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Pet food recall

22 June 2021

Read Cats Protection's latest information and our advice regarding the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) investigation into an increase in cats presenting with pancytopenia, and the associated pet food recalls.

Why have certain pet foods been recalled?

Vets at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) launched an investigation after noticing an increase in cats presenting with pancytopenia, a severe reduction in all major types of blood cells. The spike in cases began in May and since then vets across the UK have been gathering data from affected cats to try to establish a cause. As of 21 June, around 278 cases have been identified.

Based on the evidence to date, the RVC has been able to find a possible link to the diet of the affected cats and while this link has not yet been definitively established, as a precaution certain pet foods have been recalled.

What is feline pancytopenia?

Pancytopenia is a rare bone marrow condition where the number of blood cells (red, white and platelets) rapidly decrease, causing serious illness.

Cats with this condition may seem more tired than usual and may go off their food. One of the first more specific signs is bleeding from the mouth, nose, or bowel. In very severe cases, excessive blood loss can lead to collapse.  

What pet foods have been recalled?

In response to the findings from the RVC, the Food Standards Agency have recalled a number of pet food products manufactured by Fold Hill Foods.

These include:

  • the Sainsbury’s Hypoallergenic Recipe range
  • Pets at Home’s AVA range
  • Applaws Cat Dry products

A full list of products recalled can be found here.

What should I do if I am concerned about my cat?

Please contact your vet so they can examine your cat and discuss further investigation as necessary. Vets that are treating affected cats have been asked to get in touch with the RVC by completing a survey to help them to investigate the condition.

My cat has been eating a recalled brand of cat food. What should I do?

Do not feed your cat any more of this food. Please contact the product manufacturers for brand specific questions. Further details can be found here.

You could discuss with your vet whether you would like a blood test performed looking at the levels of red and white blood cells and platelets in your cat’s blood as decreases in these levels are seen if your cat is affected with pancytopenia.

How can I find out more information?

The RVC is updating their news page regularly as more information becomes available. Read their latest update here.