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Beware of PET meats

Friday, July 11, 2014

Many pet meats and pet food rolls contain sulphite preservatives that cause thiamine deficiency and haemorrhage into the brainstem.

Recently some Sydney cats who have just been fed pet mince have suffered from thiamine deficiency.
Even low levels may cause skin rashes and gut upsets but continued high levels cause depression, head tilts, wobbles, twitching, weakness, fits and death.

 There is no legal requirement for ingredient labeling of pet meats in Australia and some labelled 'no preservatives' have tested positively to sulphite tests.

We advise you feed your cat human grade meat, good quality kibble and canned and sacheted foods.

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