Dec. 5, 2016

Friskies Cat Food Reviews

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Top 5 Ingredients*
  1. Ground yellow corn

  2. Corn gluten meal

  3. Chicken by-product meal

  4. Meat and bone meal

  5. Soybean meal

Artificial Ingredients Yes
Contains By-products Yes
Price Range $
*Friskies® Indoor Delights® was selected as the recipe for this ingredient list
What's good about this pet food
  • none
What's not so good about this pet food
  • corn
  • little animal protein
  • animal by-products
  • artificial flavors and colors

Our Analysis

We give Friskies Cat Food a very low rating for its lack of quality protein and inclusion of cheap fillers. A quick look at the ingredient lists reveals that corn and corn gluten meal are the first two ingredients in many of the formulas. Corn is very hard for cats to digest, and contains little nutritional value. In addition, many cats are allergic to corn.

Cats are carnivores, and so they need a great deal of animal protein in their diet. Friskies Cat Food contains little animal protein. In fact, much of the protein in these formulas comes from animal by-products and meat and bone meal. By-products could contain beaks, feet, bones, or other undesirable parts of animals. Another downfall of this food is the addition of artificial flavors and colors. These chemical additives are absolutely unnecessary in a cat food. Overall, this is a very low-quality cat food. We do not recommend Friskies Cat Food as part of a balanced, nutritious diet for your cat.

The Word on the Street...

Although Friskies Cat Food contains little meat and cheap, low-quality fillers, cats seem to love this brand. This may be because it contains artificial flavors that taste good for cats. This is an inexpensive brand of cat food, so many cat owners buy it to save on costs. However, there are quite a few people who refuse to feed this food to their cats as they believe it contains inferior ingredients. The high levels of corn and corn gluten meal are a huge turn-off for some, as are the animal by-products.

Although there is some meat in the formulas, it is only present in small amounts. Many cat owners believe that the company cuts on production costs by including cheap ingredients with little nutritional value in their cat food formulas. While some cat owners continue to buy this brand due to its low price, others prefer to pay a bit more for cat food formulas that contain better quality ingredients and more meat.

  • Sam

    Good Afternoon,
    I have been a very pleased buyer of Purina-brand cat food for decades now – my cats (foster, healing, found, stray – all adopted and/or given to no-kill shelters and yes, of course kept a few here and there) but had terrible issues with even the fancy feast container food just in the past 2 months – have an exact date also – there were maggots in the “unopened” container – opened them up (peel back the foil) and wow, the food was moving. Also mini-maggot (larvae/eggs?) in the dry food BUT not the only brand – also Maxicat dry food adult and kitten…as I say, this has only happened in the past 2 months bought at Safeway, Fred Meyer and PetCo because wondered if it was the store itself and their storage procedures but no…it is in the cat food. NEVER had maggots in food – any food human or pet – and NEVER before it being opened. My house is clean (well, no dirty dishes vacuum every day, wipe down hardwood floors clean – and laundry and….okay, clean sanitary wise) and I always have kept the dry/wet food in the bottoms drawers of the fridge – no human food with them just their food since i hate using those drawers all my life but do not remember why….(-:
    I have cats that take dry food in the living room and drop it off -luckily we have hardwood floors so can see when they (mainly “he”) does this and the maggots are right there…this is scary. I am not keeping food out and it has its own place in the refrigerator (even the dry food) so…? Help? None of the current stray cats I am taking care of will eat any of the wet food – canned Friskies any type or the canned fancy feast plastic container food. Luckily they still eat the dry food. NEVER had a cat turn down wet food but I keep buying different stock of the canned food from differents stores and nothing – nada – they all walk away – it is creepy. As I say, I have bought wet and dry food (Friskies) since out of high school (lets say, early 80s) and my mom had bought it before then when I was in school. It is mainly the fish-containing wet food but they will not touch any of the wet food now.

  • Daniel

    For the pass few years it’s been hard finding cat food that my cat snickers would eat. When Purina came out with rise and shine indoor cat food I bought a bag and gave it to her she loved it and I was buying two bags a week for her then a few months later they stopped making it and my cat refused to eat any other cat food she began to lose weight slowly cuase of this then I tried the broths from Purina and my cat would drink the broths and pick through the meat, fish and chicken. It was nearly two weeks before I noticed that she was losing weight even faster I took her to the vet and they took a blood sample and the vet said she had server renel failure and I am right now as I am writing this holding her in my arms as she is dieing this is terrible and I don’t know about all you pet owners but I say that we take this to court Sue Purina till their bankrupt and force them to close down their business for good giving justice to everyone whose peys have died from this company if you agree then let me know I am serious about seeing Purina being sued fined and forced to close for good

  • coneyro

    The best I have used are BLUE and WELLNESS. Their hard foods are all natural and have different formulas for specific preferences. The soft foods are all maximum quality with absolutely NO corn, byproducts, or artifical anything. Mix a little of each type together, and you have a delicious hard/soft nutritious meal. Their treats are also of the best quality. Because its nutrition is so dense, you can feed a little less than cheaper brands. In addition, the animals absorb more vitamins, minerals and nutrients, therefore having less stools. In the long run, the added cost of better food equates itself with the years added onto a healthy, well fed animal. And don’t forget mandatory vet checks BEFORE there is a problem. Good food, exercise + good vet maintenance= one happy pet & owner.

  • flo

    I read some of the posts below and while they may be very accurate, please don’t forget that cats often throw up when you switch brands of food. Regardless of the quality their stomachs do not like change and it may take a week or two to adjust. Of course if there are other more serious symptoms that is a different story.

  • flo

    The reviewer must have picked the worst Friskies selection on the market because the ones I buy are nothing like that. I get the Filets variety pack of 24: Chicken & tuna first 5 ingredients in order- water for processing, liver, chicken, wheat gluten, meat by products. The Salmon & Beef dinner – water, salmon, wheat gluten, liver, meat by products.
    Maybe not the best stuff in the world but not as bad as the selection reviewed. As someone who has taken in 3 strays I get what I can afford.

  • Heartbroken Honey

    My youngest cat just died!!!!! He was to be 6 in August …the vet said he had a blockage in his bladder and it was most likely due to diet. I will never use dry cat food again. I refuse to put my other vat through the unnecessary torment. Idk why they even manufacture the stuff if its not good for them. I’m so devastated. It feels like my husband and I lost a child. .. Heartbroken.

  • Penny

    This is NOT a slam on Friskies or the flavor below. It’s more of a spoiled cat story…
    My cat eats ‘Friskies’ canned cat food; and only certain flavors and textures (mostly Shreds). Anyway, I thought I would expand her cuisine experience and try their “Rise & Shine – Salmon & Egg Scramble”. It looked like chipped beef or milk gravy. I put it down and she…. RAN the other way with a loud meow.

  • ASHLEY

    We fed our cats friskies for about 10 years because they wouldn’t eat anything else. We do buy fancy feast and Temptation treats. And I bought a bag of surfin & turfin & they seemed to like it a lot. At the end of January one cat became sick & I figured because he was 15. The vet said nothing was wrong with him he’s just old & his time. He did say that his white blood cell count was a little high. I babied him & fed him everyday. I found him dead 2/13/15 behind a chair in the morning. I was heartbroken but I figured he was in a better place with my brother who I lost from cancer 8 months earlier. My other cat still seemed fine until less than a week later & he had the same symptoms & started losing weight. Lethargic & not eating much. Took him to the vet & they said high white blood cells & his one kidney felt enlarged, but there was nothing they could do except flush his kidney’s. Told the vet I think it’s from Friskies cay food. She said she didn’t see why & charged me for a ‘
    can of feline recovery food. Which he didn’t like.and the same thing happened! He got weaker as I prayed every minute everyday for a miracle. He died this Monday morning 3/27/15! He was my baby & my best friend!!!! There will never be another Ralphie. I talked to a friskies operator when the fist cat got sick & asked if there was a recall. She said no. I don’t believe them! Now I lost 3 family members in less than 10 Months!!!! All alone now! If my Ralphie never became sick I never would gave it a second thought. Never thought my healthy in earley January cats would get sick from eating & drop dead one after the other! I KNOW IT WAS FRISKIES FOOD THAT KILLED MY TWO LOVING CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Finian Ramses

      I’m so sorry for your losses. I know how heartbroken you are because I have gone through almost the same thing. I lost my brother, father, both grandmothers, two best friends and my beloved cat Eartha all around the same time. While you will always miss your family, friends and pets who have passed on, and while it hurts so much right now, it will get better as time goes by. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” We only grieve because we have loved someone or something.

  • Sue

    Friday March 13th, 2015 I took my friend to the vet with her cat. Buttons was a heatlhy 5 year old loving companion animal to my legally blind friend. On Tuesday 3/120/15 Buttons began to show signs of lethargy, not wanting to eat – this came about 5 days after putting her on Friskies Surfen’ & turfen (sp?) in addition to teaspoons of Friskies canned. Ocen, Salmon, Tuna. The newest addition was the Surfen’ & Turfen’. We took her to the Vet on Friday who felt could be a virus. Treated with antibiotic and B12 to help stimulate appetite. Advised keep close on on her. Sunday returned on emergency. Long story short. Buttons in TOXIC SHOCK probably as a result of new food. Hypothermic (low body temp), very high elevations of liver enzymes, BUN and CREATANINE (Kidney), low platelets, and on and on. He did everything he could , but my friends beloved cat went into full arrest and he could not save her. 5 years ago her amazing Guide Dog, Prince, died from tainted PEDIGREE. How horrible for my friend. After visiting this site and seeing SO MANY reports of posioned cats from this food I just can’t believe they are still selling this garbage. I have already contacted this company and am waiting for their call. I will call back very soon. I will demand the store where it was purchased files a complaint. I will make a complaint with the FDA. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT ANYONE CAN RECOMMEND THAT I DO? I will add that the vet offered to do a Post-Mortum exam for free. He is gathering tissue samples from her liver and elsewhere. He will preserve them.

  • Andrew Nominous

    We are from Australia….Our cat usually has Whiskas brand dry food…we switched to Friskies last shop as it was sooo much more cheaper and just to see if the cat liked variety….well…the cat became sick and our dog (who sometimes gets into the cat food) also became sick …both vomiting up their food. We will definitely stick well away from any of the Nestle / Purina brands….not worth it. Will stick with the more expensive vet recommended brands

  • Nomony

    People, please report your problems to 877-689-8073, M – F 8:30 – 5:00, eastern time I guess. I will be calling but the more calls, the more they will listen, I hope!

    • Steve Smith

      What problems are you referring to?

  • margie Z

    Does anyone any experience with high blood calcium in cats and Friskies seafood sensation??? 3 of my cats who have Seafood Sensation as the only common food have come down with high blood calcium. 2 are 12 years plus and one 5 years old.

  • Lauren Scott

    FDA Warning Letter
    Nestle Purina PetCare 1/2/15

    Inspectors found a total of six significant violations that could result in product that is dangerous for pets, including:

    1. Failure to produce each can or pouch of pet food according to the process filed with the FDA.

    2. Failure to record and document deviations of cook time,
    temperature, pouch thickness, etc., which may result in adulterated
    product.

    3. Failure to chlorinate or sanitize recirculated cooling water.

    4. Failure to establish a system for product traffic control that
    adequately prevents any unprocessed cans from moving forward on the product line.

    5. Failure to install thermometers that can clearly be seen and accurately be read.

    6. Failure to have all processing and production records reviewed and signed or initialed by a qualified quality assurance representative or plant manager.

    http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm428841.htm

  • Cat_Whispurrer

    I will say that, yes, better quality cat food may cost you more, initially. However, in the long run, you will save on vet bills. Plus, your fur-kids and you won’t have to go through such awful experiences. I buy Dave’s, and Precise Holistic. I have one kitty with poultry allergies, and these 2 brands seem to be the only ones with no poultry ingredients. They are also grain-free, which is good, because cats cannot digest grains (they lack the necessary enzyme). Grains can cause gastrointestinal problems, including very stinky stools and other symptoms.

  • stray123

    I have been feeding 2 of my 3 cats friskies wet food 1/2 can each once a day for 5 years. My other cat turns her nose up at wet food. My 2 cats that eat friskies started acting lethargic, vomiting, & had loose BM’s. Both cats that eat friskies are both really sick. The only common denominator for these 2 cats is friskies. The 3rd cat that won’t eat wet food is just fine? I had both cats at vet 3x this week for fear that they were going to die! I manage a large animal hospital and know that if a cat does not eat for 3 days they start going in to liver failure. My 2 babies are still not out of the woods. Both had to indure injections of anti vomiting medicine subcutaneous fluids, flagyl & force feeding. I called purina and reported it but of course no recalls. I Will never feed my babies that crap again ! One the cats is still gagging at the site of anything food related! She gags at the site of boiled chicken breast! All my cats are strictly indoor cats so anything foreign they injest would be in my home. Both have been xrayed to rule out foreign body. Bloods on one is fine but I’m waiting on pancreatitis results. The other cat got sick after so full bloods pending. As an animal rescuer & avid animal lover please don’t feed your babies this poison. If I save one cat from this horror it’s worth it. Spend more on food or less on your vet bills.

  • kb

    It is sad that this can be marketed as healthy food for your cat but it is just corn and waste sprayed with vitamins. Cats don’t need corn – let alone gmo pesticide-laden corn. And if you buy foods that say ‘animal’ in the ingredients that includes cats and dogs – watch videos of rendering plants.

    My cats were raised on a good diet but there was a period where I could only get this. And a few times where you can only find this or the like at little stores. They do eat it – I suppose it just tastes like fat & often smells like potato chips – but it causes skin allergies and illness in one, and two have asthma that only comes up if they eat bad food for two weeks. Their stomachs get irritated and immunity is poor on it. It makes them fat since cats need real protein.

  • spevia

    On Friday I bought a case of friskies from Costco, decided to change from my usual brand to try and save money, big mistake. On the 3rd day of feeding one of my cats has started throwing up. Needless to say I stopped feeding this immediately because this is the only thing that has changed in his routine. However he is still throwing up every time after he eats. Hoping once I get him back on the regular food he will go back to normal. Purina friskies you suck ass!!! I will never buy another Purina product.

    • Sylvia

      Noticed the same thing in my cat. Going to store now to buy real cat food for him

  • Gloria

    10/15/2015
    Having same problem. This happened 4 years ago and should have learned my lesson when I lost 2 cats. Have 1 out and 1 in and they are not eating it now. I am going to switch. I believe Purina has failed us and is getting this from china with no inspections. If you love your cat, switch.a

    • meow

      umm wow you posted this… from the future? waaa nice review tho

      • Gloria

        1015/2014 changed to Blue, problems gone!

      • Cat_Whispurrer

        I believe the poster meant that she had 2 cats who passed away and did not, at the time, associate with the food she was feeding them. She currently has 2 cats, 1 indoor, and 1 outdoor, who are refusing to eat Friskies, so she’s switching to another food out of concern that the food might have contributed to the deaths of the first 2. There is never a reason to be disrespectful to people.

  • Judy

    I too have had problems with my cat throwing up and turning his nose up at friskies wet food. Have fed him this for many years. Don’t want to spend more money but can’t do this to my poor cat. Shame on Friskies for whatever they have done.

    • Brittany

      OMG my 1 cat has had a bad reaction and throwing up with friskies. Never buying it ever again!!!

  • Glitterbuns

    We have been feeding Friskies wet food for over 10 years for all of our cats. We also feed a HIGH quality dry food the brand Solid Gold. The last year or so my cats have increasingly had problems with losing weight, vomiting etc. At first we chalked it up to age, as one is 17 and the other one is 15. About three months ago the vomiting got severe, one of my cats suddenly became rail thin and he was losing hair on his back legs, and we thought he was going to die. I took him to the vet and they said he had pancreatits. They gave us some vitamins and sent us home saying he might go into renal failure soon. They also mentioned some wet foods could cause a sudden imbalance, and it could be only certain flavors. At first we only feed the Turkey shredded cheese flavor, seemed ok at first, but then the whole cycle started again. I took them completely off the wet food. It’s been about a month and a half and the cat we thought that was going to die is suddenly gained weight, and he looks fabulous for a 17 year old cat. I need to mention we could not get him to TAKE the vitamins for the renal thing, so the ONLY thing I did was remove the Friskies. I am convinced that this was the culprit in the entire episode. Buyer beware, who knows what they add to this stuff.

  • msc

    My mother inlaw always feeds her barn cats friskies wet food until recently. One of them just died after eating it and 2 more are very sick and the rest wouldnt eat it. She switched and they started eating again. The sick ones a little but are still not doing well. She calles the company. To let them know but they told her there was no current recalland how coyld they compensate her. They were confused that she didn’t want any compensation just that she wantes it known so that it wouldnt happen to anyone else. I hope they get this taken care of soon!

  • Akm

    I have a 21 year old and a 4 year old. We have both solid friskies for the younger and canned for the elder. The last month both kitties have turned their noses up on the canned food leaving it to waste. Something is up with the ingredients being changed – wouldn’t be surprised if a new mystery filler comes to light. We have been friskies users all these years but when I watch the old guy gobble down the two other brands I picked up I know something is up. Sorry friskies – you lost us. I so tired of the manufacturers pulling fast ones at the consumers expense and they think we won’t catch on.

  • Leticia Piera

    My cat also got sick (diarrhea & vomiting) after eating Friskies wet food within 2 days of eating it. I changed his food & thank goodness he got better. Then I decided to look it up on the internet “Friskies made my cat sick” and sure enough hundred of cat/kittens & some dogs were getting just as sick as my cat did and even worse for some that had died! Owners not realizing that the food was what was making their pet sick. I think Friskies/Purina company should put a warning on the there labels that your pet might have a allergic reaction or stop selling the products that are made of Corn/Corn meal/Animal by-product.

    Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/did-friskies-kill-five-year-old-smokey.html?onswipe_redirect=no&oswrr=4#comments

  • OhJo

    I can say my cats will not eat friskies at all anymore ,the dry or wet ,,I have no idea why ,Been trying all the diff brands but they are to smart to eat it ,,I have given more food away them I can feed them ,I tried the new friskees will not touch , Seem when I compare each different kind they all look the same and smell the same ,Do not get it ,,Guess the cats do ,,,,,,,,,Going to find another brand but sad because My cats all grew up on friskees

  • Guest

    I had switched my cat from friskies to Fussy Cat canned cat food, the main ingredient is meat and it is all protein and very nutritious, but a year later I had to switch back to friskies :(. Fussy Cat is expensive $1.84 per 3 oz can and you times it by 30 = $55.20. The GO! dry cat food lasts 2.5 months at $31.00 for a 4 pound bag, I am on a tight budget and Winn Dixie sells Friskies 20 for $10.00 from time to time. I found my cat throws up from time to time, more so on the “fake” beef with gravy and I avoid that at all costs. The other flavors aren’t too upsetting for him. I am looking to switch to an all protein can food for him that is not going to break my budget.

  • Fernanda diAs

    I have started on the friskies wet food diet for my cat who vet recommended to be put on EVO but it is way to expensive and she never got used to it. She loves friskies but I have been regulating how much food she eats. She has been doing perfectly fine for 3 weeks until lastnight. she kept gagging after her meal and i knew something was wrong and threw up and today morning she threw up again! She never threw up her food; I’m kinda nervous

  • catherine

    Just opened a can of friskies poultry platter classic pate from a 24 can pack and noticed little black jagged plastic bits imbedded into the food. Second can I opened had some foreign objects too–sharp little pieces and what appeared to be a small pebble? Thankfully I noticed before feeding to my cats. Still letting Purina know and contacting the store where I got it from

  • madukes

    I have fed all 8 of my cats Friskies surf n turf dry food for quite a while. I used to feed them Sea Captains Choice canned food as a treat, but the stores stopped carrying it so I switched to Ocean Whitefish with Tuna pate.my cats would lick at it but not eat a lot of it.Just last Thursday one of my cats did eat some of the canned food and within an hour she began to drool and meow loudly. Shortly after she began to have seizures and began meowing as if she was in pain. I had no time to take her to the vet, she died within 2 hrs.

  • carlducci

    Within the past few days, my cats have either not eaten the pate cat food or have thrown up after eating it. Has Friskies changed the recipe?

  • hw

    I had three cats, one, my eight month cat, became extremely (7/2/2014) ill, vomited and within 36 hours after taking her to the vet, she died. I thought someone in the neighborhood may have poisoned her, or she might have ingested perhaps some kind of toxic lawn spray. However, tonight 7/20/2014 I fed my other cat Friskies Savory Shreds and now he is exhibiting the same symptoms my deceased cat showed. I am taking him now to the emergency vet, as well as the rest of the can of food I fed him. I do hope that it is not the food that killed my cat and has made this one sick.

    • Gloria

      Stay off Friskies they are killing our pets.

  • Frankie

    7-19-2014 : I Feed My Sisters Cat Friskies Surfin’ & Turfin’ Favorites And Within 2 Hours She Got Extremely Sick & She’s Fighting To Stay Alive. Has Anyone Else ‘s Cat Got Sick While Eating This Dry Food?

    • joan

      I have 9 cats. They started throwing up after Jan.2014. I phoned Friskies,and yes they started adding more RED dye in Jan. I stopped it and now all ok. I used Surfin &Turfin and Whitefish and Tuna. Get cats off of it. One of my cats died that ate more than others.

    • Gloria

      Yes, it is Friskies it is killing them.

  • DFL

    I Purchased a can of Friskies Turkey and Cheese last night. Fed half a can to my cat this morning, went out for a couple hours, came back and had died…..well before his time. Only thing he had eaten today and he was showing no signs of any distress prior. Was his usual chipper self. Anyone else? Please post. This was the greatest cat ever.

    • Gloria

      It was the food. I lost 2 also. I cannot believe that Purina is doing this to us.

  • Desdamona Snuggles Michaelis

    I have fed Friskies dry and wet foods to my cats for the last 15 years, however the last 2 bags of Seafood Sensations with “new shrimp flavor” has caused not only my indoor cats to be sick, but the feral population that I feed as well as the raccoon that frequents my back door. I switched them back to the other flavor and now have no problems with vomiting or diarrhea.

    I called the company and they neither confirmed or denied the problem. If you are having similar issues, please call them so that other animals don’t get sick. 1-800-778-8864

  • AurorHawthorn

    Tonight I just took the lid off an already opened can of a cat food can and there was slimy red stuff covering the outside of the food has anyone had this!

    • Gloria

      It is from China, throw it all out.

  • David Wilke

    My cat eats Friskies Seafood Sensations and she never gets sick, knock on wood. I’m afraid to change the food that she is used to. I just hope she stays healthy.

  • Beth

    I give my cat one spoonful of Friskies Shredded can food as a treat every morning. After about 2 days it smells a little like sour milk. Is it still ok to give the cat. He eats it. I just worry. I keep it sealed in the frig.

    • jaxin

      every time I feed my cat the pate bugs hatch out of the food…Is anyone else having this happen?

      • Jay Dillon

        Excuse me, but what are “the pate bugs”?

