The government has been notified to warn wholesalers, vets, retailers and pet owners that Bio-Tech Solutions has recalled:
The Armitage Pet Care brand is usually sold in local pet shops, supermarkets and online stores like Amazon, Ebay and others. Even small quantities of permethrin can cause severe, fatal poisoning in cats so please warn anyone that you know of who has cats.
Anyone who has this product should not use it and either contact Armitage Pet Care or Bio-Tech Solution - details available here.
If you have applied this product to a cat then contact your vet without delay. Read more about the signs of Permethrin Poisoning and sign the petition to better regulate the sale of products containing this cat toxin.... Kill the flea, not the cat!
Remember that by purchasing a more expensive flea product from a vet, you are actually buying product advice and aftersales service as well as peace of mind in the event of any product recalls.
UPDATE from Armitage Pet Care 16/11/2016
At the end of October we were made aware that one packet of Armitage Pet Care Flea Drops for Cat & Kittens contained the wrong product. The VMD were immediately notified of this packing error and we have followed VMD guidance concerning the product recall and communications to ensure that our customers were notified and provided with information to enable them to make their customers aware. A full recall was issued as a precautionary step due to the seriousness of the packing error and all stock within our warehouses has been subject to a full quality inspection. No other packaging errors have been found with our stock, or with products being returned by customers.
It comes in two bottle sizes: 30ml (~1 month supply) & 100ml (over 3 months supply) and it keeps for six months once opened. This is an exciting new option for those cats (& owners) that hate tablet dosing!
Find out more about Hyperthyroidism on the ISFM website.
Simon Davies, Head Designer of ProtectaPet, says:
‘Our products are intuitive with cat owners’ and their needs. We have designed a modular system that can be adapted to all garden shapes and sizes, all boundary types from privet hedge through to brick walls. As a result, we have been highly commended for several British innovation awards and were voted as ‘Cat Product I can’t Live Without’ by readers of Your Cat magazine. But for me, the real accolade is knowing that we have saved so many cats across Britain and around the world as we export to Europe. Watch this space.’
ProtectaPet offers their products in DIY kits available to purchase in their online shop www.protectapet.com or they offer a UK wide installation service. Are you a rex breeder? We can provide you with pamphlets and referral rewards but - best of all – peace of mind that your kitten is going to a safe home. Are you a rex owner? If you would like any advice on cat containment, please call the ProtectaPet cat containment experts on 01782 900117. They are offering customers of The Cat Vet 10% off the online shop and £50 off installations with discount code ‘jolewis’.
Other cats seem to be particularly attracted to the smell of bleach and can put on quite a performance when they encounter a surface scented with it - not unlike the excited rolling and purring and cheek rubbing you see with cat nip. Although this response may seem harmless enough, if your cat rubs in bleach and then licks it off they are essentially ingesting an irritant toxin (sodium hypochlorite) which causes ulceration to mouth and lining of the gastrointestinal tract (or eyes if it gets in them). Symptoms of exposure to bleach therefore include drooling, difficulty/pain on swallowing, vomiting and abdominal pain or painful eyes (watery red eyes, squinting/closed eye(s), rubbing at eyes).
If you think your cat has licked any bleach it is best to dilute the toxin by offering your cat water or wet food mixed with water but do not inducing vomiting as the chemical will just cause further damage on the way up. This is a potential emergency and the key is to start treatment promptly. Contact your vet immediately for further advice.
If you think your cat has been exposed to bleach but is not showing any symptoms, then first carefully check the fur, paws and mouth area for any smells of bleach and then immediately wash with soap and water (not liquid soap containing Dettol!) and rinse any areas of your cat's fur/feet that may be contaminated several times over. If in doubt contact your vet.
Like us they can prefer certain textures or flavours of foods and many are particular about how it is served. This is often interpreted as "fussiness" when the cat is simply being cautious and selective about what it chooses to eat just as we are.
By understanding what cats naturally prefer we can present food in a much more appetizing way and be more successful at tempting even sick and elderly cats to eat. To find out more take a look at the links below: