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« Reply #990 on: October 09, 2009, 07:16:08 AM »

I am so sorry about Diesel, and I hope she will get better.

As for Champion, I won't buy any of their products ever again, what they have done in this case is totally unacceptable.
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« Reply #991 on: October 09, 2009, 03:44:03 PM »

I don't feed commercial pet foods, but I will make sure everyone I know is aware of Champion's abhorrent behavior.
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« Reply #992 on: October 27, 2009, 04:56:16 PM »

Update for us.

Well after months of waiting for a response to the repeated correspondence to Champion we finally got the same form letter as everyone else. Well done Champion for your consideration to the affected cats and there owners - I really can not believe a company that purports to be caring can not even respond to affected owners individually. Well I suppose what we have all been through is a lesson that others can take on board when deciding which companies they can trust when deciding on a pet food for their animals.

Now for more important things an update on our affected cats.

Uly doing really well for the most part as long as he stays on his chinese herbs, homeopathics and flower remedies. Took him to a show a few weeks back on veterinary advice (as it was something he loved doing pre Orijen and she wanted to know how he would handle it as she felt it would be a gauge to how well he was really doing) and as he settled and started to enjoy the goings on and the admiration from passers by he suddenly became the Uly of old playing up to judges and the show visitors alike, smooching me and getting cuddles and generally being very happy with himself and life. Looks close to tehe Uly of old though his coat is still trying to recover from the ordeal his body has been through.

Aub (have tried to attach a recent pic of him for you all) doing OK at the moment. Still a kg less than pre Orijen but looking good anyway. His broken tail (done when he was wobbly) has thankfully healed well and he has full use of it. His back can on occasion still cause him a lot of pain but generally is good.

Evie - still wobbley but getting around well. Still skeletally skinny and that is a concern. Still not well enough to desex. Happy in herself which is the main thing.

Quoi - still unable to walk, she has had a few really bad weeks including having another urinary tract infection but thankfully seemed a little better last night. Again skeletally thin like Evie both girls are 1.5kg less than their pre Orijen weights.

Like Uly the other 3 need their chinese herbs, homeopathics and flower remedies twice daily plus other treatment as required. Aub and Quoi have been getting regular chiro & accupuncture as well. Plus all cats get home physio, massage and reiki which also seems to help them.

And of course we are still missing Rob and Hali like heck.

Jo




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« Reply #993 on: October 27, 2009, 05:11:32 PM »

Very glad to hear you have some improvement ! Aub is gorgeous. Champion can go s**ew themselves. I wouldn't touch that food with a 10' pole. They are so out of touch with reality,its a shame because they had a chance to be the pfc that showed all others how to do the right thing.
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« Reply #994 on: October 27, 2009, 05:29:38 PM »

Aub is gorgeous, Jo, thanks very much for posting his picture.  I am glad to hear that some of your cats are doing so much better, but very sad for those who still have serious problems.

I always thought Orijen was a very good food, and only discontinued it here because one of my cats has a fish allergy, about six months before we first got word of the problems from AU.  But after their behavior with you all, I will never, ever, again buy a Champion product, and if any of my friends asks what I think of Orijen, I tell them your story.
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« Reply #995 on: October 27, 2009, 06:03:11 PM »

I agree Aub is gorgeous. Those blue eyes - so striking. Glad your other babies are continuing to improve also.
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« Reply #996 on: October 27, 2009, 08:59:01 PM »

Aub is beautiful!  Do you have photos of the others?   Thanks for letting us know how they're getting on and it's encouraging to hear that there is some improvement.  May I ask what homeopathic remedies you're using?  Diesel was on some at the beginning but the only thing she now has is her epilepsy drugs - I wonder if I should start her back on some natural remedies?

Diesel is not really any better.  I've almost resigned myself to this is quite possibly as good as it gets.  It's funny but you really can see that she is mentally affected, even from the way she miaow's.  Damn Champion.
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« Reply #997 on: October 27, 2009, 10:23:18 PM »

Aub is a beautiful cat! It's good to hear there have been some improvements for your cats, raggierule. But I'm so sorry to hear that Diesel is not better, nksyd. Prayers are ongoing for all the cats affected.

