The J.M. Smucker Company has issued a limited voluntary recall on 20 canned cat food products being sold under the brand names of 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty. The company has found the products may have low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1), which can lead to health problems in cats.
Cats that regularly ingest food with low levels of thiamine may develop a deficiency, the Food and Drug Administration reports. Symptoms of a thiamine deficiency in cats largely feature neurological or gastrointestinal issues, as well as a smaller appetite, increased salivation and weight loss.
Neurological symptoms may appear in severe cases and include wobbly walking and seizures, reports Fox News.
Cats suffering from thiamine deficiency can recover quickly with the right diet and treatment.
In the meantime, no cases of thiamine deficiency illness have been reported to government officials. According to the J.M. Smucker Company, the voluntary recall is out of caution; the company first became aware of the issue during a quality assurance team review of production records.
The affected cat food was sold in stores between Dec. 20 and Jan. 3. The company did not state how many of the nutrient-deficient products were sold.
Customers who have bought an affected product should stop feeding it to their cats and contact the J.M. Smucker Company directly. The company’s contact information is on the label.
For a list of the exact products recalled, visit the FDA’s website.
Sources: Fox News, FDA / Photo credit: Alexas_Fotos/Pixabay