WellPet LLC recalled certain lots of its Wellness canned cat food because some lots may not have enough thiamine, also known as Vitamin B1, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Wellness cat food is sold nationwide in pet stores including Petco and PetSmart as well as Whole Foods Market, according to the company. Cats fed only the recalled pet food for several weeks run the risk of developing a thiamine deficiency -- symptoms can include decreased appetite, wobbly walking, falling and seizures. Last year, Procter & Gamble Co. recalled some of its Iams canned cat food for the exact same reason.Included in the WellPet recall are all flavors and sizes of Wellness Canned Cat Food with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13 as well as all sizes of Wellness Canned Cat Food Chicken & Herring with 10NOV13 or 17NOV13 best buy dates.
WellPet found the lower thiamine levels during independent testing after a single consumer complaint to the FDA.
"As a pet parent myself, I'm concerned for the health and welfare of all pets, and as a company we are committed to delivering the most nutritious natural pet food," said WellPet CEO Tim Callahan in a statement. "Even though the chance of a cat developing a thiamine deficiency is extremely remote, we are voluntarily recalling all of these lots of our canned cat food as an extra precaution."
Consumers who have the recalled canned cat food should not feed it to their cats. Contact WellPet at (877) 227-9587 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
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