A pet superstore chain has had to recall its own-brand cat food after reports of it causing vitamin deficiency in the animals.
Pets at Home, which has branches in Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Newmarket and Sudbury, has recalled its AVA Mature and Senior Cat Chicken and Neutered Cat Chicken.
Its website says: “An investigation has revealed that, in the four affected products, the level of thiamine (vitamin B1) was much lower than we had specified. Testing confirmed only these four products are affected.
“We are aware of three cats which, sadly, became seriously unwell four to six weeks after switching to one of the affected products and required veterinary care. “
It stresses: “If you have concerns that your cat may be showing any of these symptoms after switching to one of the four affected products then you should stop feeding and seek immediate veterinary advice.”
Customers are told to dispose of the food and return the packaging to the store for a refund.
Laurent Garosi, veterinary specialist in neurology at referral practice Davies Veterinary Specialists (DVS), said:“Thiamine deficiency in cats is generally rare so the number of recent cases seen in the UK has been a cause for concern amongst vets.”
He advises: “Symptoms may include severe weight loss or anorexia, vomiting, impaired vision, dilated pupils, tremors and seizures.
“Prompt treatment is needed, usually in the form of thiamine injections, an oral supplement and an immediate change of food as a precaution.”
The recall notice is at www.petsathome.com