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Darcy
03-30-2007, 04:13 PM
Itchmo (http://www.itchmo.com/) is a fun Seattle blog all about dogs and cats. They continue to be a great source for breaking news on the pet food recall.

What do you feed your pets? Have you had to switch brands since the recall?

My cats eat Timberwolf Serengeti, a non-grain food. My newly adopted dog Lily will be eating Timberwolf (http://timberwolforganics.com/), or Orijen (http://www.championpetfoods.com/orijen/orijen/). I've had really good luck with both of these brands so far.

PM4HIRE
03-31-2007, 09:00 AM
Darcy:

My experience as a project manager has been that Canadian based
companies like Menu Foods lack work ethic, any sense of quality,
and very unprofessional. BTW, I just completed an assignment with
Petsmart last month, this industry is pretty much a cowboy culture.

Darcy
04-04-2007, 12:36 PM
That's too bad. :(

Orijen is Canadian made, but they do list the supplier of all of the human-grade meat and fish they use in their products.

I've also been feeding my cats and Lily Innova foods lately. Innova is the one pet food company I know of that has handled their response (http://www.itchmo.com/read/natura-to-abandon-menu-foods_20070402) to the pet food recall well. Innova/Natura Pet Foods “has pledged to either acquire or build a canning plant so that the company can exercise complete control over its product lines.”

PM4HIRE
04-04-2007, 02:00 PM
Darcy, to use a kind "turn of phrase" the pet food
industry is rather immature and not well regulated.

That said, you probably don't have much to worry
about.

backpack
04-04-2007, 04:23 PM
My cat doesn't like gravy type food. She looks at me like "What is that?"

Everytime I find a new kind of cat food, I buy a small can and ask her opinion.

A quick sniff and the eating pose on, and I know I'm in business.
A quick sniff and a high tail retreat and I know I'm in trouble.

When I found out about the recall, my local grocery store started to offer Newman's Own organic cat food. I bought a can of all the flavors they had and waited for the verdict.

She loves it! It's a relief!

I believe we will find out that more products have been recalled. I am also wondering if the tainted gluten did not enter human food production.

TdeF
04-06-2007, 08:36 AM
No evidence of any in the human food chain.

Foggy Morn
04-07-2007, 05:03 PM
Our 19.5 year-old Siamese loves the Max Cat Senior. A few of the Max Cat varieties were on the list, but fortunately not that one. She doesn't romp like she used to, but she still jumps up on the bed, into the window sill, etc., which I attribute in part to the food. (We also leave dry food out for her during the day.)

Darcy
04-18-2007, 05:20 PM
Now rice protein is a suspected ingredient that's also making cats and dogs sick. :(

JoyR
04-19-2007, 01:20 PM
I've been feeding my Min-Pin daughter Ralston-Purina One or Science Diet.

I've lost all confidence in Iams and Eukanuba after discovering their so-called "premium" canned food is the same as Wal-Mart.

TdeF
04-20-2007, 09:09 AM
Iams changed several years ago when P&G bought the company and started mass marketing it.
Bottom line on the food problems: there are still a lot of unknowns and there is no concrete answer right now.

Darcy
04-20-2007, 12:57 PM
How To Rate Pet Food (http://www.acreaturecomfort.com/ratingpetfood.htm)

backpack
05-22-2007, 07:48 AM
I feed my cat Newman's Own Organic cat food.

She is now on Vet special diet: Hill Science diet in creamy can food and rebound a liquid diet as she is not feeling good.

Darcy
05-29-2007, 02:30 PM
Newman's Own Organic has been great...

See this article (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-mxa0528petfoodmay28,0,5171713.story?coll=chi-business-hed).

"After the recall, Newman's Own Organics wanted to find out
the source of the ingredients used in its entire pet food line. It
took weeks to research the answer for a single product, its adult dog
food. The company confirmed that every ingredient, from fresh,
human-grade chicken free of antibiotics, to the vitamins, comes from
U.S. sources, according to Peter Meehan, chief executive of Newman's
Own Organics. "

Meryddian
07-25-2007, 04:14 PM
I've been blending my own mix of Science Diet dry foods - I mix up Advanced Protection® Senior 7+, Hairball Control Mature Adult 7+, and "Nature's Best" chicken or fish, usually; although sometimes I add the "Dental Care" or "Sensitive Skin" varietals to the mix. It gives my cat a little more variety plus helps her address whatever her seasonal issues are.

