Thiamine gap in cats

By Connie Orcutt • Published: May 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

Thiamine, or vitamin B1, is an essential vitamin for cats. Without it, our feline friends are unable to metabolize carbohydrates normally and they can get seriously ill.

Cats get thiamine from the foods they eat. But over the past several months, a number of cat foods have been recalled because of insufficient thiamine levels. Thiamine deficiency causes neurologic deficits, like an unsteady gait, circling, falling and seizures. Some affected cats keep their head bent toward the floor. They may also exhibit a sluggish appetite, vomiting and weight loss.

These abnormalities are usually reversible if treated early. So contact your veterinarian if you notice any suspicious signs in your cat. And check online to see if the food you provide has been recalled due to thiamine deficiency.