Have you wondered how the melamine got into the feed and why? Well here is an article that explains a probability, and since it is linked to the "bottom line", which dominates corporate concerns, it is very probable.http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/156967.html
But I am also here to ask anyone who uses almost exclusively Purina products if their pet has become ill with kidney disease just prior to or within the recall timeframe.
My cat turned three this month. I have had cats all my life (I am 64) and many have passed from kidney decline. So if my cat was 17, I wouldn't be pursuing this topic. But my cat is three and just returned from 4 days at the Vet on fluids. About two weeks ago she began drinking copiously and urinating copiously. Her luxurious coat turned ratty and she lost some patches of hair on her neck. She is an indoor cat. I took her to the Vet and after exhausting blood and urine work, it turned out to be a kidney problem. To make a long and expensive story short, she responded to intravenous flushing, her renal panel is now normal, but I have to have another done next week. The Vets concluded it was a toxin and tubular, the same pattern as seen in pets made ill by recalled foods, or those not yet recalled.
Because she in a Purina cat and wheat gluten is a dominant ingredient in many of her wet foods - Friskies, Fancy Feat, Elegant Medleys, and even is in her favorite dry food, Friskies Feline Favorites - I called Nestle Purina. To their credit, they called me back, took some data, and are going to call my vet. However, I was told I was the ONLY one with a sick cat who is on Friskies. I can't believe that, and I can't believe that Friskies has not sourced its wheat gluten, and now rice (read the article) and I wonder about corn gluten, which is also sourced from China. So I would like to hear from any other primarily Friskies using owners who have had pets come down with kidney problems attributable to toxins during this period. Thanks for reading.