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Potential Dangers in Pet Treats and Food — 5 Comments

  1. China sadly has a reputation for poor quality control on pet and indeed baby food. The problem comes from saving costs and corrupt regulation or no regulation. Why Purina use a Chinese manufacturer is beyond me. Actually it is not beyond my comprehension because Purina is owned by Nestlé and this company is involved in animal testing. They would seem to have problems with standards and despite their marketing appear not have the welfare of the dogs and cats that their products feed truly at heart. They appear to be more concerned in making a profit.

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    • Perhaps I’m just bad at math, but I can’t see how the company can make a profit when shipping costs are figured. You’re sending a cheap product halfway around the world. It would seem transportation charges would be more than any profit.

      • I think if you factor in the grossly low wages in China its almost always cheaper to get anything from there. I honestly hate alot of things about that place which have to do with crimes against nature and humanity in my opinion. It doesn’t suprise me one bit that the qualityof their food sucks to the point of being dangerous. Furthermore, and sadly too, it doesn’t suprise me one bit that Nestle ‘uses’ China to its profit. That company, like so many other similar ones – purely opportunistic – ‘opportunity/ of course relating to profit and not quality. Especially in the non-Nestle sub brands it owns, i.e.: Purina and any other thing they sell that doesn’t only have Nestle written on it. Actual Swiss Nestle products I’m sure are of better quality since they can’t afford to risk their ‘Swiss quality’ reputuation. It’s a Swiss thing.

  2. I think it’s a great idea to google something before you buy it, even in the store like you said you do. Google is great for certain things and we often forget that it is always there at our disposal. I like to vary my cats diet and although I give them meat I do buy commercial foods and I vary them because they seem to like to try different things. Its also a nice way to keep any one thing or brand in moderation. Variety is the spice of life. Lilly is a little more preferring of her usual things and I have googled her favourite foods. But I think I will be more active about that now. I can’t imagine the horror of losing one of my cats from one wrong treat, once or twice. Personally, living in Switzerland, I have to say that the one very shameful company in this country is Nestle. Its a horrid company with an awful history you can read about if you google it, you will get tons of results about different scandals – even involving human baby milk substitute. That said, I therefore have an inbuilt distrust for purina – but I anyway don’t trust just about anything that is made on such a large scale. I dont mean to sound like an ass, but corporations’ values are to profit – not to be in any way good or decent. I dont trust most or any of them really. It’s hard not to feel helpless in these post modern times where we see the total failure of capitalism and the ugly side effects of it. So our pets, who can’t speak, probably get fed god awful things by these stupid companies. They can get away with murder – literally.

    I will google more. But its also the long term effects of certain foods we can’t know about so easily. There must be so many bad commercial foods out there. They should have higher standards. Wouldnt it be nice if they were the same standards as for humans (in europe at least, where genetic food is not allowed). I guess the only way to at least know what you are giving them is by making or preparing it yourself. Right now my time is limited. I give them a couple hours of playtime or 2 and half even, per day, instead of using time to prepare thier food. But 2 are young kittens and I feel playtime is essential for a good upbringing – perhaps later I will spend an hour preparing. Either way I have a job so I must manage my time as such.

    • Cujo has developed a love of carrots. So that’s his new treat. My cats can’t eat many of the foods out there. Friskies, Cat Chow and Meow Mix make them sick. They throw it right back up. Sealy has to have his Whiskas Purrfectly Fish or Purrfectly Chicken. Anything else and someone throws up. Not sure whether its him or Renny. He’s on a vet multivitamin and doing great.

      I think the grocery is used to my Googling while in the store. I don’t trust anything anymore. My neighbors dog Abby lost half her bladder to Milk Bones. They caused kidney stones 8mm in size. After they were removed her bladder ruptured and she had to have emergency surgery. Guess its better to give our pets play toys instead of edible treats.

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