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  1. Dillon

    It would also be nice if the percentages of each ingredient was listed on the can, rather than the general “the amount is in order of where it’s placed on the label”.

    I have recently heard of one good change regarding the only pet food my cat likes and will eat that doesn’t seem to give her an allergic reaction.

    I recently learned that Nature’s Variety no longer sources their rabbit protein from China. This apparently started several months ago. France is now their source for rabbit protein in their various lines (my cat prefers the Instinct line).

    1. Casey

      Wow, is this true? NV no longer sources rabbit from China?

      If so, that’s certainly a step in the right direction!

      But yes, the “system” is happy the way it is. They don’t want us asking questions, raising concerns. They LIKE being able to do whatever they want however they want and expect us to just sit back and take it, day after day.

      No more. Those times are GONE.

      1. Original Steve

        I spoke to a representative this morning and indeed, they told me that their rabbit is now being sourced from France. I’ve corresponded with them many times over the years due to my concern about important the rabbit protein from China. Their Instinct canned rabbit formula is about the only food my cat eats
        and they always assured me that they had the plant in China closely monitored.

        I’m hoping they place an official announcement on their Facebook page or website. I’ve asked them to send me something so I can copy and paste it
        to various blogs or forums.

    2. Adriana Rojas

      This is good news – my cats also prefer the Instinct/rabbit canned food among all the other Nature’s Variety products. Thank you for sharing!

      1. Original Steve

        Not entirely official, but this is their comment to my Facebook question:

        https://www.facebook.com/INSTINCT/posts/10152313485818022

        INSTINCT: “There is no official announcement about our sourcing, but we have transitioned all of our rabbit sourcing out of China and to France.”

  2. Ann

    I feed my pets what I believe to be the best, always. They also receive the best veterinary care that I can come up with (not always easy). I do my best for them all around and in the scheme of things, they always come first. HOWEVER! You’ve got to know that not everyone is thinking of buying “natural” (etc.) foods/treats for their pets. They aren’t going to spend what it takes to do that. They just aren’t. Whether it’s a budget necessity or a mind set or both, it’s not their reality. This doesn’t mean that they don’t adore their pets — it’s just who they are. So to say that consumers will never accept recycled waste as food for their pets is a partially true statement — some won’t — but many always will. (Even while being bombarded around the clock by television ads for a certain “natural” brand.)

  3. Jane Eagle

    I am constantly amazed that people still pay money to buy this garbage; I even find people I know who do so! I am so tempted to tell them to use a pot instead of a toilet and feed THAT to their animals: it’s probably better than the crap they are paying money for 🙁 Thanks, Susan, for working to enlighten the world, and to protect those who are hiding from the light <3

  4. Jolie Cosette

    I thank Susan for all of her hard work and advocacy, for never tiring.

    I have given up. I am feeding my cats a primarily (80% by calorie) raw diet with meat purchased from the butcher around the corner. Because I live in a woodsy, alpine area, most of the meat is local, organic and free-range. It is also a resort area so the butcher supplies several of the upscale restaurants with the same food my cats eat.

    I pay a fortune for the cats’ food. I am thankful I can do this – many people cannot. I go without a lot, but I know there are many loving pet owners who have nothing left to give up. All we want is THE CHOICE for our animals to have wholesome, species-appropriate, non-toxic diets.

    I still add a can of wet food to the cats’ raw. But that will soon cease. I am experiencing consistency problems. Whether this is due to climate changes during warehousing/transporting or the manufacturing process itself, I don’t know. And I’m past the point of caring. When I stick a fork in a can of medium-texture pate and it “boings,” something’s wrong. When I flake off another medium-texture pate with a knife, something’s wrong. When there’s a good 1/4″ gap between the pate and the can and an obvious lack of moisture, something’s wrong.

    1. Peter

      Jodie, you make important observations about the inconsistency of canned food, and what you should expect from processed pet foods. After all, these companies market their products so that consumers “expect” quality of ingredients and quality of consistency. But even so-called “premium” brands that are nearly $2 for a “tuna fish can size” are often horrible, and I cannot imagine why we continue to patronize these companies. That we blindly “expect” federal or state regulators to protect us is incomprehensible, given even just the recent history of pet food manufacture. At the equivalent of $6 a pound… we ought to be able to do better, ourselves, as you suggest. And it is odd, that we feel we “can’t afford” to make (or at least buy) better food, when we are really paying for it, anyway.

      The most disturbing trend that I have observed personally, of late, is the rising moisture content of canned foods. Who knows what a “maximum” of 78% really looks like? But then, when you open a can of food that is the consistency of, well, vomit (a compliment?), and you can’t even get the equivalent of a “complete meal” out of that can… it shouldn’t take much to convince us that something is wrong. How is the actual weight of a can measured, these days? There is so little real ingredients in many of these modern pet foods, and so much water… that $6 a pound is not really $6, is it? It’s really much more.

  5. Anna

    The only way to know what we feed our dogs, etc., is to prepare everything ourselves, although this needs time and motivation. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and there is little information available here. There are several burgeoning small food manufacturers doing their best. I am highly motivated as my darling Bichon, Lily, passed away after a week’s illness. She was only 9

  6. Kathy N-V

    It’s so hard to know what to feed, and that of course, is why Susan is doing what she’s doing, and why we’re trying to support her. I tried asking my vet, but she sells Science Diet, and I’d prefer to stay away from that. These days, Odo gets Blue Buffalo kibble for fat dogs, along with string beans and some tomato. It’s beginning to make me nervous, because of all the TV ads. If Blue Buffalo is terrible dog food, please let me know. I would love to make his food, but there are so many conflicting recipes, that I have no idea how to feed my little guy. And I’m probably more well read than the average pet owner. I wish I knew where to start.

  7. Dillon

    Of the 435 congressmen and women in the House of Representatives, and the 100 senators in the US, how many have responded or are receptive to sponsoring a bill that requires changes in the laws regarding the sale and regulation of pet foods?

    Is it possible that a mass bcc of emails to every representative through a concerted effort to place those email addresses on blogs and forums so that individuals could just copy and paste the addresses into the bcc field could help, or is just a “through the looking glass” fantasy?

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