My family recently were so lucky to get a new member. His name is mojo he is brown white and sits about calf high off the ground. He is a toy breed puppy and I have been having a hard time finding food that he can eat that's not too big for his little mouth. I have tried every brand out there. I had just about given up when I came across Iams small breed puppy food I thought I would give it a try. I really didn't have much of a choice if I didn't find something that he could eat soon he was going to starve. Well not really starve but he was not eating as well as he could be.
So off I went on the search for dog food for my poor puppy. As I walked around the local pet supply store I was amazed at how many different types of dog food there was. They had it all food for over weight puppies, food for puppies that were expecting, food for senior puppies and all the way at the end of the row was a spot for food for toy breeds. I looked at all they had to offer and chose Iams. It was a brand that I had used before with my cats and they seemed to really enjoy it. So I thought I would get it for my little boy too.
As I got home and opened the bag I was surprised by the smell it actually smelled good like chicken not like grain as so many other dog foods do. I was happy with it that the first ingredient was infact chicken. I was not impressed as of yet, it would all hinge on if my little boy was able to crunch the little bits in to pieces that he was able to chew and swallow. When I filled the bowl he was excited by the smell he knew it was good stuff and was excited to give it a try.
The first bite he took was all it took from that first bite on we were to become fans of the Iams brand. My little guy ate the entire bowl and sat and whimpered for more. Never had we had such a strong reaction to a type of food. Normally he would eat what he could I am sure hurting his little jaws and teeth in the process he never finished a bowl of food in one sitting before this was something new for him.
I thought he may have eaten like that as he was so hungry from not having food that he was able to eat very well. So for the next feeding I put down his food and waited for him to turn his nose up to it and refuse to eat it. Needless to say that did not happen. Here we are 3 months later and he is still going strong on this food. I have tried to bring in different brands but he turns his nose up to them almost like he knows the good stuff when he has it.
Iams offers with their food a 100% satisfaction guarantee as well as a 100 % balanced nutrition guarantee as well. On the bag of food that I have in front of me they state they offer the Highest levels of Prebiotics for strong defenses. I have to say that since using this my little boy has been healthier and happier. His fur has a nice shine to it that was not present with the other foods that I had tried, as well as his over all health is much better.
So is Iams a good product. For me I have to say yes it is. It keeps my puppy healthy and happy and provides him with all of his needs. I would recommend this to any one that has a dog and wants their puppy to have a great and long lasting life.
When we first got our cat Vinnie, we couldn't get him to eat anything buy fresh meat. and Tuna. The adoption place told us when we got him he only really are dry food, so we tried him on Whiskers and Go Cat dry good but he just wouldnt eat the. So we purchased Iams. They are quite expensive to buy with the bigger bags costing up to around £6.
Iams itself is just like any other dry cat food, they are funny looking crunchy biscuits. The differance with Iams and ordinary dry cat food is that they claim to fulfil all the cats nutrient needs. Another differance between Iams cat crunchies and normal cat crunchies is that a small amount of Iams is classed as a meal for a cat, compared to a large amount of ordinary dry cat food needed to make a cats meal.
Without these cat crunchies I have no idea what our cat Vinnie would eat! If we give him fresh food it would cost a bomb, so Iams are a life saver. If you want to give your cat a balanced diet and something differant to normal cat tins and pouches then Iams would be a great idea!
I have a 12 month cat who I have to say is not a fussy eater, infact he will eat anything he can get his naughty little paws on. Therefore we often just buy whatever is on offer/cheapest. However, after more thought, although we still buy cheap/offers, we do now check to see how good the food it for the cat i.e. how many vitamins, proteins etc.
When I say a pack of IAMs for £10 in Pets at Home then it was a must to try out. This is normally a pricey brand and from the adverts it is portrayed as a good quality product and really good for the cat.
I checked the nutritional information and I have to say that it was better in comparison to other leading brands.
The pack we got was the saver pack which came in 4 flavours - Chicken, Beef, Lamb and Salmon. I would say I like to give my cat variety so buying a pack of this size with only 4 flavours does limit the variety he gets so I do see this as a downside. I would like to see more companies doing big value packs like this with perhaps 6 flavours in, esp as my cat least favourite is chicken which is a firm staple in any set of cat food.
