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« Reply #120 on: December 15, 2010, 06:46:51 AM »

I finally opened the bag and my cats loved it.  There was no mold inside, although I've transferred the contents to an air-tight glass container just to be safe.  I feed it as a supplement to their raw patties. 
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« Reply #121 on: December 16, 2010, 05:32:02 PM »

Just a follow up with an update: ZiwiPeak tested the food in question and determined that the white, powdery substance was animal fat, not mold or yeast. I am still not sure what caused the skin problems in my kitties but based on the lab test results, it does not appear to be caused by ZiwiPeak.

The company responded to me with concern for my kitties and concern about the food. I appreciate that they followed through with testing to identify the unknown substance on the food and kept me informed throughout the process.

Both kitties are improving; Lucy has another follow up vet appointment tomorrow. I hope that this health issue is fully behind us soon.
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« Reply #122 on: December 17, 2010, 12:43:32 AM »

Lucycat - animal fat all over the food inside the unopened bag - what is it doing all over a dry food at that - was it sprayed on after the food was created.

Did they offer to send you the stats for the testing ?

I had food like that a number of years ago (forgot the brand) but it was mold so took it back.

I am so glad both of your babies, Lucy and Leo, are improving.
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« Reply #123 on: December 17, 2010, 04:56:35 PM »

I have done a home "test" for some of the pieces with white stuff, though not as much as what was shown in the photo. In more than a month, out of the bag and at ~25C and ~80-90% humidity nothing was growing on it, so it makes sense it is crystalized fat. Venison only compared to venison&fish seems to be more fatty.

Good for you for getting some answers, I have not yet received any reply. I got one email from distributor one year after I asked with apologies and statement that they don't understand how it happened for my two bags since it only happened in a "handful" of cases.

I came to a conclusion that the biggest problem with this food is high fat content, which is why fat separates and which is probably why some kitties throw up from eating too much of it at one time. Basically fat to protein ratio is rather high.
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« Reply #124 on: December 17, 2010, 08:37:24 PM »

alek glad to hear someone took time to do a test to see if their food had mold or something else. Maybe there is an explanation as to why there is so much fat on the food - what I'd like to know is how they get it on the food or is it permeated with fat and it just oozes out of the pieces?
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« Reply #125 on: December 19, 2010, 12:00:49 PM »

JJ, I'm not exactly sure. My understanding is that it's a natural process; I have not seen this occur in any other bags of food that I've purchased.

Lucy had another vet appointment. The vet feels that her skin infection continues to improve. I'm very hopeful that this was the last vet visit and the last antibiotic shot Lucy will need for this issue.
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« Reply #126 on: December 19, 2010, 09:58:02 PM »

Oh Lucycat that is such great news and must be a relief to you also that your baby continues to improve and will not need further meds. Praying fur continued road back to full health again.
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« Reply #127 on: August 27, 2012, 09:21:48 AM »

Please note I no longer use this food and do not recommend it anymore.
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« Reply #128 on: September 17, 2012, 10:07:20 AM »

Catzmom, can you elaborate?

 Gypsy has been dependent on this for some time as the only commercially prepped food she is not allergic to and does well on,   but we've been having issues the last few months despite all my efforts to make sure I get all one lot that I have tested.  Gypsy is extreme, extreme in her allergy issues, so I wouldn't say she's a fair test for cat food "goodness" but I've just recently stripped everything else out supplement-wise that she gets and am now down to the food itself as a possible issue.  Joy.   It used to work really well, but now it feels like something has changed.
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« Reply #129 on: September 17, 2012, 01:40:40 PM »

I have stopped using ziwipeak becuase my cats started to refuse it.  But recently, I was at the one pet food store that actually carried it in my area and they had stopped carrying all but the lamb.  I don't remember my conversation well, I just wanted to make sure they still had lamb, as it's my back up food for Bella (with her allergies), so I don't remember if it was that Ziwipeak was stopping the flow of food/making new recipes, or that the store was voluntarily not stocking it.

Gkit, have you tried the by nature 95% meat foods?  just curious.
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« Reply #130 on: September 17, 2012, 03:55:54 PM »

Merrihart, yes.  Gypsy doesn't seem to have an allergic reaction to the byNature 95% but also she never seemed to thrive the way she did on Ziwi at least back in the day when the stuff was canned in NZ.  I don't have much luck getting her to eat the byNature for more than a couple of meals nowadays.  

You can get Ziwipeak online at the Ziwipeak website now if you live in the US.  Last time I was there I saw they had a new rabbit/lamb formula out in the daily cat canned variety. Our local pet store seems to also be stocking less and less of it, even in the dog food section.  Funny how we develop that thing about having a backup food sourced and lined up for those allergy issues, though!   Smiley

ETA: if ordering online, I have not had much luck trying to return to stuff to them, so something to be aware of.
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« Reply #131 on: April 18, 2016, 11:44:48 PM »

The only canned Ziwipeak available in Japan are the ones that are canned in NZ.

This seems to be a hit for us!  Yay!  I whir it up in the Cuisinart with water to make it smooth.
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« Reply #132 on: June 07, 2017, 11:05:10 PM »

There's a new flavor out!  It's canned Mackerel and Lamb.  I was really surprised and so verrrrry pleased that even the fussy Larges ate it without pause.

Ingredients are:
Mackerel, Lamb Broth, Lamb Lung*, Lamb Liver*, Lamb, Chick Peas, Lamb Tripe*, Lamb Heart*, Lamb Kidney*, New Zealand Green Mussel, Lamb Bone, Dried Kelp, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B1 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement). *Depending on seasonal availability will be temporarily substituted with sheep.
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« Reply #133 on: June 08, 2017, 08:06:25 AM »

Ok, did the number crunching, and this flavor came to just 12 Cents more expensive per serving than meow luau, so I added it to a cat food order. 

Thanks August!
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« Reply #134 on: August 12, 2017, 03:47:18 PM »

On a whim I decided to try the air-dried food again... and was surprised to find they like it!  Actually, I've only tried it out on the 3rd floor cats (the three boys and Fhizzy), and am only using it as a treat, so only about 5 or so pieces at a time.  This is really convenient since they're in such small pieces and are easy to get out of the bag.
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