A few months ago, Regina's 15-year-old male tabby, Teacake, was diagnosed as being in the early stages of kidney failure. He wasn't eating much, and he was thirsty all the time. So the vet gave us some special wet food for him to eat. The cat got better for a while, then he decided he didn't like the wet food. So Regina started buying different brands to find something that Teacake would eat. Anyone who's been following the news this week knows what's coming next.
About two weeks ago, over the course of approximately three days, Teacake wasted away before our eyes. His skin hung tight over his bones. His eyes turned glassy and leaked viscous fluid. He wandered the house, moaning and desperate. Then we took him to the vet, and an hour later, he lay down for the needle, grateful to be put out of his misery.
Now we learn of the great pet-food recall of 2007, and I'm hearing of many other stories like ours. Cats are dying by the hundreds. This analysis by a Pennsylvania pet-store owner explains things rationally. The grammatically suspect money quotes:
"On the whole there doesn't appear to any more problems now than in earlier years. The problems, however, may be bigger because of the advent of large processing plants that produce larger quantities of food that when tainted makes a much bigger problem...This is the tangled web we weave in this consumer-driven society that demands high quality with a cheap price tag. Sounds good but as in this case it can backfire. We can demand all we want, but the cheaper we demand the price the more mistakes will be made. A fact of life is if you always pay too little most of the time you will get too little in return."
I would also add the fact that food inspections, for humans and pets alike, have declined under the current administration. Apparently, tainted food is good business, and my wife's cat is more than likely a victim of government negligence and corporate greed in the age of globalization.
Farewell, Teacake. I'm not sorry to not have to clean up your disgusting litter box and voluminous barf anymore. But I am sorry you had to go this way.
Has anyone else been affected by the recent pet-food recall? Please use this space to share stories.