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Dear Christopher Cat

My cats ate some of the food that was recently recalled, and they seem fine. Should I have them tested anyway? What food should I feed them now?

Christopher Responds

The pet food recall comprised many store brands and name-brand products manufactured by Menu Foods, Inc. The cat and dog foods were all “wet” foods sold in cans or pouches.

The products were recalled after some pets that ate them developed kidney failure. A small number of animals died.

The five cats in my family eat only dry food, which you might consider for your cats.

Alternatively, choose a brand of wet food that was not recalled. See the list at www.menufoods.com/recall.

With regard to testing your cats, you have two options. The first is to ask your veterinarian to do a kidney profile to determine how well your cats’ kidneys are functioning.

If I had eaten the food in question, I’d choose that option, so that, if testing showed abnormal kidney function, my mom could take immediate action to protect my health.

Your other option is to watch for signs of kidney dysfunction, such as lethargy, loss of appetite, increased drinking or urination, or vomiting. If you see any one of these signs, call your veterinarian right away.Good luck, Biskit.

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