Wednesday, 23 June 2021

What Food Do You Feed Your Cat? #WhiskersWednesday

Read this post first if you haven't already.

Mum has really lost her trust in the pet food industry and is panicking about what pet food is safe.

But what do you feed your cats?

She has always fed me top food but she has her doubts about that too. And she's been reading about raw food but her instinct tells her that that isn't safe either. 

This is what I've been eating regularly for the past few years until Mum switched me to Applaws in April. She stopped feeding me that rubbish last Tuesday after she heard about the recall as you can see in the linked post above. 

Here is my regular food and what I am continuing with: 

Arden Grange Light Chicken

Bozita Indoor & Sterilised Tetra Pak

Smilla Toothies Dental Care Treats

Mum buys from Zooplus and sometimes from Fetch.

What do you eat?

And other pets too - what do your humans feed you?

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Sunday, 20 June 2021

Sunday Selfie and My Trip To The Vet

Tabby Cat
Enjoying an afternoon nap

tabby cat sleeping

Safe and comfy and loved on Mum's lap

tabby cat
Taken yesterday after my afternoon nap

It’s been a horrible week for us. We don’t know if you’ve heard as most of you are from the States but here in the UK, there has been a pet food recall after lots of poor kitties became extremely ill and some died from a horrible and potentially fatal disease called pancytopenia that is thought to have been caused by contamination at the following manufacturing site in the UK.


Food Recall Alert

We are voluntarily recalling the dry products we manufacture for the brands detailed in the link below as a precautionary measure. We are supporting an investigation by the food and veterinary authorities into a possible safety issue affecting cats.

Products include selected ranges from AVA (Pets At Home), Applaws & Sainsbury’s. 

If you have bought any of the above products as detailed above, do not feed them to your cat.

• Check if you have bought the affected products and batch code(s) / «use-by / best before» date(s)
You can do this by taking a picture of this notice or writing down the batch code(s) / «use-by / best before» date(s) for reference at home.
• Return the product(s) to the store for a full refund (with or without a receipt).

For more information:
If you have bought an AVA product contact and fill out the contact form on the help page or livechat.

If you have bought an Applaws product contact

If you have bought a Sainsbury’s product contact or their Customer Careline on 0800 636262

Date of publish: 15/06/2021
Updated: 18/06/2021 (updated with FSA update: Update 1: Fold Hill Foods recall several cat food products because of safety concerns | Food Standards Agency

I may have eaten some of that food back in April so Mum has been in a state of shock all week. She took me to the vet on Friday afternoon to be checked over.

I had a blood test and the results came back normal.

cat in carrier
Tricked and trapped, waiting to be taken to the vet


Mum will take over now, but bear with her because this is how she writes when depressed and she wrote most of it while in panic mode.

I am absolutely heartbroken reading about people’s beloved cats on social media and what has been happening to them because of this and I’m absolutely in a state of shock that I may have poisoned my own baby.

I had been feeding Athena her usual brand for a few years and she was fine on it. Then for some mad reason back in April, I decided to change her regular dry food to Applaws and now I am terrified I may have poisoned my beautiful fur baby. God, if I’ve poisoned my sweet baby girl I shall end it all. I won’t be able to cope.

I bought a 400g bag of the Applaws Chicken Senior in April from Fetch to try it out. Athena seemed to like it and the so-called food was easier for her to chew, I thought.  Now the reason I switched from her regular is that I thought the sound of her crunching was loud and I figured maybe it was a bit hard work for her 10-year-old teeth to bite into. I also felt the regular food was causing her to put on weight.

Stupid, stupid me then ordered a 2kg pack from Zooplus in May.

Oh, I don’t care if she’s putting on weight, I just want her to be healthy!

So from the end of April, she was eating Applaws until Tuesday 15 June when I heard about this awful illness affecting cats.

I stopped feeding it to her immediately and went back to her old food (Arden Grange) which I still had.

GB218E5009 is the reference code for the manufacturing site but 
I can’t find it anywhere on the 2kg pack that I ordered from Zooplus. I must have cut off the top to put food into a plastic container so haven’t got the number to see if it's the dreaded demon number GB218E5009
UPDATE: Zooplus have since assured me that my order was not the affected pack with the said site code number as some of the products are also manufactured in France.

I am still worried about the first pack that I ordered from Fetch though. I don't have the packaging to see what code it has on it and when I contacted them they said they couldn't tell me if it was the affected batch that I had delivered to me. I will contact them again to ask.
UPDATE 21/06/21: Fetch informed me this morning that the 400g pack was the affected one. I am now even more terrified :(

Anyway, I took Athena to the vet on Friday, and as they do the bloodwork in-house, the vet called with the results about half an hour after I got home from the appointment and said the blood work was normal.

But the thing is, I am watching Athena all the time. Like the vet told me to. You see things can change quickly with this, and if the first pack I bought from Fetch was an infected one, I am still panicking as she consumed the contents of this pack by May.

I am so scared.

I don’t know if my baby has eaten poison. The thought is constantly on my mind and I'm more stressed than ever.

And you know what?

I think someone did this on purpose. Some sick bastard wanted to poison sweet beautiful furry babies. The most beautiful animal on earth - the cat.

Fuck, I hate humans. Most are disgusting only thinking about money.

And another thing I’ve noticed - these “celebs” that go on about being animal lovers, etc, where are they?

This thing is huge but it is not trending anywhere on social media. Celebs are staying quiet. So strange.

I’m not into following celebs but I do follow some famous animal lovers but they don’t seem to give a shit. Not even those famous vets. Why aren't they raising awareness of this horror?

I don’t know what to feed my baby anymore - I don’t trust what these companies put into our pets’ food. 

I love cats. I love animals. I am here to be their voice but I know that if anything happens to Athena I am leaving this planet. I’ve had enough.

Update 22/06/21: I'm actually going crazy researching pet food online and it's so scary. I really don't trust what they put in our pets' food anymore. 

Since stopping Athena from eating Applaws (which as I said she has been eating since late April until last Tuesday), I've switched her back to her regular brand - Arden Grange Light Fresh Chicken. I was in a panic this morning, questioning whether this too may have been produced at the same factory as the recalled brands so I contacted Arden Grange and they assured me that their products are not produced there. In fact, I checked the batch number on the packaging and did my own research, and found out that this is true.

But I don't just feed Athena dry. I would prefer it that she would eat more wet food. I've been giving her Bozita Indoor and Sterilised Chicken Tetra Pak each morning for a few years now but she won't eat much of it. I really wish she preferred it to dry. 

Credit: Which?

Please check out the following links for more info if you have concerns about your cat regarding this matter.