Feline Pancytopenia

Sky News recently reported that at least 330 cats had died from feline pancytopenia, which causes the number of red and white blood cells and platelets to rapidly decrease, after eating dry cat food made on behalf of brands by manufacturer Fold Hills Foods.

The FSA and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) warned cat owners not to give their pets dry food from this company and Sainsbury’s and Pets at Home are among several retailers who have pulled dry cat food from their shelves over potential links to the disease.

This is not a new issue. the link above shows that Sky wrote about it in June as well, but it seems that unfortunately people have not seen, or taken notice, and continue to give their cats “own label’ i.e. cheaper food. This was always a concern of ours in Spain (where friends say they are seeing the same issue) for the street cats and rescue cats who had to pretty much eat what people donated (so regularly the cheapest available), but for your own pets surely it is just common sense to give them good quality food from well established brands.

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