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I have a 14 year old cat with a thyroid # that the vet called "off the charts." (She estimated it would be a 6, with 4 being the highest.) He ended up allergic to the only hyperthyroid medicine that exists for cats, and the iodine radiation was not an option. One vet at the clinic said this food doesn't work at all, and my vet said it does with some cats. Well, after a month on the canned Hills Y/D, Winston's #s were back in the normal range. (He did seem calmer to me, but to have the #s match that was thrilling!)
If it is not expired (Hills says that makes a difference) and if it is not a knock off, and if you have just happen to have the right kind of cat whose system responds well to this, this works. (And if you don't give the cat anything else, not treats, no other foods whatsoever.) And isn't a month's experimentation to see if you have a cat who responds well to this food worth it? The product works at least on my mine. So it is a total possibility that it will help you have a little more time with your pet. (Since it is not a cure to hyperthyroidism but in theory levels out the surges of the energy this condition brings.)
After being told my 13yr old Bengal had arthritis I changed her food to Hills Science joint care. After a while her colitis/IBS flared up and she was pooping blood. Stupidly, as there were other things going on in the house builders, etc. I put this down to stress instead of the food change and started feeding her I/d food. Initially this stopped the bleeding but man her poops were smelly. Then her and my other cat started losing weight, became lethargic, dull fur, dull eyes and had bloody watery stools. Thankfully I did a search online and found all these negative reviews of Hills food.
I gradually put her back on her original food (James Wellbeloved Grain Free) and a month later both cats are bouncing round like kittens, their fur is shiny and they are happy and healthy with normal poop. I just pray that I haven’t caused them any lasting damage to their kidneys as mentioned in other reviews. My friend's cat was recently put to sleep due to kidney failure and he had been fed on hills I/d. AVOID this product.
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Why are they allowed to put corn in cat food? Cats cannot process corn in their bodies. I almost learned this too late. My cat had an infection that was attacking his heart valve. You people should know this. I have put him on a grain free diet. I had him on skin and stomach dry food. You even put corn in wet food. What is wrong with you people? Pets are at a risk because of your actions.
We have four kittens that are 16 weeks old and started feeding them Hills science for kittens. It was a horrible experience! Kittens were throwing up and had horrible diarrhea. They looked sick and were lethargic. Our kittens are always full of energy and playing all the time so I knew something was wrong. We thought they had some kind of infection so took them to the vet. After a few hundred dollars the vet could find nothing wrong with them. We left one kitten for a couple days for observation and they said she did fine. The other kittens at home were still throwing up. They fed her a different type of food. When she got home and ate Hills Science again the vomiting and diarrhea started! I threw that food out and bought Royal Canin and the kittens loved it! They no longer threw up and stools are normal! Something is wrong with Hills Science!!!
My 13 year old cat had been healthy all her life but last year developed a food allergy and licked a lot of her hair off. The vet wanted us to try Hills z/d. We did and within weeks her hair started to grow back. But a couple months in and she started vomiting, refusing to eat. We ended up in the ER because she was dehydrated. At that point her blood tests were normal as they have always been. The not wanting to eat, vomiting, weight loss continued. Had to have meds for nausea and appetite stimulant. She also had diarrhea for 2 months along with everything else. She was just getting worse so we had more blood work and this time it shows she is now diabetic.
So 4 months in on this food and she was very sick. We took her off of it, went to low carb single ingredient foods and started insulin and she is like her old self again. The vomiting and other issues stopped after getting her off this food. She's on insulin now and doing good. Recently found out that the z/d she was on is 34% carbs! No way should a cat be eating that many carbs. Wish I had researched before giving her the food. Hopefully she will have a long life ahead of her now.
My experience with Hills C/D Urinary Care has been satisfactory when it comes to the health benefits, as my cat, Junior T has not had any urinary tract issues since only eating this food. He has been eating this food for about twelve to thirteen years now. Unfortunately, the dry is only available in seafood and chicken. I believe the dry comes in three sizes. The canned offers a little more variety with vegetables. He gets the canned food as a treat as I find it to be very costly, more so than the dry. The canned is available in two sizes. Both varieties (canned and dry) are only available at an animal hospital and with a doctor's recommendation or order.
