Procter & Gamble (P&G) has issued a recall for one of its canned cat food formulas due to possible insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). All varieties of the company’s Iams ProActive Health canned cat and kitten food (available in both 3 ounce and 5.5 ounce cans) sold and distributed in North America have been recalled as part of the announcement.
Cats fed the ProActive Health canned foods may be at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency, according the P&G. Thiamine deficiency can contribute to vomiting, a loss of appetite, weight loss, and excessive salivation. Prolonged cases can lead to falling or wobbly walking, excessive circling, ventroflexion of the neck (downward curing), and seizures. When treated promptly thiamine deficiency is reversible in most cases.
Proctor & Gamble recommends trashing the canned cat foods where the date on the bottom of the can falls between 09/2011 and 06/2012. Additional information and product refund inquiries should be directed to P&G’s toll free number at (877) 340-8826.
This isn’t the first case of a pet food recall for thiamine insufficiency. Last December, Diamond Pet Foods issued a similar recall for some bags of its Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat foods.
While no other Iams formulas or other P&G pet foods are involved in the recall, Innova and Evo customers may be wondering what’s in store for them, as P&G recently moved to acquire Natura Pet Products, the parent company of Innova, Evo, California Natural, and Karma pet foods.
Many Natura customers had already been questioning the acquisition and what it might mean for the long-term quality of the Natura products, and an Iams recall likely won’t help ease their concerns.