On January 4, 2017, USA Today reported that pet food manufacturer J.M. Smucker Company issued a voluntary recall for some of its cat food brands.  The cause of the recall was due to potentially low levels of vitamin B1, or thiamine, found in the cat food.  Brands included in the recall are 9Lives, EverPet, and Special Kitty.

Low levels of thiamine in the food can cause a deficiency in your cat’s system resulting in a whole host of health impacts.  Signs of thiamine deficiency can include vomiting, salivation, and decreased appetite.  Over time the deficiency can also cause neurological problems resulting in dizziness and weakness.

Quality control in your pet’s food is a concern for many pet owners.  While this recall involved a necessary vitamin that should be in your pet’s food, there are many other harmful substances that have no place in your fur baby’s diet.

Our pets depend on us to feed them.  Sometimes we may sneak them table scraps.  However, the daily meals and nutrition that fuels your pet’s life is provided by the pet food you give them.  Day after day, meal after meal, you are responsible for your pet’s entire nutritional intake.  There are certain chemicals which should be eliminated from your pet’s food.  These substances have both short and long-term effects on the overall health of your pet.

According to petsafe.net, these items should be avoided in both your pet’s food and treats:

  • Corn and wheat gluten
  • Meat and grain meals and by-products
  • BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
  • Ethoxyquin
  • Food Dyes (Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, 4-MIE)
  • PG (Propylene Glycol)
  • Rendered fat

Pets are family.  You want to take care of your family and look out for their best interests.  Since pets don’t read or shop for their own food, it falls on pet parents to stay informed about the best options available.  There are healthy pet foods.  Research responsible companies with strict quality controls.  Seek out food that preserves vital nutrients and eliminates harmful fillers and additives.  Help your pets live long and healthy lives by feeding them natural options created with their unique nutritional needs in mind.

Sources:

Cat food recall for 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty. (2017, January, 04). retrieved January 05 2017, from USA Today Web Site: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/01/04/cat-food-recall-9lives-everpet-and-special-kitty/96155998/

Mahaney, P. Pet Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Healthy. (n.d) retrieved January 08 2017, from Petsafe.net Web Site: http://www.petsafe.net/learn/pet-food-the-good-the-bad-and-the-healthy