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Originally posted by boosette at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill
Originally posted by issendai at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill

My coworker John told me that his cat was seriously ill--throwing up, lethargic, refusing food, dropping weight. The previously healthy 6-year-old, 15-pound cat had lost a third of her body weight over the last few months. The vet couldn't find anything wrong with her. Blood tests were clean, and she didn't have any known illnesses. Yet she was a few days from organ failure.

That was a week ago. She's fine now. The solution was... to stop feeding her Purina cat food.

When John told me that, and said that friends of his had the same problem with their cats and Purina cat food, I looked into it. Holy shit. Take a look at the consumer complaints about Purina cat and dog food. This exact same problem has been an issue with Purina pet foods since 2007, but since this summer, the rate of complaints has picked up drastically. People who previously had to problems with Purina are reporting issues. Comment after comment sounds the same:

I've been feeding my three cats Fancy Feast canned food Chopped Grill Feast for many years. They have always devoured their meal and licked the plates clean. Last week, I noticed they did not want to eat much and went from plate to plate, ate a little. Next day, none of them would eat it. I kept trying new cans. What they did eat made them vomit and one cat was lethargic for days. I refuse to buy any more of this food. It's very scary. I don't know what is wrong with the food, but I fear it has toxins in it. I switched to another brand and the cats are fine now. Did anyone else experience this?


My dogs have been eating Purina Dog Chow (green bag) for about four years. They used to eat only Iams, but due to financial issues, we had to go with a cheaper brand. The last bag I purchased was about a week and a half ago. My 14 years old Labrador has vomited about 5-6 times and my German Shepherd has vomited about 4 times. Something is wrong with this food! The food has a kind of metallic smell to it. It just does not smell right. I'm taking it back to the pet store. I am changing my dogs' food, it's just not worth taking the chance to save a few dollars.


We purchased a large bag of Purina One Salmon dry cat food to give to a needy pet owner. She emailed us a couple of days later ,to say that there were maggots, lots of them with what looked to be like strands or webs with more dead gnats or flies, pieces of web in the food and "shells" of gnats or flies in the bag. Cats would not eat much of the food and, fortunately, they did not get sick. The store had noticed this problem in other bags and was willing to swap out.


I purchased a 34 lb bag of Purina One Smartblend dog food every three to four weeks for my two Labradors. The last bag I purchased seemed fine until I noticed a new infestation of little black bugs. Upon further inspection through the contents of the bag, I noticed clusters of white "eggs" adhered to quite a bit of the food. Some of these clusters contained larvae in the process of hatching. I immediately threw out the remaining contents of the bag but did save samples for my vet.

We went out of town last weekend and had friends dog sit for us. We originally attributed their lethargy and random vomiting to separation anxiety. Although they are doing better, I am still concerned and will be watching them closely. As stated, I saved samples of the infested dog food for our vet in the event that anything results from this issue.


I recently switched to the Friskies Poultry Variety pack (32 cans) that says it must be used by August 2013 (12281789 09:31 lo61237) sku (050000454242). I have 5 cats and feeding them this food, I noticed some of them throwing up. There's nothing in it but liquids, no hair ball, no food, nothing. My cats range from 8 weeks to 13 years old.

[ETA that this is from Boos I switched my own cats to Purina a couple of months ago, and their coats look so much better than they did on the old brand of cat food... but Buffy has started vomiting stomach liquids. Purina and Fancy Feast are off the menu. Permanently.

I have no idea why this isn't news. But if you're feeding your pets any Purina brand, please don't wait for media confirmation that something is going on. Stop feeding your pets Purina immediately.

[Note from Me, Stoney] OH MY GOD. Sally Derg has had...intestinal issues for the past few days. I switched her to Purina One. GUESS WHAT I AM GETTING RID OF RIGHT NOW, oh I am so sorry Sally Derg!!! :(


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Dec. 3rd, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Well now.... :-/ Nasty business. I am glad I keep my babies on swedish food, solely. So no Purina here.
Dec. 4th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Ugh, thanks for posting this! My cat started spitting up liquid last week, he just got a new bag of food too. He's always eaten Purina, I'll be switching him tonight.
Dec. 4th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
ACK!!!! SO far, so good at my end.

