9Lives Cat Food

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9Lives cat food started production in 1959. In 1968, an animal talent scout adopted an orange tabby cat named Morris at a humane society in Illinois. The charming cat became the “spokescat” for 9Lives, appearing in 50-plus commercials and having a cameo in a movie with Burt Reynolds.

9Lives manufacturers wet and dry cat food. According to the 2015 Nielson report, it is still one of the most best-selling cat food brands in the United States.

9Lives Quick Facts

Brand line includes: 9Lives Meaty Paté, 9Lives Hearty Cuts, 9Lives Tender Morsels, 9Lives Plus Care, 9Lives Daily Essentials, 9Lives Long Life Formula, 9Lives Indoor Complete, 9Lives Lean & Tasty
Cost: $
Where to buy: Supermarkets everywhere
Company: Big Heart Pet Brands
Headquarters: One Maritime Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111
Contact info: 1-800-252-7022, emailwebsite

Has 9Lives Ever Been Recalled?

Yes. In December 2018, J.M. Smucker Company, manufacturer of 9Lives, recalled some of the cat food because of potentially low levels of thiamine, an essential vitamin (B1) for cats.

About a year before that, in early 2017, Smucker’s recalled several varieties of cat food, including 9Lives, for the same reason: potentially low thiamine. That recall was expanded 8 days later.

Full details of all 9Lives cat food recalls appear below.

List of 9Lives Cat Food Recalls

December 2018

Cause: Low thiamine levels. Announcement: FDA announcement dated Dec. 7, 2018 (archived here). What was recalled: The following specific lots of 4-can packages of 9Lives Protein Plus cat food:

  • Tuna & Chicken, UPC #7910021549, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans, best by dates of March 27 – Nov. 14, 2020
  • Tuna & Liver, UPC #7910021748, 4 pack of 5.5 oz. cans, best by dates of April 17 – Sept. 14, 2020

January 2017

Cause: Low thiamine levels. Announcement: FDA report updated Jan. 11, 2017What was recalled: The following varieties and lots of 9Lives Meaty Pate:

  • Meaty Pate Seafood Platter, 4 pack, 5.5 oz. each, Lot #6356803, UPC 7910003670
  • Meaty Pate Super Supper, 4 pack, 5.5 oz. each, Lot #6357803, UPC 7910002860
  • Meaty Pate Super Supper, 13 oz., Lot #6354803, UPC 7910052229
  • Meaty Pate With Chicken and Tuna, 5.5 oz., Lot #6357803, UPC 7910000324

Cause: Low thiamine levels. Announcement: FDA report dated Jan. 3, 2017What was recalled: The following varieties and lots of 9Lives Meaty Pate and Seafood Poultry:

  • Meaty Pate Chicken and Tuna, 13 oz., Lot #6354803, UPC 7910052228
  • Meaty Pate Seafood Platter, 24 oz., Lot #6356803, UPC 7910000402
  • Meaty Pate Seafood Platter, 4 pack, 5.5 oz. each, Lot #6355803, UPC 7910003670
  • Meaty Pate Super Supper, 5.5 oz., Lot #6358803, UPC 7910000327
  • Meaty Pate Super Supper, 4 pack, 5.5 oz. each, Lot #6358803, UPC 7910002860
  • Meaty Pate Super Supper, 13 oz., Lot #6355803, UPC 7910052229
  • Meaty Pate With Chicken and Seafood, 4 pack, 5.5 oz. each, Lot #6356803, UPC 7910003640
  • Meaty Pate With Chicken and Tuna, 5.5 oz. Lot #6356803, UPC 7910000324
  • Meaty Pate With Chicken Dinner, 5.5 oz. Lot #6356803, UPC 7910000410
  • Meaty Pate With Liver and Chicken, 4 pack, 5.5 oz. each, Lot #6355803, UPC 7910000312
  • Meaty Pate With Ocean Whitefish, 5.5 oz., Lot #6358803, UPC 7910000420
  • Seafood Poultry Variety Pack, 5.5 oz., Lot #6307803, UPC 7910053377
  • Meaty Pate With Chicken & Tuna, 4 pack, 5.5 oz. each, Lot #6357803, UPC 7910003660

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