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  1. SK

    Just fyi – I have called Fromm several times over the years to ask if their cat food cans are lined with BPA, because I used to feed my cat their dry food (I can’t any more because she’s now on that fake ‘prescription’ food for bladder stones, however to be fair, it did work to dissolve those stones… i don’t know what to make of that, but that’s another story), and the Fromm customer service people were ALWAYS very honest and up-front with me in telling me that yes, some of their cans *are* lined with BPA and they always explained to me precisely which size/product cans are and aren’t lined with BPA. So at least I can personally vouch for Fromm being honest about this.

    1. v

      Just my humble well researched opinion – Dry food is really bad for cats and is a contributor to disease. If my cat had a problem w/ stones, diabetes, thyroid, kidney, bladder, UTI I would no longer feed dry food.

  2. cupcakesandkale

    I’ve also been told by companies several times that small cans (3 oz/5.5oz) do not have BPA in them because they are stamped from one piece of metal – that the big cans are the ones that need BPA due to the seam. Have you heard this?
    Just had a conversation with a Nulo rep about this – they’ve seemed very transparent in our interactions so far. He was saying that they won’t claim no BPA in cans as even the places that say there’s no BPA there’s still trace amounts. I respected his honesty. Still, we’ve also been told by companies like Tiki and Weruva that they can have no BPA as they also manufacture the actual cans themselves and can choose to do it without BPA, unlike American companies that are forced to purchase and use the cans available to the market. Many tell me they’d choose to do BPA free in a second if it at all possible, but that there aren’t those sorts of choices available to them. Is this true? Anyone know anyone that could talk to someone in the can manufacturing industry that could tell us if this is true? What about Eden Organics and Muir Glenn for people food – they say they’re BPA free, but I once read that these claims might just mean they use other equally bad chemicals to do the same job. How do we know what’s true? Geez.
    This is a tough issue as a pet supply store owner, as my inclination when I read this is to wipe out all canned foods, but I can’t imagine that announcement! (I already wish I could wipe out most or all kibble!) So many people rely on cans, and for cats, this is especially frustrating. It’s already such a priority for us to get cats off of dry foods and at least into cans due to the lack of starches/carbs needed and the tremendously important issue of moisture in a cat’s diet. So many cases of kidney disease and diabetes in cats that are largely preventable with diet. Hearing this news is no surprise, but it makes me so sad, as hyperthyroid disease is also so common – I really don’t want hormone disruptors to be part of that equation of course. We far prefer raw (which most people don’t realize is generally cheaper than cans) but cans have always been a good compromise customers are willing to make (mostly due to the mild inconvenience of having to remember to thaw raw) and cans are often better accepted by cats.
    Of course wiping out all processed food isn’t practical and would be a tough sell to the public…

    1. SK

      Not sure about what’s possible or not, but I do buy Go! brand canned cat food now (as a supplement/break from the ‘fake’ prescription canned food I have to feed my cat most of the time) and they claim no BPA lining, however Go! is a Canadian brand and I’m in Canada, so I”m not sure where they source their cans from, or how the manufacturing process might be different.

      1. Cheryl Mallon-Bond

        SK—I know certain health conditions require certain restrictions nutrition wise, but have you ever checked out Darwin’s Frozen Raw Pet food (online)? They have regular raw, but also prescription raw, for certain health conditions.

        Not knowing what health challenges your pet is facing, I don’t know if they have what your pet needs, but I would highly recommend you call them & talk with them & find out. You might not need to be stuck feeding that crappy “prescription” food & able to get your pet on some real, true, nutrition, while still appropriate for whatever health condition your pet is dealing with.

    2. Cheryl Mallon-Bond

      The freeze dried raw is another option that if a consumer has the issue w/ the inconvenience of thawing, or the (for whatever their reason is) the ick, factor of the raw, that is then the 2nd best option (of course homeade is #1) but if their not willing g to feed commercial raw, then it’s doubtful they’ll make homeade.