I introduced my cat to the product over a couple of days as recommened on the box and I noticed no problems with stomach problems etc he took to this product well.
I must say that my cat really does like this product, so much so that he has tricked us into having more than one pouch at a sitting. Because my partner gets home about 30 minutes before me he usually feeds the cat. As our cat is more of a grazer he doesn't often eat it all in one go but will graze over an hour or so after his initiall glutten eat. So on my return I was suprised to see a bowl completely licked clean, I presumed my partner had forgot to feed him so I gace him some more which he promptly starting eating as i was getting it out the packet! Turns out he had been fed already but was just being very greedy so he must like this food! He will even eat the chicken in this variety without giving us 'one of those looks' when we put it down infront of him.
On the whole I would certaintly recommened this to other cat owners and I would like to try the dry too. My only concern is the price and it is not something we are going to be able to afford weekly unless it is on offer more often.
Our cat Fuzz is old, not very friendly, not very pretty but very much loved by our family. She's quite a fussy eater and much prefers fresh meat and fish but, as responsible pet owners, we try to give her a good balance of dried cat food plus pouches which, we are reliably informed (?) ensure that she gets all the nutrition cats need.
We normally buy Whiskas plus any branded dried cat food which happens to be on offer but hubby bought some Iams pouches to cheer Fuzz up after a very nasty (almost fatal) accident with her collar.
She isn't really that keen on the dried stuff but, out of all the brands we chose, Iams are her favourite but we pay about £13 per 3kg bag which is considerably more than some other foods. The problem seems to be that cats need to drink water and Fuzz isn't is a great 'drinker'....
She absolutely loved the pouches though - I've never seen her eat so fast or lick her (non existent) lips with such relish before! Rarely have I seen her bowl licked clean and I'm sure she meowed 'thankyou' when she'd finished her helping?
Hubby bought a box costing £5.99 and there were 12 pouches inside. He chose the 'meat selection' which includes the following -
- 3 x rabbit (in jelly)
- 3 x lamb (in jelly)
- 3 x chicken (in gravy)
- 3 x beef (in gravy)
I don't think our cat had a favourite as she seemed to love them all flavours (100g each pouch). They are also available in a fish selection which we have yet to buy.
It states on the TV advertisement that 1 bowl of Iams dried cat food is nutritionally equivalent to 4 pouches but obviously I can't state for sure whether or not this is the case. All I can verify though is that it's much cheaper to feed your cat(s) on the dried and my daughter is adamant that dried food is far better.
There's plenty of information provided both on the bags and the pouches. It advises on how much to give your cat and what nutritional values are contained in the products along with a website address and even a telephone number. The writing is pretty small and it doesn't help being written in orange print - but it's there if you need it.
On balance I'd say that it's worth giving Iams a try but look out for special offers or possibly any samples/freebies - if you're anything like us you'll have wasted money on pouches or bags of cat food that your feline won't go near nevermind eat! However, when I see that well-fed, happy pussy with her strange meow I feel mean not buying Iams more regularly despite the cost....
Before I start I must let you know I haven't tried this item personally!!
I have two cats one is about 17yrs old the other is 3yrs old, I always fed them on pouches of meat, up until about 6 months ago that is, the older cat then started getting an upset tummy and I was really worried about her, it was then that I decided to give them dried bisciuts, well I think we've tried them all, I didn't realise how fussy my cats were.
Then I tried Iams, they really seem to enjoy them, there plates are always empty now.
The reason I like them is because they don't have such a bad smell as the pouches of meat, I also found if they didn't eat all the meat in one go it would start to dry up which didn't look very appertising and it would also atract flys which isn't what you want in the kitchen, I would end up throwing there food away and then have to give them more later.
Although Iams are one of the most expensive brands of cat biscuits I do find it works out cheaper than the pouches of meat I was giving them.
Iams biscuits are fairly small, flat and round, they always seem to stay crunchy even if they've been left on the plate for a couple of hours. I've also been told that eating the dried biscuits helps to reduce the plaque and tarter on my cats teeth.
Why I bought this product:
Firstly, I should mention I try not to feed my cat pet foods as they can be very poor quality (see below). So, it was only as a last resort that we picked up a bag of IAMS and sadly, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone!
