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Recall issued for specific lots of 9Lives Protein Plus canned cat food

Photo: 9Lives via the FDA

A voluntary recall has been issued for specific lots of 9Lives Protein Plus wet, canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine or Vitamin B1. Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks could be at risk for developing a deficiency displayed as gastrointestinal or neurological in nature by an affected cat.

The following products are impacted:


9Lives Protein Plus With Tuna & Chicken

UPC Code: 7910021549

Product Size: 4 pack of cans, 5.5 oz each

Best if used by date: Mar. 27, 2020- Nov.14, 2020


9Lives Protein Plus With Tuna & Liver

UPC Code: 7910021748

Product Size: 4 pack of cans, 5.5 oz each

Best if used by date: Apr. 17, 2020 - Sept.14, 2020


The products were distributed by The J.M. Smucker Company to a variety of retailers across the nation. No other 9Lives products have been impacted by the recall, according to the FDA. The low thiamine levels were identified by internal finished product testing.

No illnesses related to the issue have been reported to date. Early signs of thiamine deficiency include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, failure to grow, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, mental dullness, blindness, wobbly walking, circling, falling, seizures, and sudden death. The FDA says to contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms.

Pet parents with the impacted product have been advised to stop feeding it to their cats and dispose of the product. Complete the contact form or call 1-888-569-6828 if you have questions or would like to receive a refund.

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