Purina Pet Food Sickness? Death Reported, Allegedly Linked to Cat Chow in Compaints

Purina spokesperson says there's nothing wrong with its pet food
November 12, 2014 Updated: November 12, 2014

Purina Cat Chow is being blamed for several cat deaths and illness bouts on social media sites and a consumer affairs website. One woman said her cat was sick and then died.

A Facebook user posted a now-viral complaint this week, saying that Purina killed her cat Killian. She said that after the cat ate the kibble, her pet got sick and died shortly afterward.

“I bought Killian a new bag of Purina cat chow indoor cat formula in a green bag. I fed him his normal 1/4 cup scoop, about 20 minutes later he was vomiting blood, foaming at the mouth and thrashing around the house.. My 15 yr old daughter, who was unfortunately there for the whole ordeal, and I raced out if the house to bring him to the vet, but it didn’t end up making any difference because he died in her arms on the way to the vet,” the post reads.

On Tuesday, Examiner.com interviewed Keith Schopp, Purina’s Vice President of Corporate Public Relations, who said that Purina pet food has nothing wrong.

Also, Purina was making references to the complaints on Twitter, but it didn’t say anything specific but it linked to a complaints site.

“There’s nothing going on at Purina – other than we’re continuing to feed quality products. Consumers can continue to feed our product with complete confidence,” he told the site. “We take all consumer contact seriously. Top quality is always our main priority. We welcome feedback and we encourage consumers – if they have any questions – they can always contact our office of consumer affairs.

He added: “Millions of happy, healthy dogs and cats enjoy our products every day. From time to time, there’s misleading information online. We want pet owners to rely on information from veterinarians and the FDA – and to contact the company if they have concerns.”

Schopp also noted that the “vast majority of the ingredients come from the U.S. – and they ingredients local – they’re close to where are processing plants are located.”

However, this hasn’t stopped people from complaining on social media and ConsumerAffairs.com.

One person wrote that her cat got sick.

“I am a veterinary technician and I have never seen anything like this before. It was the worst thing I’ve ever had to witness. When I got home with our boy I took blood and saliva samples to have tested. A VERY good friend of mine is a chemist so I will be having the food and the bag itself analyzed. Purina better PRAY this was an incredibly large coincidence because I will go to the ends of the earth to get justice for my cat. He was part of our family and this won’t be taken lightly!!” she wrote.