What to feed?
There are many reasons why I do not like to use pet foods. Firstly, the ingredients are usually cheap and unfit for human consumption. This means slaughter-house floor sweepings, bones, blood and sometimes using meat from sick animals.
You will also notice what meagre quantities of meat are included in pet food ingredients. Some brands often specify their products are "with beef", which isn't a good start because beef should be the primary ingredient! The minimum percentages of meat and "animal derivatives" (e.g. bones, heads, etc.) is often 4%, whilst feeding fresh ensures 100%! Even higher quality pet foods bragging over a 60% meat content can't compare to a natural diet.
Other ingredients, especially in biscuits, often contain artificial colourings and flavourings, to make the food look similar to actual food and more appealing to pet owners. Of course, the pet doesn't care, as most are supposedly colour blind. IAMS, however, claim not to use artificial additives, which is one plus.
In addition to low meat content, most biscuits are filled out with cereals. This has no nutritional value to carnivorous animals, such as cats, it simply baulks out ingredients so that they are more filling.
Pet foods really can't compete with the benefits of fresh food, but if I was to recommend one, it wouldn't be IAMS. IAMS smells really bad and made my cat (and ultimately his litter box too) smell pretty awful.
Furthermore (and this is the biggest stinker), I was disappointed to hear that the Sunday Express exposed IAMS vivisection experiments, which included testing on cats and dogs. This type of animal testing is not the cute kind (no taste testing to see which foods cats prefer), but research into muscle atrophy and kidney failure. IAMS are also owned by Proctor and Gamble, a company known for testing products, such as shampoos and soaps, on animals.
How much does it cost?
The only problem most people associate with feeding fresh food is one of cost. However, it's not as big an issue as you would imagine. It may sound poncy, but free range chicken drumsticks and thighs cost as little as £3.50 for a tray of 6 (Tesco Finest) and these can be prepared by cooking and carefully removing any bones. Cut the meat into small pieces, like cat food and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Feeding chicken can work out (for us at least) at approx. £1 a day, for a delicious and nutritional meal (and that's for a large cat). If that still sounds expensive, you can get stewing steak or other cheap cuts of beef for less. Just boil with a little water and chop into very small, cat food sized pieces (cats can choke on gristle, so make sure to dice small!).
Likewise, tinned or frozen fish is also cheap; you can get a can of pilchards for around 60p and this will last nearly three days. Just make sure to buy tinned fish in spring water, or failing that, thoroughly rinse away any oil or brine in a sieve. Frozen pollock is also cheap, but my cat won't eat it.
A hint when introducing new foods is to mix it with the old food in low quantities at first, just so your cat can taste it. Wrapping small pieces of anything in ham usually does the trick, as all cats seem to love ham! It's well worth the effort.
When changing diet, pets may become constipated or get the runs and although this should clear in a few days, always check symptoms with your vet. It is also a good idea to speak to your vet before changing a pet's diet, especially if your pet has any nutritional requirements. Researching your stuff is VITAL, as not all foods are safe for pets and some can be very dangerous!
OK, but what about IAMS?
Well, a 1kg bag of IAMS will set you back nearly £5 and following IAMS recommendations, will feed a large cat for approx. 30p a day.
Whilst this is cheaper than some natural diets, compared to other pet foods, it's quite expensive.
IAMS does appear to have some fairly good ingredients, but I didn't notice any benefit of using it. I actually couldn't stand this pet food because of the smell but I also noticed that it appeared to make my cat bloated and I can only assume this was due all the cereals.
Whilst IAMS may advertise themselves as an excellent product amongst their pet food competitors, there is absolutely no competition with fresh food and I noticed this in my cat's coat, which wasn't it's usual softness.
Which pet food then?
Well, I would happily use Joe and Jill's (http://www.petskitchen.co.uk/) pet foods over any other pet food, including Royal Canin and all those super-expensive one. Joe and Jill's seem to have a good philosophy and it's worth taking a look at their well informed website, where vet Joe will tell you why other pet foods can be bad. Joe and Jill's only use natural ingredients and not dangerous ones (look out for anything with grapes in it, which can be bad for cats). It also doesn't happen to smell too bad and comes at a very affordable price!
