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.


Brian's Home Blog said...

We sure sweet Athena will be fine, she loves you dearly too. Hugs from all of us.

catladymac said...

We are so sorry to read this, as we also feel awful for the animals and the people who love them who were affected. This happened in the US in the last 15 years or so. We send purrayers and Power of the Paw to all of them and to you, and are glad Athena seems to test out ok.

Summer said...

My human did see a news item about the contaminated food in the U.K. and was horrified by it. Paws crossed, but I think Athena is okay. In any case I am sending lots of purrs to both of you, because at the very least this is an extremely traumatic incident.

pilch92 said...

That is so sad that someone would want to harm cats. I hate most humans too. I am glad Athena's bloodwork was normal. I will be praying that she is fine. XO

The Island Cats said...

This is so sad. I’m sure Athena will be okay, especially since you had her checked over and her blood test results were normal. If this was something that was intentionally done, I hope they catch whoever did it.

meowmeowmans said...

THat's really upsetting! We are glad that Athena's blood test results came back fine. We are purring and praying that she will be 100% healthy.

Valentine said...

Oh Miss Marie, purrlease try not to worry yourself sick. Remind yourself that you are doing everything you can by getting her checked at the vet right away, removing the suspected foods from her diet, and by keeping a close eye on her every day to identify any changes in her behaviors. I will cross my paws that she stays healthy.

Katie Isabella said...

Oh Marie, I am so so sorry you have been going through this. It is frightening to the extreme. Thank God her blood test came back fine. But the fright has been so terrible for you. XOX

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Thank you everyone for your comments and purrs and prayers xx

Peachy, Stippie, Angel Binky and Granny said...

I think you'll be fine, Athena. When you had been poisened, your mommy would have noticed much earlier and your blood is okay, so hold on to that. The people (the elite) your mom is talking about are only want to make the people scared, because of other reasons. Keep your strenghts, Mary, don't let them take away your power. We know you can do it! And we're Purraying for you sweet Athena, and send Healing Pawkisses to the both of youπŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜½πŸ’ž

Eastside Cats said...

This is awful, and I'm right there with you, Marie!
I did not know about this; it's just too freakin' sad.