My cat has urinary tract issues/crystals, can I feed Weruva
May 9, 2017 update: The Australian Veterinary Association released the following statement: ” Last week we alerted veterinarians to a small number of reports of cats showing a combination of cerebellar and vestibular signs, which could be related to a pet food toxicity or deficiency. At this stage, we have no definitive proof of toxicity (or deficiency) and the issue is only a potential association with the feeding of BFF brand cat food. Petbarn have acted very quickly to withdraw the food from sale, pending laboratory testing. As a result of media interest, it is likely that many cats fed BFF will now be presented to vets with a variety of non-pet food related illnesses. We are particularly interested in cats that have cerebellar and/or vestibular signs as these are not a particularly common presenting problem, and were present in the “index” cases.”
While of course I feel for everyone’s worries and any cats suffering, I strongly urge people to take a step back and not rush to judgment. I’m writing this as a cautionary tale about the use and mis-use of social media to share information — or in some cases to escalate facts or create new “facts.” We have seen the damage that can be done by social media — whether personally to school children or in the political area. Previous pet food recalls have made owners very quick on the trigger finger, but please put down those weapons on social media. Before there is a public indictment of a particular food or company, the facts have to be made clear. Was it actually only two cats who were sickened and with entirely different symptoms? Or was it many cats? Did the owners really feed only the one flavor of BFF canned food (made only for the Australian market) or did they actually eat several other kinds of food, including store brand dry food? Medical records need to be closely reviewed by a 3rd party expert. Containers of the suspected food have to be identified and need to be independently tested by an accredited laboratory.
Now that I hear how cat owners of afflicted cats in Australia feel (apparently there are hundreds?) I will do anything I can so that you feel heard and cared. I will do whatever I can to facilitate communication. I promise you from personal experience of the highest ethical standards of the Weruva family (and it’s literally a small family business — a handful of employees who all care deeply about the pets who eat their food). Two members of his company went to Australia from the East Coast of the U.S. but nobody would give them more information and there was apparently nothing they could do to help.There’s been some online drama in Australia around the possibility that there may be something wrong with certain flavors of Weruva’s BFF canned cat foods — only in some of the flavors that are made only for Australia, manufactured in an isolated human food manufacturing facility that makes only these flavors just for the Australian […]There’s been some online drama in Australia around the possibility that there may be something wrong with certain flavors of Weruva’s BFF canned cat foods — only in some of the flavors that are made only for Australia, manufactured in an isolated human food manufacturing facility that makes only these flavors just for the Australian market. The large Australian pet food chain that carries the BFF has pulled all of the food off the shelves as a precaution after receiving some reports of cats that appeared to have gotten sick after eating this particular BFF. But cause and effect has yet to be established and there are other factors that have to be considered and factored in before a social media storm hits a company like a tsunami of anger and accusations. I’m here to suggest thoughtfulness, calm and reason — and to stand up for Weruva, which I know from over 10 years of close experience is as fine a company in its practices and ethics as any company making human baby food, for example.The Weruva brand of cat food specializes in wet foods rather than dry foods, though they do have a limited offering of dry foods for dogs. Weruva’s wet food products can be divided into five different product lines. The Weruva Truluxe line of products is their newest offering, made up of five of the brand’s classic recipes with the addition of five new recipes – they all feature premium proteins like grass-fed Australian beef and wild salmon. The original line of Weruva recipes features boneless breast meat chicken and fish loins as the primary proteins and all of these recipes are meat-rich and low in fat. These two product lines are a little bit more expensive than Weruva’s other offerings.