Pet food recall sparks panic among owners

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At first, the pet food recall didn't much worry Jack Friedman. His cats love Iams canned food but had never eaten the "cuts and gravy" style that was part of a massive, nationwide recall of tainted dog and cat ...
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Sherry

Concord, MI

#91 Mar 21, 2009
My guinea pig was not moving for a while, not drinking or eating and we were feeding him a treat [for the first time] of this brand

vitakraft wildberry kracker sticks.

anyone else with this problem? I believe that this sickness was caused by this snack, so please watch what you feed your guinea pigs.
Susannne

Soddy Daisy, TN

#92 Mar 27, 2009
This is a update on the KayTee bird seed. The local health department and the Food and Drug are following up on all the complaints with death of birds and small animals after eating this brand of pet food. I was told they are under investigation. I spoke to the company and like a lot of other people dealing with them, they send me the box to send them a sample of the food. They wanted the five pound bag of seed and the bag it came in. I wasn't that dumb. I am having the seed tested for myself. I haven't heard from them and I don't expect to. I had fed them this food before with no problems but it only took one bad bag of seed to kill my birds. It is too late for me but I hope someone will see this and not make the mistake I did by not checking out the brand first. I hope this company is held accountable and the FDA recalls this from the market before someone has to bury their beloved pet.
Susan from Pittsburgh

East Pittsburgh, PA

#93 May 11, 2009
My daughter bought me a parakeet for Christmas. Her birthday came in March, so I bought her a parakeet, not only for her birthday, but to keep mine company. With the parakeet, they sold me Kaytee food. One week later, her bird died. I went back to my original food that I started out with for my bird. We were given a new bird for my daughter. It was in the back of my mind that it may be the food, but I never did get rid of it. About two weeks ago, my daughter and I were changing the cage, and I thought I would give the birds a change in food, so I pulled out the bag of Kaytee food, and now my bird is dead also. I should have listened to my instincts. I know it's the food & I'm upset.
carywmayers

Middletown, NY

#94 Jun 28, 2009
I just bought Kaytee vitamin Natures Defense birdseed, next day dead birds in the yard. Yikes
Susan from Pittsburgh wrote:
My daughter bought me a parakeet for Christmas. Her birthday came in March, so I bought her a parakeet, not only for her birthday, but to keep mine company. With the parakeet, they sold me Kaytee food. One week later, her bird died. I went back to my original food that I started out with for my bird. We were given a new bird for my daughter. It was in the back of my mind that it may be the food, but I never did get rid of it. About two weeks ago, my daughter and I were changing the cage, and I thought I would give the birds a change in food, so I pulled out the bag of Kaytee food, and now my bird is dead also. I should have listened to my instincts. I know it's the food & I'm upset.
carywmayers

Middletown, NY

#95 Jun 28, 2009
Kaytee vitamin birdseed kills the birds.
Michael

Newport News, VA

#96 Oct 17, 2009
My guinea pigs just died, were healthy. They've been eating kaytee and were healthy. Then, must have been the new bag I had opened, one died a week into that bag, and the other a week and a half later.
Susan from Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

#97 Oct 25, 2009
I did call the health department about my bird food situation. They told me to call KayTee. I did.
The woman asked if she could have my bag. I told her no, but did give her half of the food to do a test. They tested the food & it was fine. They say they did a test on a parakeet for 8 days and it was fine. I still know in my heart it was that food. They can say it, but that's what I have to go by. So, who's to say it's true? I don't know. You live and you learn.
Geprge Carlin

Lindenhurst, NY

#98 Oct 29, 2009
Oh my god I just fed my birds this stuff!
kiwi

Maple Ridge, Canada

#99 Mar 16, 2010
we just lost a bird yesterday, any other symptoms to the Kaytee food, like blood in urine?
lisa

Kent, WA

#100 Jun 2, 2010
Today we found my daughters two hamsters dead in their "igloo." They had been on KAYTEE hamster food for about 1 month. We bought it at target. We are going to tell the local news and F. D. A. I CAN'T BELIEVE KAYTEE HASN'T DONE ANYTHING! After reading 60 similar stories I am shocked and outraged. If this was dog or cat food it would be front page news.
jose the grass cutter

Patchogue, NY

#101 Jun 2, 2010
lets give it to my cousins from south of the border to eat, seems ashame to throw it away.......does he go well with tacos?
Nancyann

