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Largo woman suspects recalled pet food sickening cats

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Lauren Malone's life for the past 3 weeks has revolved around constant clean up because of her two sick cats, 14-year old George and 11 year old Lucy.

"Never had a problem with the litter box. But they've been defecating all over," said Malone. She blames her cat's health problems on the Iams cat dry cat food she feeds them.

Procter & Gamble, the maker of Iams dog and cat food, and Eukanuba dog food, is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its products, because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

While the list is extensive, all of the recalled pet food have a "best by" date of November 2014.

(Read full list of products here)

Veterinarian Dr. Michael Rumore says the recall is not something to be worried about.

"I wouldn't lose sleep over it right now. So far there have been no documented cases of any animals or people getting sick," he said.

Rumore, of the Lake Seminole Animal Hospital says pet food recalls are very common. He says if your pet is eating the food from a recalled bag, stop, return it and switch.

Salmonella is a nasty bug. 

"Dogs and cats who get this, they're often time gonna be having bloody diarrhea, vomiting, they can actually go into organ failure," said Rumore.  "The somewhat frightening is there are some dogs and cats who are gonna get this and show no symptoms."

Rumore says pets could even pass the sickness to humans.  Salmonella animal-to-person transmission is done by kissing your pet.

"A lot of people do and they're not thinking what that dog was licking a couple of minute before" said Dr. Rumore.

News Channel 8 reporter Peter Bernard checked the Iams bag Malone was feeding her cats. Turns out, it's not on the recall list, but she says she returned a larger bag that is.

"I just felt very worried that people are gonna buy this stuff all day today and maybe into tomorrow, until, duh! corporate caught up with them," said Malone.

It's very possible Malone's cats don't have the disease. They haven't seen a vet. But she's wants other pet owners to be aware if the risks.

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