However, I'd be really interested to find out where one can get Newman's Organic pet food. Is that only by mail order, or in stores, or...? Thanks! :)

Darcy
07-25-2007, 04:23 PM
You can order Newman's Own from Costco.com, and a lot of natural groceries (such as Whole Foods) carry it.

backpack
07-27-2007, 07:57 PM
After treatment my cat was fed...Fancy Feast at the vet! So I now I am buying both Newman's own and Fancy Feast.

Most of her meals are mixed with meds, so sometimes it is a no go, I don't know if she doesn't like the flavor or the med taste.

Newman's Own has a website, google the exact url.

A chain store in the East Coast , Harris Teeter carries it .

vinnieg24
09-27-2007, 06:16 AM
My dog eats alpo...I havent had any problems with it. I am thinking about getting a cat soon, any recommendations for food? I see some mentioned on the first page, can you get that food at regular grocery stores?

pretzelb
10-03-2007, 06:41 AM
I used to frequent this dog forum http://www.dogforum.org/index.php and it has lively debates on food.

Our dog gets Canidae or Innova and we mix kibble with wet from both. Both brands are almost always in the top two when I see rankings. I would love to switch our dog to a BARF (Bones and Raw Food) diet but I'm not sure I could find a good supply for the food and it scares me a bit.

Only hard part with food is you never know how good it's really doing unless your dog had issues before. We pretty much started with high quality food so it could be the food that keeps her coat so healthy looking, or, it could be she just has an amazing coat. I should post a picture at some point, she looks a bit like Riley but has short hair.

Darcy
10-05-2007, 10:57 AM
I should post a picture at some point, she looks a bit like Riley but has short hair.

You should! She can be a friend of Riley.

wildgeese
10-05-2007, 12:18 PM
for two senior cats, one with diabetes (needs high protein) and another with hyperthyroid (too much protein is hard on her kidneys). Also, we've recently discovered Avoderm canned food with sauce.

pretzelb
10-08-2007, 07:46 AM
You should! She can be a friend of Riley.
Aww, twist my arm. Here's Georgia. She's from the local SPCA. We hit the lottery with her. She's only about 43 pounds and as near as we can figure she's a black lab mix with maybe border collie, dalmation, whippet, or greyhound in there. At two years old she is insanely playful so she would love to meet Riley. The local SPCA has a Riley look alike named Ethel up for adoption but we're not sure if we're ready for another dog.

Showing off the lucky paw
http://mrmatt.smugmug.com/photos/90677117-M.jpg

Lounging on the lawn
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1379/856183732_b98252e994.jpg

Big yawn for fun
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1151/979964155_d2e4b4af83.jpg

Darcy
10-10-2007, 04:52 PM
Georgia is beautiful!!! Great pictures. I'll add them to Riley's page soon...

Riley has a new sister named Lily who is part Greyhound or Whippet -- I definitely see a lot of Lily in Georgia. Does Georgia like to burrow under blankets and make caves for herself? Lily is constantly doing that...we think it might be because she has the thin skin of a Greyhound/Whippet.

Alicia
10-11-2007, 03:28 PM
We feed our cats Katz-n-Flocken all stages (we have one kitten and an adult cat). It has really helped the adult cat's coat. They seem to like it. The little one eats a ton of it, she is a growing Bengal kitty.

pretzelb
10-19-2007, 11:29 AM
Georgia is beautiful!!! Great pictures. I'll add them to Riley's page soon...

Riley has a new sister named Lily who is part Greyhound or Whippet -- I definitely see a lot of Lily in Georgia. Does Georgia like to burrow under blankets and make caves for herself? Lily is constantly doing that...we think it might be because she has the thin skin of a Greyhound/Whippet.

Georgia doesn't burrow but she has been known to have blankets put on her so she ends up being wrapped like a newborn baby. I used to frown on this until I noticed that Georgia will sometimes stay under the covers for a long time. I think most times she ends up getting to hot but it does appear that she enjoys it for a while. Most dogs don't like that but go figure. What makes it even more strange is that she appears to just love the cold. I had a few shots of her first snow where she just went bezerk. Crazy dog likes blankets and cold weather.