On Thursday, Nutro Products, one of the nation’s most popular pet food manufacturers, announced a voluntary recall of almost all its dry cat food products.
Unlike many recent pet food recalls, this one is not due to contamination, but to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium, two essential nutrients for cats that if consumed at improper levels, can cause illness.
The recalled cat food is sold under the brand names Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care and Nutro Max dry cat foods with "Best If Used By” dates between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. No dry dog food or canned dog or cat food has been affected.
Nutro is advising consumers who have purchased these products to immediately stop feeding them to their cats, and switch to another food containing a balanced nutritional profile.
The company has not yet received complaints in connection with the nutrient imbalance, but asks that cat owners consult their vets immediately if their cats exhibit symptoms such as loss of appetite or refusal of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea.
Customers may return any unused portion of recalled Nutro cat food to the store for a full refund or exchange.