I believe every pet owner should look into the pet food scam and feed fresh. Whilst IAMS brag benefits such as balanced digestion, strong immune, strong bones, healthy weight, strong teeth, shiny coat and healthy heart, I experienced the opposite when compared to a natural diet. I wouldn't recommend it at all to be honest.
Pet foods use the cheapest products and then advertised them as a healthy diet plan, convincing pet owners that they are doing what's best. It's a disgraceful abuse of a person's love for their family pet and it needs to be exposed.
Whilst I only gave this product 1 star, I must say that it doesn't seem as bad as some pet foods. I just don't like it and although my cat runs in for his chicken, I don't quite get the same reaction with dried biscuits- quite understandably!
I hope my review has been as helpful and unbiased as possible as I have tried to be as honest as I can.
IAMS is produced by Proctor and Gamble and is tested on animals.P&G admit that guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, rats and mice are among the animals poisoned in their 'product safety research', and cats and dogs are used in experiments for their pet foods.P&G are very secretive about their toxicity tests, where chemicals are repeatedly force-fed to animals, rubbed into their raw skin, or dripped into their eyes. Other brutal tests include forcing animals to inhale chemicals or injecting substances up their noses.For more information on Proctor and Gamble look herehttp://www.boycottpandg.co.uk
Now, I'm not a cat, so I can't vouch for the taste of these, but my boy loves them. Like all cats, he is extremely fussy, prone to changing his mind on a whim, so the fact that he eats these every day and has done for months, is a pretty good recommendation I reckon.
I feed George wet food as well as dry (dry for snacking) but I actually think he might be preferring dry food now. The vet also recommended these for his teeth and gums - I haven't been back to the vets since he started eating them so I don't know if they work. (And there's no way I'm risking my hand near the cat's mouth).
They have adult food, kitten and older cats and a few different flavours. My cat loves the chicken one. I personally think it's quite expensive, but is does last. They also come in dfferent sizes - from a small bag (good for sampling) to a huge bag, which would be good if you had more than one cat. There's other dry food about that's cheaper (like Whiskas) but the cat won't eat those. (How do they know the price?!). It's widely available, in all the supermarkets etc. I usually get mine from Morrisons, there's usually a few offers on.
I must confess I have tried every single dried cat food out there to try to please my little ones.
This was one of the more successful of the bunch and for a while I did buy it quite regulary. I used the buy the IAMS Adult variety with fish as they seem to enjoy fishy based foods more than meat based ones.
Well they LOVED it. Wolfed it down in seconds. We didn't even have the usual boredom that I get with most foods I give them. You know the one, where they eat as much as they can get for the first few weeks but then gradually turn their nose up at it until you give in and start buying them something new.
However, about a year ago I read something about IAMS testing their food on animals and carrying out horrible experiments in the process. Since then I haven't brought it and I don't think I will be again, despite the protests from the kitties. I don't think I would feel comfortable feeding my furry friends something which I know was tested on and caused suffering to other cats out there.
If you want a 'breakthrough' cat food which caters for all dietary requirements then I would recommend something like Hills which is now recommended by most vets around the UK.
When I first had my cat as a 10 month old, he was a fussy eater. I bought him Go Cat which is what his previous owners said he ate, but he was not at all impressed with it. So on began the quest to find him something he would like, but Sir decided for himself when he started going in my neighbour's house and eating their cat's Science biscuits and leaving his own food. That was it, Sir decided to put himself on Science biscuits and that is what he had.
A couple of years ago, of course straight after I'd just bought him a new 2kg bag of food, he decided to go off it. It was back to square one. I'd heard some good things about Iams so I bought a small bag and mixed it with the Science biscuits and gradually increased the Iams. I was rewarded with empty food bowls once again so this new food was met with my cat's seal of approval. He's been eating Iams ever since, though recently he's been having a pouch of 'meaties' every day as a treat.
THE PRODUCT AND PACKAGING
Iams make premium petfoods for cats and dogs and was established by Paul F Iams in 1946 according to the information on the back of the bags. Today the food is made by Procter and Gamble.
Iams comes in three lifestages depending on the age of your cat starting from 'Kitten/Junior' all the way up to Mature/Senior.
My cat is five years old so he has the Adult 1+ lifestage. This comes in orange bags and has four varieties. The flavours are easily identified with a coloured stripe near enough on the bottom third of the bag.
