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I purchased the IAMS weight and hairball care for the first time a few weeks ago because Target didn't have the grain free food I usually get. A couple of weeks in, I noticed that my cat looked like she had lost some weight and I thought, "wow, that seems fast". But then one morning, both my dog and cat threw up. My dog always finishes up her food if I don't pick it up. That's when I started to think this may be the cat food. This morning, she threw up again. Now, I am only feeding her a different brand of wet food because I'm afraid to keep giving her this. If she doesn't feel better after getting just her wet food, I'll have to take her to the vet. My poor kitty! I should have known. I remember hearing bad things about IAMS in the past, and I felt a little weird pulling it off the shelf. I should have listened to my intuition.
I had been feeding my cats Indoor Weight & Hairball dry food for some time. One of my cats started throwing up, even water, he got very lethargic. Started on a Friday night. By Sunday I thought he was dying, he began to stink. I took him to the vet as soon as I could Monday morning, told me his kidneys were shutting down. That there is a fat or too much fat in the hairball food, that helps the hair just slip on through, but it's too much for a cat. A dog could handle that much, but not cats. Took steroids and feeding a watered down prescription diet to bring him back. I'll never buy another Iams product again.
I have a 1.5 year old male indoor cat who's never had any health issues. He weighed 15.8lbs & only ever had dry Costco brand indoor cat food. I decided to put him on this Iams Proactive Health Indoor Weight & Hairball Control (Teal bag) for weight loss & gave him smaller portions over the last month. He dropped 3.5lbs within that timeframe and I thought it was a good thing. That was until I started to notice he was acting different, stopped playing, eating, drinking, pooping, sleeping 24/7, groggy, drooling, throwing up with blood, very bad breath & zombie like. I took him to a vet specialist & had the two cat leukemia/HIV tests (negative thank god), however he was so anemic his gums were white & blood tests showed his red blood count was 12 (should be 28-42).
Every time he ate this new Iams food he acted like he was starving, but he jolted away like he was in pain after just 1-2 kibbles. He'd attempt to eat again and had a terrified look on his face staring at the food. The vet found sores/pockets in the back of his gums where our wisdom teeth would be on both sides. The vet ran a tick blood test & we're awaiting the results tomorrow, depending on the outcome the next step are ultrasounds and X-rays. I've already spent $700 on blood tests, pain meds & an antibiotic. I've switched his food immediately to wet food & chicken broth so he could slurp it & he's thankfully been eating again (Blue Wilderness Salmon - has high protein & fat).
I'd stop using this immediately, this is the only thing that's changed in my cat's life and it happened to be the same time these symptoms showed up. These reviews back up my suspicions & a local PetCo worker told me she had a customer come in this week with a similar story to mine who also used this Iams cat food. I'm contacting Iams immediately, this is ridiculous that it hasn't been recalled with all these bad encounters noted on this thread. Hopeful the new diet will fix these awful impacts to my poor baby.
Bella used to eat all of her IAMS, not leaving any for later. I noticed the kibble was smaller and she was not eating all of her food when it was time to feed her again. I became concerned when she seemed to constantly be itching with allergies it seemed, and did not anything to do with her food at all. So I took her to the vet and got a shot for her. She seemed to be more and more like herself little by little. The change I noticed was with the new packaging, the plastic bag.
That was about a month and a half ago. She is eating less again. After reading all these reviews, I do believe they changed their formula. She is not itching like that again yet, but she does not want to eat that stuff at all. Food was purchased at Walmart, and upon initial discovery I also got a bag at Family Farm and Home dumped it on top of the other two. We are now down to the two bags from Walmart mixed together. It seems that I am one of the lucky ones, my heart goes out to all who had to watch their babies get sick. Very disappointed IAMS! I will be stopping on the way home to buy something else, at KROGER. I also have some Hills science diet on the way to the house from AMAZON and it will be there in two days. She tried to tell me it was garbage, wish I would have listened sooner.
We started my one year old Nebelung, Opie, on the hairball formula (orange bag) about a month ago. This is my first time with IAMS, but decided to give something new a try because I read it was good to switch up their diet every once in awhile. Opie isn’t a picky eater, so getting her to eat it wasn’t the problem. The problem came when she started throwing up. She was vomiting twice a day, where before she maybe vomited twice a month. My boyfriend and I realized tonight that we started her on this new food around the time that the problem started. Reading the reviews of it just confirmed my suspicions more. Can’t believe this hasn’t been recalled yet. I’ve taken away her food tonight and definitely will be switching her back to her old food tomorrow. I’m only posting this because I would be devastated if something happened to my Opie, and I don’t want anything to happen to anyone else’s babies out there.
I have been feeding my cats Iams Original orange bag dry cat food since the eighties. I used to purchase it from my vet and was delighted when I could purchase it from the grocery store. My cats have always been healthy, but recently they have been losing weight. I brought them in for blood work and the results came back normal.
