Don't beat yourself up Emily.  From what I have read the Nutro recall was only 
for the dry Nutro foods.

I am so sorry Denzel has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  I do understand the pain 
you are feeling.  We do the best we can with the resources we have.

--- On Sat, 5/23/09, Emily Hunter <> wrote:

> From: Emily Hunter <>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Zinc and anemia
> To: "Felv Talk List" <>
> Date: Saturday, May 23, 2009, 3:40 AM
> Since anemia can be a persistent and
> deadly problem for felv+ cats, the recent recall of some of
> the Nutro foods is disturbing to me. The reason given for
> the recall is a problem with the amounts of zinc and
> potassium. Apparently too much zinc leads to copper
> deficiency and anemia, although this is not particularly
> common in cats. I started reading about this condition
> literally a few hours before Denzel died, because one of the
> symptoms of copper deficiency in black cats (he originally
> was solid black) is that their fur turns rust colored - by
> that time Denzel was almost looking like a tortie! I didn't
> follow up with the vet about what I'd been reading because
> all the docs who were treating Denzel were pretty sure his
> anemia had to be from hemobart. (Nothing was detected under
> the microscope, but I understand that's fairly common.)
> I'm definitely feeling guilty because I actually got him
> some of the Nutro soft food when he started to get sick that
> last time, because I liked the ingredient list. Logically I
> know that a couple of pouches wouldn't cause the whole
> problem, but now I wonder if some of his other food may have
> had a similar problem, or if he got ahold of one of the zinc
> pills my mom and I were both taking for cold season.
> Anyway, my reason for posting this is to let others
> fighting the dreaded anemia know that this is something to
> check with your vets about; maybe copper supplementation can
> help prolong some kitties' lives. (But do not supplement
> without a vet's guidance! Cats only need a trace amount of
> copper!)
> -Emily (I know, I read too much for my own good!)
> Sent from my iPhone
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