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we got dog food in a cat food package!

July 31st, 2007, 05:57 PM
We feed our cat a holistic dry cat food. A few weeks ago we bought a new bag and noticed that the shape of the food morsels had changed but thought little more about it. However, within a few days our cat started exhibiting problems with bowel movements, and howling occasional and seemingly unprompted cries of pain. She is normally a very quiet cat. We thought she might have eaten a mouse or something, but it continued. It took us about 3 weeks to come to the conclusion that it was the food. We took the half eaten bag of dry food back to the pet store and they confirmed it was dry dog food in a cat food package! Apparently there was some error at the factory. So my question is, what harm might our cat have suffered as a result of eating dog food? I know that canines and felines have very different dietary needs. Also, what type of compensation do you think would be appropriate for feeding our cat an incorrect diet. It clearly had an effect on her health. The pet food store wasn't even willing to return a full refund on the bag, but placed calls to the manufacturer and understand we will now be compensated for the full cost of the mis-labeled bag ! They don't seem to be taking this very seriously, but it seems like a pretty major error from our perspective?

July 31st, 2007, 06:44 PM
What brand of food was it? Did you take your cat to the vet for any blood and urine tests? If your vet has confirmed a problem do you still have the bag of food?

July 31st, 2007, 09:47 PM
It was Holistic by O&M, which is supposed to be a quality food. It certainly isn't cheap stuff. We are in BC too, on Vancouver Island. The guy at the Vancouver distributor told me that only seven cat food bags got filled with dog food and that they thought they caught them! The vet told us to get our cat back on cat food and see if her condition improves. No, we do not have the original bag. The pet store wouldn't let us keep it. Seems to us they are all trying to sweep the matter under the rug.

August 2nd, 2007, 12:01 AM
I had not heard of Holistic by O & M so I googled it and checked the ingredients. It is pretty grainy IMO and also has stool hardeners and Vitamin K supplement (probably menadione sodium bisulfite complex) which is a controversial ingredient and banned for human consumption.

I would suggest switching to Canidae (, Innova ( or Orijen ( Orijen is completely grain free and is getting a lot of good recommendations.

I hope your cat is okay. :fingerscr

August 2nd, 2007, 09:05 AM
Honestly, I would switch to canned (or even better, raw) food. Cats really shouldn't eat dry. Any dry.