cat weight loss part 2

sduck2June 19, 2009

Cat weight loss and Nutro?

Could it possibly be? My earlier post explained how my cat Moo recently became very, very sick. At first it was just weight loss. The vet did blood work and nothing. By the next Saturday he spiked a high fever and was rushed back to the vet office were she gave him antibiotics, did a urinalysis and took an xray. Other then unexplained sugar in his urine, and what seemed to be an enlarged kidney, he had emergency ultrasound,expecting the worse, again nothing.

Now is this a coincidence? I bought Nutra Natural Weight Control for my overweight cat who grazes on dry food. During this time, I went away for a week, boarding my overweight cat (asthma meds) and left my other 2 to graze on dry (Nutra) and be fed canned only once a day by a friend. When I noticed Moo loosing way too much weight and too many cat throw ups around, I stopped using the Nutra but heÂs been sick ever since. Now I find out that there is a recall on Nutra dry cat food. My vet kind of blew off my concern thinking it was internet junk, but since they canÂt explain his illness, IÂm really thinking I might be on to something. For the last 5 days, Moo has not thrown up and seems to be gaining some weight back, slowly.

There was an earlier post on the Nutra issue, which made me look into this. Where should I go from here? Can anybody find a reputable site my vet might actually believe?

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lfnyc

That would not explain the fact that your other cat who stayed home and also ate the Nutra food did not have Moo's problems. Moo might have become dehydrated from eating more dry food and less canned than usual??? Just a guess, but be thankful he's headed back in the right direction. And obviously, I would get that weight control kibble out of their diet.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 2:06PM
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Anne_Marie_Alb

Excellent point made by lfnyc, although Moo may have been more susceptible due to his recent, unexplained weight loss.

I read your previous post but I am not sure I completely understand the exact chronology of the food change in your cat's diet. The Nutro recall is quite recent and may only explain Moo's recent fever/vomiting episode. Not familiar with the Nutro products, so I don't know if the weight control formula is included in this recall. They say (I quote): Select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods with "Best If Used By Dates" between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. Hope you kept the bag. And in doubt, you should contact the company. There is also plenty to read on the internet about this recall.

I know how frustrating it must be not to have a cause for this abnormal weight loss, but at least all the tests came back negative except for this 'enlarged kidney'. So keep an eye on that issue..
Good luck,
Anne-Marie

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 4:57PM
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sduck2

My second kitty is very finicky and she most likely didn't eat much of it, but was throwing up way too many hairballs. She never had them in the past. They ate this from about 3/15 through around 5/10. I do have the bag because I never imagined it would be bad. I now have it all taped up, DO NOT USE, so nobody ever uses it again. BEST BUY 07 26 10 28 and it's Natural Choice Complete Care for overweight or less active cats.

It's too much of a coincidence. Moo has never been sick in 7 years.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 5:13PM
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Anne_Marie_Alb

I certainly do understand your concerns... yet, the recall does NOT cover those dates. Unless you have the food tested, you can't tell. Could the Vet. Specialist Hospital you mentioned test the food for zinc levels for you? I vaguely remember a thread on the CRF forum about nutro food being linked to sickness, but I can't tell you when it was. I'll try to check it out. I am very sorry about this.
Anne-Marie

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 7:09PM
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Anne_Marie_Alb

Check the link below if you haven't done so. The only thing to do would be to have the food tested yourself... to really know.
Anne-Marie

Here is a link that might be useful: Nutro recall

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 4:45PM
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