        • 2pupmom

          every time he feeds the patê (the canned formulation comes in flakes, shreds, patê or filets) bugs hatch out of the food. gross!!

  • Sara

    I have fed Friskies Seafood Sensations to my (5) cats for several years without a problem. Recently, however, the company introduced a “New Shrimp Flavor” to the food. My cats still really seemed to enjoy it. Unfortunately, it has given three of our five cats urinary problems. I don’t know whether it has caused UTIs, crystals, or other kinds of bladder infections, but three of the cats have responded very negatively to the food (one neutered male, one whole female, and one whole male–the whole male is the most severely affected by the food and also the youngest of the affected group). Our other fixed female and whole female are as yet unaffected. I am in the process of switching cat foods: I do not want my cats to die because of the food they are eating! Beware of the New Shrimp Flavor in the Seafood Sensations blend.

  • Carla

    I’ve been feeding friskies can cat food to my cat for 4 years with no problems. For the past few weeks He started vomitting after eating, now just puts his nose up to every variety I bought.

    • Ariel

      I have fed my cat friskies canned food and I’ve never had a problem until the last week or so. One of my cats has gotten diarrhea that started today, she didn’t want to eat when I gave her some friskies canned food after smelling it, she only would eat a little bit of the dry food. My other cat, who is still pretty young, usually demolishes the wet food as soon as I put it down, then runs to the other dish to see if there is any left. He, however, isn’t eating much of the wet food either. Something wrong with recent friskies food maybe?

      • Carol Conley

        I have used friskiest dry n canned and never had a problem till now.
        Out of nine cats four immediately got sick and they all vomited
        The food back up when I checked their plates none had been eaten clear which is very unusual. I’ve had to change their dry not one could keep it down. I’ve had better luck with fancy feast dry however it is more costly.

    • S. Loncar

      My cats have loved Friskies wet food and have done well on it. But suddenly, they are all barfing and now they refuse to eat it. I’m hoping it didn’t poison them.

  • Patricia

    I was feeding Friskies to my two cats to top off the dry food I was giving them. One of the cats became very ill on two occasions, so ill that I was sure she would die. Between the two events, she was never really well. The vet thought it was her pancreus.and to investigate that involved very costly testing which I could not afford. I decided to discontinue feeding Friskies simply following an intuition. Since that time, more than two years ago, the cat has been healthy and energetic, totally the opposite of the sickly cat she had been.

  • Kelly james

    We have 4 kitties that have been eating friskies wet food all their lives and done fine until last Thursday. We took our girl into the vet because we thought she had a uti. That was negative but she’s been hiding and acting strange. Now her two brothers were taken to emergency on Saturday for blood streaked mucus diarrhea and vomiting. Both are running fevers and the vets are trying to figure out why. The only thing they had was the friskies salmon pate and the savory shreds food. After reading all the other troubles I’ve seen on this site I’m sure it has to be the food. Both boys are still in the er now and might get to come home tomorrow if the vet can make sure they are stable. The won’t eat, they vomit and have an almost clear mucus diarrhea. I was going crazy trying to figure out why. After reading these posts it has to be the food. Thanks all for the info since there has been no formal posting of a friskies recall. Just hope my babies pull through this. So far the vet bill is over 2800.00 and there are still more tests to be done.

    • Angry in Florida

      Please call Purina/Friskies @1-800-778-8864. They need to know about every toxic reaction to their food–especially the Salmon Pate.
      I called and demanded an immediate recall. If others do the same, they will be forced to investigate and take action.

      Also notify the store where you purchased the contaminated food and require that they record a formal complaint.

      • L. Smith

        My cats are also sick and the vet cannot find a cause and thinks it must be the food. They were totally healthy, only 1 year old, and now are on death’s door. I will never buy Friskies again. I called and made a record with UPC code from food I bought.

      • Gloria

        They don’t care. It is money, they are selling us an inferior product more money in their pocket.

    • Gloria

      Hope they made it. I lost mine 2 weeks ago and now the other is refusing to eat. I know it is the food and I believe they are getting it from China. I am done with them.

  • SabrinaJ

    I found this site after I did an initial search to try and determine why my cats were suddenly throwing up. We always buy the large variety case of Friskies from Costco. We recently opened a new case and it appears that my 2 cats are both having a reaction to the Salmon pâté. They are throwing up, lethargic, etc. I will be taking the remaining case back to Costco and writing a complaint to Purina, but just wanted to see what else everyone has done? Hope everyone’s kitties have made it through ok, looks like we’ll be switching to another canned cat food!

  • Angry in Florida

    Friskies Salmon Pate should be recalled immediately.

    I have nine cats with great appetites. While they typically eat Fancy Feast or Iams, they also like Friskies Pate. Last week I decided to buy the Friskies in the 13 oz. can and gave them the salmon flavor.

    The next morning ALL of them had violent diarrhea requiring vet exams, Rx and ID cat food. One is also vomiting. After three days, they aren’t yet out of the woods. This has been a needless, concerning and costly experience.

    There’s no doubt it was the Friskies that caused the problems. Has anyone else had a similar experience lately?

    • Lynn in MA

      I’m looking up recall because my cat has had diarrhea and vomiting all night. He also just had a can of Friskies Salmon Pate and also some of Classic Pate Chicken Dinner for Indoor cats.

      I’m also going to look at the Purina site and send them an email. I will also call them on Tuesday because of the long weekend.

  • Beverly Stermer

    I’ve been feeding our 2 cats dry food and then once a day they get about an ounce or so of wet food. I’ve been giving them Friskies Mixed Grill pate. Last week, the older cat, 19 years old, because very sick. He was vomiting but not the good ol’ hairball vomit. Not to be too gross but it started out green then it became pink.. we thought he was vomiting blood. He also had diarrhea. We were blaming this on his age and thinking that maybe he’s just getting close to his time to leave us. But then a day or so later, our other cat was vomiting everywhere, too! And it was the same color. They both seem fine after a couple days but it had to be the canned food. We won’t be buying that brand any longer.

  • Joann Snell

    I see I am not the only one with issues on Friskies canned cat food. My cats don’t like any of the fish flavors. So I buy Classic Paté Country Style Dinner, Classic Paté Mixed Grill,Classic Paté Poultry Platter or Classic Paté Supreme Supper. Mine are also throwing up and have bloody diarrhea. Not all the time just sporadically. Like the kitty flu going around, but I guess not after reading this. Taking one of my cats to the vet tomorrow. We will probably have to switch brands too.

    • Tashia

      My little girl is 13 years. She loved Science Diet Dry Food all her life. She ate when she wanted too. She can no longer eat hard food, I tried Science Diet Salmon wet food. The salmon I know of are pinkish the science diet salmon is brownish. She wouldn’t touch it. I then tried Friskies Salmon Pate. She loved it then she started throwing up. I myself could smell that it was soured when I first opened up can after can. I then switched to Ocean Whitefish with Cheese. She lived it but a lot of money wasted because of the soured food in an unopened can. Then went to Tuna an ocean fish pate Friskies, same think, some cans were good, others were soured. Now she is on Meow Mix wet. Loves it so far, the same ingredients basically as Friskies. The moral is if it smells when you open it up or even after being refrigerated in a closed container then it is soured.

    • eva

      Why every review has a bad story?! I will buy a new kitten and I’m researching for the right food. Which food should I pick???

  • Dawn

    I have 9 cats, of which I feed them Friskies canned cat food and Purina Cat Chow dry food. They only get the wet food in the morning and evening. I noticed a lot of comments about vomiting. I have a couple of my cats that vomit right after eating too but I thought they may have ate too fast. Even though it was odd it was e dry time they ate. I typically use the Chicken dinner meaty bits in gravy and the Liver and chicken pate, which my blind kitty has eaten since he almost died as a baby. He has always loved it and had no issues. I sometimes stray off my usual kinds and buy the ocean flavors. Recently I’ve gone to the garden sensations, I think that’s what it’s called, and still have the vomiting. I’ve read most people have a problem with the ocean ones but my cats vomit after eating the Chicken in gravy, meaty bits. One of my 2 newest kittens doesn’t seem to be thriving and acts sick too, and he loves this food. Maybe I need to look into another cat food after reading all of these comments and see I’m not the only one having this problem.

  • Holly

    I have three cats, two of which normally can’t live without their canned Friskies. However, lately the two who ate the Friskies the most voraciously will no longer eat it. Some of this was bought on a “too good to be true” sale at the local grocery store. These were the gravy-based foods, (not pates, and not usually the shredded version). Based on many of the recent comments and my own experience, something has obviously changed with this food. My third cat now has terrible diarrhea and vomiting – he has had food sensitivity problems in the past — not sure if this could be from the Friskies or not. On another note, I know that many new additives have been added to human foods lately, in particular the synthetic antioxidant “TBHQ” which is in just about anything containing any kind of fat. I have had a severe reaction to this, yet it is not necessarily required to be listed on the label. Familiar, safe brands that I ate without any trouble before have recently changed formulation without any notice and are causing problems. Could also be happening to our trusted, “safe”, familiar pet food brands.

  • Koors

    I have also had a problem with Friskies food over the past month or two. My cat has kidney disease, so he is even more picky than most. I used to be able to rely on Friskies to get him to eat even on bad days. Now, he prefers Royal Canin and completely turns his nose up at Friskies, even though he doesn’t enjoy Royal Canin.

    Several of the varieties I would buy seem to have developed a metallic odor, or lack of odor. With the Savory Shreds in particular, I notice they’re far more runny than they used to be. Definitely worrying!

  • Cheryl in Roanoke VA

    My 2 adult cats have been eating 2 cans of Friskies canned food per day and Friskies Indoor Delights dry food (as an afternoon “treat”) for a few years now. Over the past week, both cats have been vomiting and refusing to eat the food I offer. This is very unusual for them and it is NOT the hairball kind of vomiting. Now I’m saving the empty cans, dry food bag and the store receipts (in case there is a recall issued later). Just wanted to document this issue. No more Friskies for my cats. Something is clearly wrong.

  • Terry

    I washed a blanket that had some friskies on it Put it into the washer and when I noticed the shreds of friskie food was still whole.Even after going through the washing machine. They did not fall apart. I picked up several pieces and the shreds feel like rubber. They do not fall apart. They are hard and rubber like. I saved the particles. Are these fillers? I wasnt sure but I can not keep quiet about this because I know that our cat shelter feeds all the cats this food. I am very concerned that some of the cats may be getting ill from this. I realize they use it because its cheap. But I called Purina and left a voice mail to check the food and it may be a possible recall.
    Hope there is nothing wrong but better to be on the safe side…..Just wanted to pass on this information.

    • doe

      i have noticed that same thing with my cats regurgetation and alot of it lately that is choking him

  • Lil paws momma

    I feed My cats whiskas dry food and friskies can food. I buy the box of 12 small cans for $7.80- 8.99 depending what grocery store. We have 2 cats and well, when the older cat Was given the salmon pâté he would walk away after trying to bury it i would flush it, and again when he got hungry id put the cat food in the dish, he would go ahead and eat it and then puke it up. (It took me quite a few times to remember what flavour not to get at the grocery store) it seemed like it was the only flavour that didn’t agree with him. Now he pukes after eating the seafood supreme as well. They won’t eat the dry food, so I mix it with the wet food and they puke. I m getting frustrated. I came on here to see if anyone else has the same issue and I’m glad ppl share their story so I shared mine.
    Ill have to change brands. PC choice also makes them puke even the dog has thrown that up. Idk I can’t afford the pet food at the vet. It’s not right that the cat food industry is making billions of dollars on pet food thats causing so many illnesses.

    • jacquelyn williams

      I also seem to be having a problem with friskies canned cat food. my cats have eaten all flavors of pate for years. Have been noticing the pate doesn’t look the same and the cats will try to bury it. If I open a different can they may eat it and then upchuck it within a few moments. this doesn’t happen every day but three times this last week. just called friskies and was told there’s not been a problem but will look into it. I may have to change to another product.

  • cindy weirton

    I used to feed my two cats can friskies, until they refused to eat it. I tried some other brands they still didn’t like them. Then I tried FORTRIS can cat food and my two cats loves it.

  • David Tam

    I am writting this email on behalf of one of my friends who have 5 Persian cats. They usually eat your can wet food but recently at 5 are sick, vomiting and a few have blood in their waste product .

    They livep in Orlando fl. Is there any can cat food recall ?

    Their cats refused to eat the food and when trying to return the cat fcod to Sam’s club they had no notification of a can cat food recall.

    I saw something on the web about friskies can food recall but can’t find it now.

    Appreciate a response

    Thank you

    David Tam

    • Jo

      Contact the company and the cats’ vet immediately! You do not want to waste time. Their lives may be at stake, and if the food is to blame, Purina needs to issue a recall immediately so that other cats are not harmed!

  • LN Akin

    I have 10 rescued cats and am on a fixed income, so I have to buy the less expensive brands of cat food. My cats have been eating Friskies canned cat food, along with Purina Cat Chow (dry) for most of the 9 years that I have had them. One cats has thrown up often after eating Friskies, but is healthy and we think she just overeats. It is very difficult to keep her from the other cats’ food.

    Around the first of January, I replenished my supply of cat food which consists of a variety of Friskies flavors. I realized that both the outside and inside cats were throwing up or refusing to eat the Friskies with chicken in gravy, savory shreds. One cat has been to the vet twice in a month and has no obvious health issues.

    When I feed my dogs, I often mix in the left over cat food and now the dogs have started throwing up, so I have resorted to feeding the cats and dogs other types of food.

    I found this website when I was attempting to find out if there was a recall on Friskies canned food, but have not found a recall listed. I would be interested in knowing if other pet owners are having this problem.

    • Inge peters

      We have 10 cats and have over the last month had problems with them throwing up. We have had 3 to the vet with infections and GI issues. Something is wrong with the food.

      • Karen F

        I also was looking for a Friskies recall notice. Two of my five cats eat Friskies mariners catch and one had diarrhea really bad and the other is in critical condition right now from severe vomiting and can still not eat. We may lose him. We have hundreds of dollars in vet bills and they waned to know if they ate something bad. I said no but it must be the Friskies. I am going to call them but they will deny it. Wish we could prove it. How many other cats are sick.

        • Angry in Florida

          I just posted a message with a similar experience, and afterwards noticed your comments.

          All of my nine cats got violent diarrhea after eating Friskies Salmon, 13 oz. can. One is also vomiting. Vet visits, Rx and special food were required, and they aren’t better three days later.

          You posted just five days ago. There’s something wrong with this food and the product should be recalled immediately.

          I’m calling Purina and urge you and others who’ve had healthy cats get very ill on this food to do the same.

  • SW

    I landed on this site trying to find information on why my cat suddenly started vomiting and refusing to eat almost every type of Friskies brand wet canned food. She has had this food since she was weaned and generally eats voraciously. Now she sniffs, and walks away, even if she is starving!

    Something is obviously wrong with the current batches of Friskie wet canned food.

    I’m dumping what I have left, regardless of the expense, and replacing it with a better brand. I fear there is a new chemical, or poisoned meat by product, or some such deadly thing my cat detects and is smart enough not to eat.

  • bdougher

    My cat is a senior and will be 17 years old. She was basically raised on Friskies, plus some sort of dry prescription food purchased for one of her adopted brothers. It has done her good for that many years. Now she needs a prescription food, but she only likes the dry, and her vet wants for her to eat mostly canned food. She receives prescription dry as a snack, and since she really only likes Friskies canned food, that is what I give her. There are so many flavor choices, I can usually find a flavor that she will eat. Sometimes though she seems reluctant to eat it, but she will eat it without enthusiasm. And she will throw it up, but still returns to it. I think it is borderline or turning sour, and only because she is hungry she will eat a little of it, but she won’t eat another brand. Cats don’t usually eat if they can’t smell the food at all. I think some of the batches are turning sour, and humans don’t have a keen enough sense of smell to know it. I think it is true of every brand too including prescription food.

  • Don C

    Our two indoor cats have been eating Friskies Gravy Sensations for several years. Just in the past two weeks, they have complete refused to eat it. One cat has bad breath and the other stinks really bad. We gave them another brand cat food this evening and they goobled it down. It would be fair to assume that there is something wrong with the Friskies food. I am going to contact Friskies about this.

  • pamela

    My cat has always eaten the Salmon pate. It is just about the only food she likes. But the last couple of weeks she has been vomiting every time she eats. Like a few hours later. She seems okay every where else except the weight she has lost. She is going to have to learn to eat some thing else now I didn’t realize this stuff was garbage.

  • Paula

    I just filed a safety report with the FDA regarding Friskies Mixed Grill Classic Pate. I almost had my 12 yr old cat put down because she lost half her weight and had stopped eating, but then after five days realized that my one year old cat refused to eat the same food, although the younger one also eats dry food the 12 year old does not. I almost killed my cats feeding them this food. The older one is starting to bounce back just since last night after I started to feed her Fancy Feast I had in the back of the closet. I am such a bad cat mother for not paying attention sooner. I am now going to file a complaint with the store and manufacterer.

    • Heidi Gamsjager

      I had to put down my precious Hayden on 11-24-13 due to severe kidney problems. She was only 9 and NEVER had any health issues. I had purchased a case if Friskies Pate at Costco. She was always my first baby to eat. After eating Friskies for a little bit she became very ill. We spent about $1000.00 trying to find out what was wrong and treating her. I so miss her! She was my talker and my very laid back and sweet baby. She would watch me take a bath and would sleep on my pillow. She would lick my nose or eyelid when I was asleep to love on her. She was always the one that let us know she was hungry and was our top priority in the morning. She would sleep on my chest when I had surgery to just let me know I would be ok. I so miss her!  I am having another shoulder surgery on 12-19-13 and she won’t be there to comfort me. Also since her death her biological sister hss started pulling her fur out on her legs. I have said from the very beginning she got sick from this food. I still have many full cans that can be used for testing.

    • Heidi Gamsjager

      I bought a case of Friskies Pate from Costco a couple pf months ago. My dear Hayden was always the first to eat and to let us know she was hungry. She at first loved the soft Pate but then stopped eating it. My other babies also wouldn’t eat it. Hayden lost a lot of weight and was thowing up when she did eat it. We took her into the vet as she has NEVER had any health issues and was always current on her shots. They did a lot of tests and said her kidneys were failing. They put her on some meds but she would throw them right back up with green stomach bile. We took her immediately back to the vet and they ran more tests on her kidneys. This time the kidneys were so bad they didn’t even register! As hard as it was we hadd to put her down. She was only 9 yrs old. She was my baby! She would watch me take a bath, sleep on my pillow and would lick my nose or eyelids if she wanted loving during the night. I recently had a torn right labrum repaired in my right shoulder. She was the one that laid on me and brought me so much comfort! On 12-19-13 I have to have the left shoulder operated on and the thought on her not being here makes me cry a lot! We spent almost $1000 trying to find out what was wrong and to save her. I miss her so much! Her biological sister misses her too as she now has started pulling and licking her fur off of her legs. I knew in my heart that the food was responsible. Prior to ME buying Friskies, she was absolutely fine, talking and loving on me and my family all the time. RIP my dear Hayden, you will NEVER be forgotten! Also, if anyone needs some cans for testing I have a lot of them left. I pray people do their research on Friskies before it is too late for them and they too are suffering with a very heavy and broken heart.

  • Nicole

    My two cats are very sick and will not eat their food. Came to this site wondering if there was a recall on the cans. It seems to be the Sea Captain’s Choice with a best buy date of Oct 15, 2015. We will be switching to another brand today!

  • Miss Kelli

    Just purchase the friskies griller, my cat seem to love but this morning throwing up . This is the first time with this reaction ….went back to the store it now being disconnected go firgure

    • Lorrie

      I also purchased the Friskies Griller dry cat food. My cat threw it up and then later refused to eat it. Thinking it was just my cat being finicky I passed it on to my dad to feed his cat. The same thing happened with his cat. He said his cat will pick out only certain pieces to eat. His cat also threw up. I basically told him to throw it out. There is obviously something wrong with it.

    • sara

      My cat ended up in the hospital for a week before christmas–friskies eater with Salmon case most recent food. Four weeks later I just put him back on friskies after using fancy feast for a month and right now he is seriously ill again after only 4 days. No recalls. Is the cat food poisoned again?

      • Sue Johnson

        I feed my cats Salmon pate Friskies “Special Diet” for their urinary tract infections. All 4 of my indoor cats in the last two days are sick, throwing up and have the runs constantly. This morning I put the food out and they all walked away from it without eating anything. Something is definitely wrong with the food. The date on the bottom says, use by October 2015.

  • fea

    friskies kitten canned food is doing well with my 2 kittens, i found them abandoned when theyre 1 months old, friskies canned kitted food is the only food they able to eat. Hve been fed them with it for 3 month and everythimg is okay 😀

  • Karen

    I can’t believe what I am reading. My cats have been eating Friskies wet food for years. Recently one of them started vomiting every day. Then she would turn her nose at the wet food she used to love. She has stopped puking. I thought it was because I changed the dry food but my other cat who still eats the wet has had the worst poop problems!!! I am throwing out all of my remaining cans today and going to pick out a better brand. Thank you all for your posts. I was starting to think I was crazy or had bought a bad batch.

  • MS

    I have been feeding Fridkies pâté variety pack to our two cats for years. The past few months one cat refuses to eat it, the other does but has diarrhea. Lately he has not been finishing his bowl so I had tried shreds, filets, and other flavors, but all Friskies. He would be fine with some but most gave him diarrhea. I just thought it was due to his age. He stopped eating it about two weeks ago and I tried other brands if cat food. He ate them with no problem! Thinking his stomach bug cleared up I switched back to Friskies. Diarrhea returned and loss of appetite. The past week we have been Friskies free and on a really expensive cat food and no issues!!!

  • Christina

    Good Evening, I have 2 adult Cats (7 years old) and 2 kittens (5 months old). I purchased the Friskies indoor dry cat food and the Friskies shreds canned food. In the past 4 days all 4 of my cats have gotten sick, with runs/thick soft stools resembling cow pies, gas to peel the paint off the space station, gagging, getting worse each day today, sleeping all day. I spoke with Purina Rep.
    The dry food I had was an expired bag from 2 years ago, although it had an expiration date for 2015! They are not sure how it was in circulation. I purchased this from Walmart.
    Purina stated they had not been notified of any problems prior to my call, I told them about this site, and they are starting an investigation into the complaints. If you call
    Please submit your question below or call 1-800-778-8864
    they will take the information. It helps to track the product and if the pets get worse helps with determining what the exact issue is.
    I hope this helps and everyone’s pets get better.

  • Garrett

    My cat started throwing up recently and not will not go anywhere near friskies pâté of any of the seafood varieties . I would like to know if their are any products or chemicals from CHINA in this cat food . I read on the net that Purina still has an office in CHINA . I am a little concerned about some of the chemical names in their seafood varieties especially the salmon dinner pâté .

  • Brad

    I’m inclined to think there must be something wrong with the Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Dinner! Our oldest of three cats has been vomiting daily since my last trip to the store. For comparison the numbers from this last can are JUL2015 32001159 L7AH20042. I guess it’s time to buy something that isn’t made by the Nestle Purina PetCare Company who makes the wet and dry foods I’ve been buying.