*Wild Ocean Fish and Chicken (blue stripe and round biscuits)
*Lamb and chicken (Green stripe and round biscuits)
*Salmon and chicken (Salmon pink stripe and round biscuits)
*Chicken (Yellow Stripe and triangular biscuits)
Natures wellness comes in chicken and salmon flavours (light brown bags)
As I mentioned there are two other lifestages Kitten/Junior for kittens and cats under a year old which is in a purple bag, and Mature/Senior which is designed for cats over 7 years old which is in a deep pink bag - both of those are available in chicken flavour only.
Iams also make a range of specialist foods such as hairball control and skin/stomach sensitivity. And if you have more than one cat there is Iams multicat.
As well as the dried food, Iams also makes a variety of pouches.
Regardless of the food you have got, you will find the feeding instructions, and the beneftis of feeding your cat Iams on the back, and the ingredients are on the side. It doesn't contain any artifical flavourings, colourings or preservatives.
You should always provide fresh clean water at all times.
AVAILABILTY, SIZE AND PRICE
Iams is available from most supermarkets and good pet shops in a variety of pack sizes The smallest bag is 300g right up to 15kg in some of the ranges, if you wanted the really large bags I would imagine you would need to order this from a pet shop. As I only have the one cat I tend to buy the 1kg bags which normally costs £5.16 from my local branch of The Co-operative Food, it is frequently on special offer from most supermarkets so well worth looking out for. As for the pouches my local Co-op sells these in packs of four for £1.99.
==SUITABILITY AND WARNINGS==
Some varieties contains eggs and wheat which some cats can be sensitive to.
As with all dried cat foods you base the amount on your cat's weight, and you would feed less biscuits if your cat has a mixed diet with meat, this would obviously affect the length of time a bag will last . A bag lasts approximately a month now he is having a pouch a day, my cat weighs 6kg - he is a big cat. I do like the convenience of feeding a predominantly dry diet, that my cat can come and go from his food as he pleases. I can't really review this product based on taste as I don't fancy eating cat food. I did however ask my cat what he thought of the taste and what his favourite flavour is and he responded 'miaow' and 'miaow' so there you go.
I did try him on the Iams pouches for my cat's 'meaties' time but he wasn't too keen on them - he does love the Felix Marinades which he hoovers up in one sitting.
If I were to suggest improvements to the packaging and the product, I would suggest is to add more flavours and to make a resealable bag. I do find that towards the bottom of the bag can go a little bit stale and that is when my cat can leave some of his biscuits. I do like the fact it comes in smaller bags when compared to what my cat used to have which came in 2kg bags as standard.
On the whole I think Iams is good value for money, lasts a while and I recommend this. I have rated this with four stars because of the packaging and lack of flavours.
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I have had my cat Elmo for almost 7 years now and I've noticed that the older he's become the more fussy he's become at meal times. The last time I took him to the vet I got a bit of a telling off because he had lost a lot of weight just due to him refusing to eat the food that was put down to him so I decided that I needed to take some drastic action and set about trying various different brands of cat food some which were a success and some which were not.
I'm sure most people have seen the newest advert for Iams dry cat food where the comparison for nutrition is made between dry and wet food, claiming that 1 bowl of Iams dry food provides the same level of nutrition as 4 pouches of wet food. I always have a little chuckle to myself when I see this advert and I decided to try it for my own cat because I like to know that he is getting the best nutritional meal available to him.
====The History of Iams====
Iams has actually been around for a lot longer than I thought it had been. Founded inititally in 1946 by Paul Iams who went on in 1950 to develop an animal based protein dry dog food called Iams 999 - the first ever of it's kind. Paul Iams decided in 1975 that he could take the company no further and was in favour of shutting it down but instead sold it to Clay Mathile who had been with Iams since 1970. Clay went on to become the president and sole owner of the company in 1982 and in 1999 sold the then $900 million company to Proctor and Gamble which is now part of their pet nutrition and care range.
