Feline TB cases linked to raw pet food

18 May 2019

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By Kathryn Clark

‘Compelling’ – although circumstantial – evidence has emerged that a number of cats have acquired TB from eating a commercial brand of raw pet food.

In a study published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, vets at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies describe five clusters of cases that came to light when individual cats with varying clinical signs were presented to different practices.

Six cats were found to be clinically affected and researchers found evidence of infection with Mycobacterium bovis in seven in-contact cats without clinical signs. All the cats lived exclusively indoors.

The only common factor between the cases was that they had all eaten the Wild Venison variety of raw pet food produced by Natural Instinct.

The researchers were not able to test samples of the food for M bovis so cannot definitively conclude that it was the source of...