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July 15, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Worrisome mess. Amazon no help.

She is not amused.

No explanation accepted. When things are going well, who in their right minds would change things?

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Risk Our wrath? Take that defective offering away. ©

Oh, decision by human. Of course. Dunderheads can’t leave well enough alone.

Always fiddling. Causing bank erosion, landslides, flooding from too much concrete, water table level loss and land subsidence from drawing out too much water for silly things like water parks in drought areas, not to mention that huge pile of floating of garbage in the Pacific Ocean wandering lonely, but not as lovely as a cloud.

So much to cause a growly tummy and now this.

Once informed that HRH RC Cat’s sole preference of dinners had been discontinued, She-who-shall-not-be-ignored has had mood swings from wild anger to complete meltdowns (with hairballs, tossing back of offered delicacies on what little carpet remains, and a litter associated accident protest deposit from outrage.)

RC Cat is not alone in her discomfort and despair. 

Staff from other realms have been seen staring forlornly at the empty spot on the store shelves labeled: Friskies Senior Diet Turkey & Giblets Dinner in Gravy. 

Knees are red and dusty from desperately searching behind cans on display in every possible store.

The distribution center regrets their supplies are out.

One on-line source is price gouging; $40 dollars plus $10 shipping for a two weeks supply.

Staff tried to deceive offer substitutes. HRH was quick to notice.

Tummy pains made her yowl. Her complaints, pitiful.

Staff searched for a dinner can with the same ingredients.

Simply being in a round container is not sufficient. Dunderheads.

Cat with bowing mice.(1892.Indian fairy Tales/Batten/

“Under my thumb.” Louder. We command you to sing louder.(1892.Batten/USPD/

RC Cat tearfully reminded Staff of her Early Days of Difficulty.

When Olde Tiger, by then blind and worried about an heir to the Realm, noticed a tiny wail from the top of a tree swaying dangerously near power lines with a storm approaching.

Recognizing a tiny kitten in dire need possible intern, Olde Tiger, yogi master still, focused Zen thoughts to alert Staff who foolishly responded by climbing the tree and grabbing the shy handful of swinging and biting fur.

Attempting to live in the wild far too young after escaping a bad home, RC Cat developed a delicate tummy.

Eating ants in the tree probably wasn’t the best idea.

Staff and the vets finally discovered the Miracle Dinner Can: the meal that always digested and nourished.

Straying from the Miracle Dinner Can was not tolerated well. 

Although yogurt, a bit of vanilla ice cream did have a place at the table…along with a cat selected portion of saltines cracker, tortilla chip, potato chip, or sneaked dog kibble for an occasional treat.

(HRH has always insisted that moderation is the key to a happy life.)

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Luckily Staff had extra Miracle Dinner Cans in the hurricane kit.

But the end is near.

Another magic dinner can must be found ASAP.

Word spread from distressed realm to realm that there are two Natural Balance Miracle Dinner Cans that are very close in formula and are working with the elderly, ones with health issues, and those with delicate tummies.

So far, HRH RC Cat sleeping comfortably, but has been heard murmuring in her sleep. “Why, Friskies? Why?”

So let’s tippy toe out. Let her rest.

But make sure she hasn’t lifted your credit card for Amazon….

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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All right. We former stock holders demand an explanation.(Wain./USPD/






  1. easyweimaraner / Jul 15 2015 1:58 pm

    oh that’s not fair when we can’t get our food… and I wonder why that always happens when we have really no secret reserve fund somewhere…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 3:06 pm

      It would be easier if I spoke “cat”…RC spent most of yesterday complaining and would not listen to a word I said. Mousies. Must load up on loaded mousies. RC thanks you for your understanding. (But do not loan her a credit card)

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  2. Ally Bean / Jul 15 2015 2:05 pm

    Oh, that is a tragedy. I understand completely. I had a cat who only ate Fancy Feast Mixed Grill– and I could only buy it at one local grocery store, because the national big box retailers didn’t sell it. I fretted that the product would disappear entirely. Fortunately [?], the cat passed on before the product was discontinued.

    [I don’t know if Lamb Baby Food is still around, but years ago our Vet recommended it for older kitty cats with delicate tummies. Expensive, but digestible.]


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 3:11 pm

      Mixed Grill – we had a cat that only ate that. You probably couldn’t find it as we bought it all. It was really touch and go to find food this one could digest when she fist showed up – Originally it was Friskies Lamb as well as the turkey, a couple of years ago it narrowed down to just the turkey. Fingers crossed these two are working…and we can get them on sale by the 24 case on sale right now…(You know as soon as we load up, she’s become unable to eat it…but Molly is cheerfully raising paw to take care of any leftovers) Appreciate the suggestion – with luck that will be a backup plan. Thanks for dishing out a comment


  3. Carrie Rubin / Jul 15 2015 2:12 pm

    Oh no, that’s not good. We all have our favorite staples. Hopefully a new favorite will emerge. I’ll keep my paws crossed.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 3:16 pm

      Of course we have plenty of time to play cat food scavenger hunt. RC will eat lots of stuff, but it’s keeping it down that is the problem she arrive here with. We’ve also noticed she’s learned to talk and apparently feels with the dog sleepovers, the only way she alerts staff it to be loudly vocal. Oddly she does seem to have a good part of the specific words’ sounds down. So once again, who’s training whom? Appreciate the crossed paws.