Westwood, NJ

#102 Sep 17, 2010
Just purchased a new hamster last week to replace the 2 year old one that died suddenly. The new one died 6 days after purchasing. This was a very young hamster. It was healthy for 3 days. I'm beginning to think it may be the Vitakraft Menu Daily hamster food plus vitamins. I haven't been able to find a phone number for the company and any information. Both hamsters ended up lathargic and just slept and slept. Anyone here anything like this? The pet Shop (The Pet Company) said, none of their other hamsters have died. They haven't heard from those purchasers that any of those hamster have died. They will give a replacement only.
Nancyann

Westwood, NJ

#103 Sep 17, 2010
lisa wrote:
Today we found my daughters two hamsters dead in their "igloo." They had been on KAYTEE hamster food for about 1 month. We bought it at target. We are going to tell the local news and F. D. A. I CAN'T BELIEVE KAYTEE HASN'T DONE ANYTHING! After reading 60 similar stories I am shocked and outraged. If this was dog or cat food it would be front page news.
Check out my comment dated sept. 17th. We lost 2 hamsters in thress weeks. VITAKRAFT HAMSTER FOOD.
Mike

Absecon, NJ

#104 Oct 16, 2010
When i saw this site with all it's complaints about the foods that were infected with what ever it is, well My bird, Nandy Conour is now sick from this food since there was no recall on the food. Hartz Bonanza Parrot Diet; As soon as he eat some of the food he was sick the next day. Now I don't know there if there is a recall on this bird feed or not. As far as I know I gotten the bird feed from a local pet store and got the bird feed he likes, be he is weak that he barely move. Other than that there is nothing else I can do other than sit and wait and hope that he gets better.

I have looked up his stool coloring which was pea green, and it was saying that it could be liver disease. I read the artiucle on how to prevent it, but i think it might be already tolate to prevent the liver disease. I already started the procedure yesterday and he was looking alot better but then he looks terrible again. I dont know what to do other than sit and wait and see what happens and hoping that he will get better over time. Other than that I dont know what else I can do. I already talked with the vet and he said there is nothing wrong, BULLSHIT!
Cindy Jindrich

Toronto, Canada

#105 Dec 15, 2010
Just purchased Kaytee for my hamster one week ago...he is now almost dead!!! Was as healthy as could be just before giving him this brand. I've been praying that he will heal, but it isn't looking good!!
Susan from Pittsburgh

Belle Vernon, PA

#106 Dec 17, 2010
When my bird died, I made the mistake of getting rid of him. If you put the pet in the refrigerator (not freezer), the health department can test it to see if it was the food. They need food & the animal. Just an FYI
tina

Columbus, OH

#107 Mar 3, 2011
cat wrote:
i just bought a treat for my cockatiels HONEY TREAT BY; KAYTEE AND IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS MY BIRD IS DEAD I THINK THAT YA'LL SHOULD REPLACE MY MALE COCKATIEL BEINGS THAT WAS THE ONLY NEW FOOD THAT I GAVE MY BIRD AND TODAY HE IS GONE
i bought the same treats for my rare cockateil on feb.24 2011 and in 5 hours he died i want to know did the company get you a new bird?
i have contacted them i have to send them the treats so they can test them did you do the same?
thank you tina
Lily

Jamaica Plain, MA

#108 Nov 6, 2011
I bought new food for my gerbil in Target. It was Kaytee. A day after I fed her, she appeared tired, lethargic (closed eyes but still walking) and had rapid breathing and rapid weight gain. I switched her back to her old food. No problems now. But I'm just concerned about Kaytee food...
g mom

Crescent, IA

#109 Mar 19, 2012
i too had hamsters died left n right feeding that food to the point that they were foaming at the mouth couldnt even walk then blood coming out.my boys and i had the same hunch it was the food.very devestated.how dare this company gets.away with this.
SpeedysMom

Phoenix, AZ

#110 May 9, 2012
I got a letter in the mail from PetSmart today stating that Kaytee had a recall on certain bags of Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster for Salmonella. I also noticed today that my daughters robo hamster was dying. My daughter was very upset. I called the number for Kaytee's but got a recording and left a message. I don't really care about getting refunded for the food, although that would be nice. I would like to get a new hamster for my daughter, courtesy of the people who killed the original. What are the chances???

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