the cars for a ride. Rather than running behind me as she always did, she would stand in the middle of the room and watch. I then noticed her eating habits changing. She would not eat, even when she was tempted with her favorite foods. She began to drink a lot more water than usual, as well – she would have the urge to pass a bowel movement, to no avail. She would vomit and urinate more. One day I came home and found blood in her stool. IWhen picked up she was limp. I immediately took her to our vet. The occurances up to the vet visit was only within a couple of days.One day she was normal the next day – her world changed. The next day I received a call from my vet saying that Peaches was having kidney failure and that they would like to place her on kidney dialysis – they did. After a few days of dialysis, Peaches kidney levels fell from the 700’s to 250. After her leaving the Vets Office I would return to have her blood levels periodically. At the end of February one day Peaches breath was terrible, it smelled just terrible – we took her back to the vet where they removed all four of large teeth in the back. She never regained her strength and seemed to be having the symptons of kidney failure once again. About a week after her teeth were pulled Peaches would cringe when outside, Cringing when a shadow would move, as if she was avoiding something. As I was inspecting her eyes – I noticed white spots, and her eyes seemed like that of a dead fish, the corneas were sinking in and they were dry. Immediately I took her back into the vet and they concluded kidney failure had re appeared. They said that her rapid decay of her eyes would lead to eventual complete blindness and her teeth This the vet concluded was due to her Kidney Failure . We placed her again on Dialysis – to no avail. Peaches died two days later. I used Iams and Nutro Max (dry and wet).

    Comment by Lisa Fluty — March 22, 2007 @ 9:41 am

  112. This link will take you to a letter sent by the Pet Food Institute to the FDA in 2002. I’ve read it twice and I’m not quite sure what they are saying. However it is interesting to note who is on their Board of Directors: yes, Menu Foods

    Yesterday, website also prominently stated on their home page who the board members are. As of today, that information is buried within the links.

    Also, as of today, the Pet Food Institute has come out with a comment on recall basically saying everything is ok now and you can resume buying wet food.

    Here’s the link to their recall statement:

    Comment by Lorraine Takahashi — March 22, 2007 @ 9:59 am

  113. Todd, my heart goes out to you and your wife. My 8 mth old cat fought a hard battle the past 10 days and unforunately this morning we gave him to higher powers. My opinion, don’t give up on Max – believe me, it’s the hardest thing to do, our 2 cats constantly purred and had energy that’s what boggled the vet when we took them in on 03-12- we were 24 hrs withing putting them both to sleep but he started flushing the kidneys – you might want to suggest flushing the kidneys before you do an ultrasound, that was going to be our next step – but of course, we got the news on the toxic petfood and then everything came around. Give him lots of hugs and kisses!! I’ll keep you and your family and Max in my prayers

    Comment by Sandi Schreiber — March 22, 2007 @ 10:06 am

  114. Thank you for allowing us to share our stories and stay connected. Our Brandy was put to sleep on February 16th- her first symptoms consisted of soiling, discomfort when soiled, tender kidney area of stomach, sluggish. The vet did x-rays on her kidneys which came back fine. By the 3rd day she began to have neurological symptoms, shaking, balance was off, weak and very slow (due to discomfort) stiffness. She began to go blind and her tongue began to stick out of her mouth.
    She stayed overnight for evaluation at the vet on iv fluids, steroids and anti biotics, only to fall into a coma like state with tremors.
    The vets were baffled not able to determine the cause of illness, but stated age 9 was rare and given her neurological disorder maybe it was vestibular disease. Though that disease does not cause blindness, or kidney problems, or many of the other signs she had.
    After reviewing her illness and death with the vet, and finding out about the recall, I found that the companion and mighty dog pouches may infact have been the cause of her illness. The vet then stated “this all makes sense now”
    Had we known of the recall, and what to look for in this illness, she may still be here with us today. I do not have the pouches, as it has been well over a month now and all of the food, supplies were disposed of. I now have to go through to the supermarket main office to maintain a copy of my club card reciept for any pet food purchases made from December to when Brandy died.
    I wonder how many other pets went un diagnosed with an official cause- as our Brandy originally did until we put the pieces of the puzzle together. This is getting more scarey by the day and now on a news forum, a pet owner claims she gave her dog only dry food “Ole Roy” brand and her dog died from the same exact symptoms. Dry may very well be affected, why do they wait so long to inform us of this? When will they test the dry and report these claims sooner to avoid further illness and loss?

