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11 February 2001 Issue
Dangerous Cat Toy

cat toy promo linked to cat injuries and deaths
from - Barbara Stagno - bstagno@mindspring.com 

The makers of Fresh Step cat litter today issued a voluntary Safety Advisory covering approximately 450,000 free blue bouncing mouse toys that were packaged inside specially marked 14-pound (UPC # 44600-02002) and 21-pound bags (UPC # 44600-02031) of Fresh Step regular cat litter. The small, blue felt toy mouse is attached to a wire that may present a strangulation hazard or other risk of injury to cats and kittens if they are left alone with the toy.

Fresh Step has received six calls from pet owners regarding injuries to cats and kittens that may have been caused by the toy, including two reports of cat deaths. Three of the cats sustained minor cuts, but the other three - including the two that died - reportedly became entangled in the wire while alone. Fresh Step has stopped shipment of litter containing the toy and is working with retailers to remove the specially marked Fresh Step regular cat litter bags containing the toy from store shelves.

"Safety is our top priority and we deeply regret any incidents involving this toy," said Tom Britanik, general manager, The Clorox Pet Products Company, which manufactures Fresh Step. "We are taking immediate action to address any safety concerns by removing bags containing the toy from store shelves and asking consumers to return the toy to us."

Cat and kitten owners should immediately discard the blue bouncing mouse toy or mail it back to Fresh Step at the following address:

The Clorox Pet Products Company
1221 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Attention: Consumer Services

Consumers returning the toy will receive a coupon for a free 14-pound bag of Fresh Step regular cat litter.

For more information, consumers can call Fresh Step at 1-800-325-9259. The hotline can be reached from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday. A recorded message will be available at all other times.

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