Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of 9Lives Protein Plus Wet Canned Cat Food Issued Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

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PetMD Editorial
Published: December 12, 2018

Company: The J.M. Smucker Company

Brand Name: 9Lives

Recall Date: 12/10/2018



The Best If Used By information can be found on the bottom of each can.



Product: 9Lives Protein Plus With Tuna & Chicken, 4 pack of cans, 5.5 oz each (UPC: 7910021549)

Best By Date Code: Mar. 27, 2020 - Nov. 14, 2020


Product: 9Lives Protein Plus With Tuna & Liver, 4 pack of cans, 5.5 oz each (UPC: 7910021748)

Best By Date Code: Apr. 17, 2020 - Sept. 14, 2020


No other 9Lives® products or products of The J.M. Smucker Company are impacted by this recall.


Reason for Recall:

The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of9Lives® Protein Plus® wet, canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.


Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may 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. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.



What to Do:

Pet parents who have impacted product should stop feeding it to their cats and dispose of the product. If pet parents have questions or would like to receive a refund or coupon for replacement product, they should email the Company by completing this form or calling it at 1-888-569-6828, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM ET.


Source: FDA