    Comment by Karen — March 22, 2007 @ 9:22 am

  115. I fed my cat moist Meow Mix and Wiskas cups and pouches for about 2 months prior to this recall. While on this food, she got a IBD and I had to get her treated at the vet for vomiting and diarrhea and such. Since treatment she seems to be drinking a LOT and urinating frequently. I’ve kept the box the food came in, but it is not on the recall list. Has anyone else had something similar happen to their cat after feeding it MeowMix?

    My heart goes out to all the owners who lost their little dears. :(

    Comment by Holly — March 22, 2007 @ 10:23 am

  116. I think it is completely bogus to believe that only the listed numbered cans and pouches are the culprits. In my opinion, it is very likely that more food items were affected and it either just isn’t being reported or they just don’t know for sure. My vet advised me not to feed my animals wet food of ANY kind, regardless if that brand is currently listed or not. My best friend of 8 years in currently in renal failure and I’m devastated. He was eating one of the reported brands, however the lot numbers don’t match. He started showing symptoms this month, so I find it to be one hell of a concidence if the food isn’t the cause.

    Comment by Jackie — March 22, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

  117. That’s horrible, Jackie!

    My cat, I’m not sure if it really is a IBD, thats just what the vet said it ‘most likely’ is but he’s the kind that is more in it for the money than for the animals if you know what i mean

    I expect the recall will grow in size….good advice.

    Comment by Holly — March 22, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

  118. Please do not delete the information were people did not verify the codes. My dog was gravely ill and it was before they published the recall. I no longer had the cans to verify. Who keeps the can after they are eaten. My 3 year old dog spent 7 days in intensive care after being diagnosed with acute kidney failure. He had a plasma transfusion during this, and I believe that is what saved his life. He was eating Science Diet wet and dry, which is not recalled, and they claim is made at their own plant. Well then maybe we need to look into someone contaminating the food once it leaves their warehouses. My dog is recovering now, thank god, after incurring $10K+ in bills.

    Comment by Lori — March 22, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

  119. I know it does feel good to say it’s only the WET food that we should be worried abuot. Please, think again, my pet, a 3.5 year old Airedale Terrier in perfect health just died this Monday from acute Renal failure. Less than 24 hours after I heard about the recall. Troble is my pet and others were only eating DRY FOOD. IAMS lamb and rice, in the green bag. This is really serious, because we have been mislead before and now we are becoming complacent and relying on what the offenders have to say. The DRY pet food market is about 6 times larger than the wet and would cost these companies dearly. I know of at least 50 cats and dogs that have become deathly ill from Dry pet foods. They are scatered mostly across the eastern US but 6 cases are from California. This is not new news…
    Check out these links.

    Mourning the loss of our dear ABBY GAYLE

    Comment by MikeKeen — March 22, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

  120. Mike…I’m so sorry about your loss. The idea that dry food is also involved is indeed a startling one! However, considering that dry food is basicly little balls of various grains sprayed with “flavor” makes it VERY possible, and your post only backs up what I already suspected. While feeding my cat dry food she got a UTI, so i switched to wet and she got a IBD…now I don’t know what to feed her! I bought some chicken cutlets I’m gonna see how I can prepare those for her (I know she likes chicken most), but who can you “trust” nowadays?

