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This is my pet that has stolen my heart!  Her name is Katie Heart.  We found her starving in our neighborhood, and she only weighed one pound when we took her in that October.  Katie Heart has been in our family now for three years and has so much personality. This first picture is Katie Heart sleeping under a chair - I know she looks fat, however, she only weighs 10.5 pounds.  She has lots and lots of fur.

Around March of this year, she became extremely sick and quit eating her food.  We took her to the vet and was in shock when we heard what was wrong with her.  She has had the BEST care, the BEST food that we could offer her.  And the vet told us that her kidneys were shutting down.  The toxins were higher than anything this vet had ever seen.  Well to make a long story short... she was one of the animals that was being poisoned with her own cat food.  We could not believe what we were hearing.

So, the next week, our little Katie Heart went through flushing out her kidneys, checking her blood and toxin levels, IV's, etc...  Yes, this sound costly and it was. However, Katie Heart was not out of the dark yet... We got to take her home with us a week later, but still was not given much hope on her survival.  The next month, we took her to the vet weekly to check the toxin levels in her kidneys and the good news was:  the levels were slowly disappearing.

Here is a picture of Katie Heart after her release from the vet's hospital.  She is just exhausted, but thankful to be home.

Now it has been four months later and a very long road... but Katie Heart is doing well.  She has started playing again and we are seeing a pattern of her old self.  To this day, she will NOT eat out of a bowl.  We have purchased a cat mat and throughout the day, we have to slowly pour some "nibbles" on the floor.

I do believe our pets are like our children.  We take the best care of them, and in return, we are given unconditional love. And that why... our hearts grow so fond of them. 

My heart goes out to all those parents of pets who have lost their life due to the pet food poisoning.  At our vet's office, Katie Heart is the only animal to survival this ordeal so far.  





Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV

Yes our pets do become like children!  I'm so glad you were able to give Katie Heart the best possible care and that it worked for her.  I'm sure that others who had the same problems were not as fortunate to be in your position.  I don't know if there is a class action suit on this pet food thing...but if there is you should be involved in it.  We have two little dogs, a Pomeranian and a Yorkie...we were fortunate that there were no issues with them during this tragedy.

Love Katie Heart's picture!

Jul 04, 2007 04:15 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Sonja, I am delighted with the outcome. I am the Dad of two 9 yr young babies ( yorkies). I know the anguish of which you speak. One of mine is a cancer survivor ( almost a full year now). She endured 25 weeks of chemo treatments and is doing well. They are our kids and as such, whatever has to be done, has to be done. There isn't a night goes by that I didn't and still do pray that she lives a long and happy life. She brings such great joy as I know Katie Heart does. The heart tears with every little things that goes wrong but we have to be strong for them to.

My heart goes out to both of you and may she live to be ... well....may she live a very very long time.



Jul 04, 2007 04:20 PM
Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH
The Murph sends his sympathies to Katie Heart - even if she is a CAT! I've always given my kids ProPlan and fortunately they had no recalls. Glad to hear she's pulling through - and will love will get back to being the "fat cat" she looks like in that photo.
Jul 04, 2007 04:21 PM
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management


Thanks for the post. I am glad to hear that Katie Heart is doing better. My wife has been making our cat's food for years, using natural ingredients. You may want to check out here site, www.allthingscat.com

Jul 04, 2007 05:31 PM
Molly of The Pet Realty Network
Pet Realty Network - Naples, FL

Hi Sonja!

We were all frightened by the recent pet food scare.  I'm glad that Katie Heart is ok!  We just did a review of a new book called PET FOOD NATION on Your Pet Friendly Community today.  It may be of interest to you and anyone else out there who is concerned about how to feed their pets healthy and naturally.




Jul 05, 2007 02:39 AM
Sonja Phelps
Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate - McDonough, GA
REALTOR, Metro Brokers-Georgia


Thank you for the update on the new book.   

Jul 12, 2007 03:33 AM
Jeannie Kontis
Lancaster, PA

Aw, this post brought tears to my eyes!  You are so lucky that you caught her illness in time and that she is recovering.  What is it with these little furry creatures that just steal our hearts?  I don't have any cats, but I have two little Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that mean the world to me.  Even my kids and husband get jealous (just kidding, they love them just as much).  One of them had knee surgery this past January, and is still recuperating, my poor baby.

Luckily, I didn't worry at all with the recent pet food recall as I feed them a no-grain frozen RAW diet.  And during the recalls I stopped feeding biscuits and treats and stuck with fresh baby carrots, etc.  Yes, these two eat better than anyone else in my family!

So glad your little one is on the mend.

Jul 14, 2007 02:42 AM
Rebecca Chambliss
Vista Sotheby's International - Rolling Hills Estates, CA
So glad kitty was okay!  You might want to look into feeding Raw.  It's natural, great for the animal and you know what you are giving them, plus they absolutely love it.  All of my dogs and cats and Rescue dogs are on Raw and they've never been happier or healthier.
Jul 14, 2007 11:15 AM
Sonja Phelps
Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate - McDonough, GA
REALTOR, Metro Brokers-Georgia

Jeannie and Rebecca:

Thank you both for your kind words and recommendations. 


Jul 14, 2007 12:52 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
Our pets are certainly important members of our families.  I adopted my cat about 5 years ago -- apparently she contracted a very rare infection (we think when she was spayed) and she was in so much pain!  The vet saved her life -- and she is the joy of my life --  I am so glad that your kittie made it through too! 
Jul 14, 2007 02:51 PM
Sonja Phelps
Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate - McDonough, GA
REALTOR, Metro Brokers-Georgia
Wow!  She is very beautiful.  I am glad that your vet was able to help her, too.  Katie Heart is doing much better these days.  You are certainly right about being important part of our family.  Thanks for sharing your picture.
Jul 14, 2007 03:31 PM
Candy Henthorne
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring Texas Real Estate
I am so glad she was saved.  She does look happy to be home in the photo. 
Jul 31, 2007 04:44 PM
Arina Hanciulescu
RealtyPros - Las Vegas, NV
I am with you in all these. I have my cat (a main-coon) who suffered from food poisoning few moth ago. She is 14 years old very frill and sensitive specially with her kidney. We went through very stressfull moments but this cat has 9 lives... Made it through.
Aug 02, 2007 06:12 PM
Penny Florence
Midvale, UT
I am glad to here that Katie Heart is well.  It is such a scarry thing when our pets become ill and we don't know what to do for them.  My doberman is not well and fear I may have to make a decision soon.  I am trying everything I can to get him better but fear his illness is getting the best of him. 
Aug 08, 2007 07:16 PM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes
Sonya, I went through the same thing but with my puppy Chanel. It was when it first started 2 years ago with Diamond dog food that the breeder fed her right before I got her. I would have done ANYTHING to save her and I did. Also I purchased pet insurance through VIP just in case something crazy like this happened again. I can still remember that night in the animal hospital with her. The cost was sky high!  Next time I can say,"Whatever it takes...DO IT!" I still worry over her because I love her so much. Today is her birthday(2 years). She almost didn't make it to 3 months. Give Katie Heart a kiss for us!
Aug 10, 2007 07:19 AM