Diamond Cat Food Recalled For Thiamine Deficiency

Diamond Pet Foods has recalled certain bags of dry cat food following 21 reports of health problems in cats. Select batches of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball do not contain enough thiamine, which is an essential nutrient for cats. Without it, they could develop thiamine deficiency. If untreated, this disorder could result in death, says the AP.

Symptoms of thiamine deficiency include: decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss.

Later, neurological problems could develop including, bending the neck toward the floor, wobbly walking, circling, falling and seizures.

The cat food was distributed in the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Return it to a retailer for a full refund. For more info, call 800-977-8797.

Cat food recalled over thiamine deficiency [AP]
[Diamond Pet]

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  1. El_Fez says:

    Hey, at least they were prompt about it this time, instead of leaving a ton of dead pets in their wake. . . .

  2. ospreyguy says:

    So, what do cats in the wild eat to get thiamine? Do wood rats contain the daily recommended amounts of thiamine?

    • winshape says:

      Wood rats do indeed contain thiamine. It’s found in meat, poultry, whole grains, etc. My guess is that the food had too much “filler” and not enough food.

      • FigNinja says:

        I don’t know about thiamine in particular but a lot of the nutrients in the ingredients are destroyed by the heat they use in cooking it. They couldn’t sell it to you in big, shelf-stable bags if it weren’t highly processed. They end up adding the destroyed nutrients back in. This is why increasing numbers of pet owners are switching to raw meat diets.

  3. bennilynn says:

    Diamond produces poor quality pet food anyway.

    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

    True, the website reviews dog food and not cat food, but it’s not hard to figure that if the company is producing poor dog food, the quality probably isn’t too great across any of their products.

  4. diasdiem says:

    Thiamine in cat food is an important safeguard. It insures that if the cats ever get off the island, without cat food they will develop a thiamine deficiency and die before they can breed and completely overrun the mainland.

    …or am I confusing cats with velociraptors again?

  5. Bohemian says:

    Diamond has had many recalls but at least they are being honest when something has gone wrong, well most of the time anyway. Diamond bought Canidae. After the purchase they changed the formula but didn’t note it on the bags or inform the public. They added pea hulls, essentially filler to a really expensive pet food. Our dog got really ill and then refused to eat. After a huge vet bill and weeks of caring for a really sick dog 24/7 she recovered.

  6. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Is there a thiamine supplement that pet owners can give to their cats in the meantime?

  7. JamesEnsor says:

    I used to live downwind of the Diamond Pet Food Plant in Gaston, SC. On a good (bad?) summer day, when you went outside it smelled the inside of a dog food bag.

  8. H3ion says:

    The symptoms sound very much the same as ingestion of copious amounts of alcohol. Could these kitties be sneaking into the liquor cabinet?