A warning to all cat owners! A number of dry cat food products have been recalled over safety concerns.
If you feed your cats AVA, Applaws and Sainsbury’s own brand please read this and stop immediately, if not please share to help cat owners around the UK.
A spokesperson for Fold Hill said: “We are voluntarily recalling the dry products we manufacture for the brands detailed. We are supporting an investigation by the food and veterinary authorities into a possible safety issue affecting cats.”
The Food Standards Agency says: “There is concern on the safety of the products listed above. There has been an increase in cases of pancytopenia in cats and there is a possible link to the cat food products listed.”
Pancytopenia is a very rare condition where the number of blood cells (red, white and platelets) rapidly decreases, causing serious illness including bone marrow failure. Common signs include lethargy and loss of appetite, although in some cases there are signs of spontaneous bleeding or bruising.
According to the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), there has been an in increase in fatal cases of the illness since May.
A spokesperson for the RVC said: “We can confirm that we are aware of a series of cases of fatal pancytopenia in cats in the UK.
“After noticing an increase in cats presenting with pancytopenia (a severe reduction in all major types of blood cells) in May, we have been gathering data from UK vets from these affected cats. Based on the evidence to date, the one aspect of these cases that formed a consistent pattern was the diet of the affected individuals.
“We are currently aware of more than 130 affected cats, and have information relating to the diet in approximately 80 per cent of cases reported. From the data shared, most cats show some non-specific signs for around two days before being seen by a vet. Common signs include lethargy and loss of appetite, although in some cases there are signs of spontaneous bleeding or bruising. We encourage owners to contact their veterinary practice if they are worried that their cat may be affected.”
If you have been feeding your cat one of these brands, and your cat appears unwell please contact your vet for more advice.
A product recall list is available here.