Your opinion wanted

I’m curious what your opinion is about this Facebook post from a cat charity. Even ignoring (or at least excusing) the vastly inadequate discussion about food quality versus advertising, what disturbs me is that a charity would suggest that owners feed their pets what the owner might consider a lesser quality food and donate the money they save to the charity.

I’ve redacted the names because I don’t mean to call out a particular charity or individual. The first post is from the cat charity.

I actually support this charity, but to me, it’s crossing the line for several reasons.

  1. It assumes I’ve not educated myself about food quality versus advertising.
  2. It suggests I’m irresponsible for wasting my money on a food I may have chosen to feed my pet.
  3. And it tells me what to do with my money (a big no-no in my book). Granted, they want to increase their donations, but this seems like a poor way to go about it.

Am I’m completely overreacting, or does this rub any of you the wrong way too?

And yes, I noticed that the vet wants you to save money on food and possibly spend it at her clinic getting your pet’s teeth cleaned…..again, possibly a valid argument, but very poorly executed.

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13 Responses to Your opinion wanted

  1. Summer says:

    Ugh! These posts totally made my human cringe. Yes to all your doubts. I can’t even comment further, my human is so stunned and angered by this. She’s actually been rendered inarticulate!

  2. BZ Dogs says:

    I certainly wouldn’t have sent it out. I wouldn’t want potential donors thinking, “Who are you to tell me how I spend my money? Humph.” Frankly, if I’m having to “skimp” to feed my dogs, then a charity is probably not where the money I save is probably to be going, anyway. It’ll be for things like gas and keeping the lights on.

    • We totally agree, BZ Dogs. Especially these days, it’s presumptuous to assume that “saved” money is a choice folks have made out of something other than necessity. So no, Raven, we don’t think you’re overreacting. Maybe a good idea, but very poor execution.

  3. Raven, those posts are totally out of line! Depending on how much you like this rescue, maybe you just need to ignore them, and continue to do your thang. Or, if not…move on to another rescue. As much as I understand their motivation, it’s completely inappropriate to suggest buying ‘cheaper’ food just so their rescue/charity could gleen the extra money.

  4. Brian says:

    I think that’s a bit tacky attacking other brands, supporters and potential supporters!

  5. Grace says:

    I tend to ignore people who tell me how to live my life, or feed my cats. Life is too short…

  6. We don’t agree with this charity either. Asking people to feed a lesser quality food so they can benefit…that’s just not right.

  7. We agree with you. I don’t think they meant any harm, but………..it is in extremely poor taste. To me, whatever we choose to feed our pets (for WHATEVER reason), is a personal decision. We all have our reasons for feeding what we feed our pets, unless I APPROACH someone for advice, I certainly don’t want to be TOLD what to do by someone who just wants the “extra money we are saving.” Very poor taste.

  8. Mary McNeil says:

    I can only second the thoughts of those above. I have discussed food choices with my vet(s) and have some cats that need a urinary formula, another boy with severe food allergies (that make him break out, rather than digestive issues), and some who can apparently eat anything, so I span the spectrum of cost. If I have to economize, BZ Dogs is right – it would be to keep my car runig or some such ! You are right to be put off by this.

  9. Jan K says:

    I agree with you totally. I would add that if you feed your pet inferior food, you might spend more time at that vet’s office too.
    Many vets are not experts on food. I do not buy food at my vet’s office, because I don’t like the brand they sell. But in every other way I’m very happy with them.

  10. 15andmeowing says:

    It definitely rubs me the wrong way for all the reasons you wrote.

  11. Johnny says:

    Ugh. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I can’t handle this. Yes… I do think there are a lot of foods that vets recommend that aren’t great, but one should NEVER skimp out and buy cheap food for their little ones just to “save and donate.” No, no, no, no, no! Do research. Really read which foods are good and which aren’t.

    Thank you for this post and thank you for questioning organizations even when they mean well.

  12. Oh…this gets to me. We never go by word of mouth or trends. I was a vet tech and a pet care business owner for many years. I do everything under vet guidance. Everything. Each pet is assessed for health concerns, and then a diet is chosen. This is the same with each ones care. You can get ideas from things you hear and read, but CONSULT WITH YOUR VET. That should be the last word.

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