Kitty has had basically the same routine for over ten years. He would have received a tiny dose of this poisonous substance every day for a decade. The brand really is immaterial, but it is from a reputable multinational and while it claims to deliver 100% nutrition for cats and kittens, it bears no warning labels about feeding the product every day.
BPA was labelled a toxic substance in September 2010 in Canada. In Europe and Canada it is banned in baby bottles. Health Canada still allows BPA to line food containers. BPA is a hormone disruptor.
Studies have shown BPA to have worrisome effects on fetal brain tissue. Animal studies show a tendency to obesity with exposure. It can act as a thyroid disruptor. It has been linked to cancers of the breast and prostate.
Kitty has had some health issues. Blood tests have confirmed a benign thyroid tumour. Can I blame BPA for the expense and worry of dealing with a now chronic condition? No, because there hasn’t been a scientific double blind experiment conducted here. But I’ve since learned that thyroid tumours were a rare occurrence in the feline world until the last 30 years when BPA has become ubiquitous in our environment.
“There is a strong correlation between eating canned food and developing hyperthyroidism later in life; in fact, cats who eat only canned foods from “pop-top” type cans have five times the risk of developing hyperthyroidism relative to cats who eat only dry food. Cats whose diet is 50% canned food have 3.5 times the risk of developing hyperthyroidism relative to cats who eat only dry food.”Veterinary Partner
The health fall-out from these plastic lined cat food containers may be as great as the melamine scandal.
Kitty will be getting raw hamburger along with his high priced, locally produced, dry food from now on.