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Title: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: Meowli on January 20, 2012, 02:49:59 PM
This has not happened before with Tiki, cats have always liked the food and all has been ok. BUT tonight I gave the cats a (new size can) 6 oz can of Tiki Cat Ahi Tuna with tiger prawns in tuna consomme. A few bites in, Smokey threw up. She hasn't barfed since shortly after her spay. The others did not eat much and they all backed away from it. ?  ? ? ? When I took the food away and gave them something else their appetites came back.

Tuna may just be too rich for them. Or there was something changed in the formula.
Did not find a working phone # for the company but did write them just now.
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Title: Re: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: catbird on January 20, 2012, 03:30:18 PM
Meowli, ever since the changes in Tiki formulas, first when they put in the kale, then when they took it out, I've had problems with cats occasionally barfing Tiki tuna formulas, especially the 6 oz cans for some reason.  I have no idea what caused it.  The one who had the most problems was Cameo (may her dear soul rest in peace), but it's also happened to Phantom a few times, and once to Kalahari, in the past year or so.

For the past 6 months approximately, I have stopped buying Tiki altogether, since my cats had begun refusing it consistently.  The fish-eaters do fine with other tuna formulas, such as BFF and FussieCat; they still love those, eat them eagerly and don't barf.

It's my opinion too that something changed in the Tiki formulas, but what, I don't know.

Title: Re: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: Meowli on January 20, 2012, 04:08:45 PM
Wow,then little Smokey is not alone.
I just got a very nice reply email back already from the company, with an apology, and they will send a can from the same batch for their testing.
Problem food or not, I am glad that there are companies out there like Tiki who do have the professional courtesy to respond to consumer concerns, and in a short time, to boot.

Title: Re: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: catbird on January 20, 2012, 04:18:17 PM
I agree.  One of the reasons I always used the Tiki food was that the company is indeed very responsive and concerned.  (I really do not know why my cats don't like it any more.)

Title: Re: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: lesliek on January 20, 2012, 04:46:51 PM
Mine will still eat it, but only once every few weeks. Punkin & Oreo actually preferred it with the kale, but it did cause more problems then.

Title: Re: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: ANDYcat on January 31, 2012, 10:00:26 AM
While this will be no news for some, I'll post it because I'm continually encountering folk who have no idea of the issues surrounding the feeding of fish to cats (while this comes from a CRF-focussed site, I find it one of the most comprehensive compilations with science references and I find it easy to disregard the CRF-specific references) Food Cautions - Fish, Particularly Tuna (

Title: Re: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: Meowli on January 31, 2012, 11:21:33 AM
Thank you for posting this link,  Andycat. Partly for the reasons listed on that website, we feed fish or tuna as only one small part of a rotation here. Like people addicted to fast food, there are cats out there that become  "tuna junkies".

Since this Tiki issue, tuna has become even a less often occasional treat meal -and with a different brand at that.  

Title: Re: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: Meowli on February 14, 2012, 12:28:12 PM
Well, I just recieved a 12-pkg assortment of  Tiki cat food via Fedex from Tiki, the assortment includes their tuna.  :P This came with a letter thanking me for bringing the problem to their attention.  I am  quite glad there were no 6 oz size cans enclosed! - probably will try one tiny 3 oz one with cats tonight. They didn't have a problem with the 3 oz but I did cut them back on all tuna, and I am just a little bit apprehensive.  Will keep everyone posted.
If there is tuna-barfing tonight, I will not feed it again.

Update a couple of hours later: they all liked it(ahi tuna with prawns 3 oz),so far no barfs. Will wait a few days then try another of the variety pack.

Title: Re: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: petslave on February 14, 2012, 07:36:09 PM
There's a the toxin that's produced when fish deteriorate, and I've always wondered if this wasn't the problem when cats throw up soon after eating fish-based cat food.  There are some threads on here where we discussed the problem.  Just found the info - it's histamine that's produced from bacteria on the fish:

I've seen frequent recalls for this in fish marketed for people, so it seems like it could easily happen to cat food too.

Title: Re: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: BW on May 28, 2012, 09:50:27 AM
I also have not bought any Tiki Cat canned food in a couple months.
My cats have been walking away too.
They don't seem to want anything but the sardine flavors.  I  must say that the sardine flavors are the only appetizing looking ones.  At least it looks like real fish!  Since it is delivered and I must have $50 worth of food for them to come, (too far away to drive there)  I usually wait till I want a big bag of Evo too.  However, now that I am not feeding Evo, except for a treat now and then, and am trying to wean my cats off it, (since P  & G bought it)   I can't make my $50 worth without buying many cases of sardines, and I don't want to do that.
I don't know what went wrong, but you are right, since the kale was put in and then taken out, my cats don't seem to like it any more.

Title: Re: Tiki tuna cat food
Post by: Meowli on October 03, 2012, 03:29:19 PM
Well, it's months later and I tried to feed a couple of (3 oz this time) of Tiki cans for supper,
Mackeral&Sardine and Tuna with Crab Surime. I guess the cats are just Tiki'd out, as the food- not entirely eaten, got a lackluster reception from all three.

So many of the other brands of foods that they will eat have some type of fish in them, I am fine with dropping Tiki off the menu. Just thought I'd try it once more for a change of pace and see if anything  was different..... Oh, well.