    Also..I was at the grocery store today and it looks like they only pulled the Mighty Dog pouches from the shelf, I was rather suprised to see that instead of finding the almost-bare wet food shelves I expected, everything but that small corner was fully stocked.

    Finally, don’t delete the information, there is a VERY good chance this recall will grow in size as I said in my last comment, and the database would be a good way to track this.

    Comment by Holly — March 22, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

  121. My kitty died January 28, 2007 and I blamed it on old age?? But in my heart I really didn’t believe it!! She seizured right in front of me and was dead in less than a minute! She had all the symptoms the news is listing as kidney failure, and her diet consisted of Special Kitty cans and pouches from Wal-Mart. I was really saddened but now I’m angry!!

    Comment by Bette — March 22, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

  122. For Harley and Cheech:

    Dry dog food anyone?

    My heart goes out to all who have lost their beloved pets. I lost my two dogs with in three days of each other. Both dogs displayed the exact symptoms described in the recall articles, however, they were being fed Old Roy dry dog food. I have only seen one other reference to dry foods. Neither dog was able to be diagnosed by their vet.

    Cheech, an eight year old feist mix, fell ill first with very dramatic and painful symptoms. My young adult children rushed her to the vet, however, no test were not performed and she died the next day.

    almost immediately after Cheech died, Harley, a three year old chow mix, began showing signs of depression, lack of appetite, fatigue, and decreased voiding. We did not realize the significance. On the third day, he became lethargic, vomited once and died on the way to the vet. We have sent him to the NC disease diagnostic facility for testing.

    All of this was prior to the recall notices. With any luck we will have an answer in a few days.

    If anyone else has had problems or concerns with dry food as well, please respond so as no other dogs will suffer.

    Comment by Lisa — March 22, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

  123. I posted last night about the trouble I had getting my neighborhood food store – ShopRite – to take recalled Iams Variety Seafood Select off the selves. It was not on their list given to them by “headquarters”.

    Well, I went there today with my information (serial numbers etc.) – dealt with a different manager who didn’t give a hoot what the paper work from headquarters said. He took the boxes right off the shelf! I am so happy.

    My prayers are still with all those who are suffering. I continue to watch my cats – feed them hoping the food I give them is OK and hope for the best – the guilt is overwhelming.

    Comment by Michele V — March 22, 2007 @ 10:10 pm

  124. I posted earlier about my cat dying after eating 9 lives canned food. He had the same symptoms as those eating the recalled food. I just called to lodge a complaint with the FDA. We still have our kitty frozen because there is too much snow up here and the ground is still frozen solid. If an autopsy is needed so be it. I also have the sales receipt from Walmart for the cat food he ate. I am going to pursue this. I feel as devastated as those who know for sure their pet food was recalled. And now ABC news is reporting that rat poison was found in the recalled food and the wheat originated in China.
    I am beyond grief and anger now. I am furious!
    I would hope that any of you that lost pets that were eating food from other than recalled brands would also file a complaint with the company that made the food and the FDA.

    Comment by Lil Bear's Momma — March 23, 2007 @ 9:41 am

  125. This is regarding the post on the dry and food
    being affected. To which I believe is highly possible. As my cat Alley was diagnosed with Acute Kidney Failure and was put to sleep on 2-21 due to the advise of our vet.
    She had became sick a few days before and we were told by the vet that she had diabetes but that once her level’s were up she would be ok. The only thing that concerned him was that she was not eating so they wanted to keep her.
    They did and got her glucose level to normal but she never came back. They did a Kidney test and is when they told us their was no hope. The vet could not say for certain that the diabetes caused this and told his he was not sure.
    The cat had every system that is described in this poisoning and after talking to many people have learned that diabetes does not usually cause acute kidney failure. We had just change her food to Science Diet DRY (as she had put on weight), prior to that as of December she had been eating Iams and occasionally fancy feast wet. My other cat who is ok ate mostly FF and rarely that dry that I have mentioned. She stopped eating almost all together after Alley died so we started giving her people food and she is fine. Sometimes cat sense these things.
    So yes I also think the dry could very well be infected. Lost a cat that we had for 8 years
    and I would also like a complete list of foods this company manufactures, if anyone has a list
    please email me at


