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bluemeanies
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   Posted 3/30/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
One of my two cats was poisoned by the recalled pet food and I am having some problems dealing with it.  He was in the hospital for three days and almost died.  He has been home for 7 days now and is only a little better.  He is having short periods of playing but he wears out fast and sleeps deeper than he did.  I think he has permanent damage and is now on perscription food.
 
I have not slept good since the recall was announced.  Even though I know it is not my fault I still am having guilty feelings about almost killing him.  I get very sad that his life is forever changed and most likely shortened, he is an indoor cat and should have had a long life.  I also am having periods of anger.  I am angry with the pet store I bought it at (PetsMart), the maker (Iams) and the manufacturer (Menu Foods).  Then I remember how many pets have died and feel so lucky that mine was able to be saved.  My feelings are all over the place daily.  So far I am about $350 into this mess and live week to week so it is hard for me to buy expensive food and vet bills.  Which makes me angry again.  Sheesh.
 
I should mention that I live alone and my two cats are my companions, my babies.  I hope I can come to terms with this soon.  The not being able to fall asleep and stay asleep is getting to me.
 
I was wondering if anyone else here had their pet poisoned and how they are dealing with it.

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   Posted 3/30/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Being a cat lover myself I cannot even imagine the grief and anger you must be feeling...
However, great that your cat has survived :-)
Discussing your cats progress with your vet may be an option..no doubt they did lots of tests when he was in hospital so they will know his prognosis and if any organs are permanently damaged etc and what sort of quality of life he can expect..that way you can put things in perspective in your own mind and make decisions based on facts.
 
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   Posted 3/30/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   

    I am so sorry this has happened. Even though you know it's not you'r fault it's still hard. Angry or not that cat needs you now more than ever. I have feeling you can sympathize [or understand] some of what the cat going through as far as the stomach ache goes.

  I wonder if you could help make him a little more comfortable with any of the stomach soothing remedies we learn with this disease? Maybe a little chamamile tea in the water with a drop of honey? I know dogs and horses not cats. So that might be a crazy idea. I know cats are picky.

  I'll add him to my prayers. Hang in there. Things like this can be hard. Remember to take care of you'rself too.

RJ


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   Posted 3/30/2007 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Blue
OMG
I am so sorry this happened.When I read that I was so upset and I don't have any pets (yet).
I hope it pulls thru.


Stay strong!

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   Posted 3/31/2007 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi blue, I am so very sorry to hear about your cat sad .  I have a cat too, his name is Normandy and he is pretty much my life also.  I got him about a year after my Shih-Tzu  named Babycakes died due to the vet not catching an inflamatory infection that she had going on despite having her into their office twice prior.  I had her almost 11 years and in my mind she should of lived a lot longer and I still to this day have deep sadness and anger about that.  I never had children and to me my pets are my kids. 

Anyhow, Normandy eats Iams dry food the weight control kind as he is really fat...20 pounds.  Everyday, I see another thing they have added to the list of recalled food and I watch him to be sure he is okay.  I cant imagine how I would react or feel if something like that happened to him.  It almost killed me with my dog died.  Your feelings are valid, you should be able to feed your cats and trust that the food you give them is safe.  Perhaps once you start to see a real improvement with your cat you will be able to relax alittle a know that it will be okay even if he does end up with some permanent damage from this.  Hopefully, it wont where it does cut into his life-term.  Please keep posting and let us know how you both are doing.  Take care


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   Posted 4/1/2007 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Blue
how is your baby doing?
I have been reading all of the news about this and I can not believe someone would do this!!
It is so horrible!!
I hope he is doing better.


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   Posted 4/1/2007 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
blue,

i hurt for you. we had two cate, brandy and leo. leo was a real boy. he was indoor/outdoor abd wandered and explored the neighborhood. we had just moved from mayrland to pennsylvania when leo went out and disappeared. before he went out he sat at the table and he ate his breakfast with me as i at mine. i adjusted his red collar, let him out to roam, and went to work. late that afternoon my wife called me and told me that leo had died. i couldn't believe it. i left work in a daze and somehow managed to drive home. my wife was holding his body in a towel, rocking him.

i actually cry everytime i think about that day. the keyboard and screen are blurry right now and the tears are running over.

sorry. gotta stop. it has been over a decade and the pain is still on the surface.

i hope and pray that yor baby will make a complete recovery.

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bluemeanies
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   Posted 4/2/2007 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
My cat had a pretty good weekend. He threw up once and slept hard a lot but when he's up he seems to be feeling better. I take him at the end of the week for blood work to see how his kidneys are doing.

I am doing a little better dealing with it. I'm lucky he lived through it and am trying to just enjoy my time with him. Just writing down my feelings here has helped me to move past it some. Thanks also for the words of support.

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   Posted 4/3/2007 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   

shy,

it's not "somebody" who did this to bljue's baby.  the company that made the pet food changed its supplier from an american company to a chinese company.  my manipulating its currency and using slave labor (political dissidents), the chinese are able to produce inferrior quaity goods but at a significantly lower price.  this is why almost all of the clothing and most other goods sold at wal-mart are made in china.  this is why over 25 million americans have lost their good-paying manufacturing jobs to chinese one-sided competition.  this time the chinese got caught producing food-stuffs in a totally unsanitary environment.

since nixon opened up china to american trade in the 1970s, successive administrations, both democrat and republican, have treated china as if it were a sickly child, spoiling it with "most favorable trade" status and giving away the store in trade treaties.

it's about time we, the people, started protecting ourselves and our pets and demanding that candidates for public office, encumbants, and all succeediing administrations, level theplaying field with the chinesse by having them subject to the same cleanliness, health, and safety rules that we apply to our own food-handling industry (what is left of ours, anyway).

sorry for this rant, but it is those people in china and those idiots in washington (that we elected to be there!) that poisened blue's baby and mordered many other people's babies.  the chinese government is just counting its money and the crooks in washington are counting their campaign chests.  who is suffering?  bluse, for one.  and a lot of other americans.

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

warren


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   Posted 4/4/2007 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Ooops sorry warren,
the last I read they were thinking that someone put rat poison in the food... I need to keep myself more updated..


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Brannah
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   Posted 4/4/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Blue, I'm so sorry for what has happened. I feel your pain. I'm hoping your kitty will comes out of this without any permanent damage. He's been through a lot and will likely take some time to heal.
You should be able to collect compensation for your vet bills from menu foods. Check it out.

I'm on another board and a fellow there is a border collie breeder and one of his clients lost his 4 working border collies. He carried the Iams packet food in his truck for a lunch snack for his dogs for when he was out working cattle in the field.
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