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We have been feeding our cats Purina One Indoor Turkey & Rice formula for many, many years (probably about 16 years) and have never had any problems or issues with it. However, about a month ago when our cat and dog food delivery from Chewy.com was delayed and we were about to run out of dry cat food, my husband picked up a large 22 lb bag of Iams original adult formula at Target on his way home from work because they didn't have any of the Purina One in stock, so I told him to just get the Iams thinking that it would be fine.
My parents fed both our cats and dogs Iams when I was a kid in the 80s and 90s with no problems, so I figured that would be a good alternative until our normal Purina One arrived. WRONG! Over the course of 4-6 weeks that our cats were eating this food (we were trying to use up the giant bag), we noticed that our cats' coats were becoming very dull and not nearly as shiny or soft as they usually are. Also, 2 of our 5 cats began throwing up multiple times a day and began losing weight. This has NEVER happened before.
We finally stopped feeding the Iams and put them back on their normal Purina One and their soft, shiny coats started to come back and the 2 cats that had been vomiting stopped and were completely fine after stopping the Iams. After reading all of the other complaints that are almost identical to our experience, I feel very confident in saying that Iams is TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE food and should be avoided at all costs! Obviously, it's not the same food that it was when I was growing up in the 80s and 90s and has gone way downhill in quality. If you are considering feeding your cats or dogs Iams, DON'T DO IT!!!
My 12-year-old, indoor-exclusive, short-haired, gray tabby cat has been eating IAMS brand dry cat food all her life. When she grew to adulthood, I switched to the Proactive Health for weight and hairball control (as the title suggests Iams PROACTIVE HEALTH Indoor Weight & Hairball Care Dry Cat Food). Since adulthood, she's gotten a measured 1/4 cup of food in the morning and once again in the early evening when I came home from work. For the past 8 out of 10 years, my Lovely has been eating this brand without issues. However, like so many other cat owners who rate this brand as poor... I'm too am doing so not only because of to the vomiting but because of other issued I've listed below.
My cat has never been sickly nor does she have a sensitive stomach, however, for the past 2 years, she'd vomit each time she ate. Don't get me wrong, she loves the flavor and she'd gobbled it down like she hasn't eaten in a week. Without fail, 15-20 minutes later I'd hear her retching and then I'd come across the vomit pile(s). Soon after the purge, she'd trot over to her bowl...and the endless cycle began. I thought maybe she was just eating too fast so I'd intervene; divert her attention by petting her and telling her to take her time. Never wanting to miss a petting opportunity, she'd enjoy the love and slow down the shovel. Most of the time this worked but not always.
Now that she was keeping down the food, for the most part, I began to notice her substantial weight gain. Surely vomiting the food isn't the method by which her weight was to be controlled...surely not!!! But this substantial weight gain wasn't the only change I began to notice: 1-Her coat, although soft, was now greasy - not shiny. It separated into clumped bands of hair across her body from her head to the tip of her tail. 2-Her coat was covered with dander - a problem she'd never had before. It got so bad she looked like she had a severe case of dandruff. 3-Excessive shedding. Now I know what you’re thinking, animals shed, but this was insane. She's a short-haired tabby...she only sheds during seasonal changes. I couldn't touch her without having handfuls of fur over me, the couch, the floor or the fly-away clumps of hair floating in the air flow generated by the ceiling fans.
No amount of brushing would stop the shedding, get rid of the dander, or make her fur look sleek and shiny. Eventually even distracting her during eating didn’t stop the vomiting entirely. There was an endless cycle of eating then purging, weight loss and then weight gain. That's dangerous for a human, I can only imagine what it's silently doing to my pet. I finally stopped feeding her the IAMS brand altogether. After some trial and error with other brands, I finally found a brand she loves. Every issue I mentioned above has corrected itself. And even though she's 12 years old and an only child, she now runs around like a kitten.
