Our Journey with Ms. Kitty

Typically, I share my artwork or my writings on this page. However, for the next several posts, I will be journaling the life of one of my cats, Ms. Kitty.  She was a healthy, active cat until a week or so ago. She began to be crankier than normal, hissed at the other cats more. We thought it was just Ms. Kitty being Ms. Kitty. Then she didn’t want to eat her wet food anymore. All she wanted was Temptation Cat Treats. So much so, I bought the huge box. It never crossed my mind that anything could be wrong with giving them to her. It even states on the backside of the container you can substitute for a meal. They made her happy, we thought.  Then around the end of June she stopped eating, then a few hours later, she stopped drinking. She retreated to a corner in the office where no one could reach her easily. She just wanted to be alone. I began then to wonder if the treats were under a recall. I started researching the matter online. I found a website, ConsumerAffairs.com, that has over 263 reports of cats with renal failure after eating theses treats.  Make that 264 after mine is posted!  I know I cannot state that this is the definitive cause of her illness but it is the last food product my cat ate- pretty good evidence when coupled with the 263 reports.

On June 29, 2016 I took Ms. Kitty to Animal Hospital of Walker County. Dr. Kimbrell could see right away she was a very ill cat. He suspected bowel blockage or kidney failure. After running her labs, there was no doubt, she was in renal failure. Her BUN was awful high.  He kept her there on IV fluids for the next several days. Today, July 5th, after we discussed it with Dr. Kimbrell, we brought her home. He is an excellent Veterinarian and I mean excellent. He has done everything he possible can for our cat.  She is a very strong and is fighting to stay here with us. We intend to do everything we can for her.

I have always thought there were valid instances when the saying, “the pen is mightier than the sword” was true. This is one of those times. I intend to shine a white hot light on this subject and this product.  So many cat owners cannot be wrong. Each owner loved their pet as we love Ms. Kitty. When I say “we” I am referring to myself and my 83-year-old mother who is heartbroken. At night, Ms. Kitty, stayed very near mother. They have a special bond. Each pet parent wanted the best for their fur-babies. We are no different.  There are some who sue these companies. Mother and I are not litigious in nature. We could never and would never put a value on Ms. Kitty. She is a member of our family. We just want someone, anyone in the FDA or some authority to inspect these complaints. If these treats are causing harm to our cats, they need to be pulled off the market. I know, we have the added ingredient of greed (yes, I said it!) in this equation. I suspect they make a great deal in profit off this product line, but an honest third party investigation is merited.

Now to what I can do for Ms. Kitty. I can show you what a gem of a baby she is-through pictures and recounting her journey with us.

Right now as it stands, she is taking water but will not eat. I have bought some low phosphorus, high protein food. I will also try some things I have ordered on Amazon.  I will update tomorrow. For now I will leave you with a picture I took today. I am going to put on some chicken and see if I can get her to take a little broth.

As always, much love my friends,

Ms. Arleen

Links to Websites used:

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/

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Ms. Kitty after we brought her home from Vet Hospital. Taken July 5th, 2016.

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