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I purchased a bag of the Iams weight and hairball control last week at a Walmart in Highlands Ranch, CO. This is the same food I have been feeding my cat for the last 5 years (or more) without any issues. This time however, she has been throwing up a few hours after she eats. At first I didn't think anything of it (cats vomit too) but after 3 days and reading on this site that there have been others with an issue as well, I'm convinced the food is the problem. The batch number is 711A1NE04.
Always feed this to my 12 yo cats, as well as varying formulas of Iams dry food, and sometimes Science Hill and have never had a problem - UNTIL RECENTLY... My cats were not eating much, very odd for them, and after a week they appeared to be losing weight. I called the vet and was about to get blood work as I thought they were sick. But then I thought maybe it is the food. I purchased another small bag of the same Iams hairball/weight control formula and they gobbled it up immediately! SO... Something is wrong with that 40lb bag that I purchased from Walmart (in Central new Jersey). I searched online to see if there was a recall but found nothing, except I did find previous entries here on this site where the person's cats were getting sick from same brand/formula recently.
I had purchased the food in February. I have been a true patron of Iams for over 20 years with my pets. Overall I think the food is good for my pets so I hope this was a fluke. I will call Iams to report as well. The food has been thrown out, which cost me over $30, I hope they compensate and take the claim seriously to protect others.
We have been feeding our cat Iams Dry Cat Food for Indoor Weight and Hairball Control (turquoise bag) for the last couple of years without a problem until now. I bought a new bag at the beginning of April (2017) at Walmart and for the last couple of weeks he has been throwing up very frequently after eating it. I am concerned it could be the cat food. I called the customer service number on the bag to make a report. They said there have not been any similar reports made to them recently. However, I don't know that they would necessarily tell me even if there have been. I saw the other review written here (April 2017) stating a similar issue with their cats. It makes me wonder if it really is the cat food. If this is happening to your cats PLEASE report it to Iams. They are sending me a voucher to buy a fresh bag, but I am a somewhat reluctant to do so.
every time he was fed (morning noon and night). I checked bag ingredients and to my shock chicken is not longer the first ingredient!! Now it is byproducts! Needless to say I will no longer be buying this food - now I bought Royal Canin and no more throwing up! IAMS should have let it be known they changed ingredients - they are trying to increase their profits at the expense of the pets so switched to the cheaper BYPRODUCTS!
Our cats have to take medicines with their foods and will reject many foods that do not cover taste of meds. They love Iams Purrfect. It is disturbing that Mars has bought Iams and may discontinue the pet food lines.
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We switch up between Iams and Science Diet for the safety and well-being of our cats. They get a half a can each of Fancy Feast (check the ASH content on ALL commercial cat foods) for breakfast. Iams and HSD might cost a little more - but would you knowingly feed your kids POISON? (Ash can kill your cat.) If you are unfamiliar with this - ask your veterinarian or read my comments about Hill's Science Diet to find out.
Iams is a great cat food. Well my cat thinks so. The ingredients seem to be one of the best out there. Iams could be a little hard to find and a little pricey, but Frankie the cat seem to love the taste, and leaves his fur so soft and silky.
I have a 16 year old cat who was not eating much & losing weight. When I introduced her to Iams Sensitive Stomach Cat Food, she regained some weight. Her fur is softer and she has more energy.
In May 2013, I bought new bag of IAMS cat food. It smelled and looked odd. My cat didn't want to eat it. I forced her to eat it because I thought she was being picky because it smelled different not realizing it was contaminated. (MY CAT KNEW IT WAS BAD.) She started vomiting and had bloody diarrhea. I took her to vet, they did ultrasound and said her intestines were inflamed...with swollen lymph nodes. They removed the inflamed intestines TWICE ($2000 and worth it to save her)...but she died anyway. Iams announced recall of food in August for Salmonella. I BLAMED IAMS FOR MY CAT'S DEATH. They refused to acknowledge it MADE MY CAT SICK even after the recall. I TELL EVERYONE TO STAY AWAY FROM IAMS.
I switched my cats over to Iams dry cat food, for weight management, about a month ago. I bought three bags. I went through the the first bag, mixed with the brand food they were initially on for a long time. Now I'm halfway through the second bag. I feed the ferals outside as well. I noticed one of my indoor cats, Max the male had diarrhea but I just thought it was due to the switching. I gave them other canned wet food as well, a little once a day. I switched over like suggested by the veterinarians. The male cat, Max would not stop with the diarrhea. It was literally all over the litter box, on rugs, and by doorways. I again just thought it was him because my female looked like she was doing fine, so I thought, because she was eating it. Then my Male started to vomit, and I had to bring him to vet. After lots testing, X-ray, and bloodwork, they can't really find anything.