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  4. Sue / Jul 15 2015 2:29 pm

    Oh dear, poor HRH…..


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 3:22 pm

      So far today, so good. Fingers crossed we’ve found a substitute. (Kicking myself for leaving a couple of cans on the shelf “in case someone else needs them desperately” the last time I found the miracle dinner cans a couple of weeks ago….if I had only known!) Thanks for fretting along

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      • Sue / Jul 15 2015 3:23 pm

        Fingers crossed!


  5. Jay E. / Jul 15 2015 2:59 pm

    This is one thing to which Smokey (King and Imperial Majesty of All He Surveys from the Sunshine Spot on the Sofa) has not subjected his retinue. Indeed, he is a glutton for anything and everything, even if it isn’t exactly “food.”

    Hopefully Staff will find an acceptable substitute quickly.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 4:11 pm

      HRH has been known to gobble a few things…and to return them fairly quickly to the bowl, used. Refused counseling for bulimia and finally got it across to Staff that being one of “delicate constitution”, she could not tolerate/digest any easy to find food. By then it was too late to tick her back into the tree…besides Olde Tiger wouldn’t have allowed that. Paws crossed we may have found a new Miracle Dinner Can. A respectful nod to Smokey and thanks for serving up a comment into this dish

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  6. Catherine Hamrick / Jul 15 2015 3:20 pm

    Score! Another good one. ; )


  7. Seumas Gallacher / Jul 15 2015 4:34 pm

    LUVVED IT! “_)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 5:21 pm

      Lucky you being out of reach of those cranky claws and sad little wails…actually she’s snoozing happily. Perhaps we are saved by another miracle can. Thanks for being brave enough to venture this way


  8. Kate Crimmins / Jul 15 2015 6:01 pm

    If they stop making tuna, any kind — flaked, in gravy, whatever — you will hear Jake clear across in Texas. He is very vocal and he doesn’t like anything too healthy! How can a cat who would never in nature see a tuna, get such a preference for it. Here’s hoping this works out for RC or you will need earplugs and an IV.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 6:32 pm

      Obviously you have experience in this sort of situation. A few days ago I couldn’t tell from the angry yowling whether her tummy hurt(or she had already thrown it up and wanted the mess cleaned up), she was starving and not getting enough usable food out of the new stuff, or if she just didn’t like change…although her stomping to the pantry, slamming the door open and glaring at the few treasured cans left could have been a clue. Like children, some people are lucky to get the kids who are so calm, take long naps, and sleep through the night…some people get the agreeable to anything cats.Not being a cat person, it is difficult to be easily trained. Thanks for joining the ruckus. Paw waves to Jake!

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  9. heretherebespiders / Jul 15 2015 7:24 pm

    Oh that is NOT on! Did you send this to Friskies? A tweet might do it!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 8:11 pm

      We ran it to distributors who say the big company probably doesn’t care (but doesn’t realize how many people have found other suppliers now) This one can/food was an economical solution to many cat ills from diabetes to old age to coat/skin issues to complicated digestive issues. I’m sure there will be a “new” senior turkey eventually, but why bother something that was a known winner? Well, moving on. RC gives paws up to the 2 new varieties (and on sale by mail order). Whew. Do not want to be in a car running from a hurricane with a gassy tummy rumbling cat. Thanks for joining the worried crowd.

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  10. Robin / Jul 15 2015 8:36 pm

    Poor RC. Izzy and Bella, the divas of the realm in which I live, send their sympathies. They know what it’s like to have a highly tuned and delicate (royal) constitution.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 9:27 pm

      It was fortunate that we found out while we still had some stock. Not good to feed an extremely hungry cat a new food: gulp- reject on your foot – complain- and repeat. This way we’ve been able to keep feeding small amounts and gradually add the new varieties in beside that. Day 2 with mostly this variety of new food and she’s stopped the restlessness, yowling, and is napping happily. Paws crossed. Izzy and Bella will surely welcome your best wishes once she wakes and has recovered from the stress. Enjoy your lovely view!


  11. EllaDee / Jul 15 2015 8:55 pm

    Oh yes, been there done that for the furry ones and household in general. I’m sure there’s a corporate dictate that if something sells well… change it, remove it or just plain mess with it. Our Soossie-Cat (when dining Chez EllaDee) who like RC knows where the tins are has shown a preference for a supermarket brand of lunch size tins of tuna in spring water… meant for human consumption but to me and her both looks and smells like cat food. And is often cheaper to buy. I cannot imagine any person with all senses intact eating it.
    Good luck with the hunt 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 9:40 pm

      Some of that canned tuna is very weird…suspicious even hidden in a casserole.Very hopeful we’ve located a suitable Miracle Dinner Can. (She must eat wet food as she is reluctant to drink water…and chucks up dry food immediately – even the healthy brands) RC has been very gracious to accept The German’s visits, so we hate for her to feel bad. While she has suggested ice cream, we remind her that ice cream is difficult to keep without electricity and hard to transport if necessary during hurricane season. After a thought, HRH has pulled up some lovely houses with sunny windows and view of mountains in CO. Paw waves to Soossie-Cat. And thanks for canning up a comment


  12. shoreacres / Jul 15 2015 9:40 pm

    Friskies did it to me with their “O, No! Hairball” treats. They’re gone, gone, gone — as are her favorite Friskeies Indoor Adventure treats. I did find those online, and bought twenty packages. I’m about ready to send for twenty more.

