Thanks to my local veterinary hospital, Sun City Animal Hospital, I just discovered (via email) that I had a can of cat food that has just been recalled by IAMS. A Proctor & Gamble Press release says:
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North America as a precautionary measure. Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats. Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency. The following Iams canned cat foods are included:
Product Name Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food – all varieties of 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans.
Date on Bottom of Can 09/2011 to 06/2012
This recall is limited to only Iams canned cat food distributed in North America. No other Iams pet food is involved.
Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.
Wow! I am so grateful that I didn’t give any of this to my L’il Bear. He’s the only cat in my household that enjoys canned cat food, but he adores one specific kind of Friskies, so the can had just been sitting there.
Thank you, Sun City Animal Hospital, for the warning. I’ve tossed the can in the trash.