I use a natural deformed to see if this is the culprit, and as recommended I do the boiled chicken and rice, and gave him pills for nausea. He started doing better. I noticed he was back to his old self, at least no vomiting and the diarrhea had seemed to stop. Well a few days go by, and so I started adding back the Iams. The male, Max, gobbled it up, while the female Luna, who was not sick would not eat the Iams at all. The symptoms came back for Max, and now Luna is sick. There's no doubt in my mind it's the Iams! I am so mad that as a consumer, we spend a little extra to keep our babies healthy, and here we are unintentionally poisoning them. Something needs to be done. I will never, ever buy Iams again, and I am throwing out the last two bags I have. I am even concerned for the freaks outside as I cannot monitor them or their defecation process but they don't look well.
Saved the life of my cats! I had fed my cats IAMS Low pH for years. It controlled urinary crystal problems and they enjoyed the food. When I moved to another state, my veterinarian did not provide IAM products, so switched to a Royal Cannin Low pH product. After 3 years when I opened a bag, the cats turned up their noses. I called the company to see if something had changed and they said no. So I continued to feed it to them.
After a period of time one cat developed loose stools that contained mucous streaked with blood and were very smelly. She was put on a probiotic that cost me $1/day that helped some but did not solve the problem. A year later my other cat dropped from 8.2# to 5.8# in six weeks. After the expense labs, radiology nd of trip to a specialist, the cause of her inflamed liver, pancreas, etc. was not found. One antibiotic did not help.
Because I had two sick cats, I decided to check online reviews on the product I was using. Lo and behold, I found many reviews of similar problems for cats and dogs--no problem for years, then either problems with bowels or rapid weight loss and even death. I got a prescription from my vet and I was able to get IAMS Low pH from another vet in another town (I now get the IAMS through Chewy.com). In a few weeks, the first cat had normal stools, and after 8 weeks my second cat had normal blood lab reports and had gained all of her weight back. IAMS saved the life of my cats.
The cat seems to like this dry food and it comes in many varieties such as hairball control. It is also available for cats of various ages. At one point during a recall, the company sent several coupons for free and reduced price cat food. The consumer only had to send in the barcode of the affected food for the coupons.
I used Iams indoor cat exclusively for about 2 years. I was very happy with it, my cats liked it and had very shiny healthy coats. It was just the price after a while because of how many cats I have. I needed something more affordable.
I don't know what to say, my cat doesn't even make eye contact with me. The food keeps her alive another day, I guess. Nothing else.
IAMS Dry cat food is the brand my cat Nena Maru will eat. Believe me. I've tried many other brands only to get a sniff and a walk away. When Nikolas (I miss my boy) was alive he would only eat Nutro but Nena would not so then I had to find a brand they both would eat and that became IAMS Original flavor. I love IAMS Dry because it keeps Nena's fur shiny, she has loads of energy and she is a happy cat! =)
My cat is a picky eater, but she likes Iams. The vet always comments on her great teeth (she's 15 and has no dental issues). I'm convinced that it's because she eats crunchy food like this.
We have an 8-year-old "dog" like cat that will eat until it exploded if you left food out. We have a 5-year-old "cat" like cat that will nibble here and there (if we COULD let him) if we didn't have to babysit breakfast and dinner times. There was a time when both cats had gotten a bit overweight and the 8-year-old "big guy" got a lot overweight. I am not sure how the company pulled it off but I switched to this from regular Iams adult cat food. They both lost what weight they BOTH needed but neither was starved. They both received a measured amount and they both lost the right amount for their size.
The big guy was a 20 lb cat but is now down to 16-17 lbs (depending on how much we watch and protect "Lil guy" from being pushed out of the way). Lil guy was at 15 lbs which was "ok" but should be around 12 or 13 lbs. In the same time big guy lost 6 lbs, Lil guy lost his 2 pounds all at a healthy pace and now both are more active and "kitten" like in behavior. I know they will live to be at least 18 just like the cat we had that passed away earlier this year. He was also on the same cat food but he was allowed outside. Our cats are not.
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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.
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- Best for Cats who need good nutrition and cats who need to lose weight.
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