More than 20 cats died after allegedly eating cat food produced by Best Feline Friend. Dozens of cats are critically ill after consuming this cat food. Cat owners are complaining the pets are suffering from neurological damage after ingesting the canned goods. The Australian Veterinary Association is investigating this problem. The association mentioned that there are a series of confirmed complaints from cat owners.
The Food Was Low on Thiamine
Spokeswoman Rena Richmond stated that the neurological damage could be caused by toxicity or nutrient deficiency. Weruva, the American pet food company behind Best Feline Friend, mentioned in a statement that the cat food tested positive for low levels of thiamine. Currently, the company is testing all cat food samples.
In some of the trials, it was observed that the food had insufficient thiamine (vitamin B1). These results have been revealed after more than 20 days since the food was recalled. Experts stated low levels of vitamin B1 could cause extensive and long-term health problems for cats.
‘Thiamine-deficient cats develop anorexia, an unkempt coat, a hunched position, and with time, convulsions that become more severe, leading later to prostration and death,’ stated Sherry Lynn Sanderson, associate professor of Veterinary Medicine.
The cat owners that purchased this brand from Petbarn mentioned that their pets started feeling sick after eating the food. It is believed that most than 20 cats died after consuming Best Feline Friend canned food. The products have been removed from Petbarn on May 5th.
All of the food that has a best before date between September 2018 and October 2019 should be returned to the place where it was purchased. Pet owners are going to receive a full refund for these products.
Some of the symptoms that can be experienced by the cats that consumed this food include difficulty in walking, wobbling, strange eye or head movements, and repeated circling. If your cat exhibits any of these symptoms, you should take it to the vet as soon as possible.
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