====So What is Iams====
As stated by Proctor and Gamble Iams is;
"Quality Dog and Cat food"
Proctor and Gamble also state that;
"Iams uses top quality animal protein and fats, and contains the optimal balance of vitamins and minerals so there is no need to add any supplements to the food"
Personally I think it's great that all the health and nutrition your cat or dog requires can be found in this product. Veterenarians are also involved in the development process so that provides me with piece of mind that people who know about cats and dogs and their requirements when it comes to a healthy balanced diet are involved in the development of their food.
====How did I get my cat to eat it====
Well of course I used the 3 step rule. As I said earlier my cat was and still is fussy but I used the 3 step process as recommended by iams to slowly wean my cat off of the wet stuff and onto the dry food.
Step 1 - I proceeded to add a little of the Iams dry food to my cat's daily portions of wet food and he gobbled the dry food down as well as the wet food. I did this for about a week and slowly made the dry food slight more and the wet food slightly less.
Step 2 - Pretty much the reverse of the above - I filled the bowl with dry food and proceeded to add a little bit of wet food on the top slowly reducing it - again for around a week.
Step 3 - He's now onto dry food only and gets a pouch of wet food once a week as a treat.
====Has it helped my cat=====
I can honestly say it has. Elmo seems to be healthier and happier. He's fattened up to my liking and hopefully when I take him to the vet this year I won't get a telling off. There a number of ingredients in Iams products and I won't bore you with the large list but here are a few of the ingredients that provide great benefits to your cat;
1 - Magnesium - this helps to maintain your cats urinary tract
2 - Omega 3 and 6 - this is to help support healthy skin and give your cat a shiny coat
3 - Multigrain - to smooth and balance your cats natural metabolism
There are loads of advantages to feeding this to your cat as you can see and these are just a few of them. My cat loves his meal times now - I just think that this must be tastier than other brands of dry cat food, having never tasted it myself I just have to go on my cats reaction and he seems to love it :)
====Where can you buy it=====
You can buy Iams dry cat food at pretty much any Supermarket such as Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and so on. I personally do most of my shopping at Asda but sometimes buy this from pets at home which luckily for me is very close to one of my local asda's.
====How Much does it cost====
Well it's certainly not the cheapest option for feeding my cat but I don't really put a price on his health and well being. Currently I buy my cat the adult option for dry food which comes in 300g, 1kg and 3kg bags. Prices are as follows;
How Asda can justify charging that much for a 3KG bag I do not know so I tend to go for the 1KG bags, for 3 of these it's £9 compared to the £13.56 for a 3KG bag, so a saving of £4.56. My cat's food is stored in a tub and so it's just as convenient for me to buy 3 1kg bags as it is for me to buy a 3kg bag and it's cheaper.
I normally only buy this from pets at home if it's on special offer because it's actually more expensive from here than it is from Asda at £13.69 for a 3kg bag.
=====Would I recommend this product====
Yes I would recommend this product to anyone who has a cat that needs to be on a diet with high nutritional values be it to build up strength, health and/or wellbeing. My cat certainly seems much happier and more active since I changed his diet.
Most pet owners, like to do the best for them, and clearly purchasing a premium food item such as IAMS is seemingly a good thing. Combining dry food convenience (for the owner) with the nutritional benefits of IAMS (for the cat).
Unfortunately though, my personal (or rather our cats) experience with IAMS dry cat food, has not been a pleasant one.
The inherent problem with all dry cat foods, and in particular (and it appears IAMS exacerbates this) is that the cats are not getting enough moisture in their diet, and since some cats are not big drinkers, (by nature) they may encounter problems with their urinary function when fed with dry food mixtures. Of course not all cats are susceptible to this, but it is a cautionary tale (tail? lol).
There is tentative evidence in my opinion, that this can manifest itself as, or at least be a factor, in provoking or inflaming a UTS (Urinary Tract Syndrome) condition, which is basically an inflamation of the bladder and urinary tract linings, leading to frequent, painful (sometimes bloody) urination. In addition, the swelling an potential consequent blockage of the urinary tract can sometimes also lead to fatal conditions for cats, particularly male cats.
In our particular experience, our female cat, developed UTS a few weeks after starting being fed on IAMS, and after changing her diet back to a wet food, (per Veterniary advice) the UTS cleared. A few months later we tried IAMS again, and again the same UTS problem occured.
