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Old January 22nd, 2008, 01:44 PM
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canned cat food

I have 10 cats and feed them Compliments canned food. Starting Monday, 5 of my cats that ate one flavour have vomitted and have diarrhea. Watching them to make sure they don't get dehydrated.
Of the rest of my cats, one cat mainly eats dry food, 3 others had a different flavour of Compliments and my other cat is on a special veterinarian diet and these cats are all OK.

Just curious if any of you feed your cats this food and if you have had any of the same problems.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 03:32 PM
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Sorry to hear your kitties are sick
What was the flavor that made them ill? Hopefully they'll be on the mend soon - have you tried upgrading their food?
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 04:06 PM
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I'm reall sorry to hear about your kitties. :sad: Compliments cat food was on the recall list from earlier this year. Check your UPC codes....

http://www.compliments.ca/recall/cat-dog-food.html

Save the cans/pouches that you used even if they are not on that list and contact your veterinarian. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 04:06 PM
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Flavor was Prime Grill with Beef.
I am going to try them on some food samples from my vets where I work to see if they like the food. It will be more expensive but worth it.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 05:22 PM
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If I might, and if you're willing to spend the money, I would like to suggest canned Wellness grain free. It's better for your kitties than the vet stuff, and because of its high calorie content, they'll eat less of it.

Also, I wanted to add, that even though Wellness is more than the Compliments brand, it's typically far cheaper than the vet Hills/Science Diet stuff, which is high in grains and not much else.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 05:43 PM
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I didn't see the Prime Grill with Beef on the list I posted but I would still save the packaging just in case.

I agree with Phoozles about feeding Wellness if you can. Check the ingredients with the food from the vet and you'll see the difference.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 06:48 PM
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My cats turn their back on Compliments canned, even if they're 'starving' and that's enough for me. Friskies, which is what I generally feed, is one notch up but I know it's not the greatest either.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 05:28 AM
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My one cat needs to be on a weight control. He also gets blocked very easily so he needs something with low ash and magnesium.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 06:15 AM
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I've tried all the pricey good for you canned foods for my cats and they won't even sniff at them let alone eat them. The raccoons got the good stuff in the end. They weren't so picky.
The only canned mine will eat is Fancy feast, the pate varieties. They will eat Friskies pate varieties too if given no choice.

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How is the weight control food working for you. If not, try a higher quality, higher protein, low carb food, you may find your cat will eat less on its own. As for low ash, magnesium, they are now finding that this is leading to calcium kidney stones in cats, so you may end with a different stone blockage if your cat is on this diet for too long. Best for any cat who has a history of crystals/stones is lots of water and quality canned food, no kibble.

http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/Page...struct_Web.pdf
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 05:23 PM
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Yep, you can avoid 'weight control' products altogether if you get them on a good food - I've got a big kitty on 4/5ths of a can a day on Wellness and he's actually lost way more weight than he lost on the 'weight control' stuff (which was none).
Higher calories means they get full faster and eat less - as long as you serve them the right portions, of course.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 06:12 PM
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I've got a big kitty on 4/5ths of a can a day on Wellness
Phoozles -- is that the medium sized cans (5.5 oz/155g)? Mine eats about a can a day and i was wondering if that is too little (the can says to feed a can per 6-8 pounds of body weight and mine is 11 pounds and only eats 1 can). How big is your cat?
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I have spent the last two days ( and nights) cleaning up after various cats vomitting. Luckily they're not all sick. I woke up last night twice to two of them getting sick. I came home from work today and 2 of my cats refuse to eat anything. One of them was vomitting quite a bit today. So I am syringing water down him so he doesn't get dehydrated and will be taking him to my vet tomorrow. I have kept all the cans that I assume made my cats sick. I got some medicine from my vet (flagyl or metronidazole)today as the majority of my cats still have diarrhea.
I have ordered some Wellness canned and dry from my vet. Hopefully they will like it. I am willing to pay the extra cost.
The other cats seem to be doing OK.
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Hope they feel better soon!!
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Old January 24th, 2008, 05:31 AM
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I slept with the one cat last night and about 4 am this morning, I woke up and was eating some canned food (not Compliments) and the other cat was eating as well. Another cat that was sick on Monday still has bloody diarrhea.
Those pills (flagyl) are really nasty, if you don't get them down all the way, the cat starts frothing at the mouth. Tried putting them in Pill Pockets yesterday, some of the cats gobbled them down and other cats upped their noses at the Pill Pockets. When I get home from work today, I'm going to get my husbands help in getting the pills down them. Lots of fun
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Try to follow the pills with a chaser of water or tuna juice (by syringe), or at the very least a tasty treat like plain meat baby food (no onions). That should help the pill go down and prevent it getting stuck in their throat. Good luck!
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Old January 24th, 2008, 05:30 PM
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Phoozles -- is that the medium sized cans (5.5 oz/155g)? Mine eats about a can a day and i was wondering if that is too little (the can says to feed a can per 6-8 pounds of body weight and mine is 11 pounds and only eats 1 can). How big is your cat?
I wouldn't go by what the say on the can - Wellness has a lot of calories in it. My cat was 16.8 lbs - he's lost some weight so I'm getting him weighed on Saturday - and I feed him, as I said, 4/5th of the 5.5 oz can (just under 5 ounces), because he's on a diet. 11 lbs is a good size for a cat, so you could get away with feeding your cat just the one can a day - it has about the right amount of calories to maintain them at 11lbs.

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I slept with the one cat last night and about 4 am this morning, I woke up and was eating some canned food (not Compliments) and the other cat was eating as well. Another cat that was sick on Monday still has bloody diarrhea.
Those pills (flagyl) are really nasty, if you don't get them down all the way, the cat starts frothing at the mouth. Tried putting them in Pill Pockets yesterday, some of the cats gobbled them down and other cats upped their noses at the Pill Pockets. When I get home from work today, I'm going to get my husbands help in getting the pills down them. Lots of fun
Sorry to hear about your ongoing troubles - my guy turned his nose up at Pill Pockets too and HATED pill time! Doing the team effort tends to work sometimes. Good luck and keep us posted!
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