Dec. 5, 2016

Iams Cat Food Reviews

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Top 5 Ingredients*
  1. Chicken

  2. Chicken by-product meal

  3. Corn meal

  4. Corn grits

  5. Dried beet pulp

Artificial Ingredients No
Contains By-products No
Price Range $$
*Iams ProActive Health Adult Original Formula - Chicken was selected as the recipe for this ingredient list
What's good about this pet food
  • high-quality meats
What's not so good about this pet food
  • cheap fillers
  • high in carbohydrates

Our Analysis

The experts tend to agree with consumers that Iams contains too many fillers to justify its higher cost. Though Iams is available at both discount stores and pet stores, they claim to be a premium brand with only high-quality, healthy ingredients. However, an analysis of ingredients shows that only the top few ingredients are actually high quality foods. The other ingredients are lower quality filler items such as corn and wheat, which are common allergens and provide little nutritional value for pets.

The meat that is used in each formula is high quality, but not always listed in the first five ingredients. Since ingredients are listed in order with the highest quantity first, this means there are more fillers than meat in the food. Pets seem to like the taste of the food, but pet owners are hesitant to pay the higher price for less than higher quality food.

The Word on the Street...

Many customers give Iams cat food positive reviews. Most pet owners report their cat’s fur looked and felt better after switching to Iams food because of the high-quality ingredients in the food.

Weight control results are mixed from reviewers. Some report their cats can maintain their weight without any interference with this food, but others report their cats gained an unhealthy amount of weight. Iams does offer multiple cat food formulas, including weight control for cats needing to lose a few pounds to maintain a healthy weight.

The price also seems to be a factor for more pet owners. Iams is a premium brand with a premium price, but it does have many benefits for pets. The main ingredients are high-quality meats, but the food does contain cheap fillers and a high carbohydrate content. For this reason, many pet owners do not feel it is worth the higher price.

  • dogwood_laine

    I’ve fed Iams cat food since it became available (obviously, different pets).At first, before it was made available at grocery stores, it seemed like a great food. My current pets are 3 cats and a dog who manages to grab a mouth full of cat kibble, on occasion. So, rewind 3 years….siamese mix starts acting insane. She won’t cross an area rug for about a week, then she sits in the tub for a week, just total ocd behavior, all the while yowling. My dog develops balck greasy skin on his abdomen. The cat is vomiting alot, sometimes a hairball, sometimes food. The dog is vomiting a ton of foam. To the vet we go. The vet says it must be something they got into. Fast forward to 6 months ago. The dog now has hypothyroidism. The cat is still neurotic and now is obsessed with laying face down on the heather duct. She’s huge, even though she doesn’t eat any more than the normal cats. Guess what….the ultra rare adult onset hypothyroidism again. Common denominator-Iams. So, hypothyroidism symptoms in both the dog and the cat: always cold, vomiting, lethargy, incessant whining/meowing, weight gain for no apparent reason, dry itchy patchy coat, appearance of insanity/retardation (I think they call it mental dullness), and a ton of urine accidents.

  • Terri

    I switched to Iams cat food, thinking I was doing a good thing, and wish I’d read the reviews first. My cat threw up every single day while on Iams, sometimes 2-3 times. I did some research and realized it was probably the food I was feeding her so thew it out. She’s fine now and isn’t throwing up anymore. I’ll never buy Iams again.

  • Meghan

    I WISH I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW. I made the best impulse purchase of my life when I bought my cats in 2008. After feeding them Nutro Max Kitten food, which was recommended by a vet, I soon switched them to Iams Proactive as they got older. Fast forward 5 years & I have one cat who is currently diagnosed with Cystitis, which appears to be linked to highly concentrated urine that results from being fed a WATER-DEPLETED (DRY FOOD) diet. Within the last six months alone, I’ve spent about $500 on vet bills. My cat strains to urinate (and lucky for me, so far he doesn’t go outside his box. But, he is in there straining for at least 3 to 5 minutes). He has blood in his urine and has been prescribed three rounds of antibiotics over the last 6 months…ALL BECAUSE OF HIS CRAPPY IAMS DIET. My other cat, was also recently diagnosed with a heart murmur, which was not detectable until this year. I don’t know if there is a connection with between the food & my second cat’s heart murmur. BUT, I really do suspect that IAMS PROACTIVE is what caused at least one of my poor 5-year-old cats to become VERY sick. It is beyond stressful and heartbreaking to have a sick pet, high vet bills, and having to switch foods. Since my cats were raised on Iams, they basically refuse to eat a lot of other foods. I’ve bought the best brands & some decent ones and so far I’ve had no success with getting them to eat the food & not waste my money. I am a first-time cat owner. I wish I knew better than to just feed CRAPPY UNHEALTHY DISGUSTING IAMS FOOD. It has caused my fur babies to suffer a lot of pain & stress. Please, get your cat(s) off Iams dry food before it’s too late. For being only 5-years-old, it’s ridiculous that a cat has to suffer because the crap food that Iams makes. After plenty of reading, I do now know better about what to look for in a cat food. But, seriously, cheapening out & buying this food is NOT WORTH IT. In the long-run, you will end up spending the money you thought you were saving by being cheap, on the vet. Please just feed your cats wet food (made from ingredients that are similar to their natural diet).

