Full list of cat food recalls as UK veterinarians report an upsurge in feline deaths.
In June, a number of cat meals were recalled due to a possible relation to a fatal cat sickness. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has provided cat owners with the most up-to-date information.
Last month, the FSA and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs issued a warning to cat owners not to feed their cats particular foods that had been recalled by various shops. It came following an outbreak of feline pancytopenia in the United Kingdom, an ailment that has claimed the lives of numerous cats.
At least 528 cats have been diagnosed with feline pancytopenia since the first incidence in February.
“At this time, we are tragically aware of over 500 affected cats,” the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) said. Investigations into the fundamental cause have found no link to common feline infectious illnesses, common toxins (e.g., large meals, oestrogen), or vitamin or mineral deficiencies/excess.”
Feline pancytopenia is a condition in which the amount of blood cells rapidly decreases, resulting in catastrophic sickness.
63.5 percent of the cats who were diagnosed with the disease have regrettably departed away.
Since then, the college has been investigating cat food brands that may be linked to the outbreak and were recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a number of merchants in June.
Sainsbury’s and Pets at Home are among the retailers affected.
The FSA gave feline owners an update on the cat food probe last month.
“Mycotoxins have been detected in a small number of samples of the recalled cat food tested to date,” the FSA added.
“Mycotoxins are mold-produced toxins that occur naturally in the environment.
“The presence of mycotoxins in various types of feed and food does not necessarily imply that they are the cause of feline pancytopenia.”
The FSA maintained its previous advice and urged cat owners to review the list of implicated goods and cease feeding them to their pets immediately.
Freya, a nine-year-old kitty pet owned by Steven Barrett, a barrister from High Wycombe, died on August 3 after growing ill the week before, according to The Independent.
Freya had just finished a bag of Applaws dry food when she became ill.
“She had eaten Applaws her entire life when I acquired her, so I investigated cat nutrition,” Steven explained. Carbohydrates are the one meal I knew cats shouldn’t eat, and Applaws is touted as grain-free.”
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