9Lives Protein Plus Cat Food Recall – Low Thiamine

The J.M. Smucker Company has voluntarily recalled specific lots of 9Lives 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.

The impacted products are as follows:

Product Name UPC Code Product Size Best if Used By Date
(on bottom of can)
9Lives® Protein Plus With Tuna & Chicken 7910021549 4 pack of cans,
5.5 oz each
Mar. 27, 2020- Nov.14, 2020
9Lives® Protein Plus With Tuna & Liver 7910021748 4 pack of cans,
5.5 oz each
Apr. 17, 2020 – Sept.14, 2020

These products were distributed by The J.M. Smucker Company to a variety of retailers nationwide. No other 9Lives products or products of The J.M. Smucker Company are impacted by this recall.

Thiamine is essential for cats and cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency, which includes symptoms that can affect the cat’s gastrointestinal and neurological function. 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.

Pet parents should stop feeding the recalled product and dispose of it. Consumers with questions or who would like to receive a refund or coupon for replacement product should email the J.M. Smucker Company by completing this form, or calling 1-888-569-6828, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM ET.