I have always free fed my cats, so I started really paying attention to how much they ate. They really just did not care for their cat food anymore. I have been introducing a new cat food (Rachel Ray Nutrish), and they are now eating better. After 30+ years of loyalty to IAMS, I am disheartened they would change the formula without regard to their customers. Shame on them. I would have given them one star, but I figured I would add an extra for decades of trust.
Our cats have only ever eaten Iams Hairball Control... blue bag. Approximately 2 months ago, after purchasing the last bag, we noticed our cats wouldn't eat it. They would dump it or bury it but wouldn't eat it. After a day, they were hungry enough and finally ate it but they both started vomiting shortly thereafter. This is unlike my cats, and they have always loved this brand. My husband gave what was left to our neighbor's dog. The dog began to vomit as well! So I knew it was the food!
I called Iams and they said the formula was recently changed... but the bag is exactly the same... so I wouldn't have known. She said they hadn't received ANY complaints and that the change in formula should've been introduced slowly. Well, had they changed the bag, I might have known it was a different formula but it's the same package without any mention of a new formula. The representative assured me there were no complaints about the food and she sent me a coupon for a free 7 lb bag. Now, I'm very angry seeing all of these complaints about their food because she lied!!! Never buying Iams again! My cats are like my children and it's very wrong for these so-called experts to brush me off like this when they knew there was a problem!
I have been feeding our cat the Dry Indoor and Hairball kibble for years because it worked so well. In the last few months my indoor only cat, who has been incredibly healthy has become more and more ill, each time after she eats and starts to digest. Frequently vomiting up the food, diarrhea, and lethargy. It became so bad this past weekend that a $450.00 ER Vet trip was needed. The vet could not find any bacterial or viral reason for the illness. After the vet suggested stopping all food and slowly reintroducing, she would only eat the non-Iams food I gave her (vet suggested giving choices to assist eating as she has lost 2 pounds). There is no recall on the dry food, but the change in formula definitely is causing my cat's illness.
New Iams Dry Cat Food is Unhealthy. My 4 cats have been on Iams Indoor Hairball Control dry cat food for several months with no problems until the latest bag. Upon first using it all cats began vomiting and one developed loose stools. I also noticed loss of appetite for their canned food and dulling of their coats. The one cat became so ill it required veterinary care. After that I did online research and found the reviews on this site. This product should be recalled and a class action suit filed. I have contacted Chewy.com, my vet and Mars Company (Iams parent company). Anyone who has had trouble should contact via Contact us at iams.com.
I have 2 cats, 4 years old. They’ve been on the food for sterilised/overweight cats for their whole lives until now. When I went to buy more I was told that there’s a new improved range. I looked for an equivalent one to the food I’d been using but there was nothing, so I bought the orange bag: adult 1 plus years, with fresh chicken. “Supporting 7 signs of healthy vitality” apparently. Because there was no equivalent to the food I’d been using, this was in effect, a completely new food to them so I couldn’t introduce it slowly as you’re meant to with any new food. I wasn’t given that option. Neither of my cats would eat it and when they did, because it was all I had, they were sick.
How ridiculous to bring in a completely new food without any warning and not to have any equivalent options for people who’ve been using the same one for years! Why ‘improve’ something only to make it worse?! There’s a saying: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. After reading many of the above reviews I’m making the decision to come off Iams altogether as I am shocked by what I’m reading. Yes, my cats may throw up for a few days, but hopefully they won’t end up dead.
My cat has been eating IAMS Sensitive Stomach for a long time and I purchased a bag on Saturday and added it to her bowl last night. I noticed the color was different. Today, she is very sick and threw up green vomit and now isn't eating. I can tell she doesn't feel good at all. I decided to stop feeding her the food and picked up a bag of Purina One. I'm hoping she'll be OK with the change. She's a picky eater and IAMS was her favorite food. I have no idea why they changed the recipe and hope they go back to the old one because it seems like a lot of cats are experiencing the same.
I have been feeding my cats Iams Sensitive Stomach for a couple years, being that -oddly- the Indoor hairball care makes them throw up hairballs. I don’t know if they changed the formula recently but the kibble on the last bag was shaped differently. I got another bag when it was finished and it was back to the usual shape from before. Both of my cats are incredibly sick, throwing up with horrible diarrhea now. The only thing that has changed, since they are indoor cats, is that single bag. I’m scared and angry and a $13 bag of food is about to become a very expensive vet bill.
I have been giving my cat different kinds of Iams for 5 years. My most recent bag I noticed the kibbles were darker. Ironically my cat has been having social withdrawal and she has had poop spots on her butt. I took her to the vet and they noticed elevated white blood cells and gave her an antibiotic. Something told me to do some research on Iams. I was just telling my husband that I think the quality must not be as good as it used to be. Then I found all these other consumer complaints. So glad I followed my instinct and did some research. It's time to change cat food to a better quality since Iams is no longer trusted.
