It has been announced that Procter and Gamble Company, the makers of Iams brand cat foods, has voluntarily issued a recall of one of its feline diets.
Iams Pro-Active Health cat and kitten foods are being recalled.
The food involved is the canned version of Iams Pro-Active Health cat and kitten foods and includes all varieties of the food in both 3 oz and 5.5 oz cans. The date on the bottom of the recalled cans is 09/2011 to 06/2012.
The recall involves only the Pro-Active Health canned diet and does not include other types of Iams cat foods. The recall includes all of North America. According to Procter and Gamble Company, "some of this product does not meet quality standards for thiamine".
Signs of thiamine deficiency
Cats and kittens eating the recalled cat food exclusively may develop signs of thiamine deficiency. Symptoms most likely to be seen with thiamine deficiency include:
• lack of appetite
• generalized weakness
• ventriflexion (an abnormal flexing of the neck)
Diagnosis and treatment of thiamine deficiency
Diagnosis of thiamine deficiency is usually based on a history of ingesting a thiamine deficient diet, on clinical signs and on response to treatment.
Thiamine deficiency can be treated with injections or oral supplementations of vitamin B1 or with vitamin B complex which contains vitamin B1.
Cat owners who have purchased the recalled canned Iams cat food should not use the food to feed their cats. For pet owners with further questions about the recalled cat food, Procter and Gamble Company can be reached at their toll-free number: (877)340-8826.