Good luck at yours!!
Dec. 4th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
my cat mango had eaten only purina one all her life, and was vomiting every couple of days when i got her. and she is a very long-haired persian, so hairballs were an issue for her.

i switched her to iams, and the vmiting decreased to perhaps one every three months in the last two years. and when she'd throw up the purina, the vomitus stained the floor, but the few times she's vomited since the switch, it hasn't.
Dec. 4th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
I've been feeding my kitties Pro Plan for about 2 years now and haven't had a problem (although the one likes to throw up but usually that's due to a hairball). I'm at the end of my current bag and was going to get some more soon anyway but I'm going to toss that last 1/4 bag and start fresh. The vet recommended it because it was the highest in protein which meant less fillers and better for my tubby puker. I'll have to find another brand with a high protein content. Not that the Pro Plan helped the tubby cat loose weight....

Thanks for the warning! I feel bad for my bebes too (even if they haven't had a problem and I haven't noticed anything bad/wrong with the bags I've had).
Dec. 4th, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
Have you cut back the portions to the recommended feeding of his ideal weight?

Wellness core is high in protein, as are Blue Buffalo Wilderness, and Taste of the Wild. Also Back to Basics if its available in your area.
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Dec. 4th, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
Wellness = <3 You are signed up for their online newsletter to get their monthly coupons, right?
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Dec. 4th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
Working in a pet store and getting educated in pet food nutrition made me stay far away from Purina.

Wellness is my first recommendation, followed by Blue Buffalo and Taste of the Wild. I am actually very proud that our chain has the largest selection of natural diets.

My cats were on Science Diet Sensitive formula, but my girl kept throwing that up as much as any cheapy food. Wellness has pretty stopped here.

This is actually one of my passions and something I do talk about 20 times a day. :)
Dec. 4th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
We're dogsitting my uncle's dog, and she hasn't been eating her food, so I just ran over to check it. Fortunately it's Science Diet. I guess she's just developed a taste for human food since my dad spoils her. lol
Dec. 5th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
Ugh, this is horrifying. Signal boosting now (and thinking maybe Science Diet for the new kitties, assuming we get to adopt those two girls?). :(
Dec. 5th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
READ THE COMMENTS. Bad news about Science Diet, too. ): I'm switching to Wilderness - they're loving it so far (I'm easing them into a new brand)
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
Thank you for this, Stoney. I'm floored there's like, legit nothing about this in google in the past 24 hours except a few lj posts that you have to look hard for... I'm afraid for everyone's pets D:
Dec. 5th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Weird, I wonder if it's what was setting off Corri? She had been eating some Purina hard food, and I had her on Purina One wet food for UTIs.

She is eating the RC again for her UTI, but I guess it's back to the drawing board for wet food that helps with UTIs.

Dec. 5th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
OMG we have had so many issues with Ruby Doo barfing constantly. I thought it was the chicken treats we were giving her. Now I'm wondering if it's not the food. Sigh.
Dec. 7th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
This is why to never use Purina. It killed my dog.
Okay so I have two chow chows they were both 10 years old. I've had them both since they were born, well I started using Purina smart blend lamb and rice two years ago. Well since day One the female never wanted to eat it. But the male always ate it, his first signs were itchy ears and itch limbs And arms. Then he was suddenly deaf out of no where with a ear infection. After a year he had several urinary tract infections, but the doctor could not figure out from where. Soon after he was loosing weight rapidly with his legs giving out. Soon he was always. Vomitting then he would eat and then vomit again. This summer my female ate the food once! And three up right after. Out of no where the male had blood in the urine, with yellow eyes. As a mOnth went by he was too weak to stand, or even lift his head. When I touched hI'm he lost all of his muscles, but he kept eating and vomiting. So I switched his food, he was doing better but kept wanting the Purina food, during his last week he stopped eating. Only drank and I knew his organs were failing. You could tell and after the first day of him not eating I had to put him to sleep because he was in pain. I beg out Purina owned by Nestlé is a bad company. R.i.p Corona you will be missed forever. Never use this food my other dog never did and she is strong even at 10 years old. Poor. Corona had to be out to sleep from the food because it killed him internally.
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