The Procter & Gamble Co. has issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of its Iams canned cat food due to concerns of low thiamine levels.
The Cincinnati-based company is recalling all varieties of its Iams ProActive Health canned cat and kitten food in 3- and 5.5-ounce cans with “Best if Fed By” dates ranging from 09/2011 to 06/2012 printed on the bottom. The recall is limited to North America.
P&G called the voluntary recall a precautionary measure. Diagnostic testing indicated that the food may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (vitamin B1), P&G reported. Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency, according to the company.
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. Cat owners are advised to contact their veterinarian immediately if their pet is displaying any of these signs.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled cat food should discard it. For further information or a product refund, call P&G at 877-340-8826, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT.