Feeding 6 cats a strict diet was really hard, and most often resulted in chaos and injuries, so I switched to open feeding. Predictably, they gained weight. Like, a lot of weight.
So, I decided that I should switch from the cheap walmart stuff ($10 for a 15 lb. bag) to something healthier with less filler.
I went to Petco and chose Nutro brand. It seemed like a great deal. $25 for a 15 lb. bag instead of $30-$50. I didn’t bother reading reviews, because, clearly this stuff had to be better than my cheap bag of Friskies or 9lives or whatever.
I regret that more than anything.
Less than two weeks after opening the first bag, our youngest cat Loki started getting sick.
He was slightly anemic, vomiting, diarrhea. I pushed water, decided to keep an eye on him. We’re newly married and don’t have all of the money in the world, so vet trips are reserved for emergencies.
Over the next few days though, he got worse. After he peed himself while snuggling with one of our other cats, I scheduled an appointment with the vet.
The vet said that all of his blood tests came back fine, except for the one with his kidney levels. He was in kidney failure. We had no idea what could have caused it. The emergency vet a week later suggested FIP.
He stayed at the vet on an IV for 2 days, and they sent him home with an antibiotic and some NutraCal. I assumed that meant he was okay and was going to recover. I was wrong.
He continued deteriorating over the next few days, despite my best efforts (I was pushing food and water with a syringe) until the day I came home from work and found him mostly unresponsive. We rushed him to the emergency vet, told our story, and then came to the tearful decision to have him put to sleep. He died before they could give him the injection. It was heartbreaking.
We agreed with the emergency vet, blamed FIP, and tried not to think about it.
During this time, the cats had finished the first bag of Nutro and had a tiny bag of some other stuff to tide them over until I could get to Petco to get another bag.
So that’s: Bag of Nutro, break, second bag of Nutro.
Within a week of opening the second bag of Nutro, Oreo became sick as well. He was displaying the same symptoms as Loki, but with the added addition of vomiting.
We couldn’t afford to have him hospitalized after spending $1000 on Loki. That had tapped out our savings. All we could do was carefully monitor him, keep him hydrated, and hope he would eat something.
During this time, we began trying to figure out what had caused this. They weren’t related in the slightest, so the chances of them both having FIP were incredibly slim. They were indoor cats, and I keep all toxins away from them. We had no idea what the culprit could be.
Finally, after Oreo had passed, my husband asked about the cat food. The timing just seemed too weird to be a coincidence. To placate him, I decided to look into any recalls.
This site alone has 1500 reviews, with an average rating of 1.5 stars. Report after report of dogs and cats of all breeds, falling sick with the same symptoms, most dying, after eating this food.
I called Nutro to submit a complaint and I was met with anger and cold insistence that it could ABSOLUTELY NOT be their food and to not believe everything I read online, because they hadn’t had ANY complaints. Not once did any person I talk to even say “I’m sorry for your loss.”
I am torn between the feeling of “I murdered my cats” and “This company murdered my cats”. If I had just read reviews, my babies might still be with me. On the other hand, this company is putting poison on the shelves and denying that they’re doing so.
Pet stores can’t take the food off of their shelves unless there is a recall. They also cannot legally warn you against it. All that can be done at this moment is to get the word out about what’s happening.
If you have been feeding Nutro to your pet, and they got sick in the slightest, please get a sample of the food, submit a complaint to Nutro and to the FDA/CDC.
If you have friends with pets, please tell them not to buy this stuff.
If you read the reviews on the site I linked to, you’ll see how horrifying this really is.
PLEASE, REBLOG THIS SO WE CAN GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THIS BRAND.
I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this.
Please spread this around, people with pets and service animals need to know.
Well, it seems like Anime Sols’ Black Friday Double-up promotion has been a success so far! Not only did Dear Brother set #2 get fully funded in this short amount of time, but Creamy Mami set #3 is almost completely funded (I’m pretty confident it will—it still has over a month to go and not much left to get in pledges as of this moment.)
There are still some series that could use a little help, though, and right now is the BEST time to do it since your pledges will still count for double the amount until midnight tonight!
Even if you can only pledge $5, that turns into a $10 pledge with the Double-up promotion, so consider just that amount if you can! (And remember, you won’t get charged until the series reaches it’s goal.) Keep spreading the word!
Accounts are being terminated by tumblr. We don’t know how or why, but every time I tried to e-mail tumblr, they would tell me it was a glitch in the system. I highly doubt that right now it’s a glitch in the system, because it’s happening to a lot of people. The best thing I can currently tell people is to message email@example.com as soon as it happens. The faster you do it, the faster you’ll hopefully get your account back and the faster we might get answers!
people have been getting their accounts back in a matter of hours, just email tumblr support and take deep breaths
… No, literally. I, my fiance, and my roommate are about to go through cold showers because our gas service here really sucks… as in, “here’s your final notice, assholes… even though we never gave you prior notice, because we suck.”
So I’m really just putting this out there in hopes to receive some commissions. Unfortunately, with as stressful as all this adult responsibility stuff is, I’m gonna do some sketch or lineart commissions for $7 each.
Examples of my sketch and lineart commissions are as follows:
((NOTE THAT SKETCHES ARE GENERALLY NOT COLOURED — oTL;; I just didn’t really have a better example—))
And because Ed (DasMuskel) knows about the situation, and is a super huge sweetheart, he has offered to do headshots for the first five people to pay $5 extra for my commissions. ; ; Gosh, I really can’t thank you enough, Ed. kjasdfjsdfs
Here is an example of what he would do for you:
Anyways… for those of you interested in commissioning me, the paypal to send payments to is brennfrancois@gmail,com.
I may do it for more people who pay extra.
Please help out my friend, Jay! She’s one of the biggest sweethearts in the world and has given so much to me and has helped so many other people out. She doesn’t deserve cold showers.
Orcs! Orcs! Orcs! The Zine for Orcs
Call for Submissions
Are you a fan of the big meaty mooks that perpetrate fantasy? Then this is the zine for you! We are accepting single illustrations, prose and comics dedicated to orcs.
All submissions must be about orcs!
Interiors will be black and white, or greyscaled/toned.
Print size will be 5.5”x8.5”, vertical orientation.
Images shall be 300 DPI, .TIF or .PSDs
We are looking for unique interperetations as opposed to straight fanart. This isn’t to say that we won’t take works based off of Elder Scrolls, Warcraft, et cetera, but we have a preference for original works.
Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2013 11:59pm EST