Mr. Darcy Faces Death As Pet Food Recall Grows

We don’t know if Mr. Darcy will make it.  He is still jaundiced and shows signs of kidney failure. He needs to be force fed in small increments every half hour. Monday we have to make a decision about inserting a feeding tube in him and there are no guarantees that this will work. Mr. Darcy stopped eating a couple of weeks ago. His weight has dropped from 17 lbs to 9 lbs. He has all the symptoms of being a victim of the bad food from the massive pet food recall announced Mr. Darcy is illyesterday.

Mr. Darcy is an eight year old Maine Coon with the most sensitive nature of all our cats. After Elizabeth came into the cat family Mr. D, as we call him, went into a year long funk but today Mr. D is the only cat Elizabeth allows in the house at night. The other three – Simon (he’s the most studious and adventurous), Schuster (only natural if you have a Simon, besides he’s a total goofball), and Jackie Chan (he does his own stunts) – are relegated to the comfort of the heated floor on the back porch.


The dynamics of the cats occasionally shifts and it is possible that Mr. D., recently aced out of his top cat perch by Jackie Chan, may be ostracized by the males and cut off from food. Or this could be all psychologically induced and delayed retribution for his abandonment (we left the cats with caretakers for a few months). Who knows. You can ask a cat how he’s feeling all day and not get more than ‘meow.’ We are not sure what the caretakers fed Mr. D but we know that he threw up the Nutro we tried to feed him yesterday before we knew about the recall. That didn’t help.


Menu Foods, the Canadian distributor of the tainted cat and dog food has a highly inadequate web page  with a phone number that is either busy or overwhelmed. It only has sparse information on the growing list of 60 million tainted cat and dog food cans under dozens of labels. It is shocking to see that the same ”low quality” pet food is being packaged under Iams, Nutro, and Eukanuba labels – supposedly higher quality brands that charge a premium.


This is a public relations disaster for the affected brands. Pet owners are a highly emotional Scuster sad about Mr. Dbunch who don’t easily forget. There is no readily available information from any of the affected major brands, the manufacturer is overwhelmed and unprepared. Supposedly, they had been testing the food for some time to try to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem. They should have been better prepared. They better get their act together fast.


Schuster (left) is sad about Mr. D’s condition and he is praying for his reccovery.



  1. lauri Smith/Kanata, Ontario says:

    Please remember that Nutro did a press release a few years ago after the Diamond Pet food recall. In this article they state that all there food “requires all our grain suppliers to test each load and provide us with certificates that assure the absence of aflatoxin risk. Loads not meeting Nutro’s strict standards may not be shipped to us….”
    What a crock….
    I pray for your pet, and you pray for mine. He is a boxer/Lab named Tuxx, and on our shelf is the UPC code on Nutro Natural Choice, in which he has been eating this month.
    Go to the website for the strict quality assurance @
    Kind of makes you want to see that certificate doesn’t it?

  2. toni says:

    Get rid of the Swifer if you love your pet

    I just got this from friends and was shocked:

    Please read re Swifer Wet Jet danger to animals. Thank you.

    Swifer-Wet Jet Danger

    > I recently had a neighbor who had to have their 5-year old German
    > Shepherd dog put down due to liver failure. The dog was completely
    > healthy until a few weeks ago, so they had a necropsy done to see
    > the cause was. The liver levels were unbelievable, as if the dog had
    > ingested poison of some kind. The dog is kept inside, and when he’s
    > outside, someone’s with him, so the idea of him getting into
    > unknown was hard to believe. My neighbor started going through all
    > items in the house. When he got to the Swiffer Wetjet, he noticed,
    > very tiny print, a warning which stated “may be harmful to small
    > children and animals.” He called the company to ask what the
    contents of
    > the cleaning agent are and was astounded to find out that
    antifreeze is
    > one of the ingredients. (actually he was told it’s a compound which
    > one molecule away from anitfreeze).
    > Therefore, just by the dog walking on the floor cleaned with the
    > solution, then licking it’s own paws, and the dog eating from its
    > which were kept on the kitchen floor cleaned with this product, it
    > ingested enough of the solution to destroy its liver.
    > Soon after his dog’s death, his housekeepers’ two cats also died of
    > liver failure. They both used the Swiffer Wetjet for quick cleanups
    > their floors. Necropsies weren’t done on the cats, so they couldn’t
    > a lawsuit, but he asked that we spread the word to as many people as
    > possible so they don’t lose their animals.

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