We won't ever use this food, either.
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« Reply #998 on: December 21, 2009, 07:48:36 AM »

Wanted to share this website:

http://wherearethepetfoodchampions.com/web/Welcome.html
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« Reply #999 on: December 21, 2009, 08:11:30 AM »

Just a recap for those of you who believe this was Champion's first time with a pet food problem:

http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/EnforcementStory/EnforcementStoryArchive/ucm096238.htm

On May 26, 2003, the FDA learned from the government of Canada that rendered material from a Canadian cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) also known as “mad cow disease” may have been used to manufacture pet food, specifically dry dog food, some of which was reported to have been shipped to the United States.

FDA notified the U.S.pet food firm, The Pet Pantry International, of Carson City, Nevada, when FDA learned that the pet food that the firm received may have included rendered material from the BSE positive cow. The manufacturer of the pet food was Champion Pet Food, Morinville, Alberta.

The suspect dog food was produced by Champion Pet Food between February 4, 2003, and March 12, 2003.
The Pet Pantry products were packaged in 50 pound bags, distributed to franchises around the country, and sold by home delivery only. There was no retail distribution of the product. Consumers purchase Pet Pantry products by phone or email orders. The product is then delivered by the nearest franchisee directly to the consumer’s home.

The product subject to this notification included “Maintenance Diet” labeled with a use by date of “17FEB04” and “Beef with Barley” with a use by date of “05MAR04”. Consumers who had purchased dog food from The Pet Pantry since February of this year were asked to check their present supplies and see if any match the description of the product being removed.

If so, consumers were asked to contact The Pet Pantry at 1-800-381-7387 for further information on how to return the product to The Pet Pantry for proper disposal. Consumers were asked not to destroy or discard the product themselves. The Pet Pantry also used its sales records to contact consumers who purchased the affected product. FDA worked closely with the Pet Pantry International to assure for proper disposal of the recovered product.
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« Reply #1000 on: December 21, 2009, 08:37:38 AM »

Thanks for posting the website, Spartycats. Had a good cry for the ones on the memorial board and a sigh of relief for the ones who made it. All brave little ones.
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« Reply #1001 on: December 21, 2009, 10:39:30 AM »

Many thanks to whomever created that site, and thanks for posting the link, Sparty.

Didn't read the whole thing, but I hope the Australian FOIA documents are available there.

FOIA documents:

http://www.letstalkpetfoods.org/download/file.php?id=87
http://www.letstalkpetfoods.org/download/file.php?id=88  
http://www.letstalkpetfoods.org/download/file.php?id=89

Very sad that a pet food company would not put extra effort into making sure their food was safe to feed the Aussie kitties.  Sorry, but throwing the responsibility over the fence to the importer and the Austrailian government is a poor excuse.

Inexcusable that a pet food company wouldn't fully compensate all of the owners.    

Don't know who's calling the shots at Champion, but they've made some poor business decisions, IMO.

Our Australian friends and their kitties who are dealing with the effects of irradiated are an inspiration! 

Sending Christmas prayers that the affected kitties will continue to improve.

Hugs,

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« Reply #1002 on: December 21, 2009, 08:54:51 PM »

What a great site Spartycats! There is more information that I do not ever remember reading about the radiated food. And to find out they did not pull the dog food at the time as the cat food - how dare they! Let the dogs eat it for a few more months while we continue to ring up our bottom line, how cold hearted of a company.
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« Reply #1003 on: December 24, 2009, 03:50:10 AM »

Thanks for posting the link Spartycat and a huge thankyou to whom ever started this site.

I called in today to thank all of you for all your amazing support over the last year + and wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas.

Champion foods is now out of our lives having walked away from the cats struck down by their food and I have to say I am glad they are out of our lives as their presence was as toxic to the soul as their food was to our cats. Even with them gone their inpact on our cats is ever present and something we still have to deal with daily.

Things are much as they were in October for our cats http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/problems-with-orijen-in-australia-t6985.0.html;msg141129#msg141129. We keep medicating, exercising, give physio, massage, reiki, etc, etc and keep our fingers crossed that our cats will not go backwards and will hopefully move a little forward. I hope and pray that what happened to the Australian cats does not happen to any one else.

Jo
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« Reply #1004 on: December 24, 2009, 07:46:51 AM »

Jo- Wishing you and all our Aussie friends a great holiday and hoping for the best gift of all,healthy cats.
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