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javakittygirl
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« on: August 29, 2007, 05:34:06 AM »

Did you all know that Nutro will no longer honor returns of the recalled returned food?  So if you still have some of their recalled stuff in the pantry, and are waiting to take it back to a retailer but just have not had the time -- forget it.  I am getting pretty dissatisfied with the way they run their company.  I have a small "mom and pop" dog and cat supply company and carry good quality food and products.  Nutro is the lowest end food that I put in my store, and may discontinue it because of their lack of concern for their customers. 
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Debi
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007, 08:16:25 AM »

javakittygirl, off with ther'e heads, say the public in general,  hopefully.
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onlooker
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007, 07:39:02 AM »

I wouldn't blame you at all.    Don't care for their "pushy" sales reps at Pet Supermarket.   They try to grab people & tell them Nutro is the best food.    Yes, that is a bunch of you know what.   A good food shouldn't have to resort to that in order to sell their products, in my opinion.     
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catbird
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2007, 10:01:00 AM »

Whenever I see the word "Nutro" I begin to feel like spitting.  I paid high prices to feed their swill to my cats for over a year, thinking I was getting something good for them, when all I got was endless ongoing worry about their health since March.  I believe, but can't prove, that toxins in this food caused one of my cats to develop a cardiac arrhythmia that came on during the year I was feeding this.  I could have done just as well feeding them sewage sludge.  Nutro was totally unresponsive to my concerns.  All I got was a couple of mass generic emailings.

Every time I see a display of Nutro in a store, I want to slap a skull-and-crossbones label on it.  I applaud any pet food store that takes this junk out of circulation forever!
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Meowli
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2007, 10:29:08 AM »

Catbird-
They SHOULD have skull and crossbones! This was the recalled crap that I believe killed 2 of my kitties. One had kidney the other liver failure. I can't get Menu to even send out a claim form due to this court order thing (?) and I am pretty sure from all the Nutro posts here that pursuing them is a waste. My other 3 drank water like crazy for awhile in the last few months but the one that did this the worse was tested and kidney function was ok.
We can still "vote with our wallets" no matter what they claim about their "natural" foods.  PS seems to me that some already-expensive REAL-quality brands went up in price a bit since the pet food fiasco started. I had palpitations at the pet store cash register this morning! I only hope it's because they need it to gear up the production and expand facilities with all the increased demand.
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catbird
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2007, 12:24:29 PM »

Meowli, I am so sorry about your cats.  I believe mine had a very close call; all 4 are mostly OK so far, but who knows what will happen long-term?  especially with the heart issue that so far has cost me a $500 cardiology work-up and will cost me the same every year for the next several years, plus all the blood tests I have paid for and will have to continue with on all 4.  I will never see a penny from Nutro, despite the fact that they were eating the Max Cat cans that were recalled.  (I believe the dry is poisoned, too, even though it hasn't been recalled.)  But I am grateful that at least my the cats are still with me; it hurts that so many are gone as a result of lies and greed.

I am normally a quiet, reserved person.  But a couple of weeks ago I actually sort of "hijacked" a woman in the aisle at PetSmart (I was there to buy Nature's Miracle, notfood) when I saw that she was looking at a display of Nutro.  I told her how bad I thought it was, and why.  She left the store without buying anything and said she was going to do some reading on the Internet.

That is how mad Nutro makes me.  To Nutro reps, because I am sure you are reading this, all this is only my opinion and experience, of course. Angry
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Meowli
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2007, 02:47:57 PM »

We were using the dry too as well as the poisoned wet Nutro. One cat especially likes his "cookies", but his tests came out ok, although he drank A LOT of water. When we originally switched to premium - including (mostly) Nutro a few years ago, I noticed the cats' fur was getting better, etc. Then sometime during the year before the poison was added, I noticed some dandruff on them, and their coats looked a bit less shiny. But I figured it was just shedding or dryness in the air, as I thought they were getting enough nourishment in the food. So I even started using an essential fatty acid supplement. Come to think of it that didn't even help much.
So I think the food's quality may have diminished in stages, not overnight with that last switch to the "disaster" supplier of gluten. BOTH canned and dry.
I get a variety of other canned brands now and my fussy little "cookie monster" gets Wysong Vitality. For now.
Catbird, I hope your kitties remain ok and the one with the heart issue improves! I am so glad you were able to stop someone from buying the bad stuff.
Meowli
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2007, 02:55:10 PM »

dandriff and no longer grooming like they used to can also be a sign of other health issues, like diabeties.
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2007, 06:10:37 PM »

