Did Friskies Kill Five-Year-Old Smokey?

A woman in New Port Richey, Florida, is mourning the death of her five-year-old cat, Smokey.

According to Kim Herget
, after feeding Friskies to her cat for several days, the animal got sick. When she took Smokey to the vet, the cat was diagnosed with acute kidney failure.

Smokey Too Sick To Have Blood Drawn

ConsumerAffairs.com reports that Herget had switched to Friskies from a different cat food. When she took Smokey to the vet, he was unable to determine whether it was in fact the food that was causing the illness, and the animal was too sick to have blood drawn.

However, a medical chart prepared by the vet noted that the only difference before and after the kidney failure was the change in diet.

Friskies Was Subject Of Class-Action Lawsuit

It turns out that Friskies was the subject of a class-action lawsuit several years ago, but Purina, the parent company of Friskies, says its product is safe.

Ms. Herget will probably never know why her cat died, but Smokey’s death does raise issues about the safety of pet food.

Menu Foods Caused Kidney Failure In Pets

According to ComsumerAffairs.com, in March 2007, Menu Foods recalled 53 brands of dog food and 42 brands of cat food after tests showed that the foods caused kidney failure. Many of the brands were found to be infected with rodent poisoning.

Be Careful What You Give Your Pet To Eat

Pet owners, take notice! It is really important to do the research on what you are feeding to your favorite animal, and especially if you decide to switch brands.

Some lucky pets have owners who prepare their food from scratch for their furry friends, but most of us don’t have time to do that.

But since those little creatures tug on our heartstrings so much, take the time to check out what you are giving them to eat! They are family, after all.

Do you agree?

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289 comments

leticia p.
leticia piera4 years ago

Yes I do believe "Friskies" food killed Smokey! My cat also got sick (diarrhea & vomiting) after eating Friskies wet food within 2 days of eating it. Then I decided to look it up on the internet "Friskies made my cat sick" and sure enough hundred of cat/kittens & some dogs were getting just as sick as my cat did and even worse for some that had died! Owners not realizing that the food was what was making them sick. I think the company should put a warning on the there labels that your pet might get or have a allergic reaction because there food is made of Corn/Corn meal/Animal by-product. Here's just one of the links I found: http://petfoodtalk.com/catfoodreviews/friskies/

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Marie Hernandes
Past Member 6 years ago

I'm so sorry to hear about your pet Smokey.

I already cook a special meal for my dogs, but when I'm short on time I feed them Pedigree, maybe twice a year. My cats, also get a special diet which replaces the can food. But they still get their dry food from the store and its not made by Purina. Its made by a local company. Never had an animal get sick from the food, only old age.

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JoEllen G.
JoEllen Gorman8 years ago

Was it dry food or canned food? My rescue group has been feeding canned Friskies food for years. You should use Purina One dry food or Science Diet dry food. Was the cat losing weight and drinking more water? Why did you switch food? This was probably a cumulative problem not something that happened from a few days of feeding Friskies.

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Resta C.
Resta C8 years ago

I am not so sure if it was a change in diet alone that caused this; there was kidney failure, which, to me, indicates something may have been wrong with the food itself.

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Penny B.
Penny B8 years ago

I am so sorry that you lost your cat. Having had male cats I know how important the diet is. Male cats are particularly susceptible to urinary and kidney problems from their food. Male cats in particular need the" better" cat foods--specialty brands.

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Cherida Hivale
Cherida Hivale8 years ago

I really wish people would stop using commercial pet food and just take the trouble to prepare home made meals for their pets - it's safer, healthier, cheaper and at least you will know what's in your fur babys food.

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Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan8 years ago

We should think twice before giving any food to our pets and children. They can be allergic to certain preservatives . If possible it is always good to cook food at home for our pets.

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Lika S.
Lika P8 years ago

I'm thinking it's not necessarily the food, it's the change in diet. Back in 1986, I went to Japan. I ate their food, was active, etc. When I came back, and had American food (hamburgers) I ended up with so much gas and bloating that I couldn't fit behind the wheel. I don't feel that it was necessarily that hamburger it's self. It was more or less that my body was used to the less greasy & cleaner diet, and I reacted negative toward that food. I think same goes for our furry babies. But they don't know how to tell us they don't feel good, nor tell us that the change in diet makes them sick.

I'm so sorry about the kitty... I'm a cat woman myself, or shall I say I run a cat house? Anyway, I love my cats as my babies. And I know how hard it is to lose them.

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Lika S.
Lika P8 years ago

I'm thinking it's not necessarily the food, it's the change in diet. Back in 1986, I went to Japan. I ate their food, was active, etc. When I came back, and had American food (hamburgers) I ended up with so much gas and bloating that I couldn't fit behind the wheel. I don't feel that it was necessarily that hamburger it's self. It was more or less that my body was used to the less greasy & cleaner diet, and I reacted negative toward that food. I think same goes for our furry babies. But they don't know how to tell us they don't feel good, nor tell us that the change in diet makes them sick.

I'm so sorry about the kitty... I'm a cat woman myself, or shall I say I run a cat house? Anyway, I love my cats as my babies. And I know how hard it is to lose them.

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Jeannie Miner
Jeannie Fuchs8 years ago

Sorry about her kitty

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