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WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill 
5th-Dec-2011 09:46 am
Originally posted by boosette at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill
Originally posted by issendai at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

5th-Dec-2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
I've been feeding my dog Purina since I brought her home in 2003. I've never had a problem with any of the food smelling funny or having eggs or worms -- but I can imagine that food that's been kept in super-hot warehouses, filthy/infested conditions (not a shock in some of those warehouses), or simply been around for a long time could become spoiled or tainted.

I personally am a big believer in going to the source -- if you have a problem with something, take it back to the store. Contact the company. The internet won't give you your money back or alert the company to a potential problem that they need to know about.

Also? Never. NEVER. buy food in general from a "discount warehouse" like Ollie's/Big Lots/etc. Things that should be refrigerated often aren't, and many are past expiry but you don't see that as a consumer, because it's on the outside packaging that they remove before sending them to the stores.
5th-Dec-2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
We feed the cats Science Diet "diet" cat food mixed with Iams Dental Care cat food. Iams and Science Diet are very good for their coats and have had few recall/illness complaints and issues. Finally, my vet always suggests one of them as what we should be feeding them.

Now if I could just get Mina to stop picking out the tasty dental pieces and eat an equal share of the diet food, life would be splendid. She, however, is a cat, so, well, its good to have hope, right?
6th-Dec-2011 05:21 am (UTC)
Thank you for this. Satin's thrown up 3x on some of the cans we've picked up. We're gonna pick up a different set of food tomorrow.
6th-Dec-2011 07:25 am (UTC)
As soon as I saw your post and the link to the Consumer Affairs list of complaints, I immediately called my mom. Apparently my dad has been feeding the dogs (our dog and my brother's dog, who is now living with us until my older brother is able to get his own place) Purina One for a long time now. Both of them are black Labradors. So far the girls haven't started throwing up or gotten sick for no apparent reason, but my mom said they're going to keep watch on them.

It's amazing how so many of the reports on that Consumer Affairs page are extremely similar. Hopefully they're able to narrow down where the bad batches of dog/cat food are coming from.
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