Since Cleopatra's passing, Gwennie cat has been very very ill. At first it was not so noticable but she was getting thinner, spitting up what I thought was hairballs but I noticed blood. I took her to see Dr. Butler then end of March and all through April and she kept losing weight with first coccidiosis which he treated...and vomiting blood and bloody diarrhea. It was frightening. She had lost weight like 1 1/2 pounds, then after two weeks he saw her again and she had lost another pound. She was about 4 lbs this past Monday May 7th.
Dr. Butler admitted her and did more bloodwork and IV therapy to get her hydrated again. She left his office after gaining a pound of fluid. She was so sick she could barely walk... He told me Gwennie had been poisoned and as I don't let her out and my house is baby proofed for the grand babies, I was quite puzzled by this. I took her home Wednesday and he told me she was in a very guarded state and had both liver and kidney failure/disease. He said she might not make it but we would hope for the best as her age is young only 6-7 years. He gave me prescription food that I had to mix, a tonic to give her twice a day as she was extremely anemic. I stayed home all last week and cared for her. I had to help her to the cat box...which she missed often (not her style at all) and also had to encourage her to drink and eat. Anyway...I read today about a rash of animals being poisoned by the very same IAMS cat food I fed her or used to feed her before the illness. It was the IAMS Proactive Heath Indoor Weight and Hairball care. I had bought a 10 pound bag...8 lbs with extra...from Kroger. Many places have pulled it off the shelves. If you google kidney failure and IAMS and read some of the comments they all say it is the blue bag hairball remedy. Most of the cats died...but not only that, the dogs too. They also mentioned it had a rare form of salmonella in it and was even contracted by people after handling the dry food. Please check into this at your store... I was told most of these types of food import ingredients from China who does not have any FDA regulations...and the US FDA looks the other way. They have put out a notice that this stuff as well as many other Procter and Gamble related brands has been recalled on the FDA website.
Gwennie is still not out of the woods...but today she greeted me at the door, is now sitting on my bed with me. She looks better but still fell down from shaky footing during dinner time. I keep telling her "We are gonna get you through this!!" I called IAMS but their offices are closed except between 9-6pm CST which means I will need to call during my lunch hour at work tomorrow. I will also need to let Kroger know. Dr. Butler felt this was what poisoned her and encouraged me to have the packaging near me when I call them. We are hoping they will pay for the extensive vets bills...and there is a class action suit against them now. You might mention this to your friends and other pet lovers. So many may have old bags they are still feeding to their pets.....
I heard from Robert Lucian that Petsmart has pulled this and several other types from their shelves. I just had to share this information. I hope Gwennie pulls through. We do not know quite yet...with a lot of prayer and the wonderful Dr. Dale Butler...I am really hoping she will.