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Feline pancytopenia legal claim still open for cat owners

Cat owners whose cats may have been affected by an outbreak of Feline Pancytopenia are being urged to consider joining a legal claim while it is open to new clients.

Posted on 17 January 2024

Leigh Day product safety partner Michelle Victor and her team are investigating a claim on behalf of cat owners whose pets developed feline pancytopenia following a pet food recall in 2021. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said there was a link between hypoallergenic dry cat food products and the fatal condition.

Pancytopenia is a rare bone marrow disorder where the number of blood cells quickly decrease, leading to serious illness and sometimes death. Symptoms can include loss of appetite, bleeding from the nose, mouth or bowel. So far, over 500 cases have been identified.

Manufacturer Fold Hills Foods recalled several hypoallergenic cat food products, including the products made on the behalf of retailers Applaws, AVA (sold at Pets at Home), and Sainsburys. A full list of the affected products can be found here.

Leigh Day represents pet owners whose cats were affected by Feline Pancytopenia at the time of the pet food recall. Anyone who has been impacted is urged to join while there is still time.

Michelle Victor said:

“We have heard very distressing stories of owners whose pets were affected by Feline Pancytopenia over the past few years since the recall. We strongly encourage cat owners who believe that their pets were affected to get in touch.”

If you purchased any of the recalled cat foods and your cat developed Pancytopenia, you can still register your interest in the claim and a member of our team will be in touch.

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Michelle is a leading consumer rights lawyer and head of the food safety team in London

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