I sent this today, will keep you advised of what their answer is.
Due to the current Mad Cow problems in the United States, I am very concerned about feeding my cat any cat food with beef or beef by-products in it.
Can you please advise with verities of Friskies cat foods contain beef by products and which do not.
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on 27 Dec 2003:
I sent this today, will keep you advised of what their answer is. Due to the current Mad Cow problems ... in it. Can you please advise with verities of Friskies cat foods contain beef by products and which do not.

You should have mentioned "meat by-products" too. I have one that will only eat Friskies so I am interested in the replies.

Cheryl
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I suppose if you are feeding your cats Friskies mad cow disease should be the least of your worries. I've never, ever, seen quality dry cat food sold in supermarkets. Do your companions a big favor and check with your vet for a quality dry food appropriate for them.
on 27 Dec 2003:

I sent this today, will keep you advised of what ... cat foods contain beef by products and which do not.

You should have mentioned "meat by-products" too. I have one that will only eat Friskies so I am interested in ... but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." - Helen Keller

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I sent this today, will keep you advised of what their answer is. Due to the current Mad Cow problems ... in it. Can you please advise with verities of Friskies cat foods contain beef by products and which do not.

The only things I know about mad cow disease is what I saw on TV and if I remember correctly, livestock acquires the disease through the addition of bones (for calcium) to their commercial food. Therefore, you might also want to ask about foods containing beef bone, bone meal, or bone powder. If I also remember correctly, mad cow disease is caused by a protein and processing does not destroy this protein.
The following site was written before mad cow disease appeared in the USA but it has very good info about the disease, transmission, and species with similar disease (same pathogen?).
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/bse-overview.html
on 28 Dec 2003:
I suppose if you are feeding your cats Friskies mad cow disease should be the least of your worries. I've ... supermarkets. Do your companions a big favor and check with your vet for a quality dry food appropriate for them.

Thank you for your input Alan but this is a tired, old subject and he doesn't eat dry friskies, just canned turkey with gravy flavor. He has IBD and it was a battle just getting him on mostly all canned and this is all he'll eat. Tried 'em all (not an exaggeration, either).

Cheryl
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." - Helen Keller
The only things I know about mad cow disease is what I saw on TV and if I remember correctly, ... If I also remember correctly, mad cow disease is caused by a protein and processing does not destroy this protein.

The passage of BSE requires the ingestion of affected parts - of which bones are not part of the issue. Primarily it is brain tissue and central nervous tissue in the spine. It is not a virus, but rather a prion, a much smaller particle than a virus which causes the disease. Globally there have been 153 deaths - 148 of which were in Britain where the human consumption of brain tissue was common.
I don't really think there is much to worry about. The government has said that was the only cow affected by the Mad Cow disease. Supposedly it was a dairy cow which they are now saying was from Canada. A calf supposedly has also been quarantined but they are saying the possibility it being passed from mother to calf is pretty remote. I would think that if the government is monitoring the situation in regards to our beef supply then they also would be looking after the cat food industry as well. I also feed my cats Friskies canned and am not too worried about the scare. However, the Friskies canned varities that I know that contain meat by-products are:
1. Prime Entree
2. Liver & Chicken Dinner
3. Salmon Dinner
4. Mixed Grill

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Do your companions a big favor and check with your vet for a quality dry food appropriate for them.

That's fine and dandy if all you feed are a couple of housecats. What about ferals?
I use a 25lb bag of dry and around 800 oz. of canned food everyday to feed some 80+ feral cats at various locations in San Francisco. There is no way I can afford to feed premium food at $25.00/bag and $.69/5.5oz can.
I care about the ferals every bit as much as I care about the cats that live with me. What would you have me do?
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