One of the most common reasons for pet food and treat recalls is the risk of Salmonella, a group of bacteria that are the number one reason for food poisoning. Not only can Salmonella bacteria make your cats ill but handling pet food that has Salmonella can make you ill as well. For that reason, it’s always important to wash your hands after handling pet food, to wash the counter and anything the food came in contact with, and to frequently wash your cat’s dishes and bowls.
Here’s what the US Food and Drug Administration says about recognizing Salmonella infection in your pets:
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
If you think you might be infected with Salmonella yourself, watch for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.