2017 9 Lives Cat Food Recall Information

Some Lots of 9Lives, EverPet, and Special Kitty Cat Foods Recalled

The J.M. Smucker Company of Orrville, Ohio, has announced a voluntary recall of certain lots of 9Lives, EverPet, and Special Kitty canned cat foods due to the possibility of low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1) in the foods.

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The problem was discovered by the company’s Quality Assurance team when it reviewed production records at the facility where the foods were manufactured. According to the company, no illnesses have been reported due to this issue. The recall is a precautionary measure.

Thiamine is an essential vitamin for cats. Cats eating diets low in thiamine for several weeks can be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Symptoms of thiamine deficiency in cats may result in gastrointestinal or neurological problems. Early signs may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In more advanced cases, a cat may develop neurological symptoms such as ventroflexion – bending the neck toward the floor; a wobbly walk; walking in circles; falling; and seizures. If your cat is showing any of these symptoms after eating the recalled cat food, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. With quick treatment thiamine deficiency can normally be reversed.

The affected cat foods were distributed to a small number of retail customers between December 20, 2016 and January 3, 2017.

Products affected include:

BrandProduct DescriptionUPC Code Consumer UnitLot NumbersUnits per CaseSelling Unit SizeUPC Code on Case
9LivesMeaty Pate Chicken and Tuna791005223863548031213 oz7910052228
9LivesMeaty Pate Seafood Platter79100004026356803245.5 oz7910000402
9LivesMeaty Pate Seafood Platter7910000367635580364pk
5.5 oz each
9LivesMeaty Pate Super Supper79100003276358803245.5 oz7910000327
9LivesMeaty Pate Super Supper7910000286635880364pk
5.5 oz each
9LivesMeaty Pate Super Supper791005223963558031213 oz7910052229
9LivesMeaty Pate Super Supper791005223963648031213 oz7910052229
9LivesMeaty Pate with Chicken and Seafood7910000364 (793641)635680364pk
5.5 oz each
9LivesMeaty Pate with Chicken and Tuna79100003246356803245.5 oz7910000324
9LivesMeaty Pate with Chicken Dinner79100004106356803245.5 oz7910000410
9LivesMeaty Pate with Liver and Chicken7910000312 (793121)635580364pk
5.5 oz each
9LivesMeaty Pate with Ocean Whitefish79100004206358803245.5 oz7910000420
9LivesSeafood Poultry Variety Pack79100533776307803245.5 oz7910053377
9LivesMeaty Pate with Chicken & Tuna7910000366635780364pk
5.5 oz each
EverPetMixed Grill Dinner791005311463568031213 oz7910053114
Special KittyBeef and Liver Dinner811311212063558031213 oz8113112120
Special KittyClassic Tuna Dinner811311215763588031213 oz8113112157
Special KittyMixed Grill Dinner with printed wrap81131096096355803112 pk
13 oz each
Special KittyMixed Grill Dinner without printed wrap811311211963568031213 oz8113112119
Special KittySuper Supper811317904163558031213 oz7910079041


No other cat foods or other products made by the J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall.

If you have cans of food included in this recall, you should stop feeding the food to your cats. Call the company at 1 (800) 828-9980 Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST. Or you can contact the company at consumer.relations@jmsmucker.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You can read the company recall information on the FDA web site here http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm535382.htm.


Carlotta Cooper

Carlotta Cooper is a freelance writer and a long-time contributing editor for the weekly dog show magazine, Dog News. She is the author of The Dog Adoption Bible, the Dog Writers Association of America Adoptashelter.com award-winner for 2013. Additionally, Carlotta is the author of Canine Cuisine: 101 Natural Dog Food & Treat Recipes to Make Your Dog Health and Happy, as well as other books about pets. She is a guest writer for numerous website and blogs and a frequent pet food reviewer.

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  • Hello and thank you for all this information. Recently I found out something terrible about cat food and pet food in general that is shocking. We were talking to a pet store owner that only sells natural and healthy pet food and found out that a book called,
    “Dead Pets Don’t Lie” is about what the truth is about what they put in pet food. It is very eye opening and based on fact and they provide all the information. I’m so happy I found out about the book because no one wants to feed their pets that but people just don’t know. It’s truly horrific. Now we read everything on labels and avoid anything that says meat by product because it’s not meat at all. Wait till you read what it really is.
    Thank you again for your website.

  • My cat had eaten 9 Lives from 2003 to 2018. In Jan 2018 she lost her Appetite, started Vomiting . And lost weight. I took her to Vet. She had Gastrointestinal. She died on Feb. 10, 2018. There were never any mention of Recalls on 9Lives or any other cat food on the news nor Newspapers. My cat is dead because she ate this Cat food. To all the Cat owners. Do not feed your cat these products. They come in a Tin can and you can notice the can turning the food a Blackish color. Beware of this product. Please. Heartbroken from loss of my cat.

    • Kastaway Kitties has lost 16 cats since Jan 4th 2018 from feeding Purina Cat Chow Complete Friskies canned. These companies are all using the same suppliers! Something is very wrong with cat food & the FDA is doing nothing about it!

  • My Cat ate 9 lives and was having Gastrointestinal problems as well. She and my male cat were getting sick off it. They been eating it for a long time too. I went to switch her food to just find out its made by the same dang company grrr. If this cat food makes her sick too i swear Ill be going to an atty. I didn’t even find out that dumb food was making people’s cats sick. NOW I KNOW FOR sure it was 9 LIVES. don’t get it. I switched to diet science then noticed when she ate the rest of her 9 lives she got sick again! So its def the 9 LIVES!

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