    Comment by D Jackson — March 23, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

  126. Our 5 year old Healthy terrier died the night before the recall from EXACTLY the same symtoms as the recall. She became sick Sat. the 10th Mon. she went to the vet she spent 48hrs at the Vet but nothing could be done and she died at home thursday the 15th. Her Diet her entire life was Alpo “prime cuts and gravy”. I know it is NOT on the list but thought I would let others know. I repeat the symtoms were EXACTLY the same and the dog was in perfect health before this.

    Comment by dave — March 23, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

  127. My beautiful caca-poo BABY (her name) got sick on 2-14-07 my husband and I tought it would pass, she was not active any more, for a 14 years old she was so active and such a barker, barked at everything that came in the house, or anything that was going passing by when sitting on her favor spot to look out the window. All of a suden Baby was slowing down, was not eatting so she lost weight at the end, drinking sooo much water, had a cough that ended on vomiting some, couldnt jump in the couch or our bed any more, looked so sad, on the third day we took her to emergency on a sunday, the vet on call said she was in bad shape and maybe this 3 diferents kind of pills may help her, to bring her back on tuesday, so we did,our vet examined her again and said to me: Mrs Robison your little dog wont live much longer, I started crying and asking why? she have been fine and have more energy than a younger dog, he said: her kidney is giving up on her,her liver is not that good either and her heart is failing, he wanted us to think about putting her to sleep, but why? she looked like a beautiful stuffed animal till now, she is the life of our home, she is my Baby,I asked for a blood test wich was done inmediatley to just confirm to us her kidnes were failing bad, we took her home but that night she was worse we was watching her almost die, her breathing was terrible,so as soon as daylight we took her back to the vet, he knew we had made a decition to put her to sleep. she looked so beautiful with her bright pink t-shirt, her little eyes were sad while looking at me when the needle was going in her arm to kill her, her eyes was telling me bye mommy, I cried so hard like never before, why all this so fast? my husband cried, even my vet had tears in his eyes, he was lossing another of his little friends. Baby main food was Kibbles mini chunks dry food always mixed with can food, or pedegree. or purina mighty dog, fancy feast, cesar select dinner, the mighty dog was can solids OR THE POUCH WITH GRAVY,on the month of February I decided to try another good brand to give her a change, so I bought 4 cans of I”ams wich I never bought before, and more meat in gravy pouches, well in a week my little dog was dead, put to sleep on 2-21-07 the recall was not out yet. I am sure that the Iam did her and also the small slices in gravy pouches, my heart is braking and can NOT stop crying, miss my baby so much a part of me is gone with her, why did I had to buy those cans of I’ams? why?

    Comment by Sara Robison — March 25, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

  128. Lady Troxell Aug.1990-Feb.13 2007 She was my baby and didn’t leave my side her whole life.She slept with me, loved me and was my little girl, my best friend. I am 51, have emphysema, she helped me more than even she knew.I feed her ol roy, in the pouch, just since last sept. In a matter of a couple weeks, she started peeing in the bed several times a night, on my lap. Drinking alot of water, vomited alot of bile one day.I know how you feel, and my heart and prayers are with you. I can’t quit missing her and cry alot. She just looked at me with so much love and trust when they gave her shot. I owed it to her to be there.

    Comment by linda troxell — March 25, 2007 @ 9:11 pm

  129. We lost our 4 1/2 year old, beautiful black lab, Sally, on March 16 due to kidney failure and pneumonia. We had fed her 3 cans of Ol Roy in the 22 oz. can. We learned of the recall the morning after she died. The manufacturer must be held accountable somehow. We miss her so much, she had been our loving companion since she was 7 weeks old. Our condolences to all the others who have lost their pets due to this hideous event.