    • paula

      Well we have 4 cats and they are free fed indoor dry of any label and indoor Friskies canned. They all have their individual favorites which we usually feed pate in the morning and shredded in the evenings. Sometimes they beg us for a snack inbetween those feedings which they get. So we’re talking 2 to 3 cans a day. Well all of a sudden no one will eat any of it…no matter what flavor I open. 1 of our cats has been throwing up and feeling lethargic. This is very unusual that not 1 of our 4 cats will now eat the canned. We’ve fed them this for years…but I must say that every now and then this happens. It’s as though we’ve gotten a bad batch or something. I guess i’ll have to do as everyone else and find another food for them. I actually didn’t know that it was such a low quality food so moving on is a good idea.

    • Sharon

      My cat is sick too. My cans are dated best by August 2015. Lot # 32201157 L63972329. I have 3 indoor cats. My 5 year old started throwing up, then laying by himself and not eating. Took to vet. Cost $250 for blood-work and found nothing. Have to go back for X-rays – pisses me off. I’ve read about Friskies can food making cats sick on several web-sites today.
      Needless to say, I changed brands!

  • Jonathan

    This review makes no distinction between wet and dry Friskies, and between the different formulas of wet Friskies. The formulas vary wildly in this ingredient list, and some contain meat products as the first and second ingredient.

    It’s simplistic to group all the wet food flavors in with the dry food that’s always corn-based. I shop the ingredient list first, brand second.

    Nobody’s denying that it’s a 50-cent supermarket cat food, but it this review fails to make its case.

  • Jackie

    I am just so relived to hear that it could just be the food!!!

    I’ve been paranoid that old age is knocking on my Boy’s door because he usually doesn’t come up for air with their wet food at night.

    Lately he just eats a couple bites looks like he wants more but then walks away. My other cat doesn’t seem to mind as much but she’s started to act more bizarre the past few days(she ate dinner the other night with her paws!! lol) so it made me think it had to be the wet food.

    They’ve both been getting the Friskies wet food Pate special diet in either beef/chicken or turkey giblets for years. they get dry Science Diet light Hairball formula for breakfast so I think I give them dry for both meals to make sure everything reverts back to normal.

    phew, and what the heck!

  • MARIE

    We have been feeding our tom cat with Friskies dry food for sterilized/neutered cats as per advised by our vet, since he was done. The past couple of months he has grown huge, and i don’t mean fat. He is big and really heavy. The same has happened to 2 of our friends cats eating the same food. I have a suspicion that hormones are added to the food. And after reading reviews and research on kidney and liver diseases in cats caused by dry foods and lack of the proteins they need, i am switching to wet food.

  • dt

    I dont know if its this food or other problems. But i bought a box of it about a month ago and both my cats got sick on it frequently, especially on the fish ones. My 11 yr old is now very sick, with kidney failure (according to bloodwork at vet!) He was on dry most his life though, with very little canned mixed in till about 2 yrs ago (so the kidney failure could be from all the years on dry) ,this was the first big box i bought. my 7 yr old ate it also, threw up some, but he seems to be doing ok. So im not sure if it was the food, but if it was. Then i would be highly angry. This is devastating to me. I also think this whole cat food, which kind, ALL the recalls, etc etc is RIDICULOUS!. i cant seem to find anything that is safe. I live in Tenn, and i got the box at petsupermarket. If anyone hears anything else please let me know. i think i can prove i got it there from the keychain customer card scanner id they use. i dont have receipt or box anymore, if this happens to need to be proved for anything. why cant anyone just make a catfood that is safe?

  • renee maltsberger

    I purchased a 32 pack of the pate at Walmart. Today I opened a can of the chicken liver pate and the food was black with mold and the bottom layer was greenish. I sent an email to Friskies. Both of my cats have eaten the Friskies pate and Friskies kibble for 18 years. I have never seen mold on the food before.

  • Barbara

    My cat loved friskies mixed grill, he would get excited at meal time… then he started having running poops and everything has gone downhill… he won’t eat at all .. I’m so worried about him. I’ve tried feeding him other cat foods and then finally gave in and got the Indoor friskies which he ate a little of and now won’t eat at all again… I’m completely sure this cat food is making him sick. What should I do? I don’t know how to get him to eat… he was eating grass when I’d let him out up to yesterday and now he won’t even eat that…

    • Susan

      The 42 can pack from Costco has 2 fish flavors and 2 non-fish flavors. For the past 2-3 months, the cats I feed are refusing to eat the Mixed Grill. At first I didn’t think much about it, but after awhile I wondered if the formula had changed; eventually it occurred to me that something might be wrong with the food. I intend to pursue this and I’d encourage anyone else having problems to document their experience. I’ve used Friskie’s for as a long as I can remember; I have a 23 year old cat who was raised on it, but something is definitely different of late it is having an adverse effect on cats.

    • Susan

      I wanted to edit my comment that I purchased a 42 pack at Costco; it is a 48 pack of food. Didn’t want anyone thinking there was a 42.

  • Kayla

    My grandparents bought a variety pack from costco of the friskies wet food and all of the cats that ate some got sick. A friend looked up the symptoms and found that they matched vitamin d overdose. Loss of appetite, lethargic, problems with muscles and walking etc. i feel like something should be done because one of their cats died. Not even 24 hours after being sick. And because my grandparents dont have the money to have the food tested, they’ve given up. This happened maybe two weeks ago, but not a day goes by that i don’t think about Ginger. She was only 11 and most of their cats live into their late teens. I just really have no idea if anything can be done. I was hoping to find a recall or something about this, but so far nothing. I’m just really upset by it, i mean they could have lost all their cats, but i still think something should be said and somehow fixed. a

  • Marc

    Was interested to read comments here that reflect my experience. Max has always eaten Friskies canned food, pate varieties. In the last two weeks he has totally refused Ocean Whitefish, leaving it uneaten. He continues to eat the Turkey & Giblets and Mixed Grill with some consistency, but Ocean Whitefish is literally untouched. He’ll smell it and backs away.

    I don’t know what’s happened, but something has changed. After reading here, I’m not going to offer it any more.

    I’ve fed Friskies for years . . . now I don’t know what to change to.

  • Matcon

    So glad I found your website!
    About a year or so ago our cats one day, new bag, refused to eat
    purina one indoor cat formula dry food.
    Just recently they started eating less and less
    of the shreds variety. Ocean whitefish and other
    seafood blends. A week or so ago our female
    got diarrhea, yesterday our male got diarrhea
    as well. Last nite I came across this website,
    and was alarmed by what I read about friskies.
    I will be calling them as well as the FDA.

  • David

    We moved to Portugal to live for three months. Shopping around for cat food, we kept seeing Friskies in Gravy and decided to try it. Our cat really went nuts for it, unlike much more known products n the UK. Now we’re back and can’t find any locally. The best Fin’s interested in appears to be Tesco’s own brand in Gravy.

  • Jenny

    Yesterday evening I fed my kitty half a can of SeaCaptian’s Choice. She threw it up ~30 minutes later…continued to vomit every hour or so but didn’t have anything left but liquid. She only had water after that and continued to get sick. I left her at the Vet this morning. Vet called and said she’s okay, elevated liver levels (I guess normal after vomiting a lot. My cat has thrown up a few times over the last few months after eating, so now I do think it’s Friskies. Unfortunately, she doesn’t like anything else! I’m going to report mine to the FDA. Here is the link if some of you want to report also:

    http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm

    I also purchase the large box (32 cans)of the seafood variety. Not sure what I’m going to give her now?

    • melissa

      Give her anything of better quality. I am having decent success with Iams and some higher end foods. I know Iams has a recall right now, but it is an internal recall and no pets are yet reported sick. Purina and the likes hardly ever recall their crapola foods. It’s all about the money. If we as consumers stop buying their products they will have to do something better. The FDA is not going to help us. I have reported it twice with no response from them. Infuriates me to no end so the only thing we can do is stop buying the foods that are killing our pets. I have lost 3 to this bad food! No more…

    • Edna

      My cats have also gotten sick from Friskies for a whole week now so I changed to Blue, it is expensive but they love it and no throw up or bad potty business, give it a try if you don’t mind paying 1.49 a can, its better then a big Vet bill.

  • Annie

    My cats have always been fed Friskies dry cat food. However, I recently bought a new bag and my cat refuses to eat it. I can’t help but wonder if there is something “wrong” with this batch. If anyone knows of a similar problem and/or the cause, I would very much appreciate hearing your reply.

    • GS

      I have fed my cats Friskies dry and canned cat food for years. Over the past 6-12 months, both cats have completely refused to eat both the dry, and often varieties of the canned Friskies.
      I do believe that the quality of Friskies cat food is inconsistent. Often, the can food my cats refuse to eat SMELLS AWFUL, despite a current expiration date. I can open two cans from the same lot; one smells fine, the other stinks. I believe this is a quality control problem with Nestle and Purina.
      I am currently researching other brands of cat food which contain MEAT protein (not corn and gluten like Friskies contains).
      Note: I will not feed my cats any more Friskies cat food.

    • Grannygirl

      I can assure you THERE IS something wrong with the cat food! Remember cats do have a keen sense of smell and if the company did make changes or even add something the cats do not recognize, they will pick up on that! I have trouble with the friskies canned mixed grill pate mix for about 2 weeks now and while one just eats it but vomits it back out, the other one just keeps hesitating to eat it at all. SURE IS, something is going on with the food for out cats and it is not good! I have all together stopped the canned food knowing now what they put in, I feel bad that I even started it! THERE is so much in the food that is not on the label, that I am sure of now!

      I am now paying very close attention to what I buy now! WE can trust their instincts, their sense of smells as much as we can listen and watch our when they hear something! THEY do tell us what is good and what not! NOT just because they can be rather finicky, but also because they sense when something IS not right with the food we give them!

  • Joanne

    Can not believe all the comments I am ready about Friskies. Fancy Feast is just as bad.I too also fed this crap food and very sorry I ever did. I had a cat with cancer, another with thyroid and kidney which I did not know she had kidney but death came quickly another with thyroid and asthma died of a thyroid storm and my last kitty has thyroid and kidney since 2009. Recently doing poorly with some infection as well which is being treated, It is wait and sell. She has lost weight, like a ragdoll or jello. I still may have to part with her in a matter of days I really do suggest if you truly care about your pets you will search for only quality foods and not any Vet. prescription foods unless last resort. Cats require real meat as they have acidic stomachs and you never see a cat go into corn, soy, wheat fields for food. Cannot go back in time but I am very sorry I subjected my pets to Friskies etc. If you love your pets then here is a website you can get newsletters from o pet food. I do blame poor ingredients and the garbage in food (even euthanized pets) road kill etc. Why do we all complain about these foods and still do nothing about getting them off the shelves. People really need to speak-up. I just recently emailed 2 companies about Carrageenan in tin food. Check labels. Also in human food like ice cream. Lots of controversy. I now avoid as it can cause inflammation in an acidic environment and cats and dogs have acidic stomachs. Good luck everyone and do not support these pet food companies unless top quality products and there are only I would say 10 Max. out of 100. No cat needs DRY of any kind. Better to give wet only due to dehydration caused by dry food hence possibly the start of Kidney Disease. Cats are not big water drinkers and good to provide a quality fountain you change water every 3 days max. It encourages them to drink more. Filtered water is best also. I have learned so much lately with all the checking I have done into pet food and disease and take it seriously. We would never feed children what we feed our pets. Pet food industry is not regulated and there should be no brewers yeast, and many other ingredients. Check out Acana, Fromm, Now and pick the best for your pets needs .

  • Grayce

    Our cat normally likes Friskies salmon and ocean whitefish varieties. However, this batch, the large 32-can box with a sell-by date of April 2015, she refused the first can altogether. I tried a different flavor, and she nibbled it, and then within 15 minutes vomited all of it back up. I threw that can away also. I tried different cans of each flavor in the box with the same results over the past 2 days. She’s never done this before, and is not acting sick otherwise, so I have to conclude it’s the food. All I have is a little kitten chow (which she’s not supposed to have except as a treat — no dry food!) so I ended up soaking that in hot water to soften it and give to her until I can get to the store tomorrow and return this. Why isn’t there a recall on this yet, if people have been having trouble with it since at least April???

  • Jeannie

    First, let me say that I am not really big on the holistic train or a terribly strict diet. My cats do eat a little people food and enjoy a few donut crumbs here and there. I have three cats who thrive on dry food, Purina/Iams and I will give them bonus shrimp and chicken morsels here and there. I do have one cat who would only eat canned food. I fed him Friskies for a few years. He gobbled it up and was ALWAYS hungry. He ended up eating 3 6oz cans a day. He is a bengal cat, and he continued getting thinner and thinner over about 2 years. I had him tested and tested. He finally got to around 6 lbs, death’s doorstep (he should weigh about 12-13lbs)….the vet did surgery and found that he had IBD and said to take him off of every protein. We did and put him on things like duck, venison. It was VERY expensive….so, after about a year, I decided to try QUALITY canned food like Addiction, Wellness, Primal, anything BUT Friskies and crappy, corn/grain/byproduct based food….long story (well a little late for that) short, he THRIVES now, novel proteins or not. I think that most allergies in cats comes from these horrible, low quality ingredients. Friskies is horrible for your cat! It’s like feeding your kid ramen noodles and potted meat.

  • Franci

    uh oh! I’ve been reading everyone’s replies (not to image the many people who didn’t reply) Blacky has had the runny poops for a few days now and I think it’s a bad batch of cat food. Whitey had her share of runny poops too. Something has to be about this bad cat food!!!

  • Chris

    Something is bad wrong with this food. I have 4 cats that are vomiting everytime I feed them this and when I take them off of it they get better so I am done with this food as well as other purina products. I have also reported this to the FDA as 2 of my cats hair is falling out and my daughters cat died after feeding this food. Took all that I had back to stores and complained. Everyone needs to do the same! Save your cats life and find a better quality food.

    • njray2010

      my cat is on her death bed right now and i think it may be because of this food. i gave her and my other cat 1/2 a can and one of my cats is deathly ill so im thinking its the food…

      • Cynthia

        I have 6 cats so its like a mini test lab at my house. This summer after eating friskies special diet turkey canned they got symptoms of salmonella poisoning or mold toxicity. Vet couldn’t say for sure without expensive testing.

        It cost me enough to treat my very sick cats and i was so exhausted after nearly 2 weeks of vomiting and the stinkiest green diarrhea, that i did not get a fecal culture done.

        When the first cat got sick we thought it was just her, she is 17. That night my boyfriend opened a can to feed the others and it was green on top. We did not feed it to my other cats and before the night was through they started having the same illness. From what i read it can take a day or two to have symptoms surface.

        I still have the case of food, i intend to have the fda test it. Government shut down right now so may have to wait till they are operating.

        F&@ck Friskies and the entire pet food industry. May they rot in the worst place in hell.

  • Stacey

    I’m having a similar issue! Friskies canned food (the seafood multipack) has always been okay for my cat, but for the last few days, he’s been throwing up and passing gas and just not acting himself. I haven’t heard anything about a recall, but it seems like there’s a problem with this batch.

    • Kim Cardwell

      I just bought a huge pack of Friskies canned soft cat food(seafood) and fed half a can to my car, and now she is super sick tonight- throwing up all over the place. I am taking her to the vet first thing in the morning if she is not okay by then. I pray she will be okay tonight. Something is wrong with this batch is right. Very sad. I’m going to switch off Friskies and get her natural food from a local pet health food store from here on out, where I know the ingredients are not made in china. I can’t find anywhere on the web that talks about where the ingredients are from. A big mystery. Not a good sign.

  • Laura

    My 13 1/2 year old cat has eaten Friskies canned food all her life. But, just last week, she started vomiting at least once a day, after she ate. Once she got the food out she was fine. I told my mom about this and she said her cat, who also was eating Friskies, would only eat a little bit, then go drink almost an entire bowl of water. He then would sleep and never felt like playing anymore. I put my cat on Blue Buffalo canned food and she’s FINE! My mom also switched her cat’s food to a better quality food, and he’s now back to his old self. Both cats getting sick after eating the same food? Not a coincidence! They must be putting something different in the food now. I will NEVER feed a cat Friskies again!

    • Grannygirl

      I am so glad you shared this! SAME thing happened to my cat! all was fine until a couple of weeks ago. she would constantly vomit! like with yours, ones she did that she was fine. SOMETHING is wrong with that food: I give mine friskies pate mixed grill! I must say that this happened before about a year ago with friskies fish product also pate! I stopped feeding them with friskies canned food all together. I am appauled to read what is in that food and do feel bad that I fed my cats with this terrible junk! THANKS for sharing! GLAD I am not the only one who noticed that something is wrong with the food!

  • Brenda

    I bought Friskies Rise and Shine dry Cat food and it made my Cat really sick! She has thrown up a few times and her poop looked like pudding. I simply switched from the Seafood Sensations to Rise and shine, and that was a mistake! I all together switched her to another brand without all the colors and indredients.I hope that works because she is a great Kitty with a good appetite. I dont think she needs all the stuff they put friskies dry cat food…yuck!

    • Debra

      I also have had the same problem with my cat. Then I realized that the cans with #30241159 and 1154 LB3881549 Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Pate. I compared this can to a different can same food 30151159 LB380002 and found that the first can above is entirely different. The food is darker in color and the odor is not to be desired. The second # she will eat with no hesitation. So now I have to look on the bottom of the cans to make sure that the # is not from the first manufacturer. This will help you and your loved ones problem.

    • Ellen

      My cat loved Rise and Shine, but threw up for 5 days afterwards and didn’t eat. After a couple of hundred dollars and fluids, she got better, began eating, and then I offered her the Rise and Shine again. She loved it, and began throwing up about 12 hours later (eating nothing in between). I think the cans are contaminated.

  • Biep

    Our cat should not eat monosodium glutamate. Does Friskies contain MSG?

  • Nancy W

    My three-year-old cats liked their Friskies pate quite a bit until a couple of days ago. Now they either refuse it or eat it and vomit all over the place. Something is wrong with the ocean whitefish & tuna dinner pate and also the mariners catch pate. Numbers on the cans are Mar 2015 30741159 LB3881810 and Feb 2015 3051159 LA3820518 respectively. I bought one of those 32 can boxes and will throw it out. Not worth the risk to my kitties!

    • Nancy

      Holy cow. The most important thing I forgot to mention was the fact that I switched from Science Diet canned food due to their price increase to none other than Friskies canned. Within 3 weeks my present male cat came down with a urinary tract blockage of course, on a sleeting Friday night in February. NO FRISKIES. NO MEOW MIX!!!

    • brad

      Mary W…

      I’m inclined to agree with you that there must be something wrong with the Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Dinner!!! Our cats have always only wanted the fish, but as we speak there is still food in the dish from this morning that I’ll have to throw out. (yuck!) The numbers from this last can I have are a bit different than yours. They are JUL2015 32001159 L7AH20042.

  • Lydia

    There must be a bad run of Savory Shreds With Whitefish & Sardines In Sauce. Our cat loves this particular Shreds product but lately we have been throwing it out. This just started this month (Apr.2013). I opened 4 cans and one after the other he backed away from it like it was poison. The fifth can he readily started eating it as usual.
    Cans six and seven he again backed away from them. I don’t think I will be buying any more Friskies products. It’s not worth the risk of a vet bill.

  • Nancy

    My 17 & 14 year old cats have eaten Friskees wet all their lives and never feen sick. I wish they would put the dry Friskees Dental Diet back on the market – my cats loved that and never had any dental disease. My cats also love Friskees Surf & Turf dry. I now have 5 cats and they are all very healthy eating only Friskees brand.

  • Rachel

    We have been feeding Friskies to our cats for years, once a day as a treat as they usually eat a good quality dry food. Last week we bought a new case and suddenly three of the cats are sick. All are indoor cats. We noticed yesterday they were not feeling well. Cat 1 lives in the house and has not been eating, except a couple of bites of real tuna from a can but won’t touch the Friskies and threw up quite a bit yesterday. Cat 2 started vomiting his food yesterday and today is throwing up bile (not a good sign. Cats 1 and 2 and going to the vet tomorrow) and has not eaten today. Cat 3, the oldest of them, went from being perfectly fine to throwing up non stop and died about an hour ago. Cats 2 and 3 stay in the garage (antisocial rescue cats) so the only thing they all have in common is they all eat the Friskies. We know it can’t be the dry because we buy that in bulk and have been feeding the same bag for a while now and none of our dry-food only cats are getting sick. Only the wet food eaters. Very suspicious. If it turns out Friskies killed our cats they’ll never hear the end of this.

    • Pete

      My cats have suddenly stopped eating Friskies canned food, all types. They’ve been eating it for years, but as of a few weeks ago will only sniff around their dinner or lick at it a little bit. This is very unusual, because one of them will typically eat almost anything. They’ll eat a can of tuna, but won’t touch the Friskies, so I don’t think it’s upset stomachs. Reading some of the other posts here from the past several weeks, I’m thinking that something has changed with the Friskies wet food. I’m definitely going out today to try some other options.

      • Andy

        I’ve been feeding my old toothless cat for years with Friskies but lately she had a running nose that would not stop. Allergies? I switched her to a fancy brand (Pet Smart) and the nose cleared in one day. Is she allergic to Friskies??

    • Kevin

      I too have been feeding my cats Friskies for years. Today, Thomas died after an extended stay at the vet. Had been doing just fine until I began feeding he and his brother Friskies Ocean Whitefish (Special Diet) from a new case. Thomas got sick last week after eating some for about a week and now his brother Oliver won’t even touch the stuff. He just sniffs it and walks away. I swear I feel like my cat has been poisoned.

  • Dianne Clark BSN RN

    I have been buying Friskies wet food for my 2 cats for years. For the last 4 to 6 months, their stomachs have been up set, going out doors to eat grass and I’d buy treats for digestion for them with good results. They lost some weight as they would not eat all or biggest part of their food. As a nurse I do everything for my 2 cats, then I went and shopped at Winn Dixie, bought some Paws wet cat food and they have been happy,fine,not vomiting it up, relaxed with full harmonized bellies. The new cat food that you put out with the egg bits in it gives them diarrhea……..what is going on? What have you changed? With Paws cat food the first 5 to 6 ingrediates is FISH…..with Friskies it is not, alot of meal and fillers. The Paws catfood is a product of Canada, its good for them and their happiness and health is my primary concern…..Please
    inform me……………….thanx………D

  • Kay bryan

    I changed from dry Meow Mix to the variety pack of Friskies wet food about a month ago. We have noticed that he has lost weight, is lethargic and we are very concerned. I am going back to Meow Mix to see if he will begin to gain weight and act with more stamina. He no longer eats the full 1/4 of a can I put out in the morning and evening. He used to gobble it up so what’s up with that? I pray I haven’t been starving my cat but after reading the nutritional review, it seems there is nothing good at all about this cat food! I will try to remember to report any improvement in my cat after taking him off this cat food.

