Recall Update: Sunday

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  1. Helen says:

    Amy, this is a shot in the dark, but greens help a cat feel better when they are sick. That’s why they eat grass. For whatever reason my cat and one other cat I have known are crazy for spinach. If you can get some frozen organic spinach and thaw a little bit in warm water, your cat may want a little. It is very very wet, so if she did want to eat some, it would get some water in her also. Yeah, it probably does take some time to recover. Kidney problems are painful and stressful, and I have fingers crossed she will be back to good health soon.

  2. Amy says:

    Helen - I might try the spinach tomorrow as I was already thinking of stopping at Whole Foods for some wheat grass since I’m in between batches of homegrown - thanks. Then I can pickup some canned salmon, too. I’ve read in other posts that some people feed a consistent variety (oxymoron?) of foods to help avoid any problems from a buildup of bad things from any one bad food.

  3. Lorie says:


    My littlest one isn’t to crazy about the chicken either gets bored with it and camps in front of frig, she has found a new love in canned salmon for right now seeing how she doesn’t like tuna.

    Boutique Owner,

    I do agree with youon the dry with cats I plan on once this is over if that ever happens to only use dry on the treat basis , except for when I need to be away over night or something right now I am home bound in 12 hour intervals need a dry to leave out when I gohmoe to PA for a weekend visit. Never new how much I took the dry for granite, my cats always had both

  4. Boutique Owner says:

    I love Nature’s Variety. They use very high quality ingredients in all of their foods. I prefer the raw over the canned, but the canned is fabulous too. I also really like the EVO canned and Merrick canned.

    I think the biggest thing is to stay away from foods that are available at Petco or Petsmart or any of the box stores/grocery stores. I’m not saying this because I own a boutique of my own though. I have the option of bringing in those foods too, and usually I’d be cheaper than the box pet stores because they operate on really high profit margins. I just don’t trust ANY of the foods once they hit that level. Something has to give in order to crank out that much food.

    If you cook for your family, they are generally going to receive a really high-quality meal. If, however, you need to cook for all the kids at school, you cut major corners and quality suffers. That’s my theory when choosing what to bring into my store.

  5. Amy says:

    Thanks for the input Boutique Owner; unfortunately I’ve been put off Merrick just because that was the last food I had her on before I wound up taking my girl to the vet. Granted the trouble probably started a couple weeks earlier with the Natural Balance and took time to build but due to comments from other posts and my own experience with Merrick I think I’ll avoid it for awhile. I might, however, pick up some of the frozen medallions (I think they offer a small starter/trial pack and I have a great independent food store close by) and just see what my kits think of the raw stuff. That along with the organic frozen spinach, canned salmon, and fresh wheat grass from Whole Foods and I’m hoping we’ll be in good shape.

  6. Lorie says:

    Boutique Owner,

    You really stand behind Merrick, I have been usingit from March 23 til this past Friday when my youngest had a relapse and my oldest followed suit on Saturday. I found Merric to be very inconsistant the more I used some cans were greasy others half full, some where lumpy some where puree and I am talking about one flavor New England Boil these differences in each can made me nervous and now that they had a relapse and taht was one of the mainstays in their new diets since being poisoned by FF I no longer trust them either. Amy feels it caused her cats illness also. We might be parinoid but just being cautious

  7. Boutique Owner says:

    Interesting Merrick comments. I’ve not heard any comments like this from my customers, but I’ll ask everyone when they’re in. I’ll also ask my rep if they’ve been having any problems internally that she’d like to share with me. If you’re turned off on the Merrick, then try Evangers, Felidae or Nature’s Variety. I’m also starting to look at Nature’s Logic for my store.

    My all time favorite food is the Nature’s Variety Raw. They do have the “taste of raw” bags which are $4.99 to try. Most cat owners need to start this very slowly because cats aren’t used to the texture/taste change. I have one customer that took 3 months adding a pinch at a time to get the cat to eat it. It’s so worth it in the longrun though!

  8. Amy says:

    Has anyone tried Wild Side Salmon? They’re freeze dried salmon treats recommended by another independent pet store here and I just noticed today that while the salmon is caught in Alaska it is sent to China to be freeze dried and packaged. Great. I checked their website today and it looks like it’s a small company and the owners state that their treats are safe but I just don’t trust anything from China.

    Okay, just gave my girl her antibiotics… it was a remarkably short battle this time but it’s good to see she still has a lot of fight in her! Afterwards I rewarded her with some canned chicken which she gobbled right up. I still don’t like the salt content so I just pulled out some chicken chunks and didn’t give any of the water and salt it sits in - but hey with everything that’s going on right now I’m just happy to see her want to eat and I know this at least is human grade.

  9. Amy says:

    As for the Merrick it’s just so inconsistent and the comments across Itchmo are littered with stories about people losing trust just because the food can look and smell completely different from one can to the next. My girl flat out refused the New England Boil and she loves all wet food. It was gross, though, and I felt like a bad pet parent putting it in front of them - soupy, greasy, orange muck. Blech.

  10. Helen says:

    Amy, if she really likes the canned chicken and is willing to eat it when she won’t eat other stuff, rinse it, and let it sit in clean water for a little while. The chicken will stay very wet, and the fresh water will suck out some of the salt.

  11. Amy says:

    But I think she likes the salt because it gives flavor :) I’m the one who doesn’t like it!

    Lorie I emailed you - hope you got it!

  12. Helen says:

    Yeah, I hear you. My cat the canned tuna hog doesn’t like the no salt so much either. Sigh.

  13. Amy says:

    I just got her to drink some more of the water off the chicken I boiled earlier. I had to warm it up a bit in the microwave but she drank quite a bit… I hope it only does good things for her.

    Neither of my cats like canned tuna, isn’t that weird?

  14. Helen says:

    My cat won’t eat fresh turkey. But she loves fresh chicken. That’s why it was so hard to figure out what was wrong with our cats. We expect them to be cats….aka…weird. That chicken water is excellent for her! There’s nothing in there but chicken infused water…it is chicken tea! :D

  15. Amy says:

    Chicken tea - I could market it! Okay, I’m off to bed, it’s been a long day. Have a good night!

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