The popular High Street store, Pets At Home, have voluntarily recalled varieties of the AVA cat food after several cats required veterinary care after consuming the product.

An investigation revealed that in the four affected products, the level of thiamine (vitamin B1) was much lower than Pets at Home had specified.

Testing confirmed only four products are affected.

A spokesperson for Pets at Home said: “We are aware of three cats which, sadly, became seriously unwell four to six weeks after switching to one of the affected products and required veterinary care.

“All three cats exhibited symptoms of sudden collapse, fitting, widespread twitching and general unsteadiness which are not the classic symptoms of thiamine deficiency.

They added: “We deeply regret that this action was necessary and apologise for any distress it may have caused.”

Customers who have concerns that their cat may be showing such symptoms after switching to one of the four affected products, are urged to stop feeding their pet and seek immediate veterinary advice.

If you have any of these products at home you’re advised not to feed them to your cat, Instead dispose of the contents and return the packaging to any Pets at Home store for a full refund.

All stores have nutrition consultants who will be pleased to advise you on an alternative diet for your cat while these issues are resolved with their suppliers.

You can contact the Pets at Home customer advisers on 0800 328 4204.

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