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Author Topic: Problems with Chicken Soup dry cat food?  (Read 3062 times)
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catbird
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« on: September 11, 2007, 02:19:38 PM »

I had been feeding the Chicken Soup Adult dry cat food for several months with no problems.  I have had a worrisome experience the past two days.  About 10 days into a new bag, Cameo, my very savvy cat, suddenly started refusing this food, which she formerly ate like a little piggy.  I rotate dry foods, so this morning I put down one of my other dry foods.  That was gone when I got home from work. As an experiment, I took the same bowl I had put down this morning and put some Chicken Soup into it in the same location.  Cameo trotted over, smelled it, and then looked up at me and walked away.  I dumped the bowl, filled it with still another of my dry foods, and Cameo chowed down.  My other 3 cats seem to be eating the Chicken Soup.  So far everyone seems all right.  The food looks and smells the same to me) as it always did.

Chicken Soup was formerly her favorite food.  Cameo is the cat who suddenly started refusing Nutro Max Cat canned a year before it was recalled.  I think she perceives something not good, but want to verify from another source before I panic.

Has anyone else who uses Chicken Soup dry noticed a change or had any unusual symptoms recently?  The production code on the bag is CSC0702MD, best by 16-FEB-09, 20:59P? (last character illegible)
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 03:10:38 PM »

buy another small bag and see if she eats it. it may be on the edge of going bad from heat or whatever and she cares more about that than the other kitties do. i've got one like that. all mine would back away if the bag was bad, but one seems to be a bit more sensitive than the others and i always figured it was close to being rancid/going bad when she refused.
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catbird
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2007, 05:28:15 PM »

Thank you for the suggestion, straybaby.  I'll do just that.  I did buy this last bag from a different store.  I'll try going back to one of my usual stores.

The raccoons in my neighborhood will eat well tonight!  (I don't feel bad putting it out for them, since I've heard that as scavengers they can handle a lot of marginal food.) Smiley
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onlooker
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2007, 05:04:53 AM »

I buy the small bags of CS for the cats along with other brands.   I keep them in the fridge after opening.  One of my cats doesn't care for the larger pieces of the CS so I have been mixing with brands with smaller pieces & then he usually will eat them.    If any are picked out the other cats eat them.
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catbird
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2007, 06:17:59 AM »

Thanks to both of you for your help.  I did go out and buy a new small bag of Chicken Soup last night, with an Oct 08 expiration date, and Cameo ate it with gusto.  So I think I did have one marginal bag.  Panic level has subsided to normal.  I will sure listen to Cameo from now on!  This proves how good she is at detecting problems.

Onlooker, I'll follow your suggestion and keep the CS in the refrigerator.  I've never had to do that with a dry cat food before (with 4 cats I use it up pretty fast), but maybe this one is more susceptible to spoilage than others.

Thanks again.
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007, 10:15:13 AM »

no problems here.  I always buy smaller bags also.  I pass right by a Pet Supplies Plus store on my way home from work so I can stop frequently.  Larger bags sitting around may eventually taste stale
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