We tried water fountains to encourage drinking, but according to our vet, they had encountered several IAMS fed young cats such as ours, whom had developed UTS. We then tried an alternative cat food (also dry) and she was fine. However, feeling nervous about dry foods, we opted to choose to a more natural diet for the cat, and put her back on a premium quality wet food instead.
Our cat has had no further bouts of UTS, for at least two years now.
So from our experience, and seemingly a few other "patients" using our vets, cats have had problems with UTS when being fed IAMS dry cat food for the first time. It is not proof of course, and I am not claiming it is, but as a pet owner, I chose to be cautious.
I reiterate, I am not claiming IAMS can cause UTS, so don't be put off, but I believe IAMS can exacerbate the condition. An certainly in our case, this appears to have happened.
In my opinion, I would only feed this mixed with wet food, or perhaps pre-soaked. However, I believe that mother nature knows best, and feeding a natural carnivore, a dry food, is not really what she intended.
The choice is however, yours.
I thought IAMS was good too until I read about how many animals suffered experimentation, including deliberately induced kidney failure during it's develoment! See http://www.moggies.co.uk/html/iams.html - I think it is valid that buyers should be aware of this to allow you to make your own choice. I know I've made mine!
--- IAMS WHAT I AM ---
"Like you, we adore dogs and cats, and have a very particular passion for their nutrition. We know that good nutrition can help make a difference to your pets' health and happiness". As found on the iams website.
I love cats! I have two British short hairs. Brother and sister. I feed them the food that was recommended to me by my best friend whom I got my kittens from. I had previously fed all my former cats on wet food and I wasn't really aware that this dried food was in fact complete dietary nutrition. I still wasn't entirely convinced that I would bring them up on Iams® as I felt it was a little expensive. However after using it now for nigh on seven years I have completely changed my mind.-
Iams® is distinguishable by its bright orange packaging with a picture of a cat with its tail held high, to the front. The package is made of a thick, strong plastic material, and the most important piece of information that stands out for me is that Iams® is developed with veterinarians and it carries the veterinary seal to display this fact. All other necessary details are entirely covering the colourful and information loaded orange packet.
--- Iams® ---
Iams is a complete balanced diet for your cat. It comes in the form of small dried nuggets of biscuit style food. It is stated as being '100% Complete and Balanced' in formulation. Iams® use a blend of wholegrain, cereals, protein, fish oil, fibre, vitamins, minerals and vegetable fibre. Iams® promotes 7 signs of a healthy cat. The 7 signs are: 1- A glossy and healthy coat. 2- Strong immune system. 3 - Healthy teeth. 4 - Strong muscles. 5 - Strong heart. 6 - Good digestive tract. 7 - Clear urinary tract.
--- Food and Nutrition ---
Basically Cats are carnivores Iams® cat nutrition products contain all the essential nutrients required for a balanced and healthy diet. Iams® only use the highest quality digestible protein sources and essential amino acids to keep the cats coat, teeth and body in prime condition. Iams® Adult is made of premium quality ingredients to bring your full grown cat the best that money can buy. They have now improved their recipe so that Iams® is better than ever for your cat and supplies them with all their required nutrients.
--- The Ingredients of Iams®---
Iams® dried cat food is 100% natural with no added colourings or preservatives. Their variety of flavours are delicious to cats and you will find that they will need less food as the ingredients and nutrients of Iams® are completely satisfying to the cat. Iams® contain essential fatty acids which play an important role in maintaining a shiny coat, clear skin and ensuring correct cell membrane structure and a good energy source for intestinal cells. It also contains a special fibre called FOS which stabilises the bacteria found in the cat's intestine. This enables a healthy intestinal environment which improves the cat's ability to absorb nutrients and in turn lessens cat stool and the odour it produces. It also improves the quality of the faeces making it smaller and firmer.
All Iams® products contain a source of essential fatty acids. It even improves the amount of hairballs produced. They recommend to feed the cat Iams® exclusively to see a real difference. They even guarantee it or they will give you your money back. Well I have fed my cats on Iams® since they were kittens and at 7 years old now, they are a very healthy pair. So they and I are completely satisfied with this cat food. As an occasional treat I do give them what I call 'Jelly Food' which is the little sachets with small pieces of meat in jelly, but not very often. I get the Iams® variety and they love it. But that is a very occasional treat. I feel feeding them dried food and in particular Iams® is giving them the very best.
