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FDA recalls 9 Lives cat food because of low levels of thiamine

Posted at 1:59 PM, Dec 12, 2018

NEW YORK — There's another pet food recall to warn consumers about.

This time it involves certain types of 9 Lives cat food.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, some specific lots of 9 Lives canned cat food may have low levels of thiamine, or vitamin B-1.

The items being recalled are:

  • 9 Lives Protein Plus with tuna and chicken (Best Used By date of March 27, 2020 through November 14, 2020).
  • 9 Lives Protein Plus with tuna and liver (Best Used By date of April 17, 2020 through September 14, 2020).

The products are distributed by the J.M. Smucker Company.

So far, no cats have become ill, but the recall is out of an abundance of caution.

The agency said thiamine is an essential ingredient for cats. Symptoms of deficiency include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, failure to grow, and weight loss. Advance cases could cause seizures and even sudden death.

Pet parents who have have this product should stop feeding it to their cats and dispose the product, according to the FDA.