Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

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.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


return home corneal ulcer lick fat dry food physical activity behaviour conflict blocked cat desexing crytococcosus aggressive checkup panamax antiviral strange behaviour twitching Canberra Cat Vet indoor cats pain killer exercise kitten grass scratch plants African wild cat visit sun pet cta fight toxic tradesmen feline herpesvirus litter headache pancreatitis eye infection pain relief adipokines lily face rub holidays holes rub carrier weight control tumour blue aggression award pain food puzzles scratching introduction diet meows a lot skin cancer cat behaviour brown snake best cat clinic old cat bed IBD kittens vocal heavy breathing painful signs of pain hungry nose scabs cat friendly chlamydia weight ulcers unsociable attack fireworks toxins slow blood test fever blood in urine breathing difficult dental treatment tick dental snakes mince cryptococcosis open day permethrin check-up thirsty changed sense of smell paralysis constipation feline enteritis sudden blindness snuffles asthma aerokat touch cat vet cat enclosure hypertension computer furballs christmas competition sore eyes kidney disease snot vomiting hole high blood pressure learning when to go to vet kitten deaths euthanasia furball prednisolone new year client night urinating birthday hypertrophic cardiomyopathy senses appetite foreign body pet insurance ulcerated nose nails allergy dementia marking odour vet visit virus flu insulin ACT bad breath dilated pupils dental check paralysed abscess,cat fight FORLS collapse home panleukopenia arthritis poisonous plants stress panadol sucking wool fabric biopsy eye ulcer runny nose inflammatory bowel disease heaing overweight yowling decision to euthanase rash best veterinarian snake polish bump urinating outside litter flea treatment appointment vaccination pill diarrhoea worming hairball bladder stones senior opening hours mouth breathing skin cage introducing goodbye antibiotics lilly drinking more rough play blood fleas scale jumping wobbles radioactive iodine training hard faeces hunters cortisone lymphoma kibble revolution diuretics pet meat introductions cat fight ulcer cognitive dysfunction cat worms aspirin unwell new cat whiskers hunting hyperactive feliway holes in teeth kidneys cat containment love urination open night introduce renal disease anxiety teeth flea prevention ribbon FIV gifts mass behaviour change breeder pica paracetamol cough stare into space tapeworm liver old fluid pills free snakebite on heat sneeze information night salivation sick cat sore echocardiography annual check calicivirus microchip castration stiff catoberfest train vision string gasping seizures hyperthyroidism tooth lump best clinic urinating on curtains or carpet comfortis hunter tartar scratching post Hill's Metabolic snuffle hiding rigid head weight loss massage lame fits cancer tablet kidney new kitten sick snake bite panadeine fear itchy wet litter spey socialisation vaccine feline AIDS cranky plaque thiamine deficiency petting cat photo competition prey cat flu obesity desex obese lilies spray groom panleukopaenia roundworm poisons holiday wool intestine spraying xylitol poisonous cat history eye grooming sore ears Canberra hearing anaemia off food fight cystitis change eyes litter box poisoning runny eyes drinking a lot advantage bite health check vomit cat heart disease herpesvirus paralysis tick depomedrol noisy breathing skinny not eating urine hospital allergy, poison straining worms in season blockage mental health of cats blind cat enclosures pheromone activity bladder dymadon body language urine spraying thyroid rolls kitten play pred best vet New Year's Eve blood pressure diabetes enteritis abscess blindness sensitive stomach sensitive hunched over restless AIDS moving mycoplasma enemies head


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions