March 24, 2007

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and warm

The plan today was to work on recipes; however, my mother came down with a terrible flu in the night, so I’m going to take care of her instead. I went to the local 24-hour store and got in supplies: Powerade, water, saltines, the kind of soup we always have for a stomach problem – and I’ve been giving her ginger tea and water, and letting her doze on and off all morning while I did the laundry, the cleaning, etc.

I might get a little writing done, but I’m not going to count on it. I’ll just take the day as it comes.

Elsa is the best cat to have around when not feeling well – she stays right with you, purring and being quiet and loving. She’s such a sweetheart. The twins get anxious, but they’ve calmed down a bit.

Spooky came up to have his breakfast this morning and visit. He decided he really likes a bright pink catnip mouse, so now that’s “his”. I’ve put it in a bag separate from the girls’ toys until I know everyone’s shots are all updated. I’ll have to buy the girls a new pink catnip mouse, but that’s the way it goes.

There are several things about the Pet Food recall that infuriate me. That it happened in the first place is completely unacceptable. That Menu Foods tested it on animals when the complaints started coming in is also unacceptable, and that those animals suffered and died. What did they do? Get them from shelters and murder them? If they were going to test it on a living thing, it should have been on their damn executives who switched suppliers without checking quality control first. AND, since it was the NY State Agriculture Department who managed to isolate and find out that it was rat poison, there was no need to kill even more animals with their “testing.”

Also, the brands are just as culpable as Menu Foods. If I’m paying the premium price for Iams or Eukenuba, I expect and DEMAND that they have their own plants and strict quality controls. That’s what I’m paying for. To discover that it’s the same stuff as Wal-Mart brand – or any other store brand – is a slap in the face to consumers. And the brand companies are just as responsible for this as Menu Foods. Why are they allowing their supposedly top-line food to be processed without keeping their own quality controls? This is NOT acceptable.

You’ll notice the brand companies have said nothing, but both Iams and Eukenuba have pulled their advertising, as well they should. They should also issue apologies and try to help Menu Foods make it right. No wonder my girls always hated Iams! THEY knew. And wouldn’t eat it.

They eat the Trader Joe’s organic wet food – I switched because it has 0% ash content, and if you use a food with the usual ash content, which is 4%, you are setting your animal up for problems later in life – and no wheat gluten. But I still contacted them wanting to know where the food is prepared and what quality controls they use. I will let you know what they tell me.

I may well go out and buy another copy of The Natural Cat (my copy’s in storage) and start making their food from scratch again.

Unless each and every one of us who is angry about this makes our displeasure known to these companies – not just Menu Foods, but the brand names – this will continue. What are YOU willing to do to keep your pets safe? Apathy = condonement. If you do nothing, you condone what happened.



  1. We always got Eukenuba for our puppy–what a shocker that it was the same as the cheap stuff! It’s tatamount to gettting Regular and Premium Gas from the same underground tank! Shame on them!

    I feel bad for all the owners who lost (or could potentially lose) their beloved pets. It really stinks.

    I hope your mother feels better!

  2. Very valid points, Devon. I must sharpen my quill and ink out some letters!

  3. I feel so sorry for those who have lost their four-legged family members to this tragedy. Yet, I am so glad we switched to canned Purina for 17-year-old kitty and use Pedigree kibble for our dogs. I think there’s much to this story that needs explored and exposed.

  4. First, having just gone through that flu, I hope your mother is better.

    If I wasn’t mad enough already, now I’m madder – I’m glad I that I use Purina. I shall be getting out my “quill” too.

  5. Absolutely NOT condoning what happened, but according to CNN, the animals that died during the testing had died during taste tests at the same time as the first reports of other pets dying started coming in. I really don’t want to believe a company would deliberately do something like testing potentially toxic food on animals. That’s depressing as hell.

    And I feed my dog Inova–google it and read about it. I swear she eats better than I do. I’m educating myself more on the cat food I feed, too. If there’s one bright side to all this drama, it’s that pet owners have hopefully had their eyes opened by this. ITA about the generic and premimu thing–that’s just AWFUL.

  6. Hope your mom feels better soon. And that is so sad about the dog food – those owners must be heartbroken.

  7. We usually only feed our cat dry cat food, but when hubby had brought home some cans of wet food, I panicked and had to check them. Thankfully, they were fine.

    So nice of you to take care of your mother when she’s not feeling well – I bet she is so appreciative of you. 🙂

  8. I had no idea of the testing done on the animals, how horrific. You are right, this situation really is unaccaptable. My kittes eat Purina, so we were not affected, but I despise this happened.
    I hope your Mother feels better soon.

  9. See, the thing is we think the gov is out there protecting us. But they aren’t. There are strong lobbies creating laws that side step the protection: for us. Never mind for our 4-legged families. Because, after all, they’re “only animals.” (don’t yell at me – I’m just repeating). Which is why some people happily eat meat. Ok. I’ll be quiet now.
    Excellent points about silence = complicity.

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