    • Lana

      Beware, neutered male cats are susceptible to urinary tract infections and I have now had 2 cats affected by this and warnings from my vet to STOP feeding my cats Meow Mix because of the high mineral content of the food.

    • Nancy

      Please do not go back to Meow Mix!!! I have had 3 male cats in a row, two of them ate Meow Mix and they both came down with severe urinary tract blockages. This guy also came down w/ UTB after eating IAMS. He is now and forever on CD prescription dry food from the bet and cd canned food. He’s been good for a year and a half so I mix Max Cat can w/ the cd can due to costs. Blue Buffalo is one of the preferred types of foods. NO MEOW MIX!!

  • michael

    After reading your reports on friskies, will take my friskies back to walmart tomorrow.
    For the last few months, tried different cans of friskies, thinking it was just time for a change. My two cats were nibble a bit than paw around the dish. The male cat would sometimes vomit all its food than go directly to the drid food. The female cat would go directly to the kitchen & cry for 5 or so minutes until i would give her a treat. They have lost alot of weight since the fall & are indoor cats. Maybe friskies have altered their products without notifying the public.

  • jean terry

    I recently purchased the new “Rise and Shine” and not pleased with it nor are my cats. They lick the juice and for the price of cat food, I want some substantial. Won’t buy it again. They seem to like the pate and other canned foods.

  • Beaner

    I have three cats ages 4, 4, and 5 and they are suddenly unable to eat Friskies canned food after several months of loving the stuff!

  • Michele

    I have been feeding my 4 cats frislies-they really liked the wet shreds. But, my JoJo was throwing up and I thought it was because he was “pigging” out and seemed to be losing wait and lethargic. He was taken to the vets. He had lost 3# in the 2 months since his checkup. The vet did bloddwork and then xrays. It was determined that he has a gluetin allergy and should be grain free. Now all 4 are grain free and they are all doing well. The vet did tell me that cats are basically carnivores and therefore meat eaters-not grain. No more snacks and I am readign labels. I have found Wild Blue grain free cat food and Sheba cutss in chicken, turkey, tuna and salmon that are grain free. I can not find a friskies product that is grain free.

  • Debra Dillon

    My cat is 14 yrs. old and has ate Friskies dry cat food his entire life.He will not eat canned food nor will not eat human food. Just lately he can not eat Seafood Sensations. what have you changed in it he vomits everytime he eats it. he stills eats friskies but not seafood sensations. and where can you buy the new rise and shine dry food.

  • David B Teague

    The statements about the formula for canned Friskies cat food do not jibe with what is on their cans not what is on their web site. I have to wonder about this difference and would appreciate your comment on this issue.
    Classic Pate Homestyle Casserole shows these ingredients:
    Meat by products, poultry by products, water sufficient for processing, liver, fish, rice, corn oil, artificial and natural flavors (!), calcium phosphate, color, potassium chloride, salt, carrageenan(!) , taurine, magnesium sulfate, vitamin E, and minerals that I won’t name here. This is typical of all the cans I have been feeding my two (healthy and active) 13 year old alley cats.

    My exclamation points are at ingredients I would rather were not there. Carrageenan can cause allergies, and “natural and artificial flavors” mask mixes that may be unpalatable for good reason.

  • Lisbeth Vanslette

    I have had a very hard time getting my cats to eat quality wet food, they preferred their kibble and started loosing weight very fat s when I cut back on it to get them to eat the wet food.t. So, I now take half shredded chicken or turkey or other meat or fish, and add the appropriate amount of pre mixed supplement for homemade cat food. The meat is cooked because my cats won’t eat raw meat. Then I add half Friskies and they eat it and get enough real muscle meate taurine etc. This works for me because they eat it, and i am happy knowing they get real meat and liver.

  • Sandra Smith

    Hello, I have been feeding My Cats Friskies Cat Food for more than 30yrs, both Dry and Wet! I also Feed and have fed homless Cats too. And have helped them all have good and happy lives, with the help from Friskies! Thank you!
    But, The big bag I just bought was, well strange in the Seafood Melody, when i opened it i noticed Clumps of some of it the morsels and the rest was just brown hard stuff! I was shocked when I saw this because it has never happed to me before, so is the food ok , has anyone else had this dry food too! What should i do +? Should iuse it or take it back please help The Cats are hungry!
    Thank you
    Sandra Smith
    SJ, Ca.

  • Don’t Be Simplistic

    Like all brands, the different “flavors” of Friskies vary in protein content and carbs. It is disingenuous and lazy to simply list a “brand” as good or bad. Many of the expensive brands actually have more carbs than Friskies and include goofy foods (fruits and vegetables) for cats, carnivores, to entice ignorant consumers to feed their cats omnivore/human diets.

    The lowest carb Friskies wet food appears to be the Chicken Diner in Gravy (not the fillets) and the Beef and Chicken patte.

  • Debby

    I think this site has an agenda. I feed one of my cats Friskies Poultry Platter canned and it has no ground corn at all. Yes, it has protein by-products, but what do you think cats in the wild ate for centuries? They ate the whole bird except for the beak and feet. Dr Pierson DVM actually says some versions of Friskies canned are OK.

    • manda

      No, by-products are NOT okay. Especially the ones used in lower quality foods like Friskies. By-products according to USDA standards in animal foods can consist of tumors & masses, waste & digest, blood, heads, feet, feathers, and other wastes etc. Saying animal food grade by-products is a suitable primary source of animal protein is NOT true.

      Just like you stated yourself, they ate the whole bird EXCEPT the BEAK and FEET!!! Yet in your response you say it’s okay to feed by-product leftovers as long as it’s ground up and labeled as some sort of a ‘meat by product’ and taking the whole rest of the bird out of the picture is perfectly fine. Animals cannot thrive on by-products, they need whole balanced foods, not processed garbage leftovers. …just because the beaks and feet are ground up and labeled as food doesn’t mean it is.

      • Diana

        So much fun to read comments from the Pet Food Nazi’s. All they do is criticize and try to shame anyone not feeding their pet the way THEY see fit.
        Use dry kibble because your cat would rather starve than eat wet? Ooo, you must HATE your cat, your’re killing him!!! Feed a “cheap” “low quality” brand? Well obviously you have no business even having a pet!
        Most folks love their pets and are trying to care for them the best that they can. Get a clue

  • Cynthia Stryker

    I have not found any Friskies Classic Pate wet foods to contain any corn or gluten. Pate and only pate.

    • pamela

      While I do believe that there is something wrong with the latest Friskies canned food, my label is not consistent with the one portrayed here the first item listed is meat by-products which is not great but the 2nd item is salmon. No corn or gluten at all. On the other can the first item is fish. I do believe there is something wrong with the food it isn’t the fillers that this web site says . Yes I do believe this web site is agenda driven. I will not feed it to my 15 year old cat any more because I believe that something in it is making her very sick suddenly. She has always eaten this food with no problems. And if your kitty doesn’t drink a lot of water, try bottled water. My cat loves bottled water and drinks a bowl a day. She would never drink a lot of tap water.

  • Trish Lopez

    I’m very conscious of what I feed my cats, either making my own or sticking to high end brands. I ran out and had to go around 1 am when nothing else was open and decided to go the lazy route & pick up some Friskies canned. Needless to say, I’d forgotten, but was very swiftly reminded that this stuff is KITTY CRACK.

    I don’t know what kind of additive is used, but it’s very definitely used to get cats to be addicted to this food, in a VERY SHORT time frame. This is the 3rd cat I’ve had in my lifetime that gets instantly addicted to this food, crying at all hours of the day and night, running out to the kitchen if I so much as get up from the chair or sofa to leave the room, practically tripping me in the process, in the hopes that I’ll break open another can. I can’t tell you how extremely ANNOYING this behavior is. Enough to put me off EVER buying it again.

    It’s been a week and STILL my cat is a crazed lunatic, coming down from his high. This is just plain CRUEL to the cat, and IMMORAL as far as ethics are concerned. You should be ashamed.

    • Joanne Litven

      I am so glad to know that I will not lose another cat. Mushka my 16 year old cat had all the symptoms mentioned – the crying, also lose of weight etc. We took her to the vet and she was put on an allergy dry food. For a week she would not eat. She then was given thyroid tests and went on medication. She continued to lose weight. Then picked up was tested again and came off the meds by the vet. Was put on Hill’s new thyroid diet, was doing good gaining weight, then she had a heart attack and died.
      Friskies should be sued in a class action suit if this situation was caused by their food.Her sister was starting to exhibit the same crying and weight lose. After stopping Friskies last week on the advise of a friend she is starting to improve.

  • Linda

    I have three cats 7, 5 &? yrs old. I have always fed them Friskies but this week I bought them a case of the chicken in gravy. For the second morning that I have fed it to them; they haven’t even been able to get a foot away from their dishes before they throw it up. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the rest of the case but I will not try to feed it to them again. Looks like we are not the only ones having this problem. Hope Friskies reads these and does something about it.

  • Bonnie

    Our cat has been eating Friskies canned cat food very happily for years. Suddenly, this year, it all changed. Cat has been losing weight steadily, throwing up more frequently. All tests done at vet for blood, urine, even a pancreatitis check have come up as normal. Cat started rejecting the food, just kind of licking it. I supplemented with Friskies all Natural dry food. Cat continued to lose weight over a few months. I checked on line and noticed some other petowners having similar problem from Friskies and Purina cat foods. I finally changed the food to an organic, natural pet food, healthier. Bingo! He’s eating very well now. I hope he is okay and will continue to be. No more Purina!

    • Stephanie

      Hi, my cat has been diagnosed with IBM. I am looking for any brand of cat food that is hypoallergenic. What brand are you using?

  • Geri DG

    Currently, I am on the fence about Friskies. On the pro side: Our 11-year old finicky cat who historically has not eaten any brand (high or low end)for more than 3 months at a time has now eaten Friskies for 6 months without issue. Also, my sister’s cats ate Friskies throughout their lifetimes — one living 18 years, his brother 16 though diabetic for the last 2 years of his life. My mother’s cat also eats Friskies and is currently fine at age 12.
    On the Con side: My former cat was unable to eat Friskies which caused excessive vomiting. Instead he was fed throughout his life a high-end cat food that ultimately was unfortunately part of the cat food recall of 2007 (which Friskies was not), as was he one of its victims, dying a horrible death at age 14 1/2 despite a 2-month long valiant fight and effort (his and ours) to save him. The moral of the story: High End cat food is not a guarantee of health or longevity.
    Back to why I’m on the fence about Friskies: Unlike our 11-year old cat, our 5 year old has suddenly developed Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex which is often attributed to allergies. Since he’s parasite free and otherwise healty, is it the food, that is Friskies? Or is it something else? Don’t know; will have to see. He is under the care of a vet, his diet and other exposures being carefully monitored and documented in an attempt to isolate the allergen.

  • Misty Morris

    I think just because cats are cats doesn’t mean they have to be fed MEAT. We have used Friskies for years & I MEAN years I think they thrive on the ingredients its apart of them if u have to why not mix some of other food with friskies so they eat??? But don’t take away the Friskies oh no it doesn’t matter what u give ur little ones because there is something wrong with each & every brand out there SOMEWHERE. So the only thing I am wondering WHY do they get so addicted??? That & the cat treats too??? I think give them what they CRAVE???

    • Anonymous

      It’s like junk food and humans; we know it’s not good but we eat it anyways. 😛

      Friskies is bad because, well, let’s look at it this way. Cats are carnivores. Lions are carnivores. Tigers are carnivores. Basically, felines are carnivores. Humans are (naturally) omnivores. They don’t need half as much grains as humans do. ^^

  • Friskies Calory Count

    Anyone know how many calories are their canned foods? Such as the Tasty Treasures? My cats love that particular blend. It’s very high is sugar and gluten, as is most of Friskies food. These are not good for them at all, I know, but they love the stuff. Cats need high protein and low-crab diets. The best way to decide how much food to feed them is use the ratio of 30 calories to every 1 lb of kitty’s weight for a daily total of how many calories to feed your kitty. So a 10 lb cat would get 300 calories a day that’s 150 calories a serving as most people feed their animals twice daily.

    • David B Teague

      There are web sites that tell you how many calories there are in canned cat food. For the Friskies 5.5 oz cans they say it ranges from 130 to 180 with most in the 150 cal. range.

      I just found the URL. I hope the owners of this site don’t mind my posting this here:
      http://www.catinfo.org/docs/FoodChartPublic9-22-12.pdf
      Hope this helps.

  • http://majwfj@yahoo.com Maryann Jarrell

    My cat has started to throw up after eating Friskies Shredded Chicken & Salmon in gravey. She has always loved it. I noticed the color is very pink (reddish). Could this be too much red dye? I have been trying to find a substitute without the dye that she will eat. At the moment, she is a very unhappy cat. Can you help?

    • maralevine

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    • Ana Santos

      I’ve noticed this too with one of my two cats, she’s thrown up almost immediately after eating the shredded chicken & salmon the last two times I’ve fed it to her but has been all right with the pate.

      • ellen

        We had 11 cats, all dumped at our house, but we have had them all spayed and neutered and their shots.

        In the early fall, one throw up a few times, and died after 2 vet visits and treatment. He died on the 3rd day of his illness.

        We have always feed these cats canned Friskies, but they will only eat Salmon Pate and Shredded Chicken in Gravy. Some only eat dry cat food and we were buying a Friskies brand.

        Because so many were throwing up the dry cat food (it looked like they couldn’t swallow it, just a chain of clumped together dry cat food), my husband insisted we change to Purina Cat Chow since it has smaller pieces. I had no clue that it was made by the same company.

        When I had only 3 cats and Purina owned the company, they thrived on Purina cat chow and Fancy Feast and lived more than 20 years.

        We are now using Friskies Senior Salmon Pate because we can’t find the regular Salmon Pate. At least half of our cats and one dogs who often eats some of their food, have been throwing up. None seem sick, it is just like they can’t digest the food or eat too much.

        Our local vet has been out of town, but I plan to take the ones that are throwing up when he returns, in two days. I will update all of you if he has an answer. To truly find out, through various tests, I would have to take the cats to AUBURN University, a three hour trip, one way, and spend my life savings. I would rather do that than lose another and could take one and assume the diagnosis is the same for all.

        We have two cats with terrible hair loss allergies. One is getting much better since she has started eating, basically, chicken sandwich meat. The other wants only dry food and the gravy out of the canned chicken dinner.

        Because none of my cats were cute little kittens, I knew they would not be adoptable if taken to the human society and did not want a “death sentence” for them so I kept them and love them all. Unfortunately, I am on a fixed income and know I can’t afford the expensive, excellent quality cat food, if there is any.

        Some of the others eat sandwich chicken which varies by brand due to the cost. If chicken is on sale for a good price, I will buy it and boil it for them. I have kept one cat alive for 7 years on it, her rectum is falling out and was when she came to me. It cannot be repaired.

        My husband pointed out red dots in the Senior Salmon, upon opening several cans and insists they use food coloring and other fish instead of Salmon. I am afraid it is salmonella or another bacteria and am going to see if I can afford to have it analyzed.

        I would like to say your comments have made me feel better, but, at least I have a starting place for their stomach problems. I AM glad to read them because, hopefully, as a concerned group, we can get to the bottom of this.

        My husband and I used to laugh about the classic senior citizen story of having to eat cat or dog food because it would be all we could afford. Now, it is becoming as expensive as human food and gross to look at or smell. He wonders why I sleep late, since I retired. The secret is that whoever gets up first usually cleans up the vomit, but he is about to go on strike. :)

  • Dorothy

    After I bought a 16 pound bag of Friskies Indoor Delights on sale, my cat has been throwing up. What’s up with that?

    • GS

      Noticed the same thing. Thought the food was just stale and I should start buying smaller bags. Problem is, both the dry food and the can food by Friskies causes both my cats problems. No more Friskies.

  • Marie

    To be perfectly honest, when it comes to wet food, my cats will only eat one of two brands; Weruva and Friskies. I already give them Blue Wilderness and Orijen dry, so I’m pretty wiped out by the end of the month. So, more often than not, they get Friskies wet.

  • DFBarb

    My wife had a domestic shorthair when we got married. “Daisy” ate only Friskies for her entire 18 years of happy life.
    My brothers shorthair is over 19 years old…only Friskies for his entire life.

  • Ivan Thomson

    Every time we gave Friskies to our cat it land right on the carpet as cat vomit… Every time. No idea what is in that stuff, however, the cat sure can not tolerate it.

    • Melissa

      My cat is doing the same thing! i have two cats, and the one who is older has been raised fairly strictly on IAMs, since I got her from P&G. When she eats too quickly, out comes the food. i’m guessing that she likes the friskie food so much that she can’t stop herself from eating. and now vomiting every day! oi vey! i guess it is back to IAMs…

    • Earl Thomas

      What has happens to your canned cat food. It use to have a solid shape but now it is all watery. Very little real food in cans.

  • Domenica

    I have 3 cats, two ended up getting crystals in their urine. Common food was friskies. I had to get my male cat put down this morning as a result. I am devastated. My other two cats are still on the vet food designed to prevent them getting crystals again. Expensive food too. Two cats are 7 years old, the one I had to put down only 4. I use to alternate friskies dry food with whiskas dry food, but had stopped doing that a year ago as they preferred the taste of Friskies. Taste doesn’t always win out over health

  • Firth Davenport

    We fed our cat Friskies. Must have been like candy because our dog loved to eat it too. About a month ago, the cat died and her belly was very, very swollen. Yesterday our dog passed away and his belly too was very swollen. The only thing they had in common was eating Friskies.

    • Zulbahrim

      I too fed my young cat Friskie’s kitten dry food ever since he was little. Last wednesday he wouldn’t urinate and his lower abdomen was swollen, the vet said it could be the food. Today he died and I just buried him late eveing. I am devastated

  • Trisha Carroll

    I’ve fed my cat high priced food only to have them ignore it. I don’t know what is in Friskies canned food but even my picky eater gobbles it up. I’d rather have a cat eat mediocre food than no food at all. If it is cat “junk food” then my cats are thriving on it. They love the sliced beef. I just mix it with “quality” dry food so they will get the best of both world. They have the “good ingredients” and the flavor from Friskies. Works for me.

    • Nancy

      Try offering a kid cake or broccoli… Most kids will go for the cake. Same thing with Friskies (the nutritionally-low cake) vs high-end food (broccoli).

    • Jacqueline

      LOL…I think they have some kind of addictive additive in Friskies. I tried giving Whiskas but he refused it.

      One thing though…ever notice how the meat/fish dries up in no time in the plate? Too much fillers, but hey, he loves it :)

      • Bea

        Both of my cats eat Friskies Pate and never throw up. What I do is mash it up from the can and add a little warm water to it to make it easier for them to eat. They love it that way. I think it is key to not overfeed a cat. One can of Friskies Pate is enough for the two of them for the day. Half in the morning and half at night. During the day they are able to access their dry food occasionally. I do not let them eat and eat and eat. It is not necessary. They are both in great shape with no excess body fat and contented as can be. Once in a while I will whack up a small can of tuna or salmon for them and that is their treat.

      • Sally Lee

        I have 5 cats and they all like Friskies. My 1st choice is Salmon dinner pate and Ocean white fish pate and some other flavors and some fillet for the 2nd choice. They do not like shreaded. I have tried to feed them other brands, even organic but they don’t like them. They ate for a day or two and didn’t want them anymore. I guess I just feed them what they love to eat but watch out the portion and their activities.

  • http://petfoodtalk.com Jan Wilkinson

    I’m very surprised at the negative comments about Fristkies. Our 16-year-old diabetic cat thrives on both Friskies and Fancy Food, to the point where she is almost off insulin. Her vet a few years ago gave me the choice of feeding her a high-priced canned food or Friskies–and of course, Friskies it was. She does not eat dry food, is not fed human food scraps. She’s happy, alert and feels great. We are very impressed wtih Friskies, and will continue to feed the canned varieties to our little girl.

    • Donna Cassino

      I adopted a 16 lb. cat a few weeks ago and he is a love. I tried feeding him Halo cat food and he pretty much ignored it. After trying various “good” brands the only one he eats is Friskies. I would prefer a better brand, has anyone had any success with the high end brands of cat food?

More Information

Friskies Cat Food

Friskies cat food is everywhere – at the grocery store, online, even at some gas stations! Friskies is a common brand name that is well-known by many cat owners. However, the low nutritional content of Friskies cat food has many cat owners concerned. Many people feel that even though Friskies is very convenient since it is readily available, and it is inexpensive, it is still not worth feeding your cat this food.

Who Makes Friskies?

The company who makes Friskies cat food is called Nestle Purina PetCare Company. Nestle Purina PetCare Company owns many different pet food brand names, including Alpo dog food, Tender Vittles cat food, Purina Pro Plan, Purina ONE, Go-Cat, Dog Chow and Beneful. The logo for Nestle Purina PetCare is the commonly seen white and red checkered logo that is present on much of the packaging material for their products. Nestle Purina PetCare was created in 2001, as the result of the merger between Nestle’s pet food division and Ralston Purina.

Friskies Cat Food Recall

Friskies cat food is not listed on the FDA’s pet food recall website, and has not been involved in any recent recalls. However, it should be noted that Nestle Purina PetCare did have some of their other brands that were affected by the 2007 pet food recalls. In order to make sure that your cat’s food is safe, it’s always highly recommended that you check the FDA’s pet food recall website. This will help you to stay updated on the latest pet food recall information.

Friskies Cat Food Ingredients

Ground yellow corn is the first ingredient in all of the dry Friskies cat food formulas. The second ingredient is often corn gluten meal, or a chicken/poultry by-product meal. The fats in Friskies cat food formulas come from beef tallow, which is usually high on the ingredients list. Artificial flavors, artificial colors and salt are also present in many of the dry Friskies cat food formulas. In general, it seems that Friskies cat food is very high in carbohydrates.

Friskies Allergies

Since Friskies cat food formulas seem to mostly contain corn, they are not recommended for cats with allergies. Cats are obligate carnivores, and aren’t able to easily digest simple carbohydrates such as corn. Soy is also present in Friskies cat food, and is another common allergen. If your cat has a specific allergy, you should always read the ingredients of any cat food formula.

