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EricV
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« on: September 10, 2007, 04:41:56 PM »

This is from The Cat Site Forum:

http://thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=141395

I am sharing this experience with you all because I don't want anybody else living my nightmare.

I feed my cats Natural Balance Ultra canned formula. Last night, I split my cats' food into two servings. One for my Mau, Bailey, who is on a bit of a diet, and one for the other two. After feeding Bailey, as I mushed up the other half of the can, I found a metal shard in the food. It was embedded so that I could not initially see it. Imagine my shock and horror as I rush over to my boys, who have just cleared off the plate. . .

I contacted Natural Balance. The customer service rep more or less assured me it was an unusual occurance and offered me a free case of cat food. Now, material things don't mean too much to me considering exactly what is at stake here; feline lives. I am far more interested in what will be done to save other cats from ingesting sharp metal shards.

I had to take my three boys in to the vet today. Otto, our turkish van, was vomiting violently. He's never vomitted before, and it's a terrible coincidence that he would start hours after I find that shard in the food he ate. He was x-rayed, and while there were some bright sports that could have been smaller metal shards, they were nothing that would be worth performing an endoscopy to find. If he does not improve, we will be taking him back for a series of blood tests.

Natural Balance will be seeing a bill from me for this. I suppose I will also have to find a lawyer.

I will be contacting the FDA, USDA, and the major papers in my area. The FDA will be getting back with me tomorrow. While Natural Balance wants me to send them the metal shard, I think I will honor the FDA's request that I keep for them.
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2007, 04:47:44 PM »

This is from The Cate Site Forum:

http://thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=141395

I am sharing this experience with you all because I don't want anybody else living my nightmare.

I feed my cats Natural Balance Ultra canned formula. Last night, I split my cats' food into two servings. One for my Mau, Bailey, who is on a bit of a diet, and one for the other two. After feeding Bailey, as I mushed up the other half of the can, I found a metal shard in the food. It was embedded so that I could not initially see it. Imagine my shock and horror as I rush over to my boys, who have just cleared off the plate. . .

I contacted Natural Balance. The customer service rep more or less assured me it was an unusual occurance and offered me a free case of cat food. Now, material things don't mean too much to me considering exactly what is at stake here; feline lives. I am far more interested in what will be done to save other cats from ingesting sharp metal shards.

I had to take my three boys in to the vet today. Otto, our turkish van, was vomiting violently. He's never vomitted before, and it's a terrible coincidence that he would start hours after I find that shard in the food he ate. He was x-rayed, and while there were some bright sports that could have been smaller metal shards, they were nothing that would be worth performing an endoscopy to find. If he does not improve, we will be taking him back for a series of blood tests.

Natural Balance will be seeing a bill from me for this. I suppose I will also have to find a lawyer.

I will be contacting the FDA, USDA, and the major papers in my area. The FDA will be getting back with me tomorrow. While Natural Balance wants me to send them the metal shard, I think I will honor the FDA's request that I keep for them.


We're still in the process of determining the status of a suit against Natural Balance for their web of despicable lies to us at the beginning of the Pet Food Scandal. Based on our experience, I would say GET A LAWYER NOW and follow up every communication with emails and letters. I know a bit more about that greedy corporation that I can post here.

Definitely report as far and wide as you can.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2007, 05:23:18 PM »

Thanks everyone. the Doxie is alright now. But He spend a lot of time at the vets.
The canned cat food is the small cans of friskies.I bought these because the cat I feed it to is 20 and has just had all her teeth out. So she needed something real soft to eat. This is the 4th can so i'm done with that. The only reason I found it was that I really went through the food . It looked like food until i got a fork and really got into the food. then i was totally shocked. This piece is a little different than the others. It has small ridges on it and a kind of circular curve to it. I tried to take a picture of it, but to zoom in that close it looks a little blurry. But i'm trying to put the picture up for you.


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