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Iams ProActive Cat Food Recall

The Scoop: Iams ProActive Canned Cat Food Recalled

For kitties that come running at the sound of an Iams ProActive can opening, be warned: Proctor and Gamble issued a voluntary recall of this food for both cats and kittens. If you see a can dated from 9/2011 to 06/2012, discard it and contact P&G for a refund.

Felines need thiamine (aka vitamin B1), and tests of the product show an insufficient level, putting those dining cats at risk for a thiamine deficiency if this is their only food. In early stages, this illness consists of excessive salivation, loss of appetite, and vomiting. As it worsens, symptoms include wobbly gate, seizures, and a downward curving of the neck (called ventroflexion). While risky, if caught promptly, it can easily be reversed.

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PetCareBev PetCareBev 7 years
Hi weffie. Please take a look at Also, here's an eye witness account of our Pet Health and Nutrition Center: Noxcatt, I don't know anything about Science Diet, but I still say you're entitled to your opinions. StellaRuby, give Natura a call and let them know how you feel. But I would also ask that you listen to what they have to say.
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
( is a great quick guide for finding out a lot of what goes into dog food and how to go about finding something worthwhile. It helped me. I guess read up and find out what is available around your guys areas.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
P&G acquired Natura, so now I have to switch dog foods before P&G lowers the quality and join the list of recalls.
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years a good reference point to start if anyone has any pet food questions.
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
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noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
Pardon my mistake. P&G, didnt mean to confuse you with another crappy umbrella corporation. Am i bitter? yes. Im tired of dealing with these recalls and customers being angry at people that really have no fault in this and seeing the sheer worry for their pet that suddenly the dont know who to trust. if you really know about the food why is it that they feel the need to put in low quality ingredients, you guys claim that corn is not a filler..blah blah..there are much better sources for starches and carbohydrates out there that are not so allergenic. Science diet's first 5 ingredients: Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat. Who owns hills, Colgate-Palmolive Company. Amazing and the kickback vets get to push this is amazing. very allergenic. not very high quality stuff for $44-52 a large bag. And if the pet food focused group is "focusing" so much on the food why are there this many recalls? I can remember when Iams was i guess "reformulating" its formulas a few years back, there were manufacturing issues and previous recalls. Im glad that P&G and others feels the need to umbrella everything under the sun but that doesnt mean they should pump out sub par products because these little mishaps like lower levels of thiamine, could end up really messing up someones pet. shame. business is business.
weffie weffie 7 years
PetCareBev, do you have any comments on ?? I've never actually heard anyone from Iams defend the company or deny these claims... I'd be interested in hearing your side of the story if you'd like to share your thoughts.
PetCareBev PetCareBev 7 years
Hi! I started working for The Iams Company years before we joined P&G. Just to be clear, Mars does not own Eukanuba, we do. Noxcatt I think it's excellent that you want to do the best for animals--I do too. But I think you misunderstand how P&G functions as a company. Those of us involved in making dog and cat food focus on that--not soap. Each different brand is its own company under the P&G umbrella. Those who make soap, are focused on soap--not pet food. I also think that you have a misunderstanding on how Iams and Eukanuba are formulated. If you want more information on Iams/Eukanuba, just give me a shout out.
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
Also, its tricky because alot of these big name dog and cat food brands are owned by large companies the way Iams is owned by P&G (they also own a lot of others). Mars owns nutro, eukanuba and many others. how do i know, I speak to their reps all the time at work. just in case anyone was interested.
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
This is why i urge people on a constant basis to not feed lower quality food. I know its less expensive, you get more for your money, etc. but the risk of having a company like proctor & gamble make something like cat food when they used to focus on soap? no. Even though it might be alittle more expensive, please look into natural, higher quality foods. Im not trying to get in a brand name battle on whats the best because i feel it depends on the needs of the animal but i do feel that the least we can do is feed better food to our loved pets. p.s. dont be fooled into thinking brands like eukanuba, science diet, etc are good because they're "premium" foods, they are just as bad with their by-products and ground corn.
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