Cat Food Recall List – Is Your Cat Affected?

With any mass produced food, the risk of contamination is always present. This applies to human food and cat food.

Luckily, most brands have a testing regimen in place so they can identify potential hazards quickly and issue a cat food recall before the animals are hurt. 

When a cat food is recalled, you will often hear about it on the news and see it online. Most pet websites have a section for recalled foods, which will include the current year and most recent years. 

We’ve compiled a list of the recalled cat foods from 2018-2022. Keep in mind that it is possible your cat’s food might be recalled in the future, even if it’s not on our list currently.

Sometimes it takes companies a few weeks to recognize a contamination. 

Cat Food Recalls in 2022

DateBrandProduct
February 18, 2022Family Dollar Inc.Multiple brands

Cat Food Recalls in 2021

DATEBRANDPRODUCT
Dec 23, 2021Woody’s Pet FoodRaw Cornish Ren Pet Food
Dec 3, 2021Livia GlobalLiviaone Liquid Probiotics
September 6, 2021Whiskas CanadaDry cat food
May 20, 2021Natural BalanceGreen Pea & Chicken
April 9, 2021Meow MixMeow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food
March 27, 2021Earthborn Holistic, Pro Pac, Sport Mix & moreMultiple Products
Jan 11, 2021Midwestern Pet Foods Inc.Sportmix, Splash Fat Cat

Cat Food Recalls in 2020

DATEBRANDPRODUCT
Dec 31, 2020Midwestern Pet Foods Inc.Sportmix
July 3, 2020Natural BalanceUltra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula
April 8, 2020Radagast Pet Food, Inc.Free-Range Chicken and Turkey Recipes (Raw Diet) for Cats
March 24, 2020Radagast Pet Food, Inc.Raw Diet Cat Food (Free Range Chicken; Pasture-Raised Venison)
March 23, 2020Icelandic+Capelin Whole Fish Pet Treats
March 23, 2020G & C RawGround Lamb Dog Food and Ground Turkey Cat Food
March 20, 2020Radagast Pet Food, Inc.Radcat Raw Diet
March 19, 2020G & C Raw, LLCG & C Raw, Kim’s Special, Pat’s Cat
March 11, 2020Columbia River Natural Pet FoodsFrozen meats
March 11, 2020J.M Smuckers Company9Lives

Cat Food Recalls in 2019

DATEBRANDPRODUCT
Dec. 5, 2019Special KittyMixed Grill Dinner Paté
Nov. 14, 2019Go Raw, LLCQuest Beef Cat Food
Aug. 14, 2019Texas TripeVarious raw pet food products
April 4, 2019Thogersen Family FarmGround pet food
March 29, 2019Purina MuseNatural Chicken recipe in gravy
Jan. 28, 2019Woody’s Pet Food DeliRaw Free Range Turkey
Jan. 23, 2019*Hare TodayHare Today gone tomorrow ground chicken with bones

Cat Food Recalls in 2018

DATEBRANDPRODUCT
Dec. 21, 2018Columbia River Natural Pet FoodsCow Pie, Chicken & Vegetables
Dec. 7, 20189LivesProtein Plus Tuna & Chicken and Tuna & Liver
Oct. 25, 2018G & C Raw, LLCMultiple products
Sept. 7, 2018Steve’s Real FoodTurducken
Aug. 21, 2018Rad Cat Raw DietAll recipes
Aug. 3, 2018G & C Raw, LLCMultiple products
July 6, 2018Rad Cat Raw Dietchicken and venison
April 16, 2018Vital EssentialsBeef Toppers, Beef Entrée
March 20, 2018Rad Cat Raw DietAll recipes
March 1, 2018Blue Ridge BeefBRB Complete
Feb. 8, 2018Raws for PawsGround Turkey Pet Food

What Does it Mean If Your Cat Food Is Recalled?

Typically, cat food will be recalled if the US Food and Drug Administration deems that it is contaminated and may be dangerous to eat. Sometimes, these contaminations aren’t serious, or might not be present in all of the food, but they are recalling it out of an abundance of caution. Often, the contamination has to do with a bacteria, like E. Coli or salmonella, and sometimes, it has to do with an unnecessarily large amount of a vitamin or mineral. If a food is recalled, the brand will cease production until the problem is solved, and the product will be removed from the shelves. 

Difference Between Voluntary and Ordered Recall

There are instances when a cat food manufacturer will voluntarily recall a product, as they noticed a potential contamination in their own testing or from customer feedback. When that’s the case, this type of recall is called ‘voluntary,’ as the company is deciding to recall the product without being told to do so by the FDA. If that problem were to be ignored or undiscovered, it might lead to the FDA forcing a recall, which is then referred to as an ‘ordered’ recall. 

So Your Cat Food is Recalled, What’s Next?

If you still have this food in your house, you should take it back to the store you purchased it from. They will be able to give you a refund for it if it has been recalled. Pay attention to the details of the recall, as it should outline what the contaminant/reasoning was, and which flavors/varieties it applied towards.

You’ll then want to examine the ingredients of your cat’s food and try to find a similar brand with the same ingredients so you can avoid causing digestive distress. If your cat is feeling ok and acting normal, there is probably no cause for concern.

If they’re acting sick or unusual, take them into the vet for an exam. You can also take them in even if they are feeling normal, just to be certain everything is as it should be. 

Ashley is the co-founder of CatProductGuide.com. She is a professional writer, whose work has been seen in many top publications and websites, like Digital Trends, Opposing Views, Men's Health, and more. She is passionate about all animals, and loves her cats Felix and Lola. Ashley enjoys finding the best products and foods to ensure they're living their best lives possible!