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The purpose of this website is to help other pet owners deal with issues we all face in raising our cats and dogs.  As the human “mama” to two cats and two dogs and with many years of pet ownership under my belt, I’ve experienced many of the issues I will share here.  And yes, I have made mistakes.  Hopefully, I’ve learned from them.

As a free-lance writer, dogs and cats were my bread and butter while writing monthly magazine and newspaper columns.  During my years as communications director for an animal rescue organization, I created a retail pet supplies store and cat adoption center.  Determined to sell only healthy products, I spent an entire year studying the good and bad about dog and cat food.  I was fortunate to have a wonderful laboratory in my job to experiment with commercial cat foods on our many resident cats and kittens.

The cat adoption center was a free-roaming zone where I was able to observe 12-15 felines at a time, monitoring their food intake, litter box habits and issues and interaction with each other.  All our work was overseen by a licensed veterinarian.  From those experiences, I created two books to help people choose healthy dog and cat food.  I am making these EBooks FREE to download at  “Feeding Fido” or “Feeding Fluffy”  at the  Seniors for Pets website.  At the download page I also offer a method to provide a fully voluntary donation to further our missions.

I feel very strongly that our fur-babies deserve better than the poor excuse for a complete diet that some well-known companies market to the buying public.  Bad food translates to a less-than-healthy pet.  The link between a healthy diet and animals in top physical and emotional condition is clear.

You will find this website helpful as you raise your own cats and dogs, learning how to select the best food options for them, and understanding the role that diet plays in the lives and well-being of our pets.

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Colleen February 16, 2013 at 10:20 am

Hi Carol,
I got here from your comments on Linked in (discussion about Beneful)

I really applaud all your hard work and would really like to financially help – Unfortunately I do not have money, but if you will email me: cwetteland51@gmail.com I will get you the paperwork to get up to $1500 from Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM foundation. They do have money!

Please do check out my website also: http://www.aboutahealthypet.info

I recently learned of this food and have found nothing negative yet!
I got involved when I learned that it is APHIS/EU certified – an independent third party for human grade quality ingredients. Much stricter than AAFCO which allows dead, dying, diseased, and disabled animals in our pet food. Is it any wonder they get sick?

Feel free to call me at 970-353-5852 please leave a message and I will get back to you, as I don’t always answer!
Thanks,
Colleen

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Martha March 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Dear Carol, I’ve been a Susan Thixton fan for a long time and I’m so grateful that I’ve recently discovered your site which supports the longevity and happiness of our pets. You voice my dog & cat beliefs and you obviously dig into information before you publish it. I look forward to your future posts.

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admin March 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Thanks, Martha, for your kind remarks. This website is a true labor of love for me, and I hope to better the health and well-being of our pets through my posts.

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Laura January 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm

I’ve posted this elsewhere but I’d like the information to get to more people.

If your pet is having (sometimes bloody) diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, smelly poop, dehydration, urinary difficulty or other symptoms PLEASE call Blue Buffalo with the batch information on the food bag so they can get to the bottom of what is making them sick. Call them! They had this to say about my complaint.

“However if you feel that your pet is exhibiting any complications as a result of a BLUE product please contact us (after contacting your vet first of course) to discuss. We will do everything we can to help and to get to the bottom of it: (800) 919-2833.”

I have called them and the pet store where we bought the food. We already threw our cat food bag away, it was the blue one, so I didn’t have the batch number or anything to give them to help fix this. I have 4 cats ranging in age of 7 years to 9 months, 2 male, 2 female and they all are sick with the symptoms I described above. When you call also ask for a form to try to get your vet bills paid for by the company, after of course their lawyers and vets go over it…

PLEASE pass this info on to others that may have the information the company needs. And call the store you bought the food at if your pet is having these problems.

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