  • HasAnAsthmaticCat

    First of all, EW at these ingredients. Yeah chicken is the first ingredient, but this is a dry food. Things need to be dehydrated. Also the ingredients are listed by weight, BUT since the ingredients also need to be basically void of water this causes things to weigh less. IAMS is LYING to you. The chicken might weigh more before being dehydrated, but it is about %80 water. If this is hard to think about imagine having a slice of lunch meat. Now cut it in half, then cut the half in half. The end result is a little bigger than %20 but that’s pretty much what is left to go into the food. Small, yeah? Though I will say that if you have an indoor/outdoor cat or just an outdoor cat grocery store kibble is fine, but ONLY because they are supplementing they’re OWN protein by catching all those yummy mice and moles. For indoor cats though you should be buying things that have at least 3 or more meat products listed in the top 5-7 ingredients. Such as chicken/turkey/anything that isn’t pork and chicken meal/turkey meal/anything not pork meal. The most important thing to remember is that, while little Snowball is cuddled up on your lap or chest is that his/her body still needs the same diet as the tigers in the jungle.

  • ted turner

    In my opinion NONE of the canned variety of cat food which is available in a SUPERMARKET is high in quality. IT IS, HOWEVER, HIGH IN PRICE. Simply read the items ingredient labels and you will see this.
    I personally do not like having to drive all the way to PetCo just to buy quality cat food. I would prefer to buy it along with my own grocery items.
    Just because my cat will eat it does not mean it is high in quality and I think I should be getting a better quality product from Iams and Purina without raising the price even one cent!
    Complaining to the supermarket owners has produced absolutely no results whatsoever.

  • Kristen

    Not a good food for the price. Paying over $12 for a small bag of Iams is dumb, because its full of fillers and by products. It’s often recommended by many vets and has countless tv commercials marketing it as a premium food, which it is not. Cats were on it for a while, they didn’t like the taste and didn’t have a shiny coat or other signs of a quality food. Switched them over to a cheaper yet superior brand. They eat Kirkland signature cat food. Very good ingredients at a very good price.

  • Gigi

    I have tried on two different occasions to change my male cat from the Iams weight and hairball control food to a cheaper version of the same thing. The first time he started losing the fur on his belly and back of his legs, so I put him back on the Iams and his fur grew back. I thought perhaps this was a fluke and did the same thing again, buying a cheaper version of the indoor weight and hairball control food. He, again, lost the fur on his stomach and the back of his legs. I think it’s safe to say there is SOMETHING in this food that allows him to keep his fur and help with his weight (if I could keep him out of his bowl!) so I won’t be changing again.

  • Mop

    I don’t know much about the manufacturing of IAMS. However, I do know that my cat CANNOT eat anything but IAMS. He won’t eat fish, chichen, red meat,tuna,only cat food.

    However, he cannot tolerate any cat food except IAMS.

    He LOVES Friskies, Purina, However, EVERY TIME he eats ANY OTHER BRAND of cat (except IAMS) he violently throws up it.

    It’s like other brands are the McDonalds (taste good) and IAMS being like vegan food.

  • http://none valerie arsenault

    Iams has dried beet pulp. That, and sorghum and other cheap fillers are sugars. Cats dont need sugars. There is an increase in diabetic pets some feel is linked to high carbohydrate foods with lots of grain and especially these cheap fillers that are not needed by cats and can be harmful.

    • Rhiannon

      Actually, dried beet pulp is used for fibre, not as a filler and the sugar is not included, they take it out. Sorghum is a starch which is needed to form the kibble. All kibble has starch in it as you can’t make a kibble wihtout some starch. If you want a food that has less starch or no starch it’s better to use a canned food.

  • http://na cat owner

    our cat loves iams indoor weight and hairball. he hasnt liked any other kind a whole lot but he immediately ate this stuff. hope its not unsafe

    • geekgirl101

      The reason why cat fur looks more glossier is down to the addition of omega 3 fatty acids, it has nothing to do with “high quality ingredients”. Meat by-product is leftover unsavory parts of the animal and meat which is deemed unfit for human consumption.

