The Procter & Gamble Company is voluntarily recalling specific lots of it’s Iams ProActive Health canned cat and kitten food. The recall only affects lots manufactured in North America, and the company says that this is 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 cat’s body does not store thiamine, so cats need to be fed a diet containing thiamine to prevent deficiency. Thiamine deficiency can lead to a range of symptoms, depending on how severe and long-lasting the deficiency is, including excessive salivation, vomiting, dilated pupils, loss of coordination, seizures and slow heartbeat. Iams recommend that you contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs. Thiamine is typically reversible if treated promptly.
The recall affects all Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food, in both 3 oz and 5.5 oz cans, with dates on the bottom of the can from September 2011 to June 2012. Customers who have purchased affected products should discard it and contact Proctor and Gamble toll-free at 877-340-8826 for a refund.