I wanted to get her a better branded bag of cat food, and she ate some, was sick for three days, just lying and sleeping. Wouldn't eat. Wouldn't use the litter. I ended up buying Fancy Feast and she started feeling better, now she won't even touch the Iams. There's something up with this batch.
My cat has been eating the Iams Hairball food for many years and now is throwing up. I use to like the color of the old food better than this dark brown new product as it was easier to clean up when there was an hairball. Now my cat is vomiting 3 or 4 times a day with this new formula that is darker. I'm very unhappy and want the old cat food back. I will be returning this and switching from Iams.
I have contacted a local investigative journalist after reading what other consumers have written in here. My parents called me last night to tell me that my cat has had diarrhea, and vomiting. There has not been any poop in the litter box for a couple days since starting to use Iams Weight Control cat food for about a week, maybe a few days longer. There are some people whose cats have suffered more than mine, even some whose cats have died. I also contacted Iams cat food company (Mars). I have contacted Proctor and Gamble as well (Google list them as a parent company along with Mars). Hopefully they will do something about this.
Recently the shape of kibble has changed and I believe the formula has too. My cats, one who this was her favorite, they will no longer touch. I lost my beautiful kitty on 8-25-18 and I think this may have had something to do with it. Anyone else??? I miss you Katie???
My cat is 9 years old. He began with Iams Kitten and has been on Iams ProActive adult since he began eating adult food in 2010 and never had problems. I bought this new bag in June and noticed it was new plastic packaging. I didn't begin using it until August. He gets this dry food only in the morning. Immediately after beginning this bag of food, the profuse vomiting began. It took less than 5 minutes from ingestion everytime he eats it without fail. He also has had diarrhea since beginning this bag of food and had some wheezing. I have removed this for the last 24 hours and he has been fine. Not sure what has changed either in the formula or packaging but something isn't right. He doesn't have any reaction to the wet food he eats at his evening feeding. He has a vet appointment Monday and will discontinue this food and switch to something else. Not taking chance.
I recently bought this cat food for the first time ever for my cat, after her eating another brand for years. She ended up with chronic diarrhea, going 3-4 times a day, for four days. Once I removed the food, she went back to having her usual once daily, solid poop. I will be calling Iams about this, although it looks from other reviews like they couldn’t care less about their customers.
We've been giving our cats (all of whom have been indoor cats) Iams hairball formula (blueish bag) for many years, pretty much as their only food. Its worked really well. All of our cats have been really healthy & living to ripe old ages. We just adopted a starving stray. After plumping him up with canned food, we started him on Iams adult diet (orange bag) - but he won't eat it & the others aren't interested in stealing it from him. I guess it doesn't taste good.
Iams Proactive Orange - Junk. Both cats are scratching and puking. Reading other reviews here since 2016. Things have changed for Iams. Ownership, mgmt., profit margins, who knows. Caring for pets is not a priority witnessed by the two years of complaints and the stuff is still on the shelf and many others who have called Iams get, "We don't know what you're talking about." Horse puckey. They know. They have had recalls in the past but I think Mars is too worried about $. The new plastic bags must be contaminated with cheap poisoned recycled plastic. Time to do something. Boycott Iams if you care about pets! How else can we stop it?
We accidentally bought Iams Indoor and Hairball formula (teal bag) instead of our usual Iams Senior formula. Both of my cats, Mushy Cat who is a 16 years old female and Harry who is a 2 year old male, started vomiting profusely after eating this specific formula. After 4 days of continued vomiting, we had to take Mushy Cat to the vet (7-11-2018). Her blood tests were “ok”. An X-ray was done and they found her stomach to be enlarged and inflamed. An oral Barium contrast was then done to confirm there were no blockages. This contrast X-ray did confirm she had no blockages.
Mushy Cat was given an anti-nausea injection at the clinic and sent home with oral anti-nausea tablets with really no explanation as to what was going on to cause the vomiting. It was later that evening that I started to put 2 and 2 together. I threw away all of this remaining food immediately. She seems to be coming around at this point. Harry is acting very puny and not himself. I have also administered an anti-nausea tablet for him. I called Iams to report my concerns and I was pretty much dismissed. I have filed a report with the FDA today. Something is very wrong here.
I lost my cat Ferra June 13 2018. She has been eating Iams Cat Food for weight control and hairballs. Evening of June 12 I noticed her Just laying around not really moving well. June 13th I'm at the vet at 8 am soon as they opened. I got her on the exam table just before she died. She was 13, she had never been sick. I had just went from the Orange bag of Iams to the greenish blue bag for weight control and hairballs. Her whole life she never had a hairballs but she was over weight. I bought it for her cause I thought it would be healthy for her. But I just heard today my friend lost her cat being fed same food, hers died June 9th. Ferra was a healthy fat cat. No sign of any sickness until the night before she died.
Iams is a trusted brand and my adopted cat was already on the Iams diet so I did not want to change it. Little more expensive but he is worth it.
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.
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.
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