J.M. Smucker recalls 9Lives cat food for low thiamine

No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date from this pet food recall.

photo courtesy U.S. Food and Drug Administration
photo courtesy U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The J.M. Smucker Company announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of 9Lives Protein Plus wet, canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1), according to the United States Food and Drug Adminstration. No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date from this pet food recall.

The effected products are as follows:

9Lives Protein Plus with Tuna & Chicken - 4 pack of cans, 5.5 ounce each                

  • UPC: 7910021549              
  • Best if used by date: March 27, 2020 through November 14, 2020

9Lives Protein Plus with Tuna & Liver - 4 pack of cans, 5.5 ounce each     

  • UPC: 7910021748             
  • Best if used by date: April 17, 2020 through September 14, 2020  

No other 9Lives products or products of The J.M. Smucker Company are impacted by this recall.

Effects of low thiamine in cat food

Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Pet parents who have impacted product should stop feeding it to their cats and dispose of the product. If pet parents have questions or would like to receive a refund or coupon for replacement product, they should email the Company by completing this form or calling it at 1-888-569-6828, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM ET.

The issue was discovered by the Company during a standard review of product data.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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