    Comment by Ora/Ron Shamburg — March 27, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

  130. I have 12 dogs and out of my 12 dogs I feed 1 healthy senior dog (Candy) 13 years of age the Iams product for 4 days. I have never tried this product before and was looking for something special to add to her food as a treat. Shortly after trying the Adult Iams foil pouch she became severely ill. Febuary 20th. 2007 I raced her to the Vet twice in one day and was sure she was going to die. We did x-rays and test but could not pin point what was wrong and treated her for the sever vomiting. She would not eat could not stop vomiting and constantly drank water and urinated. When she would stand she swayed and hung her head. She also dug at the floor in a bizarre behavior and cry uncontrollable, something I have never witnessed in any of my dogs. I guess we were fortunate because after a week of meds and prescription foods we were able to nurse her back to health.

    Comment by Ellen — March 28, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

  131. In January, I switched my cat from his standard food to a menu of Science Diet, as it was supposed to be better for his health. Two weeks ago, after eating the savory cuts chicken variety, his behavior radically changed. My bright-eyed bundle of activity became listless, refused to eat, and began throwing up. Several days later, the Menu Foods recall was “announced”. Although I pulled him off of the offending products immediately, the damage was done. He has been diagnosed with renal failure and is currently undergoing sub Q saline therapy twice daily to try and save his life. I’m heartsick that by trying to provide him with a “premium brand” to improve his health, I was unknowingly poisoning him.

    The actions of those at Menu are insidiuos and unforgivable! If true justice were served, the executives of that company and their distributors would be forced to consume their own poisoned products. It was general practice for kings and queens of the middle ages to have subjects pre-sample food to ensure it wasn’t poisoned. I think it high time consumers re-institute this practice and force all manufacterers sample their “high quality” products prior to sale.

    Comment by Laurie — March 29, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

  132. I would like a complete list of the Cat/Dog Food recall.
    Thank you

    Comment by ritafoxworth — April 1, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

  133. I notice in the list of ingredients for Fancy Feast cat food, wheat gluten is among them. Are all Fancy Feast cat foods safe from recall?

    Comment by Adair Leonard — April 2, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

  134. I have tears in my eys as I read all the stories of all the friends that have died over this!
    I had a three year old Himalayian and he was fed bottle water the best foods money can buy he was my only friend and he talked! And one day I came home and he just looked star eyed and would not look anywhere it was like he was frozen. I called the doctor and made an appointment and they said it was kidney failier and needed help immediatly and they said it would cost 1300 to start treating him and another 800 for other work and they said he still might not make it I was shock I couldn’t belive in one day that my cat was gonna die. I didn’t have that kind of money I was soooo sad:(. I didn;t know what to due I finally talked it over with my family and decided to put him down at an animal shelter as his bills were beyond me :(
    This cat was healthy happy talked when I got home played all day and now he gone.
    My prayers and sympathies go out to all of you God bless and take care.
    I trully hope this will be resolved and must be compensated because look at all the deaths that are within this time frame!

    Comment by Tomas Tam — April 4, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

  135. my cat has been very lazy and he has stated urinating all over in the house like he cant control it I have read all these comments and i think my cat could have been exposed to the cat food he gets wet cat food often for dinner he hasn’t since all this but if anyone can contact me and let me know if those are some of the and what the symptoms are i would greatly appreciate it my e-mail is

    Comment by megan — April 4, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

  136. Adair –

    My JuJu was gravely ill, and I personally believe that it was from eating Fancy Feast.

    Yes, some of the varieties of Fancy Feast have wheat gluten. Nestle Purina has told me personally that Fancy Feast is not affected.

    All I know is that JuJu got better after I discontinued feeding Fancy Feast to her. It’s your decision.