Friskies Recipes:

  • Grillers’ Blend
  • Indoor Delights
  • Seafood Sensations
  • Surfin’ and Turfin’ Favorites

Friskies Canned Recipes

  • Classic Paté Chicken & Tuna Dinner
  • Classic Paté Classic Seafood Entrée
  • Classic Paté Country Style Dinner
  • Classic Paté Liver & Chicken Dinner
  • Classic Paté Mariner’s Catch
  • Classic Paté Mixed Grill
  • Classic Paté Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Dinner
  • Classic Paté Poultry Platter
  • Classic Paté Salmon Dinner
  • Classic Paté Sea Captain’s Choice
  • Classic Paté Supreme Supper
  • Classic Paté Turkey & Giblets Dinner
  • Flaked With Tuna & Egg In Sauce
  • Flaked With Tuna In Sauce
  • Gravy Sensations With Beef & Chicken in Gravy
  • Gravy Sensations With Chicken In Gravy
  • Gravy Sensations With Ocean Whitefish & Tuna In Gravy
  • Gravy Sensations With Salmon in Gravy
  • Gravy Sensations With Tuna In Gravy
  • Gravy Sensations With Turkey & Giblets in Gravy
  • Meaty Bits Chicken Dinner In Gravy
  • Meaty Bits Gourmet Grill
  • Meaty Bits With Beef In Gravy
  • Prime Filets Chicken & Tuna Dinner In Gravy
  • Prime Filets Turkey Dinner In Gravy
  • Prime Filets With Beef In Gravy
  • Prime Filets With Chicken In Gravy
  • Prime Filets With Ocean Whitefish & Tuna In Sauce
  • Prime Filets With Salmon & Beef In Sauce
  • Savory Shreds Chicken & Salmon Dinner In Gravy
  • Savory Shreds Turkey & Cheese Dinner In Gravy
  • Savory Shreds With Beef In Gravy
  • Savory Shreds With Turkey & Giblets In Gravy
  • Savory Shreds With Whitefish & Sardines In Sauce
  • Senior Diet Classic Paté Pacific Salmon Dinner In Sauce
  • Senior Diet Classic Paté Turkey & Giblets Dinner In Gravy
  • Senior Diet Meaty Bits With Lamb & Rice In Gravy
  • Senior Diet Tender Cuts Chicken & Tuna Dinner In Gravy
  • Tasty Treasures® With Chicken & Cheese In Gravy
  • Tasty Treasures® With Chicken, Tuna & Cheese In Gravy
  • Tasty Treasures® With Ocean Fish, Tuna & Cheese In Sauce
  • Tasty Treasures® With Turkey & Cheese In Gravy

Friskies Consumer Info

Where can I buy Friskies?

You may be wondering, “Where can I buy Friskies Cat Food?”. Friskies is available in any large pet store and grocery store. You can also buy Friskies Cat Food online at all of the major pet food stores and big box stores.

How much Friskies should I feed my cat?

A common question that many pet owners have, is “How much Friskies cat food should I feed my cat?”. Since the answer is dependent on several factors (such as your cat’s age, weight, activity level, etc) always follow the specific instructions on your formula’s packaging.

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198 Responses to Friskies Cat Food

  1. Sam July 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    Good Afternoon,
    I have been a very pleased buyer of Purina-brand cat food for decades now – my cats (foster, healing, found, stray – all adopted and/or given to no-kill shelters and yes, of course kept a few here and there) but had terrible issues with even the fancy feast container food just in the past 2 months – have an exact date also – there were maggots in the “unopened” container – opened them up (peel back the foil) and wow, the food was moving. Also mini-maggot (larvae/eggs?) in the dry food BUT not the only brand – also Maxicat dry food adult and kitten…as I say, this has only happened in the past 2 months bought at Safeway, Fred Meyer and PetCo because wondered if it was the store itself and their storage procedures but no…it is in the cat food. NEVER had maggots in food – any food human or pet – and NEVER before it being opened. My house is clean (well, no dirty dishes vacuum every day, wipe down hardwood floors clean – and laundry and….okay, clean sanitary wise) and I always have kept the dry/wet food in the bottoms drawers of the fridge – no human food with them just their food since i hate using those drawers all my life but do not remember why….(-:
    I have cats that take dry food in the living room and drop it off -luckily we have hardwood floors so can see when they (mainly “he”) does this and the maggots are right there…this is scary. I am not keeping food out and it has its own place in the refrigerator (even the dry food) so…? Help? None of the current stray cats I am taking care of will eat any of the wet food – canned Friskies any type or the canned fancy feast plastic container food. Luckily they still eat the dry food. NEVER had a cat turn down wet food but I keep buying different stock of the canned food from differents stores and nothing – nada – they all walk away – it is creepy. As I say, I have bought wet and dry food (Friskies) since out of high school (lets say, early 80s) and my mom had bought it before then when I was in school. It is mainly the fish-containing wet food but they will not touch any of the wet food now.

  2. Daniel July 6, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    For the pass few years it’s been hard finding cat food that my cat snickers would eat. When Purina came out with rise and shine indoor cat food I bought a bag and gave it to her she loved it and I was buying two bags a week for her then a few months later they stopped making it and my cat refused to eat any other cat food she began to lose weight slowly cuase of this then I tried the broths from Purina and my cat would drink the broths and pick through the meat, fish and chicken. It was nearly two weeks before I noticed that she was losing weight even faster I took her to the vet and they took a blood sample and the vet said she had server renel failure and I am right now as I am writing this holding her in my arms as she is dieing this is terrible and I don’t know about all you pet owners but I say that we take this to court Sue Purina till their bankrupt and force them to close down their business for good giving justice to everyone whose peys have died from this company if you agree then let me know I am serious about seeing Purina being sued fined and forced to close for good

  3. coneyro June 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    The best I have used are BLUE and WELLNESS. Their hard foods are all natural and have different formulas for specific preferences. The soft foods are all maximum quality with absolutely NO corn, byproducts, or artifical anything. Mix a little of each type together, and you have a delicious hard/soft nutritious meal. Their treats are also of the best quality. Because its nutrition is so dense, you can feed a little less than cheaper brands. In addition, the animals absorb more vitamins, minerals and nutrients, therefore having less stools. In the long run, the added cost of better food equates itself with the years added onto a healthy, well fed animal. And don’t forget mandatory vet checks BEFORE there is a problem. Good food, exercise + good vet maintenance= one happy pet & owner.

  4. flo May 9, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    I read some of the posts below and while they may be very accurate, please don’t forget that cats often throw up when you switch brands of food. Regardless of the quality their stomachs do not like change and it may take a week or two to adjust. Of course if there are other more serious symptoms that is a different story.

  5. flo May 9, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    The reviewer must have picked the worst Friskies selection on the market because the ones I buy are nothing like that. I get the Filets variety pack of 24: Chicken & tuna first 5 ingredients in order- water for processing, liver, chicken, wheat gluten, meat by products. The Salmon & Beef dinner – water, salmon, wheat gluten, liver, meat by products.
    Maybe not the best stuff in the world but not as bad as the selection reviewed. As someone who has taken in 3 strays I get what I can afford.

  6. Heartbroken Honey May 5, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    My youngest cat just died!!!!! He was to be 6 in August …the vet said he had a blockage in his bladder and it was most likely due to diet. I will never use dry cat food again. I refuse to put my other vat through the unnecessary torment. Idk why they even manufacture the stuff if its not good for them. I’m so devastated. It feels like my husband and I lost a child. .. Heartbroken.

  7. Penny April 12, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    This is NOT a slam on Friskies or the flavor below. It’s more of a spoiled cat story…
    My cat eats ‘Friskies’ canned cat food; and only certain flavors and textures (mostly Shreds). Anyway, I thought I would expand her cuisine experience and try their “Rise & Shine – Salmon & Egg Scramble”. It looked like chipped beef or milk gravy. I put it down and she…. RAN the other way with a loud meow.

  8. ASHLEY March 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    We fed our cats friskies for about 10 years because they wouldn’t eat anything else. We do buy fancy feast and Temptation treats. And I bought a bag of surfin & turfin & they seemed to like it a lot. At the end of January one cat became sick & I figured because he was 15. The vet said nothing was wrong with him he’s just old & his time. He did say that his white blood cell count was a little high. I babied him & fed him everyday. I found him dead 2/13/15 behind a chair in the morning. I was heartbroken but I figured he was in a better place with my brother who I lost from cancer 8 months earlier. My other cat still seemed fine until less than a week later & he had the same symptoms & started losing weight. Lethargic & not eating much. Took him to the vet & they said high white blood cells & his one kidney felt enlarged, but there was nothing they could do except flush his kidney’s. Told the vet I think it’s from Friskies cay food. She said she didn’t see why & charged me for a ‘
    can of feline recovery food. Which he didn’t like.and the same thing happened! He got weaker as I prayed every minute everyday for a miracle. He died this Monday morning 3/27/15! He was my baby & my best friend!!!! There will never be another Ralphie. I talked to a friskies operator when the fist cat got sick & asked if there was a recall. She said no. I don’t believe them! Now I lost 3 family members in less than 10 Months!!!! All alone now! If my Ralphie never became sick I never would gave it a second thought. Never thought my healthy in earley January cats would get sick from eating & drop dead one after the other! I KNOW IT WAS FRISKIES FOOD THAT KILLED MY TWO LOVING CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Finian Ramses April 26, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      I’m so sorry for your losses. I know how heartbroken you are because I have gone through almost the same thing. I lost my brother, father, both grandmothers, two best friends and my beloved cat Eartha all around the same time. While you will always miss your family, friends and pets who have passed on, and while it hurts so much right now, it will get better as time goes by. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” We only grieve because we have loved someone or something.

  9. Sue March 16, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    Friday March 13th, 2015 I took my friend to the vet with her cat. Buttons was a heatlhy 5 year old loving companion animal to my legally blind friend. On Tuesday 3/120/15 Buttons began to show signs of lethargy, not wanting to eat – this came about 5 days after putting her on Friskies Surfen’ & turfen (sp?) in addition to teaspoons of Friskies canned. Ocen, Salmon, Tuna. The newest addition was the Surfen’ & Turfen’. We took her to the Vet on Friday who felt could be a virus. Treated with antibiotic and B12 to help stimulate appetite. Advised keep close on on her. Sunday returned on emergency. Long story short. Buttons in TOXIC SHOCK probably as a result of new food. Hypothermic (low body temp), very high elevations of liver enzymes, BUN and CREATANINE (Kidney), low platelets, and on and on. He did everything he could , but my friends beloved cat went into full arrest and he could not save her. 5 years ago her amazing Guide Dog, Prince, died from tainted PEDIGREE. How horrible for my friend. After visiting this site and seeing SO MANY reports of posioned cats from this food I just can’t believe they are still selling this garbage. I have already contacted this company and am waiting for their call. I will call back very soon. I will demand the store where it was purchased files a complaint. I will make a complaint with the FDA. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT ANYONE CAN RECOMMEND THAT I DO? I will add that the vet offered to do a Post-Mortum exam for free. He is gathering tissue samples from her liver and elsewhere. He will preserve them.

  10. Andrew Nominous March 13, 2015 at 12:28 am #

    We are from Australia….Our cat usually has Whiskas brand dry food…we switched to Friskies last shop as it was sooo much more cheaper and just to see if the cat liked variety….well…the cat became sick and our dog (who sometimes gets into the cat food) also became sick …both vomiting up their food. We will definitely stick well away from any of the Nestle / Purina brands….not worth it. Will stick with the more expensive vet recommended brands

  11. Nomony February 26, 2015 at 1:51 am #

    People, please report your problems to 877-689-8073, M – F 8:30 – 5:00, eastern time I guess. I will be calling but the more calls, the more they will listen, I hope!

    • Steve Smith February 27, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

      What problems are you referring to?

  12. margie Z February 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    Does anyone any experience with high blood calcium in cats and Friskies seafood sensation??? 3 of my cats who have Seafood Sensation as the only common food have come down with high blood calcium. 2 are 12 years plus and one 5 years old.

  13. Lauren Scott January 26, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    FDA Warning Letter
    Nestle Purina PetCare 1/2/15

    Inspectors found a total of six significant violations that could result in product that is dangerous for pets, including:

    1. Failure to produce each can or pouch of pet food according to the process filed with the FDA.

    2. Failure to record and document deviations of cook time,
    temperature, pouch thickness, etc., which may result in adulterated
    product.

    3. Failure to chlorinate or sanitize recirculated cooling water.

    4. Failure to establish a system for product traffic control that
    adequately prevents any unprocessed cans from moving forward on the product line.

    5. Failure to install thermometers that can clearly be seen and accurately be read.

    6. Failure to have all processing and production records reviewed and signed or initialed by a qualified quality assurance representative or plant manager.

    http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm428841.htm

  14. Cat_Whispurrer January 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    I will say that, yes, better quality cat food may cost you more, initially. However, in the long run, you will save on vet bills. Plus, your fur-kids and you won’t have to go through such awful experiences. I buy Dave’s, and Precise Holistic. I have one kitty with poultry allergies, and these 2 brands seem to be the only ones with no poultry ingredients. They are also grain-free, which is good, because cats cannot digest grains (they lack the necessary enzyme). Grains can cause gastrointestinal problems, including very stinky stools and other symptoms.

  15. stray123 December 10, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    I have been feeding 2 of my 3 cats friskies wet food 1/2 can each once a day for 5 years. My other cat turns her nose up at wet food. My 2 cats that eat friskies started acting lethargic, vomiting, & had loose BM’s. Both cats that eat friskies are both really sick. The only common denominator for these 2 cats is friskies. The 3rd cat that won’t eat wet food is just fine? I had both cats at vet 3x this week for fear that they were going to die! I manage a large animal hospital and know that if a cat does not eat for 3 days they start going in to liver failure. My 2 babies are still not out of the woods. Both had to indure injections of anti vomiting medicine subcutaneous fluids, flagyl & force feeding. I called purina and reported it but of course no recalls. I Will never feed my babies that crap again ! One the cats is still gagging at the site of anything food related! She gags at the site of boiled chicken breast! All my cats are strictly indoor cats so anything foreign they injest would be in my home. Both have been xrayed to rule out foreign body. Bloods on one is fine but I’m waiting on pancreatitis results. The other cat got sick after so full bloods pending. As an animal rescuer & avid animal lover please don’t feed your babies this poison. If I save one cat from this horror it’s worth it. Spend more on food or less on your vet bills.

  16. kb November 30, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    It is sad that this can be marketed as healthy food for your cat but it is just corn and waste sprayed with vitamins. Cats don’t need corn – let alone gmo pesticide-laden corn. And if you buy foods that say ‘animal’ in the ingredients that includes cats and dogs – watch videos of rendering plants.

    My cats were raised on a good diet but there was a period where I could only get this. And a few times where you can only find this or the like at little stores. They do eat it – I suppose it just tastes like fat & often smells like potato chips – but it causes skin allergies and illness in one, and two have asthma that only comes up if they eat bad food for two weeks. Their stomachs get irritated and immunity is poor on it. It makes them fat since cats need real protein.

  17. spevia October 28, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    On Friday I bought a case of friskies from Costco, decided to change from my usual brand to try and save money, big mistake. On the 3rd day of feeding one of my cats has started throwing up. Needless to say I stopped feeding this immediately because this is the only thing that has changed in his routine. However he is still throwing up every time after he eats. Hoping once I get him back on the regular food he will go back to normal. Purina friskies you suck ass!!! I will never buy another Purina product.

    • Sylvia February 27, 2015 at 12:08 am #

      Noticed the same thing in my cat. Going to store now to buy real cat food for him

  18. Gloria October 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    10/15/2015
    Having same problem. This happened 4 years ago and should have learned my lesson when I lost 2 cats. Have 1 out and 1 in and they are not eating it now. I am going to switch. I believe Purina has failed us and is getting this from china with no inspections. If you love your cat, switch.a

    • meow October 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

      umm wow you posted this… from the future? waaa nice review tho

      • Gloria October 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

        1015/2014 changed to Blue, problems gone!

      • Cat_Whispurrer January 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

        I believe the poster meant that she had 2 cats who passed away and did not, at the time, associate with the food she was feeding them. She currently has 2 cats, 1 indoor, and 1 outdoor, who are refusing to eat Friskies, so she’s switching to another food out of concern that the food might have contributed to the deaths of the first 2. There is never a reason to be disrespectful to people.

  19. Judy October 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    I too have had problems with my cat throwing up and turning his nose up at friskies wet food. Have fed him this for many years. Don’t want to spend more money but can’t do this to my poor cat. Shame on Friskies for whatever they have done.

    • Brittany November 10, 2014 at 10:20 am #

      OMG my 1 cat has had a bad reaction and throwing up with friskies. Never buying it ever again!!!

  20. Glitterbuns October 5, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    We have been feeding Friskies wet food for over 10 years for all of our cats. We also feed a HIGH quality dry food the brand Solid Gold. The last year or so my cats have increasingly had problems with losing weight, vomiting etc. At first we chalked it up to age, as one is 17 and the other one is 15. About three months ago the vomiting got severe, one of my cats suddenly became rail thin and he was losing hair on his back legs, and we thought he was going to die. I took him to the vet and they said he had pancreatits. They gave us some vitamins and sent us home saying he might go into renal failure soon. They also mentioned some wet foods could cause a sudden imbalance, and it could be only certain flavors. At first we only feed the Turkey shredded cheese flavor, seemed ok at first, but then the whole cycle started again. I took them completely off the wet food. It’s been about a month and a half and the cat we thought that was going to die is suddenly gained weight, and he looks fabulous for a 17 year old cat. I need to mention we could not get him to TAKE the vitamins for the renal thing, so the ONLY thing I did was remove the Friskies. I am convinced that this was the culprit in the entire episode. Buyer beware, who knows what they add to this stuff.

  21. msc September 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    My mother inlaw always feeds her barn cats friskies wet food until recently. One of them just died after eating it and 2 more are very sick and the rest wouldnt eat it. She switched and they started eating again. The sick ones a little but are still not doing well. She calles the company. To let them know but they told her there was no current recalland how coyld they compensate her. They were confused that she didn’t want any compensation just that she wantes it known so that it wouldnt happen to anyone else. I hope they get this taken care of soon!

  22. Akm September 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    I have a 21 year old and a 4 year old. We have both solid friskies for the younger and canned for the elder. The last month both kitties have turned their noses up on the canned food leaving it to waste. Something is up with the ingredients being changed – wouldn’t be surprised if a new mystery filler comes to light. We have been friskies users all these years but when I watch the old guy gobble down the two other brands I picked up I know something is up. Sorry friskies – you lost us. I so tired of the manufacturers pulling fast ones at the consumers expense and they think we won’t catch on.

  23. Leticia Piera September 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    My cat also got sick (diarrhea & vomiting) after eating Friskies wet food within 2 days of eating it. I changed his food & thank goodness he got better. Then I decided to look it up on the internet “Friskies made my cat sick” and sure enough hundred of cat/kittens & some dogs were getting just as sick as my cat did and even worse for some that had died! Owners not realizing that the food was what was making their pet sick. I think Friskies/Purina company should put a warning on the there labels that your pet might have a allergic reaction or stop selling the products that are made of Corn/Corn meal/Animal by-product.

    Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/did-friskies-kill-five-year-old-smokey.html?onswipe_redirect=no&oswrr=4#comments

  24. OhJo September 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    I can say my cats will not eat friskies at all anymore ,the dry or wet ,,I have no idea why ,Been trying all the diff brands but they are to smart to eat it ,,I have given more food away them I can feed them ,I tried the new friskees will not touch , Seem when I compare each different kind they all look the same and smell the same ,Do not get it ,,Guess the cats do ,,,,,,,,,Going to find another brand but sad because My cats all grew up on friskees

  25. Guest September 5, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    I had switched my cat from friskies to Fussy Cat canned cat food, the main ingredient is meat and it is all protein and very nutritious, but a year later I had to switch back to friskies :(. Fussy Cat is expensive $1.84 per 3 oz can and you times it by 30 = $55.20. The GO! dry cat food lasts 2.5 months at $31.00 for a 4 pound bag, I am on a tight budget and Winn Dixie sells Friskies 20 for $10.00 from time to time. I found my cat throws up from time to time, more so on the “fake” beef with gravy and I avoid that at all costs. The other flavors aren’t too upsetting for him. I am looking to switch to an all protein can food for him that is not going to break my budget.

  26. Fernanda diAs August 25, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    I have started on the friskies wet food diet for my cat who vet recommended to be put on EVO but it is way to expensive and she never got used to it. She loves friskies but I have been regulating how much food she eats. She has been doing perfectly fine for 3 weeks until lastnight. she kept gagging after her meal and i knew something was wrong and threw up and today morning she threw up again! She never threw up her food; I’m kinda nervous

  27. catherine August 22, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    Just opened a can of friskies poultry platter classic pate from a 24 can pack and noticed little black jagged plastic bits imbedded into the food. Second can I opened had some foreign objects too–sharp little pieces and what appeared to be a small pebble? Thankfully I noticed before feeding to my cats. Still letting Purina know and contacting the store where I got it from

  28. madukes August 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    I have fed all 8 of my cats Friskies surf n turf dry food for quite a while. I used to feed them Sea Captains Choice canned food as a treat, but the stores stopped carrying it so I switched to Ocean Whitefish with Tuna pate.my cats would lick at it but not eat a lot of it.Just last Thursday one of my cats did eat some of the canned food and within an hour she began to drool and meow loudly. Shortly after she began to have seizures and began meowing as if she was in pain. I had no time to take her to the vet, she died within 2 hrs.

  29. carlducci August 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Within the past few days, my cats have either not eaten the pate cat food or have thrown up after eating it. Has Friskies changed the recipe?

  30. hw July 20, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    I had three cats, one, my eight month cat, became extremely (7/2/2014) ill, vomited and within 36 hours after taking her to the vet, she died. I thought someone in the neighborhood may have poisoned her, or she might have ingested perhaps some kind of toxic lawn spray. However, tonight 7/20/2014 I fed my other cat Friskies Savory Shreds and now he is exhibiting the same symptoms my deceased cat showed. I am taking him now to the emergency vet, as well as the rest of the can of food I fed him. I do hope that it is not the food that killed my cat and has made this one sick.

    • Gloria October 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

      Stay off Friskies they are killing our pets.

  31. Frankie July 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    7-19-2014 : I Feed My Sisters Cat Friskies Surfin’ & Turfin’ Favorites And Within 2 Hours She Got Extremely Sick & She’s Fighting To Stay Alive. Has Anyone Else ‘s Cat Got Sick While Eating This Dry Food?

    • joan August 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

      I have 9 cats. They started throwing up after Jan.2014. I phoned Friskies,and yes they started adding more RED dye in Jan. I stopped it and now all ok. I used Surfin &Turfin and Whitefish and Tuna. Get cats off of it. One of my cats died that ate more than others.

    • Gloria October 15, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

      Yes, it is Friskies it is killing them.

  32. DFL July 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    I Purchased a can of Friskies Turkey and Cheese last night. Fed half a can to my cat this morning, went out for a couple hours, came back and had died…..well before his time. Only thing he had eaten today and he was showing no signs of any distress prior. Was his usual chipper self. Anyone else? Please post. This was the greatest cat ever.

    • Gloria October 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

      It was the food. I lost 2 also. I cannot believe that Purina is doing this to us.

  33. Desdamona Snuggles Michaelis July 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    I have fed Friskies dry and wet foods to my cats for the last 15 years, however the last 2 bags of Seafood Sensations with “new shrimp flavor” has caused not only my indoor cats to be sick, but the feral population that I feed as well as the raccoon that frequents my back door. I switched them back to the other flavor and now have no problems with vomiting or diarrhea.

    I called the company and they neither confirmed or denied the problem. If you are having similar issues, please call them so that other animals don’t get sick. 1-800-778-8864

  34. AurorHawthorn July 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    Tonight I just took the lid off an already opened can of a cat food can and there was slimy red stuff covering the outside of the food has anyone had this!