Hi rjvamp, one of the deceased kits had been diabetic before( yes, he had dandruff with that too) ,but until the Nutro starting going downhill, it and the other premium brands (and losing a few pounds) helped reverse both conditions. Everything was fine, until someone started changing formulas and suppliers and cutting costs- and cutting quality.
Meowli
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kaffe
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2007, 09:29:43 PM »

The hair at the nape of my neck always always rises at the mention of "Nutro."  Why?  Well, last December, I went to Petsmart to see if I could find a new wet food for my cats.  This Nutro saleswoman grabbed hold of me and yah-di-dah 'Nutro is the best food you can give to your cat... I use Nutro and my cats adore it... they are all so healthy... yah-di-dah.'  To please her, I began to pick out a few cans and pouches and even a bag of dry food.  After she saw me do that, she left me.  Cruising over to the other side of the aisle, I had a funny feeling... it persisted even when I was over at the toy section.  So,  dumped all the Nutro stuff and bought Solid Gold.  IF I had listened to that sales woman and disregarded my "funny feeling" my boys would either be very very sick now or dead.  I HATE Nutro.  Everytime I see that product, I shudder.  There's  my 5 cents worth.
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catbird
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2007, 09:23:08 AM »

Meowli,
I had exactly the same experience with the Nutro foods starting OK then turning into garbage. 

I originally began feeding it in Dec 2005 after I was given a bag of the dry by the rescue organization when I adopted Cameo.  My cats seemed to like it, so I started using the canned and dry as part of my food rotation.  (I typically feed several different brands in rotation and have always done so to try to keep the cats from getting fixated on one thing.  Turns out it may have saved their lives.)  At first I noticed improvement in the coats of my other cats too.  Suddenly in about Feb or Mar 2006 Cameo (she's very savvy; a Katrina rescue) began refusing the canned Nutro.  I thought it was just because she was no longer starving and could afford to become more "picky".  I now believe this is when the contaminants first showed up, and that she knew it.

In the fall of 2006 I noticed that my cats's coats were getting drier again, but I attributed it to the weather, not the food.

In March the recalls began to be announced and I stopped feeding all Nutro products.  I switched to some other foods and my cat's coats got better again within a couple of weeks.  (I live in a cold climate so the air was still heated and dry; that wasn't the variable.)

I believe that Nutro started out OK and went bad.
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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2007, 12:27:17 PM »

Probably, they are now owned by Masterfoods,

I no longer feed Nutro, stopped a while back, my dogs were always hungry.

I will admit, my 6 dogs do well on chicken soup senior

Sandi
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Meowli
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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2007, 02:33:40 PM »

There are cheap-quality foods that have always contained iffy ingredients, but at cheap prices. What gets me about Nutro (besides my two that passed away), is that the company insisted all along that the quality of the food was good, and "natural". And they have the nerve to price the stuff accordingly! Protein from grains is not "natural" for a carnivore, anyhow, even if it's not tainted. I wish I had been less trusting.

 
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2007, 08:14:22 PM »

Hi rjvamp, one of the deceased kits had been diabetic before( yes, he had dandruff with that too) ,but until the Nutro starting going downhill, it and the other premium brands (and losing a few pounds) helped reverse both conditions. Everything was fine, until someone started changing formulas and suppliers and cutting costs- and cutting quality.
Meowli
I'm so glad I switched foods when I did last year....I got a notice from Petsmart that I had purchased food that was made by the manufacturers that were recalled.....it wasn't particular lot numbers that I can remember....but I knew I had thrown away some of the food because my dogs did not want to eat it anymore.....including the wet....now you know something is wrong when a dog will not eat wet food!
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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2007, 01:34:17 PM »

I really hate this company with a passion. Years ago, I thought they were the best of the best in early 2000, and I fed this to my Pomeranian. He in turn would throw this food up almost daily. I was dumb enough to think that it was a health problem with my dog, and not the food itself. This went on shamefully for like 4-years, until I switched to another brand. I think he's very lucky to be healthy today, and I think this gave him IBS. Which is managable, compared to some other health problem that he could have got.  Sad
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