Many reviewers mentioned they noticed the vomiting after the switch from the pink bag to the blue and I concur. The other issues listed above developed over the last year-and-a-half. I think it's safe to say that whatever formulation changes made, substantially decreased the nutritional value. I won't be buying any IAMS brand again nor can I recommend it any cat owner. It’s really sad to see a once GREAT product turn a blind eye on quality and customer satisfaction.
About three weeks ago, I bought some Iams cat food for weight control/hairball. My cat has never been a picky eater; he is 15 years of age. From the start, he began to lose his appetite; he would not clean up his food. I attributed that to the change of food; my grocery store does not carry his regular food, so thought the Iams mixed with his regular diet would be a good choice. WRONG. After two to three weeks, he was really dropping weight. He began to leave more and more of the Iams. He became lethargic and almost anti-social. He spent more and more of his time in his favorite hiding place. He had large, loose, soft stools. I became very concerned and decided to take him to a vet and change his food.
This was late Friday evening; vets are not available on weekends except for emergencies. I did not deem he was in an emergency situation. I started him on the new cat food; he ate an entire feedings. Later that evening he was asking for more; he had perked up and was starting to demand my attention. It is Monday morning; he is back to normal, hungry, social and is no longer lethargic. There is, apparently, something toxic in the Iams cat food.
Two weeks ago, I bought Iams hairball control food at Target because the store did not have our normal Purina hairball food. I gradually switched my cat over, adding a small bit of the new food to the food she was used to and gradually increasing by tiny increments each day to avoid an upset stomach. In the last few days, she has vomited over 8 times, and yesterday I found blood in both her vomit and stool.
She has not acted sick, and has continued to be very affectionate and playful, but obviously I took her to the vet today because these symptoms are terrifying. The vet could find nothing physically wrong with her and took blood to test to be sure, but after reading these reviews, I have thrown the Iams food away and switched her back to Purina. No vomiting or bloody stool tonight, but my cat has been extremely flatulent and it's still really alarming. I will amend this review if the blood tests reveal a different issue, but the food certainly seems to be a likely cause.
We have three adopted domestic short-hairs, two are very large siblings and the third is pretty small. The bigger cats have sensitive stomachs and we found the indoor cat sensitive stomach (pink bag) solved their vomiting problems so they've been on it for years. Ever since the label change (that now says "Digestive Health") all three cats started vomiting a few times a week, even the small one who doesn't have a sensitive stomach. Looking for a new cat food.
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Have been feeding my cat hairball control (chicken flavor) from the orange colored Iams plastic bags for over 3 years without issue. She would have a hairball roughly once every 3 months. Recently the packaging changed to an aqua colour but the ingredients appeared very similar, so I thought nothing of it. On the new bag, she began vomiting every 2-3 days. Additionally (and ironically) she was seemingly craving the dry food infinitely more than the old mix (so flavor wasn't the issue!).
After 2 weeks of her polishing off the dry food bowl very quickly and then yowling for the rest of the day because she wanted more, and vomiting every few days, I began to suspect that the mix was indeed different. I found an old orange bag and put her back on that. Effects were immediate. She slowed her eating to previous speed (slowly finishing a bowl throughout the day) and zero vomiting. It's been 2 months now without incident. When my last orange bag finishes, I'll be moving on to Hills Diet.
Back in November of 2011 Iams had a recall of their pet food. Sadly my cat passed away from this poisoned food. Iams assured me that they would pay for all my vet bills and that they would pay for funeral costs (they would not pay for me to replace my cat and put no value to my cat other than the direct monetary value of the loss). I agreed to this payment, signed all the documentation that they asked us to sign and waited for payment. My assumption was that because they were involved in a legal case that my payment was going to be slow to come. Boy was I mistaken. They have never sent payment. I called them numerous times and they just told me that they would not send payment and the case was closed. So they basically lied to me. How can a company be so callous to a customer? Cost me thousands of dollars and did nothing to cover the costs.