    • Gloria October 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

      It is from China, throw it all out.

  35. David Wilke July 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    My cat eats Friskies Seafood Sensations and she never gets sick, knock on wood. I’m afraid to change the food that she is used to. I just hope she stays healthy.

  36. Beth June 19, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    I give my cat one spoonful of Friskies Shredded can food as a treat every morning. After about 2 days it smells a little like sour milk. Is it still ok to give the cat. He eats it. I just worry. I keep it sealed in the frig.

    • jaxin June 19, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

      every time I feed my cat the pate bugs hatch out of the food…Is anyone else having this happen?

      • Jay Dillon July 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

        Excuse me, but what are “the pate bugs”?

        • 2pupmom July 17, 2014 at 9:34 am #

          every time he feeds the patê (the canned formulation comes in flakes, shreds, patê or filets) bugs hatch out of the food. gross!!

  37. Sara June 13, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    I have fed Friskies Seafood Sensations to my (5) cats for several years without a problem. Recently, however, the company introduced a “New Shrimp Flavor” to the food. My cats still really seemed to enjoy it. Unfortunately, it has given three of our five cats urinary problems. I don’t know whether it has caused UTIs, crystals, or other kinds of bladder infections, but three of the cats have responded very negatively to the food (one neutered male, one whole female, and one whole male–the whole male is the most severely affected by the food and also the youngest of the affected group). Our other fixed female and whole female are as yet unaffected. I am in the process of switching cat foods: I do not want my cats to die because of the food they are eating! Beware of the New Shrimp Flavor in the Seafood Sensations blend.

  38. Carla June 10, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I’ve been feeding friskies can cat food to my cat for 4 years with no problems. For the past few weeks He started vomitting after eating, now just puts his nose up to every variety I bought.

    • Ariel June 13, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      I have fed my cat friskies canned food and I’ve never had a problem until the last week or so. One of my cats has gotten diarrhea that started today, she didn’t want to eat when I gave her some friskies canned food after smelling it, she only would eat a little bit of the dry food. My other cat, who is still pretty young, usually demolishes the wet food as soon as I put it down, then runs to the other dish to see if there is any left. He, however, isn’t eating much of the wet food either. Something wrong with recent friskies food maybe?

      • Carol Conley August 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

        I have used friskiest dry n canned and never had a problem till now.
        Out of nine cats four immediately got sick and they all vomited
        The food back up when I checked their plates none had been eaten clear which is very unusual. I’ve had to change their dry not one could keep it down. I’ve had better luck with fancy feast dry however it is more costly.

    • S. Loncar June 16, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      My cats have loved Friskies wet food and have done well on it. But suddenly, they are all barfing and now they refuse to eat it. I’m hoping it didn’t poison them.

  39. Patricia June 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    I was feeding Friskies to my two cats to top off the dry food I was giving them. One of the cats became very ill on two occasions, so ill that I was sure she would die. Between the two events, she was never really well. The vet thought it was her pancreus.and to investigate that involved very costly testing which I could not afford. I decided to discontinue feeding Friskies simply following an intuition. Since that time, more than two years ago, the cat has been healthy and energetic, totally the opposite of the sickly cat she had been.

  40. Kelly james May 27, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    We have 4 kitties that have been eating friskies wet food all their lives and done fine until last Thursday. We took our girl into the vet because we thought she had a uti. That was negative but she’s been hiding and acting strange. Now her two brothers were taken to emergency on Saturday for blood streaked mucus diarrhea and vomiting. Both are running fevers and the vets are trying to figure out why. The only thing they had was the friskies salmon pate and the savory shreds food. After reading all the other troubles I’ve seen on this site I’m sure it has to be the food. Both boys are still in the er now and might get to come home tomorrow if the vet can make sure they are stable. The won’t eat, they vomit and have an almost clear mucus diarrhea. I was going crazy trying to figure out why. After reading these posts it has to be the food. Thanks all for the info since there has been no formal posting of a friskies recall. Just hope my babies pull through this. So far the vet bill is over 2800.00 and there are still more tests to be done.

    • Angry in Florida May 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

      Please call Purina/Friskies @1-800-778-8864. They need to know about every toxic reaction to their food–especially the Salmon Pate.
      I called and demanded an immediate recall. If others do the same, they will be forced to investigate and take action.

      Also notify the store where you purchased the contaminated food and require that they record a formal complaint.

      • L. Smith July 11, 2014 at 11:07 am #

        My cats are also sick and the vet cannot find a cause and thinks it must be the food. They were totally healthy, only 1 year old, and now are on death’s door. I will never buy Friskies again. I called and made a record with UPC code from food I bought.

      • Gloria October 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

        They don’t care. It is money, they are selling us an inferior product more money in their pocket.

    • Gloria October 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

      Hope they made it. I lost mine 2 weeks ago and now the other is refusing to eat. I know it is the food and I believe they are getting it from China. I am done with them.

  41. SabrinaJ May 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    I found this site after I did an initial search to try and determine why my cats were suddenly throwing up. We always buy the large variety case of Friskies from Costco. We recently opened a new case and it appears that my 2 cats are both having a reaction to the Salmon pâté. They are throwing up, lethargic, etc. I will be taking the remaining case back to Costco and writing a complaint to Purina, but just wanted to see what else everyone has done? Hope everyone’s kitties have made it through ok, looks like we’ll be switching to another canned cat food!

  42. Angry in Florida May 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Friskies Salmon Pate should be recalled immediately.

    I have nine cats with great appetites. While they typically eat Fancy Feast or Iams, they also like Friskies Pate. Last week I decided to buy the Friskies in the 13 oz. can and gave them the salmon flavor.

    The next morning ALL of them had violent diarrhea requiring vet exams, Rx and ID cat food. One is also vomiting. After three days, they aren’t yet out of the woods. This has been a needless, concerning and costly experience.

    There’s no doubt it was the Friskies that caused the problems. Has anyone else had a similar experience lately?

    • Lynn in MA May 25, 2014 at 10:18 am #

      I’m looking up recall because my cat has had diarrhea and vomiting all night. He also just had a can of Friskies Salmon Pate and also some of Classic Pate Chicken Dinner for Indoor cats.

      I’m also going to look at the Purina site and send them an email. I will also call them on Tuesday because of the long weekend.

  43. Beverly Stermer May 7, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    I’ve been feeding our 2 cats dry food and then once a day they get about an ounce or so of wet food. I’ve been giving them Friskies Mixed Grill pate. Last week, the older cat, 19 years old, because very sick. He was vomiting but not the good ol’ hairball vomit. Not to be too gross but it started out green then it became pink.. we thought he was vomiting blood. He also had diarrhea. We were blaming this on his age and thinking that maybe he’s just getting close to his time to leave us. But then a day or so later, our other cat was vomiting everywhere, too! And it was the same color. They both seem fine after a couple days but it had to be the canned food. We won’t be buying that brand any longer.

  44. Joann Snell March 15, 2014 at 6:05 am #

    I see I am not the only one with issues on Friskies canned cat food. My cats don’t like any of the fish flavors. So I buy Classic Paté Country Style Dinner, Classic Paté Mixed Grill,Classic Paté Poultry Platter or Classic Paté Supreme Supper. Mine are also throwing up and have bloody diarrhea. Not all the time just sporadically. Like the kitty flu going around, but I guess not after reading this. Taking one of my cats to the vet tomorrow. We will probably have to switch brands too.

    • Tashia April 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

      My little girl is 13 years. She loved Science Diet Dry Food all her life. She ate when she wanted too. She can no longer eat hard food, I tried Science Diet Salmon wet food. The salmon I know of are pinkish the science diet salmon is brownish. She wouldn’t touch it. I then tried Friskies Salmon Pate. She loved it then she started throwing up. I myself could smell that it was soured when I first opened up can after can. I then switched to Ocean Whitefish with Cheese. She lived it but a lot of money wasted because of the soured food in an unopened can. Then went to Tuna an ocean fish pate Friskies, same think, some cans were good, others were soured. Now she is on Meow Mix wet. Loves it so far, the same ingredients basically as Friskies. The moral is if it smells when you open it up or even after being refrigerated in a closed container then it is soured.

    • eva July 3, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      Why every review has a bad story?! I will buy a new kitten and I’m researching for the right food. Which food should I pick???

  45. Dawn March 8, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    I have 9 cats, of which I feed them Friskies canned cat food and Purina Cat Chow dry food. They only get the wet food in the morning and evening. I noticed a lot of comments about vomiting. I have a couple of my cats that vomit right after eating too but I thought they may have ate too fast. Even though it was odd it was e dry time they ate. I typically use the Chicken dinner meaty bits in gravy and the Liver and chicken pate, which my blind kitty has eaten since he almost died as a baby. He has always loved it and had no issues. I sometimes stray off my usual kinds and buy the ocean flavors. Recently I’ve gone to the garden sensations, I think that’s what it’s called, and still have the vomiting. I’ve read most people have a problem with the ocean ones but my cats vomit after eating the Chicken in gravy, meaty bits. One of my 2 newest kittens doesn’t seem to be thriving and acts sick too, and he loves this food. Maybe I need to look into another cat food after reading all of these comments and see I’m not the only one having this problem.

  46. Holly March 5, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    I have three cats, two of which normally can’t live without their canned Friskies. However, lately the two who ate the Friskies the most voraciously will no longer eat it. Some of this was bought on a “too good to be true” sale at the local grocery store. These were the gravy-based foods, (not pates, and not usually the shredded version). Based on many of the recent comments and my own experience, something has obviously changed with this food. My third cat now has terrible diarrhea and vomiting – he has had food sensitivity problems in the past — not sure if this could be from the Friskies or not. On another note, I know that many new additives have been added to human foods lately, in particular the synthetic antioxidant “TBHQ” which is in just about anything containing any kind of fat. I have had a severe reaction to this, yet it is not necessarily required to be listed on the label. Familiar, safe brands that I ate without any trouble before have recently changed formulation without any notice and are causing problems. Could also be happening to our trusted, “safe”, familiar pet food brands.

  47. Koors February 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    I have also had a problem with Friskies food over the past month or two. My cat has kidney disease, so he is even more picky than most. I used to be able to rely on Friskies to get him to eat even on bad days. Now, he prefers Royal Canin and completely turns his nose up at Friskies, even though he doesn’t enjoy Royal Canin.

    Several of the varieties I would buy seem to have developed a metallic odor, or lack of odor. With the Savory Shreds in particular, I notice they’re far more runny than they used to be. Definitely worrying!

  48. Cheryl in Roanoke VA February 23, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    My 2 adult cats have been eating 2 cans of Friskies canned food per day and Friskies Indoor Delights dry food (as an afternoon “treat”) for a few years now. Over the past week, both cats have been vomiting and refusing to eat the food I offer. This is very unusual for them and it is NOT the hairball kind of vomiting. Now I’m saving the empty cans, dry food bag and the store receipts (in case there is a recall issued later). Just wanted to document this issue. No more Friskies for my cats. Something is clearly wrong.

  49. Terry February 19, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

    I washed a blanket that had some friskies on it Put it into the washer and when I noticed the shreds of friskie food was still whole.Even after going through the washing machine. They did not fall apart. I picked up several pieces and the shreds feel like rubber. They do not fall apart. They are hard and rubber like. I saved the particles. Are these fillers? I wasnt sure but I can not keep quiet about this because I know that our cat shelter feeds all the cats this food. I am very concerned that some of the cats may be getting ill from this. I realize they use it because its cheap. But I called Purina and left a voice mail to check the food and it may be a possible recall.
    Hope there is nothing wrong but better to be on the safe side…..Just wanted to pass on this information.

    • doe October 25, 2014 at 7:44 am #

      i have noticed that same thing with my cats regurgetation and alot of it lately that is choking him

  50. Lil paws momma February 11, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    I feed My cats whiskas dry food and friskies can food. I buy the box of 12 small cans for $7.80- 8.99 depending what grocery store. We have 2 cats and well, when the older cat Was given the salmon pâté he would walk away after trying to bury it i would flush it, and again when he got hungry id put the cat food in the dish, he would go ahead and eat it and then puke it up. (It took me quite a few times to remember what flavour not to get at the grocery store) it seemed like it was the only flavour that didn’t agree with him. Now he pukes after eating the seafood supreme as well. They won’t eat the dry food, so I mix it with the wet food and they puke. I m getting frustrated. I came on here to see if anyone else has the same issue and I’m glad ppl share their story so I shared mine.
    Ill have to change brands. PC choice also makes them puke even the dog has thrown that up. Idk I can’t afford the pet food at the vet. It’s not right that the cat food industry is making billions of dollars on pet food thats causing so many illnesses.

    • jacquelyn williams February 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      I also seem to be having a problem with friskies canned cat food. my cats have eaten all flavors of pate for years. Have been noticing the pate doesn’t look the same and the cats will try to bury it. If I open a different can they may eat it and then upchuck it within a few moments. this doesn’t happen every day but three times this last week. just called friskies and was told there’s not been a problem but will look into it. I may have to change to another product.

  51. cindy weirton February 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    I used to feed my two cats can friskies, until they refused to eat it. I tried some other brands they still didn’t like them. Then I tried FORTRIS can cat food and my two cats loves it.

  52. David Tam February 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    I am writting this email on behalf of one of my friends who have 5 Persian cats. They usually eat your can wet food but recently at 5 are sick, vomiting and a few have blood in their waste product .

    They livep in Orlando fl. Is there any can cat food recall ?

    Their cats refused to eat the food and when trying to return the cat fcod to Sam’s club they had no notification of a can cat food recall.

    I saw something on the web about friskies can food recall but can’t find it now.

    Appreciate a response

    Thank you

    David Tam

    • Jo February 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Contact the company and the cats’ vet immediately! You do not want to waste time. Their lives may be at stake, and if the food is to blame, Purina needs to issue a recall immediately so that other cats are not harmed!

  53. LN Akin January 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I have 10 rescued cats and am on a fixed income, so I have to buy the less expensive brands of cat food. My cats have been eating Friskies canned cat food, along with Purina Cat Chow (dry) for most of the 9 years that I have had them. One cats has thrown up often after eating Friskies, but is healthy and we think she just overeats. It is very difficult to keep her from the other cats’ food.

    Around the first of January, I replenished my supply of cat food which consists of a variety of Friskies flavors. I realized that both the outside and inside cats were throwing up or refusing to eat the Friskies with chicken in gravy, savory shreds. One cat has been to the vet twice in a month and has no obvious health issues.

    When I feed my dogs, I often mix in the left over cat food and now the dogs have started throwing up, so I have resorted to feeding the cats and dogs other types of food.

    I found this website when I was attempting to find out if there was a recall on Friskies canned food, but have not found a recall listed. I would be interested in knowing if other pet owners are having this problem.

    • Inge peters February 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      We have 10 cats and have over the last month had problems with them throwing up. We have had 3 to the vet with infections and GI issues. Something is wrong with the food.

      • Karen F May 18, 2014 at 1:36 am #

        I also was looking for a Friskies recall notice. Two of my five cats eat Friskies mariners catch and one had diarrhea really bad and the other is in critical condition right now from severe vomiting and can still not eat. We may lose him. We have hundreds of dollars in vet bills and they waned to know if they ate something bad. I said no but it must be the Friskies. I am going to call them but they will deny it. Wish we could prove it. How many other cats are sick.

        • Angry in Florida May 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

          I just posted a message with a similar experience, and afterwards noticed your comments.

          All of my nine cats got violent diarrhea after eating Friskies Salmon, 13 oz. can. One is also vomiting. Vet visits, Rx and special food were required, and they aren’t better three days later.

          You posted just five days ago. There’s something wrong with this food and the product should be recalled immediately.

          I’m calling Purina and urge you and others who’ve had healthy cats get very ill on this food to do the same.

  54. SW January 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    I landed on this site trying to find information on why my cat suddenly started vomiting and refusing to eat almost every type of Friskies brand wet canned food. She has had this food since she was weaned and generally eats voraciously. Now she sniffs, and walks away, even if she is starving!

    Something is obviously wrong with the current batches of Friskie wet canned food.

    I’m dumping what I have left, regardless of the expense, and replacing it with a better brand. I fear there is a new chemical, or poisoned meat by product, or some such deadly thing my cat detects and is smart enough not to eat.

  55. bdougher January 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    My cat is a senior and will be 17 years old. She was basically raised on Friskies, plus some sort of dry prescription food purchased for one of her adopted brothers. It has done her good for that many years. Now she needs a prescription food, but she only likes the dry, and her vet wants for her to eat mostly canned food. She receives prescription dry as a snack, and since she really only likes Friskies canned food, that is what I give her. There are so many flavor choices, I can usually find a flavor that she will eat. Sometimes though she seems reluctant to eat it, but she will eat it without enthusiasm. And she will throw it up, but still returns to it. I think it is borderline or turning sour, and only because she is hungry she will eat a little of it, but she won’t eat another brand. Cats don’t usually eat if they can’t smell the food at all. I think some of the batches are turning sour, and humans don’t have a keen enough sense of smell to know it. I think it is true of every brand too including prescription food.

  56. Don C December 16, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    Our two indoor cats have been eating Friskies Gravy Sensations for several years. Just in the past two weeks, they have complete refused to eat it. One cat has bad breath and the other stinks really bad. We gave them another brand cat food this evening and they goobled it down. It would be fair to assume that there is something wrong with the Friskies food. I am going to contact Friskies about this.

  57. pamela December 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    My cat has always eaten the Salmon pate. It is just about the only food she likes. But the last couple of weeks she has been vomiting every time she eats. Like a few hours later. She seems okay every where else except the weight she has lost. She is going to have to learn to eat some thing else now I didn’t realize this stuff was garbage.

  58. Paula December 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    I just filed a safety report with the FDA regarding Friskies Mixed Grill Classic Pate. I almost had my 12 yr old cat put down because she lost half her weight and had stopped eating, but then after five days realized that my one year old cat refused to eat the same food, although the younger one also eats dry food the 12 year old does not. I almost killed my cats feeding them this food. The older one is starting to bounce back just since last night after I started to feed her Fancy Feast I had in the back of the closet. I am such a bad cat mother for not paying attention sooner. I am now going to file a complaint with the store and manufacterer.

    • Heidi Gamsjager December 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      I had to put down my precious Hayden on 11-24-13 due to severe kidney problems. She was only 9 and NEVER had any health issues. I had purchased a case if Friskies Pate at Costco. She was always my first baby to eat. After eating Friskies for a little bit she became very ill. We spent about $1000.00 trying to find out what was wrong and treating her. I so miss her! She was my talker and my very laid back and sweet baby. She would watch me take a bath and would sleep on my pillow. She would lick my nose or eyelid when I was asleep to love on her. She was always the one that let us know she was hungry and was our top priority in the morning. She would sleep on my chest when I had surgery to just let me know I would be ok. I so miss her!  I am having another shoulder surgery on 12-19-13 and she won’t be there to comfort me. Also since her death her biological sister hss started pulling her fur out on her legs. I have said from the very beginning she got sick from this food. I still have many full cans that can be used for testing.

    • Heidi Gamsjager December 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      I bought a case of Friskies Pate from Costco a couple pf months ago. My dear Hayden was always the first to eat and to let us know she was hungry. She at first loved the soft Pate but then stopped eating it. My other babies also wouldn’t eat it. Hayden lost a lot of weight and was thowing up when she did eat it. We took her into the vet as she has NEVER had any health issues and was always current on her shots. They did a lot of tests and said her kidneys were failing. They put her on some meds but she would throw them right back up with green stomach bile. We took her immediately back to the vet and they ran more tests on her kidneys. This time the kidneys were so bad they didn’t even register! As hard as it was we hadd to put her down. She was only 9 yrs old. She was my baby! She would watch me take a bath, sleep on my pillow and would lick my nose or eyelids if she wanted loving during the night. I recently had a torn right labrum repaired in my right shoulder. She was the one that laid on me and brought me so much comfort! On 12-19-13 I have to have the left shoulder operated on and the thought on her not being here makes me cry a lot! We spent almost $1000 trying to find out what was wrong and to save her. I miss her so much! Her biological sister misses her too as she now has started pulling and licking her fur off of her legs. I knew in my heart that the food was responsible. Prior to ME buying Friskies, she was absolutely fine, talking and loving on me and my family all the time. RIP my dear Hayden, you will NEVER be forgotten! Also, if anyone needs some cans for testing I have a lot of them left. I pray people do their research on Friskies before it is too late for them and they too are suffering with a very heavy and broken heart.

  59. Nicole November 30, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    My two cats are very sick and will not eat their food. Came to this site wondering if there was a recall on the cans. It seems to be the Sea Captain’s Choice with a best buy date of Oct 15, 2015. We will be switching to another brand today!

  60. Miss Kelli November 25, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Just purchase the friskies griller, my cat seem to love but this morning throwing up . This is the first time with this reaction ….went back to the store it now being disconnected go firgure

    • Lorrie January 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

      I also purchased the Friskies Griller dry cat food. My cat threw it up and then later refused to eat it. Thinking it was just my cat being finicky I passed it on to my dad to feed his cat. The same thing happened with his cat. He said his cat will pick out only certain pieces to eat. His cat also threw up. I basically told him to throw it out. There is obviously something wrong with it.

    • sara January 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

      My cat ended up in the hospital for a week before christmas–friskies eater with Salmon case most recent food. Four weeks later I just put him back on friskies after using fancy feast for a month and right now he is seriously ill again after only 4 days. No recalls. Is the cat food poisoned again?

      • Sue Johnson February 3, 2014 at 10:18 am #

        I feed my cats Salmon pate Friskies “Special Diet” for their urinary tract infections. All 4 of my indoor cats in the last two days are sick, throwing up and have the runs constantly. This morning I put the food out and they all walked away from it without eating anything. Something is definitely wrong with the food. The date on the bottom says, use by October 2015.

  61. fea November 17, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    friskies kitten canned food is doing well with my 2 kittens, i found them abandoned when theyre 1 months old, friskies canned kitted food is the only food they able to eat. Hve been fed them with it for 3 month and everythimg is okay 😀

  62. Karen November 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    I can’t believe what I am reading. My cats have been eating Friskies wet food for years. Recently one of them started vomiting every day. Then she would turn her nose at the wet food she used to love. She has stopped puking. I thought it was because I changed the dry food but my other cat who still eats the wet has had the worst poop problems!!! I am throwing out all of my remaining cans today and going to pick out a better brand. Thank you all for your posts. I was starting to think I was crazy or had bought a bad batch.

  63. MS November 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    I have been feeding Fridkies pâté variety pack to our two cats for years. The past few months one cat refuses to eat it, the other does but has diarrhea. Lately he has not been finishing his bowl so I had tried shreds, filets, and other flavors, but all Friskies. He would be fine with some but most gave him diarrhea. I just thought it was due to his age. He stopped eating it about two weeks ago and I tried other brands if cat food. He ate them with no problem! Thinking his stomach bug cleared up I switched back to Friskies. Diarrhea returned and loss of appetite. The past week we have been Friskies free and on a really expensive cat food and no issues!!!

