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Product Review – World’s Best Cat Litter

Not a toy this week, but rather a review on the cat litter – World’s Best Cat Litter.  With a name like that, it better live up to it.

World’s Best is made from corn, a natural ingredient, so when kitty cleans herself, she is not ingesting chemicals or clay, which can cause a blockage in your cat’s intestines or stomach, and that can be fatal.

World’s best claims that a bag of their litter can last 3 months.  You can flush it down your toilet, as it does not clog toilets.  The litter breaks up as it hits the water and makes for easy flushing.

I use this litter and Isis seems to like it.  once I started using it I tried switching from it and that was a disaster.  Isis did not like using her litter box after I tried a different brand and wouldn’t clean herself after using the different cat litter.  World’s best just does what it is supposed to do and I don’t smell any odor even when Isis has just used the litter.  I usually buy the multicat bag, and it ends up lasting me about 5 months.  It may seem expensive for litter, but if you break it down by how many months it lasts, you are probably spending more on the litter you use now, than you would buying just one bag of this.  The upfront cost is worth it.

It comes in different formulas, multicat, scented and regular.  The scented one is a lavender scent and I don’t care for it.  It smells medicinal to me.

Final verdict: I highly recommend switching to this litter.  It is just amazing and I feel better having Isis use a natural litter and knowing that there are no chemicals in the litter.  If you do switch, do it gradually.  Put a bit in at a time with your old litter, until World’s Best is the only litter in your cat’s litter box.  Wag.com has it for sale, and you get 15% off your first order with them.

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Dog Food Recall – Hy-Vee

There won’t be a product review this week as there is yet another recall.  This recall is due to high levels of aflatoxin in their food.  Please read on and pass on this information to all dog parents:

February 22, 2013 – Hy-Vee, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of certain packages of Hy-Vee dog food due to elevated levels of a toxic compound commonly found in contaminated corn.

Hy-Vee Dog FoodRoutine random tests conducted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture indicated higher than normal levels of aflatoxin in some samples of Hy-Vee dog food.

The products were manufactured at a plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC of Kansas City.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus mold and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.

Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums or diarrhea.

Where Were the Products Sold?

The recalled products carry three different “Best By” dates and were distributed between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013 to Hy-Vee stores in the states of…

  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

What’s Being Recalled?

The following products are subject to the recall:

  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 34 lb. bag) UPC #07545005647 with lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 8 lb. bag) UPC #07545005667 with a lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005665 with a Lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005665 with a lot number ending with 29912KC and a “Best By” date of 11/25/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow 20 lb. bag) UPC #07545005680 with a lot number ending with 29312KC and a “Best By” date of 11/19/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005560 with a lot number ending with 29312KC and a “Best By” date of 11/19/13

The recall is limited to the products, sizes, codes or dates listed above. No other Hy-Vee dog food products are affected by the recall.

According to the company, no illnesses have been reported in dogs consuming the product and that the product does not pose a health risk to humans handling it.

The company has removed all potentially affected products from Hy-Vee stores.

What to Do?

Customers are urged to check the “Best By” dates on any product they have at home and refrain from feeding any of the recalled products to their pets.

Any bags of Hy-Vee dog food subject to the recall, whether opened or unopened, may be returned to Hy-Vee stores for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 289-8343. This number is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm CST.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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