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Meowli
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« on: April 04, 2012, 08:02:21 AM »

Well, after successfully feeding several of the Weruva flavors with shredded chicken, for years, we have suddenly had a 4-cat walk away refusal.

A former Itchmo member had told me that her cats all suddenly had a problem with the food with May and July 2014 dates-3 and 5.5 oz cans(Pekin Ducken NX1104/N751H-Paw Licken Ch May 2014 NX1025/N5V1H)

However, we didn't pick up any of the Weruva chicken variety cans with this time period, until yesterday. Well, this morning all 4 cats sniffed, tasted, and ALL walked away from the 3 oz 9 Liver (May 2014 NX1102/N521R). It's the same style chicken pieces as the Paw Licken, just in a different variety mix. Our cats are generally food freaks and when they all back off at once, they are telling us something.

We took the whole bunch of Weruva chicken flavors back to the store this morning.
I noticed a short time ago that the chicken flavors seemed to have bigger pieces and that the cats seemed to have to work more at chewing them, and ONE of the cats stopped liking Weruva including Paw Licken, but something else is different for all 4 to refuse it- this still used to be one of their favorite flavors.
I am going to email or call Weruva on this.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2012, 10:58:35 AM »

Huh.  Do let us know what you find out!

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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2012, 07:54:46 AM »

Got a call back this morning from Weruva. There was some type of production issue - lady said she thought it was mainly with the Paw Licken Ch - with an improper mix - last Spring and Summer (which would be the May-July 2014 use by dates). Seems it was "too soupy". But, all is fixed now. The chicken pieces themselves look bigger to me but she hadn't heard of any changes like that.

I didn't find/buy the Pekin Duck- cats don't like duck at any rate- but other people have noticed an off smell from food within that time period.
I will probably not feed Weruva for awhile then try one can with chicken with a different time stamp.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2012, 12:12:57 PM »

Hm.  Do you believe that it was just a ratio thing?

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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2012, 12:35:29 PM »

From what the lady said, it sounded like a gravy-to-meat ratio thing to me, that had a 3 or so month time span. Anyhow they fixed the "mix", and the rep suggested to wait then try to feed a Sept 2014 or later date.
I am not sure that that was the only issue, but am willing to try a later dated batch at some point as they did acknowledge having a problem.
Some companies don't even do that let alone call people back.

This time I will buy only a couple of small cans, 1 of each flavor with chicken, and see what happens. I will also try to find one  of the duck and see if it seems ok.

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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2012, 12:46:47 PM »

Update: The 10.05 oz Weruva Paw Licken Chicken with a June 2014 date - in the problem date range : It is very soupy as they told me and it only got a few licks and glares from the cats before I dumped it and opened something else. So now I know for sure all sizes of cans were affected.
 
When I brought the PL Chick back to the store I had forgotten this one and just had to open it out of curiousity.  Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012, 03:15:27 PM »

hhhhmmmm - have been using the Jul 2014 batch Paw Lickin Chicken Jul 2014 batch, in rotation with other canned foods - no adverse nor refusal; effects (except when I was admitted in Hospital - sis says cats reluctant to eat anything  Angry )  Purchased from Amazon, gravy consistency looks like older batches.  DID notice the chicken looked more cooked than other batches they not so liked (PS, all three cats still alive - BG still kickin at 18).
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2012, 05:05:02 PM »

Maybe the consistency problem  was an intermittant one  at Weruva during those three months they acknowledged. In hindsight now, I really wish I had taken a picture of that last can of stuff.  Tongue
Karvskitties, glad you had a better experience with Weruva,  Hooray for BG still going strong!
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2012, 05:55:42 PM »

I brought home soulistic chicken in pumpkin soup...first time ever the kitties didn't gobble it down.  But they did eventually eat it all.   Undecided  Nothing bad seems to have happened.
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2012, 06:59:20 AM »

Terrible story.  My precious Princess is a shelter rescue kitty.  I began feeding her Paw Lickin Chicken since I got her home.  She always ate it, few leftovers.  I buy both the large and small cans, depending on my schedule because she was such a good eater.  About 5 - 6 months ago, I noticed she  began refusing to eat the large cans.  They did not smell, but the color was grey.  I would give her the small cans, brighter color, no problem.  My first clue should have been when I put the fresh leftovers out for the strays, NONE of them would eat it either.  The last two weeks, she  began refusing even the small cans.  I began trying to coax her to eat them by crushing 1-2 cat kibbles on top.  I feel so  terribly guilty.  Princess knew best. 8 days ago, she stopped eating completely, drinking only water.  No bowel movements.  I did not want to force feed her.  By day 4, I ran out to get kitty milk in the  can, to get her some nutrition.  Princess tolerated it, but still refused to eat Paw Lickin chicken.  By day 6, I brought her to AMC in NYC.  It cost me nearly 600 dollars I do not have.  She was dehydrated, weak.  they ruled out heart and lung trouble.  Princess has Elevated calcium and CO2.  I do not have the money to complete the blood work.  I have been giving her spring water in a syringe.  I got one tiny black rock hard stool.  My Princess was in excellent health.  Weruva needs to get to the bottom of this.  this is why the Orthodox Jews have a factory Rabbi.  Without someone to watch the actual goings on, particularly overseas, someone is causing serious damage here. My animal is suffering.  I am devasted
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2012, 07:24:46 AM »

I am so sorry that little Princess is so sick. I well understand the money part, too. Can you try to feed her something else like Instinct, even Fancy Feast classic flavors? She needs to eat something-can you syringe a pate food into her if she won't eat anything? Did the vet give you any idea at all what they suspected?

Sending prayers and good thoughts for Princess.
ps: please do contact Weruva and let them know  you have a problem with the food.
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2012, 10:10:57 AM »

I'm sorry to hear about Princess, too, but the most important thing right now is to get her to eat - ANYTHING! She just needs to start eating.
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2012, 12:00:51 PM »

So sorry to hear about Princess, elymom. I sure hope she will start eating again. Thoughts and prayers going out for healing.
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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2012, 03:59:08 PM »

Welcome elymom ! I am sorry to hear that Princess is so sick. You need to get food into her even if its just a few syringefull's  a few times a day. Any wet pate type food will work if you blend it with water or broth. Tuna juice is usually a taste tempter too . Also stage 1 baby food meat watered down will work. Verus & Go & Lick Your Chops all make a very soft & smooth pate.
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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2012, 09:20:29 PM »

I am so sorry that Princess is so sick.  You do have to feed her if she cannot or will not do it herself. We don't prefer to call it "forced feeding", but rather, "assisted feeding".  It will save her life.  You can use a syringe to feed her watered down food as previously suggested, or you can place the food in her mouth with your finger or see if she will lick it from your finger.  The important thing is to get food into her now.  The lack of bowel movements is no doubt because she hasn't had any food to form them.  Find another food, or several of them, and help her eat.  Your regular vet could also help you by giving you a prescription for an appetite stimulant and/or a medication for nausea so that she feels more like eating.  

For $600 there must have been other routine blood tests done.  Were there any other abnormalities in those tests? Did the vet give you a diagnosis?  What treatment or home care was suggested?  Was she given some IV fluids to rehydrate her? Any medications prescribed? 
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