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Cat food recalled for lack of nutrients
News 8 ^ | 11 Mar 2013

Posted on 03/13/2013 7:14:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

(WTNH) -- Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are urging people to stop using and return or discard certain bags of cat food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods after the company issued a voluntary recall affecting 25 states.

Below is a press release from BluePearl Veterinary Partners:

According to a press release issued by Diamond Pet Foods, the company is recalling certain bags of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Kitten Formula dry cat food, Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula dry cat food and 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula dry cat food after tests conducted by the company indicated the products might have a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

Thiamine is an essential vitamin for cats in maintaining normal nervous system function. Symptoms of thiamine deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which may include cervical ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, ataxia (wobbly walking), falling, circling and seizures.

Altogether, the products were distributed to customers located in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

People who have the recalled products should return or discard them immediately.

"If you have fed your cat with the affected product and notice your cat is not acting right, take him or her to your family veterinarian as soon as possible," said Dr. Laura Gibeon, a senior clinician with BluePearl in Manhattan. "Of course, if it is an after-hours emergency, we would be glad to help at any one of our locations."

The following products are subject to the recall:
Product -- Size -- Production Codes -- Best By -- States
Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula -- 18 lb. bags -- NGF0703 -- 10-Jul-2013 -- Massachusetts
Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula -- 6 lb. bags -- NGF0802 -- 15-Aug-2013, 16-Aug-2013 -- Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula -- 6 lb. and 18 lb. bags -- NGS0101 -- 03-Jan-2014, 04-Jan-2014 -- Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma
Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula -- 6 lb. and 18 lb. bags -- NGS0702 -- 10-Jul-2013 -- Florida, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
Premium Edge Kitten Formula -- 6 oz. samples, 6 lb. and 18 lb. bags -- MKT0901 26-Sept-2013, 29-Sept-2013, 30-Sept-2013, 02-Oct-2013 -- Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula -- 6 oz. samples and 6 lb. bags -- MKT0901 -- 30-Sept-2013 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina
4health All Life Stages Cat Formula -- 5 lb. and 18 lb. bags -- NGF0802 -- 14-Aug-2013, 18-Aug-2013 -- Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
Noms alert! Thanks, Anonymous Sender-Inner!
1 posted on 03/13/2013 7:14:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

2 posted on 03/13/2013 7:14:39 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

3 posted on 03/13/2013 7:17:33 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Kitteh is not amused. :(


4 posted on 03/13/2013 7:21:23 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: JoeProBono

why pray tell all the fruits and veggies on the bag - cats are carnivores. I would never buy any food for my kitties that tout stuff they don’t need or want just to make me think it’s “balanced.” Makes me want to head back to my raw food recipe.


5 posted on 03/13/2013 7:38:30 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Slings and Arrows

My two demand albacore tuna at least twice a week. If they don’t get it they trash a houseplant.


6 posted on 03/13/2013 7:41:13 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ask me if I care. My cat eats Crunchy Yuckies, cheap cat food that comes in a flat green box and costs a buck fifty. And he’s glad to get it, fat moocher that he is. Occasionally I buy him little flat cans of expensive cat food. We call that “cat candy”.


7 posted on 03/13/2013 7:44:41 PM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Diamond Pet Foods (verified by company)
    Some Products recalled April, 2007. See Editor's Notes below.
    Brands include Diamond, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, Nutra Gold, Nutra Nuggets, Premium Edge,
Professional Pet Food
    No products made by Menu Foods
    All foods contain US and Canadian ingredients
    Manufacture their own dry food
    Canned foods made by American Nutrition
    Wheat, wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate is not used in any of our dry, canned, or treat products. 
(from website 4/18/07)
    Diamond states that they have "added quality and safety protocol to all of our canned products to ensure 
that contaminants will not find there [sic] way into the supply chain." (5/17/07)

Whoops.

8 posted on 03/13/2013 7:50:38 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: MotorCityBuck

Cue Grumpy Cat...


9 posted on 03/13/2013 7:52:38 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: jespasinthru

on the one hand, I’m LOLing over your comment, and on the other, I’m wondering where I can get Crunchy Yuckies for my cats?
I feed ours Kit&Kaboodle which is pretty much the cheapest non-garbage dry food. I do mix it with the “diet” aka indoor cat food they don’t like as much, mostly so they don’t make pigs of themselves.


10 posted on 03/13/2013 7:55:51 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: MotorCityBuck

...notice your cat is not acting right...”

I dare anyone try to tell my cat how she is supposed to act. Take her to the Vet? I tried two different ones when it was time for shots and both times was asked to take her somewhere else.


11 posted on 03/13/2013 7:56:32 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Cats: Nature’s Cutest Extortionists.


12 posted on 03/13/2013 8:00:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I hates people what’s harms the kitties.


13 posted on 03/13/2013 8:00:46 PM PDT by Bullish (A genuine President wouldn't allow the Obama's on the White House grounds)
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To: Sioux-san
"why pray tell all the fruits and veggies on the bag - cats are carnivores"

cats need their peas. moochelle did say.
An apple a day keeps the vet away

14 posted on 03/13/2013 8:01:43 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Grams A

LOL - at the top of her chart did you see in large print the word WATCH?


15 posted on 03/13/2013 8:03:19 PM PDT by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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To: martin_fierro

If at first you don’t succeed...


16 posted on 03/13/2013 8:06:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Cats: Nature’s Cutest Extortionists.