I have 4 cats, ages range from 8-1/2 to 6-1/2 years old. For the past 5 years I have fed them Iams Proactive Health Indoor Weight and Hairball Care with no problems. Some reviewers said that they noticed issues when Iams packaging changed from the paper type to more plastic – I did not. My last purchase was a 7 lb bag, which I normally get. All kitties are fed twice a day, ¼ cup each feeding. We were about halfway through that bag when Sassy (my smallest & oldest) would only eat a couple nuggets then walk away. I thought maybe she had an upset tummy, so after 3 feedings of her not eating anything, I gave them all some Royal Canin dental (which they get as treats). Sassy ate those just fine!
The following day, Dylan only ate half of her dish and threw that up. I decided to stop after work that evening and pick up some Cat Chow (not bottom of the barrel food, but not premium price food either). Both Sassy & Dylan had no problems eating every nugget in their dish… Bottom line – I don’t trust feeding the Iams to them anymore, especially after reading the other reviews, what I have left will go in the trash and will look for an alternative dry food. My kitties are my children, and as every good pet parent knows, you do what you have to do to protect them. I am thankful I didn’t wait too long before coming to this conclusion and hope I made the switch in time…
So my cat Rockie, my love and life has been a puker because he has a sensitive stomach. So, I decided to switch to Iams. Heard it was good for cats and so forth. Well, for the past couple of days I noticed my cat losing weight. My fatman turned to bones. He wouldn't eat, he barely drank. Now mind you he didn't puke on this food, just colored food. So this morning 4.7.18 I had to rush my cat to the emergency vet. His kidneys are damaged. When I called the vet to check up on him cause they had to keep him because he was dehydrated and they wanted to observe him, vet advised that he was eating a little and drinking a little cause they couldn't insert an IV.
After reading all these reviews and knowing what my cat has been doing, I have thrown out all the Iams sensitive stomach. My female is looking at me crazy, so now I have to go get more food, but tonight she will get some cooked pork for dinner as I wait on pins and needles about my fat buddy. Note: I've been in tears all day cause I don't have my boy with me.
I have 2 Ragdoll cats, sisters that are 10 years old and have grown up eating Iams Dry Food mainly the Proactive Health Indoor Weight and Hairball Care. That's what their breeder recommended and I had feed my previous cat. Wednesday both cats refused to eat. They walked away when I set the food down which is very unlike them. This continued for days along with diarrhea, the smaller cat having a terrible case with a little blood showing in her stool as well. By Saturday both cats were acting lethargic and still not eating. I ended up taking them to the emergency vet which found them both dehydrated. The vet couldn't find anything wrong and asked if I had changed anything, nothing had changed. They were given anti-acids and anti-nausea medicine along with a bland diet like chicken breast or chicken flavored baby food.
Two days later they're doing great and I decided to go online to see if there were any issues with Iams. I couldn't believe all the reviews that sounded exactly like what we had experienced. I had bought a 16LB bag of Iams Proactive Health and just opened it right before the cats started showing signs of being ill. I noticed for the first time too that the bag was plastic instead of the usual paper. Whether or not that has anything to do with it, I don't know but something has changed and is very wrong. I've thrown out the bag and plan to call my vet in the morning to ask what dry food he recommends. I believe Mars took over Iams several years ago and evidently isn't living up to the previous standards. Let's hope for everyone's sake that they figure out what the problem is before many more beloved pets become ill.
In mid December 2017 I began gradually adding Iams ProActive Health Healthy Kitten food to my then 5 month old kitten's food. I believed that the Iams brand would be better for her. Iams I feel has always stood behind their brand and have a very reputable name. Now we are 3 weeks into the full transition and she has recently started throwing up. Also occasionally when our older cat eats whatever she might leave in the bowl he vomits as well. So this is obviously not a coincidence. There is something wrong and a recall may be in order!!!
We got a new bag of cat food a couple of weeks ago. I have three cats. All of them have been vomiting lately. I decided to see if other people had the same issue. Looks like this is the case. We won’t be buying Iams again. Very disappointing. We will have to toss the ten pounds of cat food that’s left. What a shame! I hope my cats are ok.
