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Old 09-26-2009, 10:11 PM   #1
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Fancy Feast problems
For those of you who feed this to your cats have you noticed lately the tiny white chunks in the food? We've been feeding our cats the Tender Beef Feast for at least 2 years now with nothing else and all of a sudden my boys won't touch it. We went through something similar last year where my dog wouldn't even lick the spoon! But it got better and now this. I've tried other flavors, lots of other flavors, and they'll eat 1 or 2 cans and that's it, and those too have the white chunks in them. My Max has lost weight from not eating! I'm scared to death. My husband felt the white specks and said it felt like bone. Sorry to gross you out, I'm not saying it is bone but there are by-products in there so it is possible. What else could it be?

I called Fancy Feast 2 weeks ago to complain and she said they haven't changed the formula since 2003. So what's with all the chunks? It's impossible to find a food, that's not expensive, that both cats like. I've been buying and returning cat food like a weirdo lately. Something has changed and I sure wish we could find out what the heck their doing to it.
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Old 09-26-2009, 10:32 PM   #2
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Wow, that doesn't sound good. My cat is allergic to FF so she can't eat it at all. I give her Purina Pro Plan wet food. FF is a Purina company, too. I think I'd try them on something else because you can't have them losing weight.
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:56 PM   #3
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Wow, that doesn't sound good. My cat is allergic to FF so she can't eat it at all. I give her Purina Pro Plan wet food. FF is a Purina company, too. I think I'd try them on something else because you can't have them losing weight.
I know, that's why yesterday we returned the FF and got a few different brands of cat food. They scarfed it down this morning now they don't want to touch it. I'm getting really worried now. I don't know what else to try. I'll see about trying what you give your cat Jan and hope for the best.
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That sounds scary. Do they not eat dry food? It's way better for the teeth. My kitties only get wet food for a treat and are content with 9 Lives if they get it.
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Old 09-27-2009, 01:03 PM   #5
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That sounds scary. Do they not eat dry food? It's way better for the teeth. My kitties only get wet food for a treat and are content with 9 Lives if they get it.
Yes, they were on dry food their whole lives up until 2.5 yrs ago when one of them got diabetes. So after researching it online I found that the wet food is WAY better for them than the dry as they are carnivours. They aren't meant to eat all the carbs, they aren't built that way. So after a few months, low and behold, his diabetes went away! And they've been on the FF ever since.

And the claim about it the dry being better for their teeth isn't true either. I think the only thing that helps keep animals teeth clean is chewing on bones. (Which I don't recommend anyone give their cats bones to chew on, I'm referring to dogs.) Dry food isn't hard enough to get the crap off of their teeth. I'm only speaking from my experience with my 2 boys. I don't mean to offend anyone in anyway as we're all protective of our pets. But I can't go back to dry food seeing as the one is suseptible to diabetes.
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Old 09-27-2009, 01:15 PM   #6
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I read an article in a vet column in my newspaper recently and she said that cats should really have both dry and wet.

I always fed my cats dry food, but now my elderly cat doesn't have a lot of teeth so there's no choice anymore really, plus she has all these allergies to foods or something in them. I think you really have to base your choices on your particular pet. Some of them can go forever on dry food w/o a problem, others not.
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Old 09-27-2009, 03:53 PM   #7
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We put my cat on dry food a few years ago as he was overweight and he didn't like it as much, and therefore wouldn't bite people until he got fed on demand. He has lost some weight but the downside appears to be that it makes him constipated
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:28 PM   #8
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We put my cat on dry food a few years ago as he was overweight and he didn't like it as much, and therefore wouldn't bite people until he got fed on demand. He has lost some weight but the downside appears to be that it makes him constipated
He's probably not getting as much moisture and fat as he was on the wet food. There's probably something simple you can do to make it better for him.
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I think the teeth issues vary from cat to cat. I once had a cat with horrible tarter problems on the teeth, the other cat had no problems at all and they ate the same diet.

Now I have a cat I adopted as an adult who is overweight but his previous owners only fed him meow mix. He has minor teeth issues, and no way will he let me brush them. But my other younger cat still has no teeth issues and I've had her since being a kitten. I currently feed my cats Precise, they have never been recalled, the dry does have rice but no other grains, no "by products" and they meet human food standards.
http://www.precisepet.com/ The store I buy it from is a small locally owned pet store and they are very selective about the products they carry. I can't afford some of the other cat foods they have. LOL. The brands they carry are not typically seen at Petco.
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My boy has lost 1.5 pounds in one month. They took some blood and the vet just called to tell me that nothing looks concerning that they could pinpoint an actual problem. We have to try and get his urine somehow (that should be fun) and then she threw out the big C word. But, "let's just try some pepcid and the petromalt for a few days and get the urine and then we'll go from there with possible x-rays."

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