The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has warned cat owners of an increase in deaths associated with certain foods.
Concern grew after the veterinary school reported a sudden surge in severe pancytopenia in cats after a number of cat foods were recalled.
According to RVC’s latest August 2 bulletin, 528 cats in the UK have contracted feline pancytopenia, 63.5 percent of which died.
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An RVC spokesman said: “The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is continuing its investigation into the sudden rise in cat pancytopenia in cats in the UK.
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“Unfortunately we are currently aware of over 500 affected cats. Research into an underlying cause does not suggest an association with common infectious diseases in cats, common toxins (e.g. heavy metals, estrogen), or deficiency / excess of vitamins or minerals.
“Results of the analyzes of cat food published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and involved in the product recall have been reported to the FSA. We would like to draw your attention to a revised published FSA statement that was published on July 16.
“Our research is ongoing and we are still collecting data from practicing vets and testing food samples from affected and unaffected cats to determine the significance of these results. We have shared our findings with the FSA to assist them in their investigation into this matter. “
Pancytopenia is a very rare condition in which the number of blood cells decreases rapidly, causes serious illness, and can often be fatal.
Pet food maker Fold Hill Foods is proactively recalling many hypoallergenic cat food brands, including Applaws, AVA and Sainsbury’s, based on a suspected link to an epidemic of the potentially fatal disease.
Which? has asked cat owners to stop feeding their cats these products immediately and to return them to the nearest store for a refund.
Which cat food has been recalled?
Only products from Applaws, AVA (available at Pets at Home), Sainsbury’s and Wilko are affected, with products being recalled with the best before dates listed below.
Applaws Cat Dry Chicken 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before date before all date codes
Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Salmon 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before date before all date codes
Applaws Kitten Dry Chicken 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before date before all date codes
Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Lamb 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before date before all date codes
Applaws Cat Dry Chicken & Duck 400g, 2.5kg and 7.5kg. Best before date before all date codes
Applaws Cat Dry Ocean Fish 350g, 1.8kg and 6kg. Best before date before all date codes
Applaws Cat Dry Senior Chicken 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg. Best before date before all date codes
By Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe Complete feed for cats with salmon 1+ years 800g. All batches and best-before dates
According to Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe dry food for cats with chicken 1+ years 800g. All batches and best-before dates
AVA adult fish 2kg. All batches and best-before dates
AVA Adult Mature Chicken 7+ 2kg and 4kg. All batches and best-before dates A.
VA Senior Chicken 12+ 2kg. All batches and best-before dates
AVA Sensitive Skin & Stomach 1.5 kg. All batches and best-before dates
AVA weight management 1.5 kg. All batches and best-before dates
AVA hairballs 1.5 kg. All batches and best-before dates
AVA oral care 1.5kg. All batches and best-before dates
AVA British Shorthair 1.5kg. All batches and best-before dates
AVA Persian 1.5kg. All batches and best-before dates
AVA Maine Coon 1.5kg. All batches and best-before dates
AVA kitten chicken 300g and 2kg. All batches and best-before dates
AVA Adult Chicken 300g, 2kg and 4kg. All batches and best-before dates
Wilko meaty feast cat rabbit / chicken / vegetables 950g. Item number 0267053
Wilko best salmon & tuna dry cat 800g. Item number 0463508
Wilko Best Beef & Chicken Dry Cat 800g. Item number 0463507
Wilko cat food Active Health Salmon 800g. Item number 0470811
Wilko active health cat food chicken 2kg. Item number 0481421
Wilko active health salmon cat food 2kg. Item number 0481422
Wilko dry cat food active health 7+ 800g. Item number 0470808
Wilko cat food active health hairball control 800g. Item number 0470809
Wilko dry cat food active health 800g. Item number 0470807
Wilko Cat Food Active Health Chicken 800g. Item number 0470810
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