Have been feeding my cats Iams dry food for 4 years. One would throw up everything eaten periodically but for the last week has or so has become extremely I'll and neither cat will touch the food. An expensive trip to the vet for evaluation and antibiotics and anti-vomiting med didn't find any problems as of yet, we are returning for blood work if he's not better tomorrow. He's very lethargic, looks very sad, as if he's pleading for me to help him, but he won't pick up his head when I come into the room and sort of squeaks when I try to pick him up as if he's in pain. After reading all the other similar accounts, I am discontinuing use of Iams.
I have two 7 month old purebred ragdolls. I have fed them Iams Kitten exclusively and at first there were no problems. Mid to late January I bought 2 more bags and my female began vomiting within 20 mins of eating. She is also moving multiple stools a day and urinating frequently, in large amounts and urine is very strong smelling. I thought I was feeding too much so I controlled her food and fluid intake. Recently the male has started having similar symptoms. The vet proposed possible virus and/or infection. Started them on antibiotics. They are still having these issues, vomiting after eating, increased BM and urination but otherwise acting normally. I've been googling for days and today thought to Google Iams only to find many other pet owners with similar experiences. I am switching them to another food immediately and very interested to see if it changes their symptoms.
I've read the multiple reviews of people who's cat is sick. Were able to find out from their vet the nature of the problem. Bought a bag of IAMS and since mid-January 2018, cat is sick. Vomiting and won't eat. Saw the 5 vet who ruled out just about every disease. Now treated for an infection somewhere in the cat: so antibiotics, anti-acid, anti-nausea, morphine and vet prescription food urinary as a precaution in case of a kidney infection. She started eating the vet food but does not have her usual appetite yet. Please comment because she looks as if she is dying off slowly. Thanks.
I have four cats that I have fed only Iams top four years. They've all been vomiting - but I thought maybe they'd eaten something else to cause it. Then, my son gets a cat, and after a week on a different brand of dry food, he switched to Iams. Now his cat is also vomiting. I would never have thought this high end brand of cat food would be a problem, but everything points to this cat food! After reading the reviews, I'm switching to a different brand. Very disappointed in this company's lack of interest in what appears to be a serious problem!!
We’ve been using Iams cat food for years. Purchased a bag recently and all three cats have been vomiting profusely. The dog also got into the food and has had severe diarrhea. Sometimes she gets into the cat food but it has never made her sick before. She also eats Iams dog food. I bought a new brand of cat food and the kitties are no longer vomiting. My dog still has severe diarrhea. I’m thinking I may need to get rid of that too.
Our cat, Henry, has been eating Iams for 6-8 months without incident. A little over a week ago, we bought a new bag of the Iams Proactive Health and almost immediately, Henry began vomiting within 10 minutes of eating it. It was constant. This was on a Friday. By Wednesday when he was showing no improvement, we took him to the vet and after a battery of tests and an overnight stay, the vet declared him healthy. BTW, he did not vomit while at the veterinarian's and it is important to note that they fed him a food other than Iams. The next day he came home, ate some Iams and promptly vomited again. I bought a different brand and he stopped vomiting and by the end of the weekend, looked healthy and happy again.
I told the vet this and she said another cat had been in the clinic last week with the same vomiting issue and that cat was also on Iams. I called Iams and was told by the customer service rep that she was unaware of any problems with the food. Since posting this on my FB page, several people have experienced similar problems. Here is the UPC code: 0 1901471226 7 and the "Best By" date: Apr 4 2019. Other relevant information pertaining to facility and batch: 749D1OHL01 13:35 US30941.
We've fed our cats Iams for many years without issue, however we've had 2 bad bags of Iams within this last year and have decided not to risk purchasing it anymore. The current bag purchased from Walmart, caused all 4 of our cats to be sick. They were vomiting, had diarrhea, and lethargic. They stopped eating and drinking. We switched foods and they started eating again.
