The local news here in Tampa, FL reported on January 19, 2011 a heartbreaking story of a woman who believes Friskies Cat Food killed her cat. The very next day I received several submissions of pet names to Vindication; four cats died and all were eating Friskies.
Below is video from WTSP…
I’ve emailed and left a voice mail message for reporter Mike Deeson, no response yet (sent yesterday 1/20/11). I do not know if the Pet Owner has reported her cats death to the FDA or to the Florida Department of Agriculture (I’m hoping she has).
And yesterday, 1/20/11, I received numerous submissions of pets to Vindication. All from the same pet owner…
Muffy, died 11/2010, Pet Owner believes death linked to Friskies Cat Food.
Heaven, died 11/2010, Pet Owner believes death linked to Friskies Cat Food.
Mouse, died 12/2010, Pet Owner believes death linked to Friskies Cat Food.
Bandit, died 12/2010, Pet Owner believes death linked to Friskies Cat Food.
This was startling enough for me; I called the pet owner. Patricia of Pennsylvania told me her trust of pet food and veterinarians is gone. She’s spent thousands of dollars in vet bills, lost four cats within a months time. “In my heart of hearts, it had to be food related”. All of her cats suffered from kidney failure symptoms prior to their death. She has spent countless hours researching pet foods since losing her beloved pets, and yes, she’s no longer feeding Friskies.
Patricia hadn’t reported the issue to Purina or the FDA and her State Department of Agriculture. She shared she felt like it would “not do any good”. While I certainly understand how she feels, I encouraged her to report the pet illnesses and deaths.
Please Note: There is no official recall of Purina’s Friskies Cat Food.
Hopefully the FDA, the Florida Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will contact these pet owners and initiate a full investigation. These Pet Owners certainly deserve some answers.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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