      The freeze-dried raw though, is a lot more expensive than the frozen raw. I once contacted a company about that, who said that the process & machinery they need to make the food freeze-dried, is a lengthier & most costly endeavor, which is who it’s more expensive. However, I still say if you are feeding a higher quality canned food, which of course, will have a higher price point as well, freeze dried will still be cheaper comparisonly better quality nutritionally, no BPA, yet still as convienant, or close to convienant as canned food. The few extra seconds it takes to crumble up the small cubes, then wash your hands (as it’s still raw food) then add some warmed filtered water & mix, isn’t a. It deal. It will however ,be a big deal (in a very good way) for your pet.

      It should be noted, that your pet will eat less of this food because it is so nutrient dense, much higher in protien content & no grains or other carbohydrate load like peas, carrots, etc.

      I use Primal dehydrated raw & think it’s a great product. By the way, not all dehydrated raw food is equal, read every label, nor will every one be palatable to every cat.

      Some protien sources they like, some not. So, if anyone tries it & their cat/dog turns their nose up, it just might be they don’t like that particular protien . Just bring the bag back & try another. Also, rotating the protien sources is important & recommended. I buy a few different protien sources at same time & rotate throughout the week.

      1. Reader

        For one of two meals a day, I use a frozen raw food product that comes in 1 inch loose cubes. The bag is pulled out of the freezer, poured into a metal bowl, left overnight in the garage-fridge to pre-thaw, brought to room temp in the AM, and served. The empty bowl is soaked in very hot sudsy water, wiped clean with a paper towel, and rinsed. End of problem.

  3. Diane of the dogs

    I was told by my human dr that any can with a pop top has a bpa lining

  4. barbara m

    This is truly disturbing, not to know which cans have BPA – or not. Because of the moisture needed by cats, we usually feed raw if available. Otherwise feed Honest Kitchen which is only slightly dehydrated and rehydrated with warm water. HK does not come in cans. It usually has to be purchased by mail-order, in the US and Canada. Cats can be finicky eaters, but with time and enticements sprinkled on top, they will switch over. It seems to me that there must be flavor enhancements added to some canned cat foods, as our cats go nuts when they smell it. I’ve heard it called, “kitty crack”. This is another issue…

  5. joan johnston

    Sounds like the only thing people who love their pets can do is to learn how to make their pets’ food at home. Susan, I bought your excellent cookbook, but I need recipes for making large quantities at a time because I have a large sanctuary of 26 unadoptable cats. I find homes for the young and healthy. Are there recipes for making large batches ?

  6. chris

    Now remember that most cans we also buy for human food have bpa in them too. So every time you buy even organic tomatoes in a can , you are putting bpa in your food too. I try to buy as little canned food as possible-even if I have to spend a bit more on boxes or bottles for the food (boxes I mean like for kidney beans or tomatoes not sure if it a true box they put it in).

  7. Jim Fiorillo

    Susan,

    This is a “just wondering” comment …. The link below is from a study performed from 2000-2003 and published in 2005.

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02652030500163674?journalCode=tfac19

    I’m just curious as to why it took from 12-15 years to confirm that the BPA in the dog food actually shows up in the blood serum. Was there doubt as to whether dogs ingesting BPA-contaminated canned food would receive an acute or subacute dose from this exposure?

    I’m simply a little disappointed that we would be publishing such obvious findings so many years after knowing the BPA migrated from the lining to the food substances and if there was scientifically-supported plausible denial for canine or feline health effects and/or if there was “push-back” by the pet food industry as to the earlier scientific findings. In corollary, how many dogs and cats have been exposed to harmful levels BPA from their canned foods since the earlier study that could or should have been prevented without having to wait for detailed pathology / blood chemistry morphology studies that were obviously not funded by NIH or FDA or the pet food companies? Is this a serious concern relative to other risks?

  8. Debbie

    What about “pouch” foods? Do the pouches have this lining?

  9. Beth Whitcomb

    I have been told that even if a can isn’t lined with BPA, it will be lined with BPB. I have been told it must be lined with one or the other or the moisture from the wet food will most certainly degrade the tin can. Any thoughts on that?

  10. Connie Koo

    i just emailed purina and got a reply (specially for Beyond Cat food 3 oz cans) – there are actually BPA in it, though the rep said its very safe…so i hope the author of this article will take note of it

    1. Reader

      Wait … you’re putting more credence is what a Purina customer service rep is says …. over what the author of this website …. has actually researched?

      So you’re being sarcastic, right.

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