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I noticed my cat wouldn’t eat the regular Friskies: pâté, shreds or other styles (in defense of friskies she wouldn’t touch 9lives wet foods either). I decided to try the Friskies lil’ soups and see if she liked them. The first thing I noticed is the ingredients (this is for the sockeye salmon):
3. Sockeye salmon (yes, there is actual chunks of salmon in it; you can see it)
There is no ash in these, no metals, the rest of the ingredients are normal things you find in our own foods. There are 8 ingredients total and one is vitamin B-1. This is just supplemental to whatever dry you feed. I give them to her in the evening, she has her little dinner when we eat dinner. I’ve not had any issues with her eating them, aside from one flavor she does not like: chicken and butternut squash. (You can try it, maybe your cat likes it. My little princess turned up her nose and meowed her distaste for it.)
In the small town I’m in, they are in the dollar stores in the dollar pet section. It is $1 per little cup, but I’m fine with it considering it has better ingredients in my opinion. During the day, I have always stuck with 9Lives daily essentials, I did switch to 9Lives indoor since she is my first ever indoor only cat. Hope this helps, whether it’s because they no longer like the other can type foods, or you simply want something better for your cats.
Seafood Grille is the Friskies brand cat food that our cats will eat - the only brand and the only flavor. I can't vouch for the health benefits of the food because we have one cat who is a tub of lard - he reminds me of the couch potato father from the "Married with Children" television show. The other cat we have is a very feminine female who is quite thin. They are brother and sister and their personalities as well as their body types are on opposite ends of the spectrum.
We have tried other cat foods. This was not a good idea. After placing a bowl of some other, more expensive cat food in front of these two, they looked at the food, sniffed it, and then just stared at my son and I until we produced something else - their favorite and the only food they will eat: Friskies Seafood Grille. The price for a very large bag runs around $14.00 at a warehouse-type grocery store. It is definitely worth the money and worth our cats' happiness because we all know what cats are capable of if their humans do not keep them happy. ;)
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I have two cats. One is 13 and the other is 11 (both are spayed females). Both cats are in good health. After feeding my cats Friskies Poultry Platter (pate), Mariners Catch, and Chicken Shreds with gravy, (on different days) my 13 yr old cat started vomiting and developed diarrhea. The 11 yr old became lethargic and lost her appetite. When I switched to other brands (Fancy Feast, Royal Canin, Blue Mt) the problems went away. I purchased the cans (loose) from a local grocery store on different days over a two week period (May/June 2021). I have reached out to Friskies but, given the absence of a previous food allergy (or underlying medical condition) I am forced to conclude that it's something about the food itself that has changed. I only, recently, became aware of this page and that the issue may not be limited to my cats or even my region of the US.
For the past several weeks, I thought 8/10 of our cats were bored with Friskies. Even when I bought flavors they hadn't had in a while, 8 of them stopped finishing and would sit there and stare at me or eat a bit and go lay down. They lacked the luster of hunger when meal time approached, but were all otherwise fine except for getting diarrhea and vomiting from some of the cats that were out of character. 8/10 chose to starve instead.
I somehow made it to this page and read batch numbers ending in 1161 and 1159 causing these same sort of issues my cats were having. I bought Sheba cat food and what a WORLD of difference. My one cat who was acting the most lethargic during this Friskiest rut actually rubbed up against the box of Sheba after eating and his vocalizations for mealtime returned! I can't keep Sheba in stock at home and all my cats get antsy for mealtime again! Friskies uses meat byproducts that come from animals in questionable states of health..that's what wrong with Friskies.
My mother owns a senior cat. She is between 18 and 20 years old. Over the years we have had her on dry food for most of those years, sometimes giving her canned food but only as a treat or supplement to her diet. Recently however, within the last month or so she stopped eating the dry cat food (meow mix). We sometimes had to mix in the hair ball mix, which is normal for cats to cough up a hairball every now and then. But about a month ago she quit eating the dry (meow mix) so we decided to give her some canned food.
The first few cans were fine but she's picky and gets tired of the same. We tried turkey and gravy (all Friskies brand). She only ate the gravy and maybe a few pieces. Until we ordered a case of Friskies chicken and seafood Pate case, she had her variety. But she has either threw up the food or refused to eat it. After seeing all those other reviews, I had to add our experience. Yeah our cat is 18-20 years old but we have always been able to find something she likes. We have been lucky because we have taken her to the vet but she is ok. We won't be feeding her anymore Friskies.