--- A Cats Diet ---
A cat's diet is all important to their quality of life. A cat with a well balanced diet will have clear skin, a thick glossy coat, and it will be the correct weight. It will increase their lifespan and they will live as content and happy creatures. There is nothing worse than to see an overweight cat. It labours their breathing, and impedes their movement. Its cruelty basically and any extreme such as obesity or a famished cat is a really sad sight. The balance has got to be correct for the cat to live a happy and active life.
--- The Feeding Method ---
Iams® recommend feeding their food to suit the cats natural feeding cycle which Iams® say is 2-4 small feeds a day. Age, temperament and activity will vary from cat to cat so not all have the same feeding behaviour. But cats will only eat what they require. Ensure that they always have lots of fresh drinking water available when feeding them. There is a feeding chart on the packet according to the kilo weight of the cat and how many corresponding grams they should be fed. You can add water to the iams to make it softer from time to time as the cat may like a change to texture. Iams® now do a tasty pouch, which is the small chunks of meat, chicken or fish in jelly. Each pouch contains the same nutritional values of the dried iams and my cats love this.
--- The Life Stage Foods ---
The life stages are: 'Kitten and Junior' Daily nutrition for kittens from 1 to 12 months old as well as pregnant and lactating cats. This contains all the nutrients for the growing cat and also comes in the wet pouch variety.
The Life Stage: 'Adult' For cats 1-6 years. it comes in variety of flavours which also includes the 'Light' variety for the cat who needs less fat in their food. This also comes in the wet variety too.
The Life Stage: 'Senior and Mature'. For cats 7+ This supports the older cats immune system. This too comes in the wet pouch variety.
The Life Stage: 'Special Care Senior Plus'. 7+ This supports the natural defences of your senior cat. This also comes in the wet pouch variety.
--- The Iams® Flavours ---
Iams® comes in a variety of flavours and life stages. The flavours are: Chicken - Ocean Fish - Lamb - Salmon - Tuna - Beef - Hairball - Multicat - Adult Special Care for Sensitive Skin - Natural Wellness in wholesome Chicken - Natural Wellness with Norwegian Salmon - Special Care Sensitive Digestion - Special Care Sensitive Skin -.
--The Wet Varieties Are: Rich chicken in gravy - Salmon in gravy - Ocean fish in gravy - Beef in gravy - Rabbit in jelly - Lamb in jelly - Rich chicken in jelly - Tuna in jelly - Salmon in jelly -. The dried Iams® food is available in several size packets and starts at around £2'ish. I usually buy the 1kg pack which is £5.45 from my local pet shop. Prices don't vary that much on this product unless they are doing a special offer.
So do I recommend Iams®? I certainly do. Basically I can't recommend it enough. - It keeps nice and fresh and doesn't lose its firmness over time. I actually tried my cats on Science plan just for a change, which I got from their vet. Science plan is another very good dried complete food, but I think my cats were so used to the Iams® that the change upset their tummies and it made them a little sick, so I went happily back to Iams®. They really enjoy their meal times and crunch away on the Iams® purring as they feed. When I bring a fresh bag home they get really excited when I shake it for them. I think that tells me they like it. :)
I don't like feeding my cats tinned cat food and I much prefer the goodness contained within the Iams®. I know I am giving them the best. They are healthy, alert, happy and the perfect weight. Two very happy cats! Check out the Iams® website, it is brilliant and they offer all sorts of cat care information. Iams® also cater for dogs and puppies now. Oh and if you'd like a free measuring scoop for the dried food just call the Iams® free care line on: 0808 100 70 10.
Iams® was founded in 1946 by Paul F iams an animal nutritionalist. His vision was to produce a cat food made with premium ingredients, and one which would cater for a cat at all stages of their lives.-
I too have two cats one of which has got cystitus. After a trip to the vets, a bill and having to take the day off work. I decided to look more into the casue of this problem. Sure enough, I'd recently just started feeding my cats Iams. This was becasue of a tooth problem possibly casued from eating too much wet food.
Both the male and femaale cat seemed to love the Iams dried food but needless to say I'll be sticking to whiskers tins from now on.
Surely with everyones comments there must be a link with Iams and cystitus in cats.