For the last 2.5 weeks my cat has had serious diarrhea. Nothing in her diet changed nor cat littler. For last 10 years she has always eaten Iams Indoor Hairball & Weight Control. I purchased a new bag for her about 3 weeks ago. This was not the paper type Iams used, it was in a plastic type of bag. She had diarrhea immediately after she ate. I monitored and after week 2 I was concerned. I jumped on Google and was shocked that I read other cats had same issues, consumers think this is something to do with new packaging. I pulled her food immediately, diarrhea stopped. I'm now feeding her Rachael Ray grain free, no issues. We are the voice of animals. I'm So very upset this has happened- she could have died!
We've had our cat since she was 6 weeks old. She's 6 months old now, we used to have her on Purina, but made the switch to Iams soon after, seeing the vet recommended label. She never had issues before Iams, but her coat is shiny and smooth! She's been eating Iams for about 5 months, no issues at all!
I fed my male cat IAMS Proactive Health High Protein Chicken & Salmon Cat Food. He has had stomach issues and has lost weight from diarrhea. I had to stop feeding him this food. $240.00 vet bill. I do not recommend this food.
Very disappointed that Iams drastically changed their formula for dry cat food. Our 2 year old started with Iams kitten and we switched her to adult dry kibble. No problems. Until the new packaging and new product earlier this fall. She immediately developed diarrhea, it stuck with her for over a month. I recently threw away the rest of the Iams and gave her a different brand and over the next few days her stools were back to normal. Solid evidence.
My cat unexpectedly started to throw up all day, then next day she felt better and ate her dry food, then after eating a few hours later the vomiting continued followed by bloody diarrhea. At that point we weren’t sure what the problem was and brought her to the vet. She wasn’t eating and just kept vomiting, the doctor prescribed antibiotics and all day I took care of her, gave her wet food and bouts of water. Since she seemed to be getting better she went to go eat her Iams dry food, once again that night she started throwing up. All she was able to do was sit on the floor, immobile, cry and vomit. I was worried for her life.
That’s when the connection between the Iams dry food and the vomiting and bloody stool made sense. I took away the dry food, and replaced it with a better brand. It took her the whole day to feel better after a night of throwing up but once she felt better she ate her new food. Now she is better. The connection is clear. Iams dry food was poisoning her. Took out the food she became better.
Sorry to everyone who has had problems with Iams. I have a cat who I found out had food allergies from regular dry cat food. Her fur was very dry and brittle... Also she had bumps on the back of her neck and was constantly scratching and licking. So I decided to try Iams in the Aqua colored bag. Since she's been on it her bumps are gone... and she doesn't lick or scratch anymore. Her fur is so soft now and silky. Not quite sure what happened with all the poor kitties who got sick. But my Bella is so much better now!
I have recently started buying Iams protein formula or senior care formula for my 12+ year old cat. Before I was lax in what I fed him. Whatever I could get for a good price because he's not picky and I am on a limited income. As he is getting older, the quality of foods (fillers and additives) are getting harder for him to digest.
Last month I was buying his food and they were out of the senior and protein (my go to when I can't get senior). They were even out of the adult (green bag) in the size I needed. So I decided on the oral care. That was last month. Almost 2 months ago. Since giving him their oral care formula, my cat had slowly stopped eating. But was always crying for more food. One day I noticed he didn't seem to weigh as much, and I noticed light bleeding in drool (I didn't think too much about the drool because cats with long fang teeth are prone to a little drooling).
Immediately the next morning as it was too late that night, I called the vet. This was almost a week ago. Apparently he hurt a tooth and developed an infection at some point since eating the oral care food. He weighs 12.5 pounds, a considerable difference for an almost 20 pound cat. He cannot eat hard food and is having difficulty eating moist food. And is now at the point that he doesn't want his food liquified. He is on antibiotics for the infection and I am now trying to come up with the $400 or so that I will need to make a dental appointment.