I buy the 32 case of wet food (pate) for about a year now from Walmart in Ontario and then over the last week two of my cats have been vomiting and then vomiting and diarrhea.. We couldn't figure out what was doing it, it got to the point where they were not even attempting to eat the wet food, so even tho I had 18 cans left in the box I went to store and bought one can, came home, fed to them and guess what... no vomiting.
** my poor cats were getting to the point of dying because I never thought a company like this would give out contaminated food but in the end Friskies was killing my cats. And I have done research they have known this to happen but haven't figured out why and keep doing it.. I know my cats won't get nothing from the suffering they have caused but my review may help save the next cats when their owners google recalls and see this!! Never again will I buy this brand. I rather buy Great Value wet food which I fed for years and have pretty had non-issues.
I purchased the multi pack Friskies shredded food batch 1159. My senior cat normally does love friskies and all food but recently he hasn't. He has had bad diarrhea and gas and is now having difficulty breathing, my 3 dogs also normally steal his food and tonight all three have now been gassy and had diarrhea. I will never buy this product again and would not recommend it.
I have been using Friskies for about a year. I mix a little bit of it with dry food for 3 out of four of my cats. My other cat gets a special wet food for his stomach. This last box I bought (batch 1159) has been making my cats violently vomit! They all have been less interested in their food then puking all over my house. I have white tile and noticed the vomit had blood in it. I started researching what could be going on and noticed a lot of people have been having the same issue with Friskies Shreds. I am absolutely appalled they are keeping it on the shelves. They need to look into this and figure it out ASAP!
Friskies canned food ending in lot 1161. My normally healthy eager eater cat has liquid diarrhea, vomiting after eating. Luckily we were near when the diarrhea started (heard the unwelcome sounds of it pouring out of him), and realized his recent fussiness over food was probably food related. We do not normally buy Friskies due to all the crap in it, but my husband didn't realize that and our usually brands/varieties were not available. Reading the ingredients made *me* want to throw up.
Came here and was less than delighted to find I am not the only one whose cat was having this same reaction. At least I know to not use this food at all, and we will get our cat back on track and feeling better ASAP. FWIW, liquid diarrhea ends up looking exactly like a pee clump in clumping litter, so unless you see it happening, hear it happening, smell it happening, you may not realize that clump is liquid stool --- which may be how some cats get so sick so fast without any realizing. I think throwing this food away is the only option, as I'd hate to donate this to an animal shelter and make more cats ill. I will contact Friskies, but since they will at best send coupons for more of their awful food, it seems wasted effort other than putting them on notice cats are getting sick.
Fed Butterbob and Julie Friskies Chicken and Salmon Shreds in gravy on Thursday evening, 3/11/21. They stopped eating and became very lethargic. Heavy discharge from their eyes. They didn't eat or drink anything for 4 days. Then Julie started drinking water. Butterbob started drinking again on day #5, Weds. but still died on Thursday 3/18/21. Julie's now eating but is a bag of bones from weight loss. Still very low energy. She usually eats Friskies Turkey & Giblets so, who knows how long she'll last. my top two suspicious cans are 03391157 L83680281 and 03391157 L83680155. Also, not ruling out 10461157 L54051219 Turkey & Giblets but I'd already fed them several of those.
Friskies author review by Dr. Ken Tudor
Friskies is a company that manufactures cat food products and other assorted pet items, under the umbrella of its parent company, Nestle Purina. Founded in 1965, Friskies continues to be one of the most famous names when it comes to giving cats something delicious for dinner. They are committed to nutrition, pet food quality and safety, pet welfare and sustainability.
Fifty-plus varieties: Friskies offers over fifty varieties of cat food, so pets will never get bored.
Dry and wet food: Friskies offers their furry customers both wet and dry foods to appease even the pickiest of palates.
Wide selection of treats: With their Pull 'n Play and Party Mix treats, cats have endless choices when it comes to treats and rewards.
Indoor formula: Indoor cats have different nutritional needs, so Friskies provides cat food specifically for cats that stay inside the house.
Cat games and apps: Not only does Friskies make food and treats, they also develop apps and games just for cats such as the popular Cat Fishing 2.
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