We thought a more expensive brand would provide our indoor cat a long and healthy life. Instead it took her from us way too early and we are devastated. I wish I researched more and kept checking over the years. Hills changed their indoor cat food ingredients and products about a year or more ago and our cat hated the change. I called Hills and they confirmed they had made changes. I had to get the smaller sized dry food for our cat to start eating it again and we also gave her the wet can food too at least once a week. Well her behavior changed and after senior tests for a cat not even 9 years old, we got the bad news... kidney disease and she was already too far along. A healthy cat!! Indoor. This should never have happened. Don't buy or trust Hills and research your pets food constantly. I'll never put my trust into one brand when it comes to my pet. It did not pay off and took our Godiva way too early.
My purebred 9 yr old Ragdoll is a little overweight. He's very content with just the 1/2 cup of bikkies but enjoys 1 tspn wet food (Hills Prescription Diet wet food Skin/Food Sensitivities z/d original flavour). He's slowly losing weight which is fantastic for his health. I'm more than happy with the Vet (Greencross Vets at Caloundra, Sunshine Coast in Australia). They love him! Couldn't ask for better care.
Quality Issues - Highly Diluted with Gravy. Ordered a batch of Prescription Cat Food in October then again in January. Several tins that I received in January contain way less substance - far more liquid than my previous orders. While Chewy customer service sent a replacement, that delivery had the same consistency - mainly gravy. Cancelled my autoship, looking for another brand.
I have raised cats on Hills food for 65 years and was totally happy with the product and had several cats live into their 20s. Several months ago the formula was changed from adults to the above. I found not only did my cats seem to like it less but their coats started to lose luster and shed. (I have 7 rescue cats) Lakata a 4 year old Maine Coon X was said to be over weight so vet put her on Metabolic for weight loss. She lost 500 grams in about 14 months. After a few months on this food she started to have very dry skin and dandruff, also drinks way more water than she ever did. Had her tested for allergies none.
When I called New Zealand Office to inquire what had changed I was told they had no idea period. Asked could they find. Was told NO that would be up to me. Called Australian office, met with equal lack of courtesy and knowledge. Pretty much said one thing had changed and the packing that was all and if I was that concerned about the cats perhaps I should go with the flow or change to another food. Good luck finding a better one. Still using product but have concerns for future health of cats 2 years up to 15 years. I think Hills should be more open about the changes. Have yet to find another food my cats will eat. Only other food they have is fresh veal once a day. No people food. Am off to vet this afternoon to see why my 3 year old is developing patches of black heads under her chin and if it is associated with the food. They did not start until a few weeks after the change. Paulette **.
My 15-year-old cat was diagnosed with thyroid disease and Hill's Y/d food was recommended as a conservative alternative to medication. She would have to be on this food for her lifetime. My cat loved the food, and her thyroid readings were back to normal within a week. HOWEVER, a few months later, she was vomiting a lot, sometimes 2-3 times a day, and missing her litter box or pooping on the floor of another room. She had never done this before. NOTHING in her routine had changed. I took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with KIDNEY FAILURE. She was severely dehydrated as well, and she had stopped eating and drinking and was very lethargic, so we tried to keep her as comfortable as possible, but for cats, this is always a death sentence. Less than two weeks later, I had to put her to sleep, three days short of her 16th birthday.
I see that Hill's doesn't have very good reviews, and some are very similar to mine. While I have no proof that this brand was instrumental in her sudden decline, I find it very disturbing that an otherwise healthy cat who initially responded very favorably to the diet should suddenly be dying. Currently, I have a 4-year-old cat who was diagnosed with possible bladder stones. The vet recommended several prescription brands, but you can be sure I didn't select Hill's. When I googled "hill's thyroid cat food causes kidney failure", I found an article by one of Hills' own veterinarians -- not exactly objective, right? I'm worried that the brand I chose for my cat now may also cause long-term damage. It seems that, like human medications, pet meds and prescription foods also contraindicate to the point of fatality. Look at all the class-action lawsuits, most recently, Zantac. RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH!
Hills Cat Food author review by Dr. Ken Tudor
The Hills family of pet foods always makes the list when discussing premium options, in large part due to their unique formulas and prescription options.
Prescription food available: Hills makes prescription formulas to address health issues such as skin conditions, kidney disease and many other problems.
Wet or dry formulas: Since both types of food have their advantages, Hills offers both.
Jumbo can sizes: Wet food gets expensive, so Hills offers a jumbo can that is more cost-effective.
Special formulas for non-prescription problems: Hills formulas address a variety of dietary needs, including kitten development and weight control.
Created by vets: All Hills’ products are formulated by veterinarians to ensure the best and healthiest recipes are available for cats of all ages and breeds.
Hills Cat Food Company Information
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- Hills Cat Food
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- United States
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