  64. Christina November 6, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Good Evening, I have 2 adult Cats (7 years old) and 2 kittens (5 months old). I purchased the Friskies indoor dry cat food and the Friskies shreds canned food. In the past 4 days all 4 of my cats have gotten sick, with runs/thick soft stools resembling cow pies, gas to peel the paint off the space station, gagging, getting worse each day today, sleeping all day. I spoke with Purina Rep.
    The dry food I had was an expired bag from 2 years ago, although it had an expiration date for 2015! They are not sure how it was in circulation. I purchased this from Walmart.
    Purina stated they had not been notified of any problems prior to my call, I told them about this site, and they are starting an investigation into the complaints. If you call
    Please submit your question below or call 1-800-778-8864
    they will take the information. It helps to track the product and if the pets get worse helps with determining what the exact issue is.
    I hope this helps and everyone’s pets get better.

  65. Garrett October 23, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    My cat started throwing up recently and not will not go anywhere near friskies pâté of any of the seafood varieties . I would like to know if their are any products or chemicals from CHINA in this cat food . I read on the net that Purina still has an office in CHINA . I am a little concerned about some of the chemical names in their seafood varieties especially the salmon dinner pâté .

  66. Brad September 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    I’m inclined to think there must be something wrong with the Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Dinner! Our oldest of three cats has been vomiting daily since my last trip to the store. For comparison the numbers from this last can are JUL2015 32001159 L7AH20042. I guess it’s time to buy something that isn’t made by the Nestle Purina PetCare Company who makes the wet and dry foods I’ve been buying.

    • paula November 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      Well we have 4 cats and they are free fed indoor dry of any label and indoor Friskies canned. They all have their individual favorites which we usually feed pate in the morning and shredded in the evenings. Sometimes they beg us for a snack inbetween those feedings which they get. So we’re talking 2 to 3 cans a day. Well all of a sudden no one will eat any of it…no matter what flavor I open. 1 of our cats has been throwing up and feeling lethargic. This is very unusual that not 1 of our 4 cats will now eat the canned. We’ve fed them this for years…but I must say that every now and then this happens. It’s as though we’ve gotten a bad batch or something. I guess i’ll have to do as everyone else and find another food for them. I actually didn’t know that it was such a low quality food so moving on is a good idea.

    • Sharon November 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      My cat is sick too. My cans are dated best by August 2015. Lot # 32201157 L63972329. I have 3 indoor cats. My 5 year old started throwing up, then laying by himself and not eating. Took to vet. Cost $250 for blood-work and found nothing. Have to go back for X-rays – pisses me off. I’ve read about Friskies can food making cats sick on several web-sites today.
      Needless to say, I changed brands!

  67. Jonathan September 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    This review makes no distinction between wet and dry Friskies, and between the different formulas of wet Friskies. The formulas vary wildly in this ingredient list, and some contain meat products as the first and second ingredient.

    It’s simplistic to group all the wet food flavors in with the dry food that’s always corn-based. I shop the ingredient list first, brand second.

    Nobody’s denying that it’s a 50-cent supermarket cat food, but it this review fails to make its case.

  68. Jackie September 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    I am just so relived to hear that it could just be the food!!!

    I’ve been paranoid that old age is knocking on my Boy’s door because he usually doesn’t come up for air with their wet food at night.

    Lately he just eats a couple bites looks like he wants more but then walks away. My other cat doesn’t seem to mind as much but she’s started to act more bizarre the past few days(she ate dinner the other night with her paws!! lol) so it made me think it had to be the wet food.

    They’ve both been getting the Friskies wet food Pate special diet in either beef/chicken or turkey giblets for years. they get dry Science Diet light Hairball formula for breakfast so I think I give them dry for both meals to make sure everything reverts back to normal.

    phew, and what the heck!

  69. MARIE September 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    We have been feeding our tom cat with Friskies dry food for sterilized/neutered cats as per advised by our vet, since he was done. The past couple of months he has grown huge, and i don’t mean fat. He is big and really heavy. The same has happened to 2 of our friends cats eating the same food. I have a suspicion that hormones are added to the food. And after reading reviews and research on kidney and liver diseases in cats caused by dry foods and lack of the proteins they need, i am switching to wet food.

  70. dt September 13, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    I dont know if its this food or other problems. But i bought a box of it about a month ago and both my cats got sick on it frequently, especially on the fish ones. My 11 yr old is now very sick, with kidney failure (according to bloodwork at vet!) He was on dry most his life though, with very little canned mixed in till about 2 yrs ago (so the kidney failure could be from all the years on dry) ,this was the first big box i bought. my 7 yr old ate it also, threw up some, but he seems to be doing ok. So im not sure if it was the food, but if it was. Then i would be highly angry. This is devastating to me. I also think this whole cat food, which kind, ALL the recalls, etc etc is RIDICULOUS!. i cant seem to find anything that is safe. I live in Tenn, and i got the box at petsupermarket. If anyone hears anything else please let me know. i think i can prove i got it there from the keychain customer card scanner id they use. i dont have receipt or box anymore, if this happens to need to be proved for anything. why cant anyone just make a catfood that is safe?

  71. renee maltsberger September 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    I purchased a 32 pack of the pate at Walmart. Today I opened a can of the chicken liver pate and the food was black with mold and the bottom layer was greenish. I sent an email to Friskies. Both of my cats have eaten the Friskies pate and Friskies kibble for 18 years. I have never seen mold on the food before.

  72. Barbara September 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    My cat loved friskies mixed grill, he would get excited at meal time… then he started having running poops and everything has gone downhill… he won’t eat at all .. I’m so worried about him. I’ve tried feeding him other cat foods and then finally gave in and got the Indoor friskies which he ate a little of and now won’t eat at all again… I’m completely sure this cat food is making him sick. What should I do? I don’t know how to get him to eat… he was eating grass when I’d let him out up to yesterday and now he won’t even eat that…

    • Susan September 15, 2013 at 2:35 am #

      The 42 can pack from Costco has 2 fish flavors and 2 non-fish flavors. For the past 2-3 months, the cats I feed are refusing to eat the Mixed Grill. At first I didn’t think much about it, but after awhile I wondered if the formula had changed; eventually it occurred to me that something might be wrong with the food. I intend to pursue this and I’d encourage anyone else having problems to document their experience. I’ve used Friskie’s for as a long as I can remember; I have a 23 year old cat who was raised on it, but something is definitely different of late it is having an adverse effect on cats.

    • Susan September 15, 2013 at 3:05 am #

      I wanted to edit my comment that I purchased a 42 pack at Costco; it is a 48 pack of food. Didn’t want anyone thinking there was a 42.

  73. Kayla August 28, 2013 at 5:27 am #

    My grandparents bought a variety pack from costco of the friskies wet food and all of the cats that ate some got sick. A friend looked up the symptoms and found that they matched vitamin d overdose. Loss of appetite, lethargic, problems with muscles and walking etc. i feel like something should be done because one of their cats died. Not even 24 hours after being sick. And because my grandparents dont have the money to have the food tested, they’ve given up. This happened maybe two weeks ago, but not a day goes by that i don’t think about Ginger. She was only 11 and most of their cats live into their late teens. I just really have no idea if anything can be done. I was hoping to find a recall or something about this, but so far nothing. I’m just really upset by it, i mean they could have lost all their cats, but i still think something should be said and somehow fixed. a

  74. Marc August 9, 2013 at 5:24 am #

    Was interested to read comments here that reflect my experience. Max has always eaten Friskies canned food, pate varieties. In the last two weeks he has totally refused Ocean Whitefish, leaving it uneaten. He continues to eat the Turkey & Giblets and Mixed Grill with some consistency, but Ocean Whitefish is literally untouched. He’ll smell it and backs away.

    I don’t know what’s happened, but something has changed. After reading here, I’m not going to offer it any more.

    I’ve fed Friskies for years . . . now I don’t know what to change to.

  75. Matcon August 3, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    So glad I found your website!
    About a year or so ago our cats one day, new bag, refused to eat
    purina one indoor cat formula dry food.
    Just recently they started eating less and less
    of the shreds variety. Ocean whitefish and other
    seafood blends. A week or so ago our female
    got diarrhea, yesterday our male got diarrhea
    as well. Last nite I came across this website,
    and was alarmed by what I read about friskies.
    I will be calling them as well as the FDA.

  76. David August 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    We moved to Portugal to live for three months. Shopping around for cat food, we kept seeing Friskies in Gravy and decided to try it. Our cat really went nuts for it, unlike much more known products n the UK. Now we’re back and can’t find any locally. The best Fin’s interested in appears to be Tesco’s own brand in Gravy.

  77. Jenny August 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Yesterday evening I fed my kitty half a can of SeaCaptian’s Choice. She threw it up ~30 minutes later…continued to vomit every hour or so but didn’t have anything left but liquid. She only had water after that and continued to get sick. I left her at the Vet this morning. Vet called and said she’s okay, elevated liver levels (I guess normal after vomiting a lot. My cat has thrown up a few times over the last few months after eating, so now I do think it’s Friskies. Unfortunately, she doesn’t like anything else! I’m going to report mine to the FDA. Here is the link if some of you want to report also:

    http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm

    I also purchase the large box (32 cans)of the seafood variety. Not sure what I’m going to give her now?

    • melissa August 22, 2013 at 6:42 am #

      Give her anything of better quality. I am having decent success with Iams and some higher end foods. I know Iams has a recall right now, but it is an internal recall and no pets are yet reported sick. Purina and the likes hardly ever recall their crapola foods. It’s all about the money. If we as consumers stop buying their products they will have to do something better. The FDA is not going to help us. I have reported it twice with no response from them. Infuriates me to no end so the only thing we can do is stop buying the foods that are killing our pets. I have lost 3 to this bad food! No more…

    • Edna September 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      My cats have also gotten sick from Friskies for a whole week now so I changed to Blue, it is expensive but they love it and no throw up or bad potty business, give it a try if you don’t mind paying 1.49 a can, its better then a big Vet bill.

  78. Annie June 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    My cats have always been fed Friskies dry cat food. However, I recently bought a new bag and my cat refuses to eat it. I can’t help but wonder if there is something “wrong” with this batch. If anyone knows of a similar problem and/or the cause, I would very much appreciate hearing your reply.

    • GS June 20, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

      I have fed my cats Friskies dry and canned cat food for years. Over the past 6-12 months, both cats have completely refused to eat both the dry, and often varieties of the canned Friskies.
      I do believe that the quality of Friskies cat food is inconsistent. Often, the can food my cats refuse to eat SMELLS AWFUL, despite a current expiration date. I can open two cans from the same lot; one smells fine, the other stinks. I believe this is a quality control problem with Nestle and Purina.
      I am currently researching other brands of cat food which contain MEAT protein (not corn and gluten like Friskies contains).
      Note: I will not feed my cats any more Friskies cat food.

    • Grannygirl July 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      I can assure you THERE IS something wrong with the cat food! Remember cats do have a keen sense of smell and if the company did make changes or even add something the cats do not recognize, they will pick up on that! I have trouble with the friskies canned mixed grill pate mix for about 2 weeks now and while one just eats it but vomits it back out, the other one just keeps hesitating to eat it at all. SURE IS, something is going on with the food for out cats and it is not good! I have all together stopped the canned food knowing now what they put in, I feel bad that I even started it! THERE is so much in the food that is not on the label, that I am sure of now!

      I am now paying very close attention to what I buy now! WE can trust their instincts, their sense of smells as much as we can listen and watch our when they hear something! THEY do tell us what is good and what not! NOT just because they can be rather finicky, but also because they sense when something IS not right with the food we give them!

  79. Joanne June 16, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    Can not believe all the comments I am ready about Friskies. Fancy Feast is just as bad.I too also fed this crap food and very sorry I ever did. I had a cat with cancer, another with thyroid and kidney which I did not know she had kidney but death came quickly another with thyroid and asthma died of a thyroid storm and my last kitty has thyroid and kidney since 2009. Recently doing poorly with some infection as well which is being treated, It is wait and sell. She has lost weight, like a ragdoll or jello. I still may have to part with her in a matter of days I really do suggest if you truly care about your pets you will search for only quality foods and not any Vet. prescription foods unless last resort. Cats require real meat as they have acidic stomachs and you never see a cat go into corn, soy, wheat fields for food. Cannot go back in time but I am very sorry I subjected my pets to Friskies etc. If you love your pets then here is a website you can get newsletters from o pet food. I do blame poor ingredients and the garbage in food (even euthanized pets) road kill etc. Why do we all complain about these foods and still do nothing about getting them off the shelves. People really need to speak-up. I just recently emailed 2 companies about Carrageenan in tin food. Check labels. Also in human food like ice cream. Lots of controversy. I now avoid as it can cause inflammation in an acidic environment and cats and dogs have acidic stomachs. Good luck everyone and do not support these pet food companies unless top quality products and there are only I would say 10 Max. out of 100. No cat needs DRY of any kind. Better to give wet only due to dehydration caused by dry food hence possibly the start of Kidney Disease. Cats are not big water drinkers and good to provide a quality fountain you change water every 3 days max. It encourages them to drink more. Filtered water is best also. I have learned so much lately with all the checking I have done into pet food and disease and take it seriously. We would never feed children what we feed our pets. Pet food industry is not regulated and there should be no brewers yeast, and many other ingredients. Check out Acana, Fromm, Now and pick the best for your pets needs .

  80. Grayce June 4, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    Our cat normally likes Friskies salmon and ocean whitefish varieties. However, this batch, the large 32-can box with a sell-by date of April 2015, she refused the first can altogether. I tried a different flavor, and she nibbled it, and then within 15 minutes vomited all of it back up. I threw that can away also. I tried different cans of each flavor in the box with the same results over the past 2 days. She’s never done this before, and is not acting sick otherwise, so I have to conclude it’s the food. All I have is a little kitten chow (which she’s not supposed to have except as a treat — no dry food!) so I ended up soaking that in hot water to soften it and give to her until I can get to the store tomorrow and return this. Why isn’t there a recall on this yet, if people have been having trouble with it since at least April???

  81. Jeannie June 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    First, let me say that I am not really big on the holistic train or a terribly strict diet. My cats do eat a little people food and enjoy a few donut crumbs here and there. I have three cats who thrive on dry food, Purina/Iams and I will give them bonus shrimp and chicken morsels here and there. I do have one cat who would only eat canned food. I fed him Friskies for a few years. He gobbled it up and was ALWAYS hungry. He ended up eating 3 6oz cans a day. He is a bengal cat, and he continued getting thinner and thinner over about 2 years. I had him tested and tested. He finally got to around 6 lbs, death’s doorstep (he should weigh about 12-13lbs)….the vet did surgery and found that he had IBD and said to take him off of every protein. We did and put him on things like duck, venison. It was VERY expensive….so, after about a year, I decided to try QUALITY canned food like Addiction, Wellness, Primal, anything BUT Friskies and crappy, corn/grain/byproduct based food….long story (well a little late for that) short, he THRIVES now, novel proteins or not. I think that most allergies in cats comes from these horrible, low quality ingredients. Friskies is horrible for your cat! It’s like feeding your kid ramen noodles and potted meat.

  82. Franci May 29, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    uh oh! I’ve been reading everyone’s replies (not to image the many people who didn’t reply) Blacky has had the runny poops for a few days now and I think it’s a bad batch of cat food. Whitey had her share of runny poops too. Something has to be about this bad cat food!!!

  83. Chris May 21, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    Something is bad wrong with this food. I have 4 cats that are vomiting everytime I feed them this and when I take them off of it they get better so I am done with this food as well as other purina products. I have also reported this to the FDA as 2 of my cats hair is falling out and my daughters cat died after feeding this food. Took all that I had back to stores and complained. Everyone needs to do the same! Save your cats life and find a better quality food.

    • njray2010 June 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      my cat is on her death bed right now and i think it may be because of this food. i gave her and my other cat 1/2 a can and one of my cats is deathly ill so im thinking its the food…

      • Cynthia October 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

        I have 6 cats so its like a mini test lab at my house. This summer after eating friskies special diet turkey canned they got symptoms of salmonella poisoning or mold toxicity. Vet couldn’t say for sure without expensive testing.

        It cost me enough to treat my very sick cats and i was so exhausted after nearly 2 weeks of vomiting and the stinkiest green diarrhea, that i did not get a fecal culture done.

        When the first cat got sick we thought it was just her, she is 17. That night my boyfriend opened a can to feed the others and it was green on top. We did not feed it to my other cats and before the night was through they started having the same illness. From what i read it can take a day or two to have symptoms surface.

        I still have the case of food, i intend to have the fda test it. Government shut down right now so may have to wait till they are operating.

        F&@ck Friskies and the entire pet food industry. May they rot in the worst place in hell.

  84. Stacey May 18, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    I’m having a similar issue! Friskies canned food (the seafood multipack) has always been okay for my cat, but for the last few days, he’s been throwing up and passing gas and just not acting himself. I haven’t heard anything about a recall, but it seems like there’s a problem with this batch.

    • Kim Cardwell June 25, 2013 at 3:57 am #

      I just bought a huge pack of Friskies canned soft cat food(seafood) and fed half a can to my car, and now she is super sick tonight- throwing up all over the place. I am taking her to the vet first thing in the morning if she is not okay by then. I pray she will be okay tonight. Something is wrong with this batch is right. Very sad. I’m going to switch off Friskies and get her natural food from a local pet health food store from here on out, where I know the ingredients are not made in china. I can’t find anywhere on the web that talks about where the ingredients are from. A big mystery. Not a good sign.

  85. Laura May 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    My 13 1/2 year old cat has eaten Friskies canned food all her life. But, just last week, she started vomiting at least once a day, after she ate. Once she got the food out she was fine. I told my mom about this and she said her cat, who also was eating Friskies, would only eat a little bit, then go drink almost an entire bowl of water. He then would sleep and never felt like playing anymore. I put my cat on Blue Buffalo canned food and she’s FINE! My mom also switched her cat’s food to a better quality food, and he’s now back to his old self. Both cats getting sick after eating the same food? Not a coincidence! They must be putting something different in the food now. I will NEVER feed a cat Friskies again!

    • Grannygirl July 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      I am so glad you shared this! SAME thing happened to my cat! all was fine until a couple of weeks ago. she would constantly vomit! like with yours, ones she did that she was fine. SOMETHING is wrong with that food: I give mine friskies pate mixed grill! I must say that this happened before about a year ago with friskies fish product also pate! I stopped feeding them with friskies canned food all together. I am appauled to read what is in that food and do feel bad that I fed my cats with this terrible junk! THANKS for sharing! GLAD I am not the only one who noticed that something is wrong with the food!

  86. Brenda April 28, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    I bought Friskies Rise and Shine dry Cat food and it made my Cat really sick! She has thrown up a few times and her poop looked like pudding. I simply switched from the Seafood Sensations to Rise and shine, and that was a mistake! I all together switched her to another brand without all the colors and indredients.I hope that works because she is a great Kitty with a good appetite. I dont think she needs all the stuff they put friskies dry cat food…yuck!

    • Debra April 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

      I also have had the same problem with my cat. Then I realized that the cans with #30241159 and 1154 LB3881549 Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Pate. I compared this can to a different can same food 30151159 LB380002 and found that the first can above is entirely different. The food is darker in color and the odor is not to be desired. The second # she will eat with no hesitation. So now I have to look on the bottom of the cans to make sure that the # is not from the first manufacturer. This will help you and your loved ones problem.

    • Ellen May 18, 2013 at 7:52 am #

      My cat loved Rise and Shine, but threw up for 5 days afterwards and didn’t eat. After a couple of hundred dollars and fluids, she got better, began eating, and then I offered her the Rise and Shine again. She loved it, and began throwing up about 12 hours later (eating nothing in between). I think the cans are contaminated.

  87. Biep April 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Our cat should not eat monosodium glutamate. Does Friskies contain MSG?

  88. Nancy W April 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    My three-year-old cats liked their Friskies pate quite a bit until a couple of days ago. Now they either refuse it or eat it and vomit all over the place. Something is wrong with the ocean whitefish & tuna dinner pate and also the mariners catch pate. Numbers on the cans are Mar 2015 30741159 LB3881810 and Feb 2015 3051159 LA3820518 respectively. I bought one of those 32 can boxes and will throw it out. Not worth the risk to my kitties!

    • Nancy May 18, 2013 at 2:53 am #

      Holy cow. The most important thing I forgot to mention was the fact that I switched from Science Diet canned food due to their price increase to none other than Friskies canned. Within 3 weeks my present male cat came down with a urinary tract blockage of course, on a sleeting Friday night in February. NO FRISKIES. NO MEOW MIX!!!

    • brad September 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

      Mary W…

      I’m inclined to agree with you that there must be something wrong with the Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Dinner!!! Our cats have always only wanted the fish, but as we speak there is still food in the dish from this morning that I’ll have to throw out. (yuck!) The numbers from this last can I have are a bit different than yours. They are JUL2015 32001159 L7AH20042.

  89. Lydia April 21, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    There must be a bad run of Savory Shreds With Whitefish & Sardines In Sauce. Our cat loves this particular Shreds product but lately we have been throwing it out. This just started this month (Apr.2013). I opened 4 cans and one after the other he backed away from it like it was poison. The fifth can he readily started eating it as usual.
    Cans six and seven he again backed away from them. I don’t think I will be buying any more Friskies products. It’s not worth the risk of a vet bill.

  90. Nancy April 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    My 17 & 14 year old cats have eaten Friskees wet all their lives and never feen sick. I wish they would put the dry Friskees Dental Diet back on the market – my cats loved that and never had any dental disease. My cats also love Friskees Surf & Turf dry. I now have 5 cats and they are all very healthy eating only Friskees brand.

  91. Rachel April 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    We have been feeding Friskies to our cats for years, once a day as a treat as they usually eat a good quality dry food. Last week we bought a new case and suddenly three of the cats are sick. All are indoor cats. We noticed yesterday they were not feeling well. Cat 1 lives in the house and has not been eating, except a couple of bites of real tuna from a can but won’t touch the Friskies and threw up quite a bit yesterday. Cat 2 started vomiting his food yesterday and today is throwing up bile (not a good sign. Cats 1 and 2 and going to the vet tomorrow) and has not eaten today. Cat 3, the oldest of them, went from being perfectly fine to throwing up non stop and died about an hour ago. Cats 2 and 3 stay in the garage (antisocial rescue cats) so the only thing they all have in common is they all eat the Friskies. We know it can’t be the dry because we buy that in bulk and have been feeding the same bag for a while now and none of our dry-food only cats are getting sick. Only the wet food eaters. Very suspicious. If it turns out Friskies killed our cats they’ll never hear the end of this.

    • Pete April 20, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      My cats have suddenly stopped eating Friskies canned food, all types. They’ve been eating it for years, but as of a few weeks ago will only sniff around their dinner or lick at it a little bit. This is very unusual, because one of them will typically eat almost anything. They’ll eat a can of tuna, but won’t touch the Friskies, so I don’t think it’s upset stomachs. Reading some of the other posts here from the past several weeks, I’m thinking that something has changed with the Friskies wet food. I’m definitely going out today to try some other options.