They really do this. Most of the time they barely tolerate each other, but when tuna time rolls around they become fast allies. They also call a truce when it's time for their evening sleep.

17 posted on 03/13/2013 8:12:36 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

I believe you. No sarcasm.


18 posted on 03/13/2013 8:13:59 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: jespasinthru

One of my cats will eat nothing but Purina Cat Chow Indoor Formula. We tried giving her some store brand food that looks very similar and she wouldn’t touch it.

The other two would have canned food morning, noon and night if we let them.


19 posted on 03/13/2013 8:34:30 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Nearly all dry cat food is rotgut material since kittehs are obligate carivores, and dry foods use some kind of cereal grain to bind together the food bits.

Cats just cannot process starch the way dogs and people can.

Feeding a meat-based diet --a quality canned food-- is a matter of paying now or paying later. If you ever have to deal with a diabetic cat, those heavy-on-corn cat foods won't look so cheap any longer.
20 posted on 03/13/2013 10:38:22 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Be glad she prefers the Purina. When they were having all the pet food recalls due to the poisonous crap from China, Purina was never on the list. Most of the store brands were.

I feed ours regular Purina Cat Chow and have for many years. They also get a portion of canned cat food once a day. Except for an occassional case of the sniffles, our furballs have been a pretty healthy lot.

The two times I tried to save a little $$ by buying store brands, I ended up with BIG vet bills from having to treat them for cystitis. Those were the only two times we had that problem.

It sounds like your kitty knows what’s good for her. :-)


21 posted on 03/13/2013 11:45:47 PM PDT by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: JoeProBono

I know Diamond Pet Foods has some of the worst dog food ever. They have been in trouble for years. I don’t know why they haven’t gone out of business?


22 posted on 03/14/2013 12:36:20 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Sioux-san

I get a laugh out of the commercials for dog and cat food, stressing wholesome fruits and vegetables.....dogs and cats are animals that eat meat....


23 posted on 03/14/2013 2:14:44 AM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry
Ive heard that one of the most effective pet food advertising strategies is to make it look appealing to the pet owner, if you notice, thats why you see a lot of pet food commercials that make the food look like people food.
24 posted on 03/14/2013 4:09:28 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"Of course, if it is an after-hours emergency, we would be glad to help at any one of our locations."

Ka-CHING!

25 posted on 03/14/2013 4:12:43 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Sioux-san
Why pray tell all the fruits and veggies on the bag - cats are carnivores...

Most cat food is loaded with corn products...when is the last time you had to chase cats out of your corn patch? When is the last time your cat left a half-chewed ear of corn on your front step?

26 posted on 03/14/2013 4:17:42 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: cherry
I get a laugh out of the commercials for dog and cat food, stressing wholesome fruits and vegetables.....dogs and cats are animals that eat meat....

Cats even more so than dogs. Cats are pure carnivores.

27 posted on 03/14/2013 4:30:41 AM PDT by Hacksaw
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To: who knows what evil?

I agree all the grains and corn in cat foods isn’t good for them, but cats actually love corn. Give them access to fresh cobs left after corn on the cob and they go wild for it. At least our barn cats used to back in the day.


28 posted on 03/14/2013 4:37:38 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: who knows what evil?

Vets gotta eat too.


29 posted on 03/14/2013 5:10:52 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Considering the rates they charge at ‘after-hours’ clinics; vets are eating as well as Michelle Obama. :-)


30 posted on 03/14/2013 6:39:10 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

I dunno... I’ve known cats that would eat corn.


31 posted on 03/14/2013 6:53:22 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Well, actually my Little Lucy loves Doritos, especially the nacho flavored ones ;o)


32 posted on 03/14/2013 1:04:13 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

>cats need their peas.<

We had a weirdo kitty that would eat the juice from canned peas. She loved the stuff.


33 posted on 03/14/2013 1:47:21 PM PDT by Califreak (11/6/12 The Day America Divided By Zero)
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To: Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono

That food was so bad that our cats wouldn’t even eat it. I don’t know how they knew that there was a “thiamine deficiency” in the food, and I suspect that it was otherwise adulterated. How the heck could cats tell that all the “vitamins” weren’t there?

They absolutely refused to do more than sniff it and walk away. We tossed out two large bags, and we didn’t even attempt to give them to the local shelter.

I smell a rat... Or worse.


34 posted on 03/14/2013 3:24:25 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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I seem to recall that smell is a cat’s primary sense. My guess is that the food didn’t smell right to them.

Agree re the rat, and not the kind a kitty would enjoy.


35 posted on 03/14/2013 4:02:32 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Sioux-san

LOL!


36 posted on 03/14/2013 4:06:29 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: TheOldLady

That’s terrible. I have been buying a dry food that advertises no grains in it, and my kits like it fine - very high protein. Still, it just can’t be as good as a nice little chipmunk or blue jay ;o)


37 posted on 03/14/2013 6:23:58 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Sioux-san

We switched from Premium Edge to Innova Prime Grain Free, and all three of our cats really like it.

They have a food toy that I fill each day. They have to work to get the food, and when they succeed in making it fall into the dish, it’s like a Vegas jackpot.

They’re so cute.


38 posted on 03/15/2013 3:46:53 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Califreak

I had a foster cat that LOVED yogurt. Peach yogurt especially.


39 posted on 03/15/2013 6:44:16 AM PDT by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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