Canned Cat Food Recalled Due to Low Thiamine Levels

December 11, 2018
American Veterinarian Editorial Staff

Two varieties of 9Lives Protein Plus wet canned cat food are being recalled due to possible low levels of thiamine.

J.M. Smucker Company has announced that certain lots of its 9Lives Protein Plus wet canned cat food are being recalled due to possible low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1). The company voluntarily issued the recall after the potential for low thiamine levels was identified internally during finished product testing.

To date, no illnesses related to this issue have been reported and the company said the recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution and in cooperation with the FDA.

The 9Lives Protein Plus recall affects 9Lives Protein Plus With Tuna & Chicken 4-packs of 5.5-ounce cans, with best-if-used-by dates of March 27, 2020 through Nov. 14, 2020, and 9Lives Protein Plus With Tuna & Liver 4-packs of 5.5-ounce cans with best-if-used-by dates of April 17, 2020 through Sept. 14, 2020. These products were distributed by J.M. Smucker to a variety of retailers nationwide. No other 9Lives products or J.M. Smucker products are impacted by this recall.

Cats that are fed diets low in thiamine over the course of several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency, the signs of which can be gastrointestinal or neurologic. Signs of onset thiamine deficiency include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, failure to grow, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, including ventroflexion of the neck, mental dullness, blindness, wobbly walking, circling, falling, seizures, and sudden death. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Cat owners who have any of the affected products are being prompted to throw away the cans or contact J.M. Smucker for a refund. Pet owners are also being urged to contact their cat’s veterinarian immediately if it displays any of the above signs.