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Old June 5th, 2006, 11:15 AM
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Looking for feedback on Performatrin Ulta from Pet Valu.

Hello,

I am asking for your assistance as I would like to know if any one else has had problems with this food.

On the advice of Pet Valu, I changed my 10 year old male cat's food from Science Diet to their "holistic, much healthier Performatrin Ultra". They informed me that they were slowly phasing out Science Diet and implied that it was sub standard food. After not quite 4 months of this, my guy is currently on a feeding tube with liver disease. He lost 10 lbs in the course of just shy of 4 months which my vet attributes to this food.

A lady I work with had her 9 year old male cat put down after living with endless urinary tract infections, crystals (they even had to operate to change him from a male to female) and finally liver and kidney failure after living a life with this food.

I am asking if anyone has had bad experiences with this food to please respond.

Thanks so much!
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Old June 5th, 2006, 11:32 AM
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I am so sorry for your cat, and hope he gets through this.

As for Performatrin, I used to feed the dry to my cats, as I was told by Pet Value staff, that it was the best, I started noticing that my cats vomitted often, and one of my cats did die of liver failure (December 7, 2001), but I never linked it to the food !

I changed food, because of the vomitting, and because the colour of the food changed (to a more yellow colour) and when I looked at the ingredients I saw the first one listed was, Corn .
I am sure that when I started feeding this food years ago, that this was not the case.

I now feed Costco's brand (Kirkland) and have had no problems since.

I wish you and your sweet guy the best of luck
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Old June 5th, 2006, 01:04 PM
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I don't understand- if you look at performatrin ultra's website, there's no corn in the food... I know a few people here have fed it to their dogs without any trouble..
http://www.performatrinultra.com/cat/cdi_chicken.htm

The bad ingredients in that chicken one are brewer's yeast (by-product) and Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (not for human consumption), but I don't see corn.
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I don't understand- if you look at performatrin ultra's website, there's no corn in the food... I know a few people here have fed it to their dogs without any trouble..
http://www.performatrinultra.com/cat/cdi_chicken.htm

The bad ingredients in that chicken one are brewer's yeast (by-product) and Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (not for human consumption), but I don't see corn.
I stopped feeding my cats performatrin because the first ingredient on the catfood bag was corn (may have been corn meal) but it definately said corn! This came off of a bag of seniors performatrin for cats.

Like I stated in my previous post, that I am sure when I started feeding them performatrin it wasn't like this.I switched from science diet to performatrin when I aquired 6 cats and science diet was so expensive, and the staff at Pet Value told me performatrin was better then Science Diet and cheaper.
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Old June 5th, 2006, 01:16 PM
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So their website is wrong then? (I'd just like to know...)
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Old June 5th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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So their website is wrong then? (I'd just like to know...)

Could be! But I fed the seniors performatrin, maybe the Ultra is different??
If you can find the ingredients for performatrin seniors, we may see a diference in ingredients.
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Old June 12th, 2006, 11:59 AM
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The food forums.. Look at the top of the thread. It tells you where you are.

Pets.ca - Pet forum for dogs cats and humans > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Recipes for pets - recipes for humans > Dog and cat food forum > Looking for feedback on Performatrin Ulta from Pet Valu.
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Old June 12th, 2006, 12:03 PM
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The food forums.. Look at the top of the thread. It tells you where you are.

Thank you mafiaprincess. I'm brand new here and didn't know.

Have a great day!
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Old June 12th, 2006, 12:06 PM
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Old June 26th, 2006, 11:28 PM
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performatrin Ultra

Performatrin Ultra is not the same as Performatrin senior or any other performatrin for that matter. Both the cat and dog Ultra made it into the whole dog journal.

Honestly there is no comparison between Perform ultra and Science diet. Read a bag of SD and try and find some real meat.
I think it really is sad what happened to you cat and we all know that this was more of a family memeber then a cat :-( So you are probably really questioning anything you did different.

As a breeder I have my puppy owners sign in my contract that they will not feed SD. We do feed mostly raw to both cats and dogs. We do have kibble on the side also.
I think you did the best you could for your 4 legged friend .
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Old July 4th, 2006, 06:40 PM
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Similarly, several months ago, back when I was buying Science Diet at Pet Valu, one worker there told me to switch to something more "holistic", "natural," probably the Performatrin. I actually thought it was rather rude of the cashier to tell me what to buy. I wondered, why is she doing this? What's the incentive, and I told her that I thought it was none of her business. I asked her what her training for this was, and explained to her that my vet, whom I trust a lot, recommended science diet. She had no formal education in pet nutrition, and was really just a salesperson. I would never let a cashier tell me what to do.
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Old July 4th, 2006, 11:03 PM
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Vets have very little training in nutrition too... I wouldn't feed Science Diet. It's loaded with corn and fillers that just don't benefit the dog but make up the bulk of the food. No thanks.

What do you think is your vet's incentive for recommending Science Diet? Does he sell other Hill's products in his office?
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Old July 5th, 2006, 12:53 PM
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Ya, actually Prin, he does sell some Hills stuff at his vet shop, but perhaps partly because they carry specific formulas for specific medical problems. He recommended a number of other foods as well, but I settled for Hills at the time, as it seemed a more modest price range.
Now I'm using Holistic Blend.
However, I remain skeptical of things called "natural" and "holistic." It's just my thing. Arsenic is natural.
Anyhow, the point being, yes, we all have a hidden agenda to some extent. I trust my vet who has 7 geriatric dogs of his own and 20 years of experience more than an 18 yr old cashier without any credentials who gives me unsolicited advice. Had I asked for advice, I would have been grateful for it, but really, I just stopped to pick up a bag of food in a big rush and was told to switch to Performatrin by a cashier I'd never met before. ???
I've been lucky with animals so far, they've lived the ripest of old ages even on the cheapest of grocery shelf foods. Probably due to having a lot of exercise and abundance of love.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 12:58 PM
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Isn't Brewer's Yeast a good thing? - it is a great source of Vitamin B's.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 03:20 PM
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Out of about 4,000 hours in vet school. You might be lucky if your vet got 3-5 hours of nutrition a semester, and not every year. The ladies at global pet foods seem to have far better information than my vet ever will have when it comes to nutrition.

When you go to the dr, they refer you to a nutritionist, which there are in the vet world too. Your doctor doesn't start pushing diet advice on you. Think I'd be sketched out if the doctor's office was packed with random food products.

Brewer's yeast is in mainly crappy foods. It's a by product of the brewing industry. It has some vitamin B, but it's not worth nearly enough to be anywhere near the top of any ingredients list.

Marketplace did a dog food expose. Lot of vets were making 20% of their yearl income off of pushing dog food on clients. Gee, that's not sketchy.

If you actually look into the 'vet' formulas short of very short term use they aren't worth much. The majority are full of really crappy ingedients. Like gastro formulas made up of maily corn. Because that's gentle on a dog's stomach...
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Old August 6th, 2011, 10:08 AM
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Performatrin and kidney failure

We have lost two cats to renal failure on Performatrin Weight Control, this year. Now, a third is showing signs of the same! I am concerned about this product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It has long been known that dry food of any kind causes lots of health issues over the long run. That is why we say any canned food is better than dry foods.

www.catinfo.org

As for any over the counter flea remedies - they mostly don't work and some can be deadly to cats. I believe the can of Zodiac tells you to remove your pets and cover all food and fish tanks before spraying. At least the can I have here does. Fleas do indeed hop. They also come in on our clothes. And yes, I realize that statement was made in 2009.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 04:55 PM
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Angry Performatrin Cat Food (dry adult bag)

This Cat food should be pulled off the shelves. It made my 1year old cat throw up all of her meal. My other cat won't touch the stuff and my daughters cat has run away from home as a result of this food being left out for him.

After reading all of the other posts on this forum, I think its time someone pulled this off the shelves and checked what is making these cats sick from this food.

Hope no one has had to take their cat to the vet because of this product!
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Old January 13th, 2014, 06:49 AM
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This thread was started 7 and a half years ago and the last post before Mamaelf was 2.5 years ago. Comments on ingredients may no longer be relevant.
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Old April 14th, 2014, 07:07 AM
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Performatrin

Good morning,
Please look at Susan Thixton's Truth About Pet Food. There is a list of 2014 pet food recalls. There are VERY FEW dog, as well as cat foods, which are healthy.
Please do not take the advice of someone who works in a pet store to suggest
dog or cat foods. These employees are given scripts of which foods to recommend. Knowledge is power. The more research one does to investigate various foods, the healthier your pet will be. This applies to human health, as well. We are fortunate, we have access to this information with the internet. If one does not have a computer, there is always information at the library. Look up the various ingredients; as well as the preservatives. Some of these preservatives are not even allowed in foods in Europe; but, are considered acceptable in the U.S. This has to do with greed and profit. I am not saying all pet foods are bad; as, there are a few good companies who actually care about what the ingredients are given to one's dogs and cats. Please spend some time looking at different websites, like Homemade Dog Food. There are good suggestions for recipes one can prepare. You just have to make sure you are including all of the nutritional supplements to make it a healthy diet. Good luck.
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