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    Quote Originally Posted by Unklescott;2282479;
    My boys are officially grown up. They are no longer on kitten food.
    Just a tangent--my boys were never on puppy chow, and most breeders of the big guys don't use puppy chows. They want to slow the rate of growth to prevent joint problems. As it is, "slow growth" is about 10 pounds per month for the first year or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattus;2282852;
    Here's what I see many mornings as I leave the house to go to work - Finley sitting on the neighbour's pigeon coop, just perusing.
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    Mulling over what would be good for dinner, I think!
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    Mr. Tootles bit me last night. He does nibble now and then to get my attention when I've been in bed too long. After the hospital, I went right to bed for 6 hours. He wanted to play and my brushing him in my sleep didn't do. He got me good on the left wrist with one of his dracula fangs. It not only broke skin but hit a vein. Well, all of a sudden I'm feeling warm and wet where I shouldn't be and I awaken to blood soaking in my duvet cover and sheets. It also hit the floor as I ran to the bathroom for cold water and gauze and a bandaid.

    Little guy. I feel so bad when I'm too tired to play. I still love him even though he turns into Count Cat-ula at night. There wasn't even a full moon out!
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    MARCH 16, 2007 - 13:51 ET

    Menu Foods Income Fund Announces Precautionary Dog and Cat Food Recall

    TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2007) -

    NOT FOR RELEASE OVER US NEWSWIRE SERVICES

    Attention Business/Financial Editors

    Menu Foods Income Fund (the "Fund") (TSX:MEW.UN) today announced the precautionary recall of a portion of the dog and cat food it manufactured between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The recall is limited to "cuts and gravy" style pet food in cans and pouches manufactured at two of the Fund's United States facilities. These products are both manufactured and sold under private-label and are contract-manufactured for some national brands.

    Over the past several days, the Fund has received feedback in the United States (none in Canada) raising concerns about pet food manufactured since early December, and its impact on the renal health of the pets consuming the products. Shortly after receipt of the first complaint, the Fund initiated a substantial battery of technical tests, conducted by both internal and external specialists, but has failed to identify any issues with the products in question. The Fund has, however, discovered that timing of the production associated with these complaints, coincides with the introduction of an ingredient from a new supplier. The Fund stopped using this ingredient shortly after this discovery and production since then has been undertaken using ingredients from another source.

    At the same time, the Fund's largest customer, for which it manufactures on a contract basis, received a small number of consumer complaints and has initiated its own recall. Furthermore, for the time being, the customer has put future orders for cuts and gravy products on hold. This customer's cuts and gravy purchases in 2006 represented approximately 11% of the Fund's annual revenue.

    "We take these complaints very seriously and, while we are still looking for a specific cause, we are acting to err on the side of caution" said Paul K. Henderson, President and CEO, Menu Foods. "We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that our products maintain the very highest quality standards."

    While the number of complaints has been relatively small, Menu is taking this proactive step out of an abundance of caution, because the health and well-being of pets is paramount to the Fund.

    In addition to changing suppliers, for production after March 6, the Fund has increased testing of all raw materials and finished goods. It is also working closely with regulatory authorities and its customers to learn more and will take whatever additional actions are appropriate. The Fund estimates that based on currently available information, this recall could cost between $30 million and $40 million, which will be financed from a combination of internally generated cash flow and bank credit facilities. Furthermore, the Fund is aggressively producing product, utilizing a different supplier for the ingredient in question, to replenish customers as quickly as possible.

    In order to determine whether cat and dog food in their possession is subject to recall, consumers should refer to the list of brand names ("listed products") at www.menufoods.com/recall. This will be available by 6 a.m. Saturday March 17, 2007. Products not identified on the website can continue to be used.