      • Andy April 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

        I’ve been feeding my old toothless cat for years with Friskies but lately she had a running nose that would not stop. Allergies? I switched her to a fancy brand (Pet Smart) and the nose cleared in one day. Is she allergic to Friskies??

    • Kevin April 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

      I too have been feeding my cats Friskies for years. Today, Thomas died after an extended stay at the vet. Had been doing just fine until I began feeding he and his brother Friskies Ocean Whitefish (Special Diet) from a new case. Thomas got sick last week after eating some for about a week and now his brother Oliver won’t even touch the stuff. He just sniffs it and walks away. I swear I feel like my cat has been poisoned.

  92. Dianne Clark BSN RN April 11, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    I have been buying Friskies wet food for my 2 cats for years. For the last 4 to 6 months, their stomachs have been up set, going out doors to eat grass and I’d buy treats for digestion for them with good results. They lost some weight as they would not eat all or biggest part of their food. As a nurse I do everything for my 2 cats, then I went and shopped at Winn Dixie, bought some Paws wet cat food and they have been happy,fine,not vomiting it up, relaxed with full harmonized bellies. The new cat food that you put out with the egg bits in it gives them diarrhea……..what is going on? What have you changed? With Paws cat food the first 5 to 6 ingrediates is FISH…..with Friskies it is not, alot of meal and fillers. The Paws catfood is a product of Canada, its good for them and their happiness and health is my primary concern…..Please
    inform me……………….thanx………D

  93. Kay bryan April 10, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    I changed from dry Meow Mix to the variety pack of Friskies wet food about a month ago. We have noticed that he has lost weight, is lethargic and we are very concerned. I am going back to Meow Mix to see if he will begin to gain weight and act with more stamina. He no longer eats the full 1/4 of a can I put out in the morning and evening. He used to gobble it up so what’s up with that? I pray I haven’t been starving my cat but after reading the nutritional review, it seems there is nothing good at all about this cat food! I will try to remember to report any improvement in my cat after taking him off this cat food.

    • Lana April 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      Beware, neutered male cats are susceptible to urinary tract infections and I have now had 2 cats affected by this and warnings from my vet to STOP feeding my cats Meow Mix because of the high mineral content of the food.

    • Nancy May 18, 2013 at 2:51 am #

      Please do not go back to Meow Mix!!! I have had 3 male cats in a row, two of them ate Meow Mix and they both came down with severe urinary tract blockages. This guy also came down w/ UTB after eating IAMS. He is now and forever on CD prescription dry food from the bet and cd canned food. He’s been good for a year and a half so I mix Max Cat can w/ the cd can due to costs. Blue Buffalo is one of the preferred types of foods. NO MEOW MIX!!

  94. michael April 8, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    After reading your reports on friskies, will take my friskies back to walmart tomorrow.
    For the last few months, tried different cans of friskies, thinking it was just time for a change. My two cats were nibble a bit than paw around the dish. The male cat would sometimes vomit all its food than go directly to the drid food. The female cat would go directly to the kitchen & cry for 5 or so minutes until i would give her a treat. They have lost alot of weight since the fall & are indoor cats. Maybe friskies have altered their products without notifying the public.

  95. jean terry April 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    I recently purchased the new “Rise and Shine” and not pleased with it nor are my cats. They lick the juice and for the price of cat food, I want some substantial. Won’t buy it again. They seem to like the pate and other canned foods.

  96. Beaner March 26, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    I have three cats ages 4, 4, and 5 and they are suddenly unable to eat Friskies canned food after several months of loving the stuff!

  97. Michele March 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    I have been feeding my 4 cats frislies-they really liked the wet shreds. But, my JoJo was throwing up and I thought it was because he was “pigging” out and seemed to be losing wait and lethargic. He was taken to the vets. He had lost 3# in the 2 months since his checkup. The vet did bloddwork and then xrays. It was determined that he has a gluetin allergy and should be grain free. Now all 4 are grain free and they are all doing well. The vet did tell me that cats are basically carnivores and therefore meat eaters-not grain. No more snacks and I am readign labels. I have found Wild Blue grain free cat food and Sheba cutss in chicken, turkey, tuna and salmon that are grain free. I can not find a friskies product that is grain free.

  98. Debra Dillon February 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    My cat is 14 yrs. old and has ate Friskies dry cat food his entire life.He will not eat canned food nor will not eat human food. Just lately he can not eat Seafood Sensations. what have you changed in it he vomits everytime he eats it. he stills eats friskies but not seafood sensations. and where can you buy the new rise and shine dry food.

  99. David B Teague February 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    The statements about the formula for canned Friskies cat food do not jibe with what is on their cans not what is on their web site. I have to wonder about this difference and would appreciate your comment on this issue.
    Classic Pate Homestyle Casserole shows these ingredients:
    Meat by products, poultry by products, water sufficient for processing, liver, fish, rice, corn oil, artificial and natural flavors (!), calcium phosphate, color, potassium chloride, salt, carrageenan(!) , taurine, magnesium sulfate, vitamin E, and minerals that I won’t name here. This is typical of all the cans I have been feeding my two (healthy and active) 13 year old alley cats.

    My exclamation points are at ingredients I would rather were not there. Carrageenan can cause allergies, and “natural and artificial flavors” mask mixes that may be unpalatable for good reason.

  100. Lisbeth Vanslette February 12, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    I have had a very hard time getting my cats to eat quality wet food, they preferred their kibble and started loosing weight very fat s when I cut back on it to get them to eat the wet food.t. So, I now take half shredded chicken or turkey or other meat or fish, and add the appropriate amount of pre mixed supplement for homemade cat food. The meat is cooked because my cats won’t eat raw meat. Then I add half Friskies and they eat it and get enough real muscle meate taurine etc. This works for me because they eat it, and i am happy knowing they get real meat and liver.

  101. Sandra Smith February 3, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    Hello, I have been feeding My Cats Friskies Cat Food for more than 30yrs, both Dry and Wet! I also Feed and have fed homless Cats too. And have helped them all have good and happy lives, with the help from Friskies! Thank you!
    But, The big bag I just bought was, well strange in the Seafood Melody, when i opened it i noticed Clumps of some of it the morsels and the rest was just brown hard stuff! I was shocked when I saw this because it has never happed to me before, so is the food ok , has anyone else had this dry food too! What should i do +? Should iuse it or take it back please help The Cats are hungry!
    Thank you
    Sandra Smith
    SJ, Ca.

  102. Don't Be Simplistic January 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Like all brands, the different “flavors” of Friskies vary in protein content and carbs. It is disingenuous and lazy to simply list a “brand” as good or bad. Many of the expensive brands actually have more carbs than Friskies and include goofy foods (fruits and vegetables) for cats, carnivores, to entice ignorant consumers to feed their cats omnivore/human diets.

    The lowest carb Friskies wet food appears to be the Chicken Diner in Gravy (not the fillets) and the Beef and Chicken patte.

  103. Debby January 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    I think this site has an agenda. I feed one of my cats Friskies Poultry Platter canned and it has no ground corn at all. Yes, it has protein by-products, but what do you think cats in the wild ate for centuries? They ate the whole bird except for the beak and feet. Dr Pierson DVM actually says some versions of Friskies canned are OK.

    • manda January 12, 2013 at 1:21 am #

      No, by-products are NOT okay. Especially the ones used in lower quality foods like Friskies. By-products according to USDA standards in animal foods can consist of tumors & masses, waste & digest, blood, heads, feet, feathers, and other wastes etc. Saying animal food grade by-products is a suitable primary source of animal protein is NOT true.

      Just like you stated yourself, they ate the whole bird EXCEPT the BEAK and FEET!!! Yet in your response you say it’s okay to feed by-product leftovers as long as it’s ground up and labeled as some sort of a ‘meat by product’ and taking the whole rest of the bird out of the picture is perfectly fine. Animals cannot thrive on by-products, they need whole balanced foods, not processed garbage leftovers. …just because the beaks and feet are ground up and labeled as food doesn’t mean it is.

      • Diana May 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

        So much fun to read comments from the Pet Food Nazi’s. All they do is criticize and try to shame anyone not feeding their pet the way THEY see fit.
        Use dry kibble because your cat would rather starve than eat wet? Ooo, you must HATE your cat, your’re killing him!!! Feed a “cheap” “low quality” brand? Well obviously you have no business even having a pet!
        Most folks love their pets and are trying to care for them the best that they can. Get a clue

  104. Cynthia Stryker October 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    I have not found any Friskies Classic Pate wet foods to contain any corn or gluten. Pate and only pate.

    • pamela December 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      While I do believe that there is something wrong with the latest Friskies canned food, my label is not consistent with the one portrayed here the first item listed is meat by-products which is not great but the 2nd item is salmon. No corn or gluten at all. On the other can the first item is fish. I do believe there is something wrong with the food it isn’t the fillers that this web site says . Yes I do believe this web site is agenda driven. I will not feed it to my 15 year old cat any more because I believe that something in it is making her very sick suddenly. She has always eaten this food with no problems. And if your kitty doesn’t drink a lot of water, try bottled water. My cat loves bottled water and drinks a bowl a day. She would never drink a lot of tap water.

  105. Trish Lopez August 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    I’m very conscious of what I feed my cats, either making my own or sticking to high end brands. I ran out and had to go around 1 am when nothing else was open and decided to go the lazy route & pick up some Friskies canned. Needless to say, I’d forgotten, but was very swiftly reminded that this stuff is KITTY CRACK.

    I don’t know what kind of additive is used, but it’s very definitely used to get cats to be addicted to this food, in a VERY SHORT time frame. This is the 3rd cat I’ve had in my lifetime that gets instantly addicted to this food, crying at all hours of the day and night, running out to the kitchen if I so much as get up from the chair or sofa to leave the room, practically tripping me in the process, in the hopes that I’ll break open another can. I can’t tell you how extremely ANNOYING this behavior is. Enough to put me off EVER buying it again.

    It’s been a week and STILL my cat is a crazed lunatic, coming down from his high. This is just plain CRUEL to the cat, and IMMORAL as far as ethics are concerned. You should be ashamed.

    • Joanne Litven December 9, 2012 at 6:10 am #

      I am so glad to know that I will not lose another cat. Mushka my 16 year old cat had all the symptoms mentioned – the crying, also lose of weight etc. We took her to the vet and she was put on an allergy dry food. For a week she would not eat. She then was given thyroid tests and went on medication. She continued to lose weight. Then picked up was tested again and came off the meds by the vet. Was put on Hill’s new thyroid diet, was doing good gaining weight, then she had a heart attack and died.
      Friskies should be sued in a class action suit if this situation was caused by their food.Her sister was starting to exhibit the same crying and weight lose. After stopping Friskies last week on the advise of a friend she is starting to improve.

  106. Linda August 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I have three cats 7, 5 &? yrs old. I have always fed them Friskies but this week I bought them a case of the chicken in gravy. For the second morning that I have fed it to them; they haven’t even been able to get a foot away from their dishes before they throw it up. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the rest of the case but I will not try to feed it to them again. Looks like we are not the only ones having this problem. Hope Friskies reads these and does something about it.

  107. Bonnie July 11, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    Our cat has been eating Friskies canned cat food very happily for years. Suddenly, this year, it all changed. Cat has been losing weight steadily, throwing up more frequently. All tests done at vet for blood, urine, even a pancreatitis check have come up as normal. Cat started rejecting the food, just kind of licking it. I supplemented with Friskies all Natural dry food. Cat continued to lose weight over a few months. I checked on line and noticed some other petowners having similar problem from Friskies and Purina cat foods. I finally changed the food to an organic, natural pet food, healthier. Bingo! He’s eating very well now. I hope he is okay and will continue to be. No more Purina!

    • Stephanie November 13, 2012 at 12:13 am #

      Hi, my cat has been diagnosed with IBM. I am looking for any brand of cat food that is hypoallergenic. What brand are you using?

  108. Geri DG June 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Currently, I am on the fence about Friskies. On the pro side: Our 11-year old finicky cat who historically has not eaten any brand (high or low end)for more than 3 months at a time has now eaten Friskies for 6 months without issue. Also, my sister’s cats ate Friskies throughout their lifetimes — one living 18 years, his brother 16 though diabetic for the last 2 years of his life. My mother’s cat also eats Friskies and is currently fine at age 12.
    On the Con side: My former cat was unable to eat Friskies which caused excessive vomiting. Instead he was fed throughout his life a high-end cat food that ultimately was unfortunately part of the cat food recall of 2007 (which Friskies was not), as was he one of its victims, dying a horrible death at age 14 1/2 despite a 2-month long valiant fight and effort (his and ours) to save him. The moral of the story: High End cat food is not a guarantee of health or longevity.
    Back to why I’m on the fence about Friskies: Unlike our 11-year old cat, our 5 year old has suddenly developed Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex which is often attributed to allergies. Since he’s parasite free and otherwise healty, is it the food, that is Friskies? Or is it something else? Don’t know; will have to see. He is under the care of a vet, his diet and other exposures being carefully monitored and documented in an attempt to isolate the allergen.

  109. Misty Morris April 15, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    I think just because cats are cats doesn’t mean they have to be fed MEAT. We have used Friskies for years & I MEAN years I think they thrive on the ingredients its apart of them if u have to why not mix some of other food with friskies so they eat??? But don’t take away the Friskies oh no it doesn’t matter what u give ur little ones because there is something wrong with each & every brand out there SOMEWHERE. So the only thing I am wondering WHY do they get so addicted??? That & the cat treats too??? I think give them what they CRAVE???

    • Anonymous August 15, 2012 at 6:26 am #

      It’s like junk food and humans; we know it’s not good but we eat it anyways. 😛

      Friskies is bad because, well, let’s look at it this way. Cats are carnivores. Lions are carnivores. Tigers are carnivores. Basically, felines are carnivores. Humans are (naturally) omnivores. They don’t need half as much grains as humans do. ^^

  110. Friskies Calory Count March 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Anyone know how many calories are their canned foods? Such as the Tasty Treasures? My cats love that particular blend. It’s very high is sugar and gluten, as is most of Friskies food. These are not good for them at all, I know, but they love the stuff. Cats need high protein and low-crab diets. The best way to decide how much food to feed them is use the ratio of 30 calories to every 1 lb of kitty’s weight for a daily total of how many calories to feed your kitty. So a 10 lb cat would get 300 calories a day that’s 150 calories a serving as most people feed their animals twice daily.

    • David B Teague February 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      There are web sites that tell you how many calories there are in canned cat food. For the Friskies 5.5 oz cans they say it ranges from 130 to 180 with most in the 150 cal. range.

      I just found the URL. I hope the owners of this site don’t mind my posting this here:
      http://www.catinfo.org/docs/FoodChartPublic9-22-12.pdf
      Hope this helps.

  111. Maryann Jarrell January 10, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    My cat has started to throw up after eating Friskies Shredded Chicken & Salmon in gravey. She has always loved it. I noticed the color is very pink (reddish). Could this be too much red dye? I have been trying to find a substitute without the dye that she will eat. At the moment, she is a very unhappy cat. Can you help?

    • maralevine January 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      Have you tried any of the more natural, higher quality ingredient foods? That might help. You can read our cat food reviews here: http://petfoodtalk.com/catfoodreviews/ and find our cat food coupons here: http://petfoodtalk.com/catfoodcoupons/. Please keep us posted. Thank you. -Mara

    • Ana Santos January 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      I’ve noticed this too with one of my two cats, she’s thrown up almost immediately after eating the shredded chicken & salmon the last two times I’ve fed it to her but has been all right with the pate.

      • ellen December 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

        We had 11 cats, all dumped at our house, but we have had them all spayed and neutered and their shots.

        In the early fall, one throw up a few times, and died after 2 vet visits and treatment. He died on the 3rd day of his illness.

        We have always feed these cats canned Friskies, but they will only eat Salmon Pate and Shredded Chicken in Gravy. Some only eat dry cat food and we were buying a Friskies brand.

        Because so many were throwing up the dry cat food (it looked like they couldn’t swallow it, just a chain of clumped together dry cat food), my husband insisted we change to Purina Cat Chow since it has smaller pieces. I had no clue that it was made by the same company.

        When I had only 3 cats and Purina owned the company, they thrived on Purina cat chow and Fancy Feast and lived more than 20 years.

        We are now using Friskies Senior Salmon Pate because we can’t find the regular Salmon Pate. At least half of our cats and one dogs who often eats some of their food, have been throwing up. None seem sick, it is just like they can’t digest the food or eat too much.

        Our local vet has been out of town, but I plan to take the ones that are throwing up when he returns, in two days. I will update all of you if he has an answer. To truly find out, through various tests, I would have to take the cats to AUBURN University, a three hour trip, one way, and spend my life savings. I would rather do that than lose another and could take one and assume the diagnosis is the same for all.

        We have two cats with terrible hair loss allergies. One is getting much better since she has started eating, basically, chicken sandwich meat. The other wants only dry food and the gravy out of the canned chicken dinner.

        Because none of my cats were cute little kittens, I knew they would not be adoptable if taken to the human society and did not want a “death sentence” for them so I kept them and love them all. Unfortunately, I am on a fixed income and know I can’t afford the expensive, excellent quality cat food, if there is any.

        Some of the others eat sandwich chicken which varies by brand due to the cost. If chicken is on sale for a good price, I will buy it and boil it for them. I have kept one cat alive for 7 years on it, her rectum is falling out and was when she came to me. It cannot be repaired.

        My husband pointed out red dots in the Senior Salmon, upon opening several cans and insists they use food coloring and other fish instead of Salmon. I am afraid it is salmonella or another bacteria and am going to see if I can afford to have it analyzed.

        I would like to say your comments have made me feel better, but, at least I have a starting place for their stomach problems. I AM glad to read them because, hopefully, as a concerned group, we can get to the bottom of this.

        My husband and I used to laugh about the classic senior citizen story of having to eat cat or dog food because it would be all we could afford. Now, it is becoming as expensive as human food and gross to look at or smell. He wonders why I sleep late, since I retired. The secret is that whoever gets up first usually cleans up the vomit, but he is about to go on strike. :)

  112. Dorothy October 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    After I bought a 16 pound bag of Friskies Indoor Delights on sale, my cat has been throwing up. What’s up with that?

    • GS June 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Noticed the same thing. Thought the food was just stale and I should start buying smaller bags. Problem is, both the dry food and the can food by Friskies causes both my cats problems. No more Friskies.

  113. Marie October 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    To be perfectly honest, when it comes to wet food, my cats will only eat one of two brands; Weruva and Friskies. I already give them Blue Wilderness and Orijen dry, so I’m pretty wiped out by the end of the month. So, more often than not, they get Friskies wet.

  114. DFBarb September 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    My wife had a domestic shorthair when we got married. “Daisy” ate only Friskies for her entire 18 years of happy life.
    My brothers shorthair is over 19 years old…only Friskies for his entire life.

  115. Ivan Thomson August 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Every time we gave Friskies to our cat it land right on the carpet as cat vomit… Every time. No idea what is in that stuff, however, the cat sure can not tolerate it.

    • Melissa February 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

      My cat is doing the same thing! i have two cats, and the one who is older has been raised fairly strictly on IAMs, since I got her from P&G. When she eats too quickly, out comes the food. i’m guessing that she likes the friskie food so much that she can’t stop herself from eating. and now vomiting every day! oi vey! i guess it is back to IAMs…

    • Earl Thomas March 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      What has happens to your canned cat food. It use to have a solid shape but now it is all watery. Very little real food in cans.

  116. Domenica July 23, 2011 at 6:00 am #

    I have 3 cats, two ended up getting crystals in their urine. Common food was friskies. I had to get my male cat put down this morning as a result. I am devastated. My other two cats are still on the vet food designed to prevent them getting crystals again. Expensive food too. Two cats are 7 years old, the one I had to put down only 4. I use to alternate friskies dry food with whiskas dry food, but had stopped doing that a year ago as they preferred the taste of Friskies. Taste doesn’t always win out over health

  117. Firth Davenport June 26, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    We fed our cat Friskies. Must have been like candy because our dog loved to eat it too. About a month ago, the cat died and her belly was very, very swollen. Yesterday our dog passed away and his belly too was very swollen. The only thing they had in common was eating Friskies.

    • Zulbahrim November 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

      I too fed my young cat Friskie’s kitten dry food ever since he was little. Last wednesday he wouldn’t urinate and his lower abdomen was swollen, the vet said it could be the food. Today he died and I just buried him late eveing. I am devastated

  118. Trisha Carroll May 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    I’ve fed my cat high priced food only to have them ignore it. I don’t know what is in Friskies canned food but even my picky eater gobbles it up. I’d rather have a cat eat mediocre food than no food at all. If it is cat “junk food” then my cats are thriving on it. They love the sliced beef. I just mix it with “quality” dry food so they will get the best of both world. They have the “good ingredients” and the flavor from Friskies. Works for me.

    • Nancy February 11, 2012 at 1:22 am #

      Try offering a kid cake or broccoli… Most kids will go for the cake. Same thing with Friskies (the nutritionally-low cake) vs high-end food (broccoli).

    • Jacqueline June 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      LOL…I think they have some kind of addictive additive in Friskies. I tried giving Whiskas but he refused it.

      One thing though…ever notice how the meat/fish dries up in no time in the plate? Too much fillers, but hey, he loves it :)

      • Bea October 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

        Both of my cats eat Friskies Pate and never throw up. What I do is mash it up from the can and add a little warm water to it to make it easier for them to eat. They love it that way. I think it is key to not overfeed a cat. One can of Friskies Pate is enough for the two of them for the day. Half in the morning and half at night. During the day they are able to access their dry food occasionally. I do not let them eat and eat and eat. It is not necessary. They are both in great shape with no excess body fat and contented as can be. Once in a while I will whack up a small can of tuna or salmon for them and that is their treat.

      • Sally Lee February 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

        I have 5 cats and they all like Friskies. My 1st choice is Salmon dinner pate and Ocean white fish pate and some other flavors and some fillet for the 2nd choice. They do not like shreaded. I have tried to feed them other brands, even organic but they don’t like them. They ate for a day or two and didn’t want them anymore. I guess I just feed them what they love to eat but watch out the portion and their activities.

  119. Jan Wilkinson May 10, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    I’m very surprised at the negative comments about Fristkies. Our 16-year-old diabetic cat thrives on both Friskies and Fancy Food, to the point where she is almost off insulin. Her vet a few years ago gave me the choice of feeding her a high-priced canned food or Friskies–and of course, Friskies it was. She does not eat dry food, is not fed human food scraps. She’s happy, alert and feels great. We are very impressed wtih Friskies, and will continue to feed the canned varieties to our little girl.

    • Donna Cassino August 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

      I adopted a 16 lb. cat a few weeks ago and he is a love. I tried feeding him Halo cat food and he pretty much ignored it. After trying various “good” brands the only one he eats is Friskies. I would prefer a better brand, has anyone had any success with the high end brands of cat food?