My cat has been very healthy for as long as I've had him. Has had minimal problems, only needed the vet 1 other time before this. He was a very strong and active cat. And now he is reduced to the state he is in. And unable to eat. As far as health, the vet was surprised that he was in such good health at his age and surprised that his teeth were as good as they are. I have had no problems with any of the other Iams formulas that I have tried. And have also given my dog Iams. But I would suggest to think twice before buying the oral care formula.
We have been feeding our 10-yr-old Bengal Iams Dry Cat Food since she was little. Suddenly the past few months she vomits every single time she eats it in any variety! Stop the Iams, no more vomiting. It clearly is some kind of change they have made to their product!! We have thrown the bags of Iams in the trash, will never purchase it again, and have a happy kitty now eating just about anything else it can. They can live in denial all they want, but when no one purchases their product anymore maybe they will just go out of business, as is fitting for a company that poisons the very animals it claims to care about. It is such a severe and immediate reaction. God only knows what disgusting trash they have added to their product, but our kitty will no longer suffer the consequences of that.
I am reading about all these bad experiences that have happened to those that have fed the Iams product. I feel so bad for them but feel I need to write in favor of the Iams product and also suggest that another avenue be looked at for others that may come behind all of this. PLEASE insist your vet check your pet's blood to make sure they have not overdosed your cat with their shots. Oh yeah, that happens and every vet on every one of those cases knew that if it was time for those cats to have their shots updated or to get their first kittens shots. I have had my two boys on Iams Indoor/outdoor, Hairball Control for 14 yrs. Yes 14 yrs and they have NEVER been sick. But, they had their first set of shots and I didn't allow the 3in1 or 7in1. Had to be separate, cost more but boys were healthier and not over drugged. Thank you Iams.
I have an indoor only, 5-year-old healthy cat who has dramatically gotten very sick. I have only used Iams in the Orange Bag, with her and my two previous cats who lived very long lives. A few days ago, right after eating her Iams dry food, she began throwing up everywhere for 48 hours. I have noticed they changed the Orange Bag to Plastic, so I'm worried. There is something in the new packaging or food that is making my cat severely sick, throwing up not eating for days and I'm scared for her life, that she has been poisoned by her food. Someone needs to investigate this ASAP!
Recently Iams came out with their own version of perfect portions copying Whiskas. They put out a free try coupon and within 2 weeks all were gone from the stores. We waited and waited to buy some for our cats but none were to be found. After finally reaching someone in the company the lady who had attitude stated they were only being sold in Walmart and Pet Smart as "they are the 2 biggest stores”. Yet surprisingly they stock all of their dry foods and wet dog food in all other stores but the wet cat food can only be purchased at those 2 locations and have been out of stock in our city for a month.
If that is bad enough many would have to take 1-2 buses to get to those locations. Clearly the company could care less that elderly those with no cars etc. must go out of their way if they truly wanted their product. Iams clearly showed this is about profits rather than making the food available to all stores for consumer's pets. Maybe people need to reevaluate buying Iams products if they are showing a lack of concern.
Iams Cat Food expert review by Dr. Ken Tudor
Iams Cat Food is a company dedicated to providing pets with the best food possible. Iams was founded on the philosophy that pets need to be given the best nutrition possible. Since its founding, Iams has relentlessly researched new ways to improve their recipes and to ensure that their customers' furry family members are provided with all they deserve.
Quality products: Iams never cuts corners when making their pet food, they ensure that all the ingredients they use can pass very rigorous test to ensure that they are safe for your pets.
Tireless research: Iams' research has always resulted in groundbreaking new foods, they were the first to use many new types of food that better cater to the way your pet is supposed to eat.
Innovative thinking: The company's research has always been centered around their innovative ideas, these ideas have led to healthier and higher quality foods.
Food safety: They consistently surpasses all regulations placed on food production safety with their superior production guidelines, this ensures that your pet is provided with the best possible food and not anything that is unhealthy for them.
Full refund guarantee: If a consumer is dissatisfied with any Iams product, Iams offers a 100% confidence guarantee and will provide a full refund for their product.
Best for: Cats who need good nutrition and cats who need to lose weight.
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