J.M. Smucker Company of Orrville, Ohio has issued a limited recall for specific lots of their 9Lives, EverPet, and Special Kitty canned cat food brands due to the possibility that the foods contain low levels of Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine. The recall was initiated by the company’s Quality Assurance team following a routine production review.
Thiamine is an essential part of a cat’s diet, as it helps the animal metabolize carbohydrates into energy. It also helps maintain a healthy nervous system and heart. Eating food that is low in thiamine over the course of several weeks could cause felines to become thiamine deficient. Cats that suffer from a thiamine deficiency may exhibit early symptoms that are non-specific and consistent with anorexia, decreased activity, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. More advanced cases will exhibit neurological symptoms including ventroflexion of the neck, which means bending toward the floor, dilated pupils, weakness, being uncoordinated, circling, falling, and even seizures.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall. However, if your cat is exhibiting any of these symptoms, you should contact a veterinarian immediately. Thiamine deficiency can be reversed as long as it is properly treated.
A full list of products affected by the Smucker’s cat food recall are listed below. They items were distributed between December 20 and January 3.
Consumers who have purchased any of the products included in this canned cat food recall should discontinue use immediately, and call J.M. Smucker Company. The company can be reached by calling 1-800-828-9980 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST, Monday – Friday.
By Trixie Dillwood