    Menu is the leading North American private-label/contract manufacturer of wet pet food products sold by supermarket retailers, mass merchandisers, pet specialty retailers and other retail and wholesale outlets. In 2006, the Fund produced more than one billion containers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskitty;2283544;
    I still love him even though he turns into Count Cat-ula at night. There wasn't even a full moon out!
    That's one of the funniest things I've heard in a long time. It's a good thing he didn't hit an artery! Cats can be so weird. They want what they want when they want it and there's nothing you can do to convince them that 2 am is not playtime.

    My cat loves to come loudly meowing in after we've all gone to bed, as if announcing his safe arrival home and where is everyone and why aren't we awake to greet him. Then he proceeds to jump on the bed, stick his butt in my face, and demand that I pet him. If I stop, he bites or paws me, but so far not enough to break the skin. But enough to annoy me and keep me from going back to sleep. Sometimes I don't know what keeps me awake more - the husband's snoring or the cat demanding attention at an hour that I am not inclined to give it.

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    Pet Foods Recall After Deaths!

    Dog, cat food recalled after pet deaths
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A major manufacturer of pet foods sold throughout North America under dozens of store names is recalling millions of containers of its products while working to determine what caused kidney failure and some deaths of cats and dogs.

    Menu Foods said Saturday it is recalling dog food sold under 46 brands and cat food sold under 37 brands and distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The pet foods were sold by major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.

    A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates is available from the Menu Foods website, Menu Foods Income Fund - Annual General Meeting . Consumers with questions can also call (866) 895-2708.

    "At this juncture, we're not 100 percent sure what's happened," said Paul Henderson, the company's president and chief executive officer. However, the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, since dropped for another source, spokeswoman Sarah Tuite said. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

    An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, Menu Foods said in announcing the North American recall. Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death, the company said.

    The recall covers the company's "cuts and gravy" style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between Dec. 3 and March 6.

    The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others, Henderson said.

    The company said it makes pet food for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co.

    P&G announced Friday the recall of specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6 oz. and 13.2 oz. canned and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch cat and dog wet food products made by Menu Foods but sold under the Iams and Eukanuba brands. The recalled products bear the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197, P&G said.

    Menu Foods' three U.S. and one Canadian factory produce more than 1 billion containers of wet pet food a year. The recall covers pet food made at company plants in Emporia, Kan., and Pennsauken, N.J., Henderson said.

    Henderson said the company received an undisclosed number of owner complaints of vomiting and kidney failure in dogs and cats after they had been fed its products. It has tested its products but not found a cause for the sickness.

    "To date, the tests have not indicated any problems with the product," Henderson said.

    The company alerted the Food and Drug Administration, which already has inspectors in one of the two plants, Henderson said.

    Menu Foods is majority owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, based in Ontario, Canada.

    Henderson said the recall would cost the company the Canadian equivalent of $26 million to $34 million.

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    I'm glad you guys posted the recall information. I had heard something about it on the news, but never saw the spot. Makes me glad I use Science Diet, even though I do pay more for it. I am just keeping my fingers crossed.
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    Joey only eats IAMs because of his urine Ph, as well as Merricks Ocean Breeze, California Roll and Wellness Salmon & Trout. It may cost more but he's worth it. We tried Science Diet and a couple others from the Vet but he just ignored it.
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    The girls only eat Science Diet and Evolve. (an all natural cat food)

    Strictly kibble diet. The get dried Bonita flakes for a treat every so often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doxie;2282728;
    Thank you all for your kind words. Simon (also known as The HellBeast) will be with us as long as he is happy and in good health.
    I'm not a vet nor disagreeing with yours, but wondering if the pacing and licking might be partly his frustration with the hearing loss and trying to get some suplemental sensory input while moving into a more silent world ?

    I had a lab/terrier mix who had diminished eyesight due to cataracts. He had always been a great treat catcher ... and when he couldn't see as well he would sit-up for the treat, listen to where it fell and go get it. Pretty smart. Here's hoping Simon will continue to adapt to the hearing loss in his own way !

    Editing to add: If I mixed up your dog's names, I'm sorry doxie.
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