    Comment by Marcy — April 5, 2007 @ 12:16 am

  137. I have not sufficient words to express my sadness around the judge’s disposision in the pet food scandal. Now I am to find out the day before the pet food recall that the major stock holders “sold out”.
    I cannot effect these people by myself. I can offer an avenue for those who choose to be enlightened to make the right decision for their pets. is a source for wholesome natural pet food. My cat Shadow, eats it with much gusto and will live a much longer life because I care enough to give her the best.
    I love you “Shadow”
    Your best friend, David

    Comment by David Moore — April 11, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

  138. everyone , i think friskies should be on the list , i had 2 cats to die within 2 weeks of each other and they both ate friskies ..tender cuts , the carved in gravy , the shredded turkey and cheese, the fillets in gravy, and the cuts in the foil packs, so please be cautious. i dont know if they are testing it or not , i wrote friskies an email and they assured me their product was safe, but i dont think it is, i have not bought any more friskies since they have died now feeding my other babies 9 lives, maybe not a good ideal either , maybe we should just feed them human foods, but we could be also at risk . i wonder how much more they are hiding from the people.

    Comment by patsy — April 21, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

  139. I had to put my baby to sleep May 7, 2007. My cat would have been 7 next month and I miss him so much. My cat had all the symptoms of the other cats that passed away, but my only concern is that he had kidney stones as well. My vet said the food recall was probably not the reason for his passing, but he just deteriorated within days. Did anyone else’s cat have kidney stones? I’m wondering if the substance in the food could have created these?? Please send me an e-mail if anyone’s cat had all the symptoms and kidney stones as well.

    Comment by Heather — May 9, 2007 @ 11:48 am

  140. Oh my e-mail address is for thwe above comment.

    Comment by Heather — May 9, 2007 @ 11:49 am

  141. has every one forgotton the pet deaths, nobody is writting about it anymore just wondering whats happening out there

    Comment by patsy — July 11, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

  142. patsy, we have not forgotten. we will never forget. in general, pet food manufacturers and the govt agencies that service them (*NOT* us) figured out that if they ignore us and do not release any new information, media coverage will dry up. but there are several columnists in smaller news outlets that are still writing about it, and the dialogue has shifted from pet food safety to *all* food safety, so it didn’t work quite as well as they would have liked. every day i search google news for pet food articles, and it’s a rare day when i don’t see a new piece. a search for tainted food stories generates even more press. i think that to some extent the issue has seeped into public consciousness, judging by recent polls that indicate that people are heavily in favor of COOL implementation

    Comment by explodinghed — July 12, 2007 @ 3:20 am

  143. I never gave my cat Fancy Feast before and on Jan 11th 2009 i gave my 2 year old classic siamese male a can of ocean whitefish & tuna feast Fancy Feast. within less than 24 hours he began mild seizures which lead to seizures comming every 3 mins and some were grand mau siezures. He stayed the night in an animal hospital and they couldnt do anything for him. His name was Karma he was the sweetest pet Ive ever had and he should have had a long life. Instead his life was violently cut short due to a toxic can of cat food. Karma was strictly an indoor cat and 100% healthy.He was spoiled and showered with love. he was also great with babies. I just had my first and only child feb of 2008 and he was so good with her. I am very upset about this. Its never easy losing a pet. it was one of the hardest things ive ever had to watch. if anyone has ever seen someone they love or their pet have a seizure. imagine having them every couple of minutes.the vet gave me hope he might make it but I couldnt allow him to suffer anymore and i put him down this past saturday. he was part of the family and forever be missed. I am searching for another siamese kitten. If anyone is selling or knows of a breeader please contact me.I am hoping it will bring some joy back into my life. Since this tragidy ive completely switched over to all natural/organic foods for me and my other cat.thankfully my other cat is still alive because she didnt have any of the fancy feast.I only pray that this doest happen to anyone else. If this has happened to anyone else please contact me.

    Comment by anna — January 19, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

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