    I finally have her eating the Sheba paté, but her coat really isn’t looking good, and she’s losing a lot of hair. I thought at first it was the hot weather, but now I’m not sure. Any advice?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2015 9:58 pm

      Apparently Friskies is redoing their line – so grab what you can. After much search and research on-line looking at ingredients, I’d suggest Natural Balance Chicken Liver Pate formula and the Natural Balance Turkey and Giblets formula – none of the others (apparently NB reformulated others in Jan.2015 and people are not happy about it) Petco carries the brand – but we stripped the one by I45/Victory Lakes of their few cans (sale on). Now ordering from on line (big sale on food and the very nice people that we order dog greenies from on the phone 24/7). People said these 2 formulas worked wonders with poor coats, diabetes, cats who have digestive issues, and old cats. RC looks happy, has stopped fretting and yowling. So far so good….Do not want gassy tummy upset cat in car if we have to travel, right? (Any gator sightings today?)


  13. Paul / Jul 16 2015 9:35 am

    Mousies, mousies, mousies – ha!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2015 6:37 pm

      I LOVE this artist – have almost every calendar he illustrated (Someday may frame some of those). Really appreciate the link. Hope you are enjoying the summer!

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  14. Sun / Jul 19 2015 4:13 am

    crises in the realm, oh no!!! Chuck sends his sympathies but applauding Molly for staying on top of the crumbs that fall by the wayside. :-))


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 19 2015 6:03 pm

      We have now hidden the remaining few cans of Original Miracle Dinner and seem to have found an acceptable substitute…but only weeks will tell. Molly is thrilled that rejected samples are being served up as snacks. She is not amused that we are mulling over getting her up on the treadmill for some exercise….tail waging counts as aerobic exercise, too, right? She is insisting. Thanks for pawsing to visit

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  15. SingingTuna / Jul 21 2015 2:36 pm

    Oh, no! OH, NOOOOOOOOO!!!! ((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))) for all who’ll accept them. I just read this to Pickles and Mila, who are horrified!! RC (and Staff) must be incredibly upset. No wonder there’ve been protests! Some numbskull in Friskies’ corporate den must’ve been smoking catnip when he/she made that decision.
    We hope you find a big stash somewhere or a good replacement – soon. ((((((((((morehugs)))))))))


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2015 1:54 pm

      The enemy of good is better. Some fool up there must think customers surely want “new and improved”. No. We want the only thing some cats will eat or the only food they can digest. There are endless cats wailing and rejecting/throwing up offered substitutes.
      We have managed to find 2 so far so good versions. Now that RC isn;t starving she is examining her bowl much more closely. If we make it past 3 weeks, it’ll probably be OK. Yesterday it seems HRH noticed the carrots in the best choice…looking at those bits very suspiciously….if she starts pawing them out, we’re in trouble. (I am holding 3 remaining cans of her favorite for stressful time or if she gets sick)
      Pickels and Mila have probably issued demands that multiple cases of their favorite foods be stockpile just in case the madness spread to their selections. Hugs greatly appreciated. Paw waves!


  16. jmmcdowell / Jul 21 2015 11:23 pm

    Argh, why can’t companies leave well enough alone with good products!? Sometimes my husband and I feel like the moment we find something new that we like, it disappears forever from the shelves. Sigh. I’m glad to see in the comments that RC Cat has found some acceptable substitutes. Stock up now!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2015 2:01 pm

      That’s the truth. Sometimes I suspect there’s a hidden feedback button clipped on us. You search and finally find something that works perfectly only to realize weeks later it was discontinued the moment you bought it. Marketing: always playing into people’s desire for “new must be better”. with a throw-away society mentality promoted, we’re doomed by marketing departments.Shampoo is the worst (our water is weird…then there’s the actual hair)
      She’s still eating so so far so good. Wish she’d stop glaring at the bowl before nibbling.
      Thanks for selecting a comment to add


  17. RobinKingArtist / Aug 15 2015 6:34 pm

    Just wondering about this now that it’s mid-August. How’s RC holding up? Trying to explain this stuff to cats is very frustrating, isn’t it?
    By the way, I read the very early post about how you don’t speak cat. Comments were closed so here’s what I’d’ve said:



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 17 2015 4:05 pm

      As long as the AC keeps cranking, she is unruffled other than Molly trying to be friends and inviting her to play..we keep telling Molly that tossing that bone at RC isn’t working. RCs of the Realms do not play fetch or catch. (And besides RC is becoming increasingly annoyed at the new food…back to the store….) Thanks for the pause and waves!



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