Cat Owners Should Check For Recalled Cat Food

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Cat owners who may have missed or ignored an earlier recall of dried cat food made by Diamond Pet Foods Inc. should know that 21 cats have been sickened by the products. The recalled items include Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball dried cat food in the 6 and 18 pound packages.

Diamond Pet Foods initially announced the cat food recall on September 23 when it realized that these products did not contain an adequate amount of thiamine, an essential nutrient for cats. The 21 sickened cats have confirmed cases of thiamin deficiency, a condition that can cause death if not treated. The company updated its announcement on November 27 in a news release in which it noted that 21 cats had been become ill after eating their product.

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The sickened cats reside in New York and Pennsylvania. The cat food was distributed in 18 states altogether; the other 16 include Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.

Symptoms of thiamine deficiency in cats include salivation, vomiting, weight loss, and decreased appetite. As the condition advances, cats can develop neurological problems, including wobbly walking, circling, falling, seizures, and bending the neck toward the floor.

Consumers who still have any of the Diamond Pet Foods recalled cat food items can get a full refund from the company if they return the product to the place it was purchased. For more information consumers can call 1-800-977-8797 between 8AM and 5PM central time Monday through Friday.

SOURCES:
Food and Drug Administration recall website
Diamond Pet Foods News release, Nov. 27, 2009

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