Pets At Home Recalls Four Cat Food Products After Three Cats Fall Ill

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March 1, 2017

Pets at Home Group PLC on Tuesday said it has launched a voluntary recall of four AVA products from its dry cat food range after three cats became "seriously unwell" weeks after consuming the product.

Pets at Home said the four affected products had lower levels of thiamine, or vitamin B1, than "we had specified", and said testing has confirmed that only Ava Mature Cat Chicken dry food in both the 2 kilogram and 4 kilogram bags are affected, as well as AVA Senior Cat Chicken food in 2 kilogram bags and AVA Adult Cat Neutered Indoor 1.5 kilogram bags.

"If you have any of these products at home please do not feed them to your cat. Instead please dispose of the contents and return the packaging to any Pets at Home store for a full refund," said Pets at Home in a statement.

"We are aware of three cats which, sadly, became seriously unwell four to six weeks after switching to one of the affected products and required veterinary care. All three cats exhibited symptoms of sudden collapse, fitting, widespread twitching and general unsteadiness which are not the classic symptoms of thiamine deficiency," Pets at Home added.

The company said the safety and wellbeing of its customer's pets was a "top priority", and said this is why it has taken immediate action as it "always puts pets first".

"As pet lovers ourselves we recognize that you will be concerned about your own cat. If you have concerns that your cat may be showing any of these symptoms after switching to one of the four affected products then you should stop feeding and seek immediate veterinary advice," the company said.

"We deeply regret that this action was necessary and apologize for any distress it may have caused," Pets at Home said.

Pets at Home shares were down 0.1% at 184.00 pence per share on Tuesday.

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