Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;
Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13.
The reason that these foods are being recalled is because of a lack of thiamine, otherwise known as vitamin B1.
When a cat is fed a food lacking in thiamine, after three weeks we can start to see the following symptoms:
Usually, the gastrointestinal symptoms will be present before we see neurological symptoms.
If your cat has any of these symptoms and has been on one of the affected lots of Wellness food, it is best to visit your veterinarian. Mild cases can be treated by simply feeding a food with proper thiamine levels. However, if a cat has gone several days without eating they are at risk for fatty liver, which is very serious.
Your vet may decide to treat your cat with vitamin B injections. In severe cases, the cat may need to be hospitalized and placed on IV fluids.
It is important to note that the official recall from Wellness states that most of their canned cat foods were not affected.
Was your cat affected by Wellness food? If so, please let us know by leaving a comment below: