Applaws has announced the recall of some of its dry cat food ranges, manufactured by Fold Hill Foods Ltd, over fears it could be related to a spike in cats presenting with the symptoms of pancytopenia.
Pancytopenia is a condition which causes a deficiency in all types of blood cells, and symptoms can include fever, pale gums, blood in the urine and faeces and bleeding from the nose.
Applaws confirmed that no other Applaws cat food products, including Applaws wet cat food, or Applaws dog food are affected by the precautionary recall notice, but added that it will continue to work with the RVC so it can “fully understand what’s caused the issue”.
In a statement, Applaws said: “By working closely with the RVC, they have narrowed their focus to a specific manufacturer in the UK that makes our dry cat food brand Applaws as well as other brands.
“At this stage it is not clear what is the cause of an increase in cases of feline pancytopenia, but it may be related to diet. We continue to work with the Royal Veterinary College to identify the potential cause.”
It added: “While there’s much we don’t know, at Applaws, we cannot take any chances. That’s why we’ve placed a hold on supplies of certain batches of dry cat food sold under the Applaws brand and out of an abundance of caution, we’re also recalling certain batches.
“Even though we don’t know for sure whether our Applaws dry cat food products have a role in this safety issue, we’re obviously concerned, not least because we take great pride in the quality of our pet food.”
Michael Bellingham, PFMA CEO, advised pet owners: “The health and well-being of pets is the top priority, and we fully support this recall. We understand the concern this will cause cat owners and we would like to reassure them that a thorough, top to bottom investigation is underway to determine the cause.”