More Information

Iams Cat Food

Iams is one of the most well-known pet food brands. You can purchase Iams cat food at the majority of grocery stores around the United States and it is generally affordable. However, many pet owner have voiced concerns about Iams cat food, and its impact on feline health.

Who Makes Iams Cat Food?

The company who makes Iams cat food is called Procter & Gamble. Many people are familiar with Procter & Gamble, since they own a large number of the brands that we use each day. P&G is a Fortune 500 company, with its current headquarters being located in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to many different types of pet food, P&G also owns Gilette, Olay, Crest, CoverGirl, Bounty, Pantene and Pringles. In all, there are hundreds of brands that are owned by P&G, which span a wide variety of products.

Iams Cat Food Recall

Iams was one of the main brands that was affected by the 2007 pet food recall, due to contamination with melamine. Since the 2007 pet food recall, no further recalls have been issued on Iams products by the FDA. However, in order to make sure that your cat’s food is safe, it’s always highly recommended that you check the FDA’s pet food recall website. This will help you to stay updated on the latest pet food recall information.

Iams Cat Food Ingredients

Though the first ingredient in most Iams formulas is a whole meat, the first five ingredients are generally low-quality fillers and by-products. Even in the Iams “Natural” formulas, the formulas contain corn and chicken by-products. Most of the formulas are very carbohydrate-heavy, with brewers rice, corn meal and whole corn being present in many formulas. In many cases, the fat source in Iams is simply designated as “Animal Fat”. Sorghum is also present in many Iams formulas.

Iams Allergies

Since corn is high on the ingredients list of most Iams formulas, this means that Iams is not suitable for cats with food allergies. Corn is difficult for many cats to digest, even cats that do not have a previous history of food allergies. If your cat has a specific allergy, you should always read the ingredients of any cat food formula.

Iams Recipes:

  • Iams® Healthy Naturals™ Adult Weight Control
  • Iams® Healthy Naturals™ Adult with Atlantic Salmon
  • Iams® Healthy Naturals™ Adult with Chicken
  • Iams® Premium Protection™ Adult Cat
  • Iams® Premium Protection™ Kitten
  • Iams® Premium Protection™ Senior Cat
  • Iams® Premium Protection™ Senior Plus
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Digestive Care
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Hairball Care
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Indoor™ Weight & Hairball Care
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Multi-Cat with Chicken
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Original with Chicken
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Original with Lamb & Rice
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Original with Tuna
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Weight Control
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Kitten
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Mature Adult
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Mature Adult Hairball Care
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Multi-Cat™ With Chicken & Salmon
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Senior Plus
  • Iams® ProActive Health™Adult Original Ocean Fish with Rice
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-Residue™ /Feline
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Renal Multi-Stage Renal™/Feline
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Urinary-S Low pH/S™ /Feline
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Weight Control D Optimum Weight Control /Feline
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Weight Loss Restricted-Calorie™ /Feline
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula™ Urinary-O Plus Moderate pH/O™

Iams Canned Cat Food

  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Filets with Chicken in Gravy
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Filets with Salmon in Sauce
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Filets with Skipjack Tuna in Sauce
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Pate with Chicken & Liver
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Pate with Pacific Salmon
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Pate with Seafood Sampler
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Premium Pate with Country Style Turkey and Giblets
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Premium Pate with Gourmet Chicken
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Premium Pate with Lamb & Rice
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Premium Pate with Select Oceanfish
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Adult Premium Pate with Tender Beef
  • Iams® ProActive Health™ Kitten Premium Pate with Gourmet Chicken
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-Residue™ /Feline
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Maximum- Calorie™/Canine and Feline
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Renal Multi-Stage Renal™ /Feline
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula™ Skin & Coat Plus Response™ FP
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Urinary O – Moderate pH/O™ /Feline Canned Formula
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Urinary-S Low pH/S™ /Feline
  • Iams® Veterinary Formula Weight Loss Restricted-Calorie™ /Feline

Iams Consumer Info

Where can I buy Iams?

You may be wondering, “Where can I buy Iams Cat Food?”. Iams is available in grocery stores, large pet food stores, and large box stores. You can also always buy Iams Cat Food online as well.

How much Iams should I feed my cat?

A common question that many pet owners have, is “How much Iams Cat food should I feed my cat?”. Since the answer is dependent on several factors (such as your cat’s age, weight, activity level, etc) always follow the specific instructions on your formula’s packaging.

Iams Cat Food Coupons

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Ingredient List*

Iams Cat Food Ingredient List

*for Iams ProActive Health Adult Original Formula - Chicken

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12 Responses to Iams Cat Food

  1. dogwood_laine November 27, 2014 at 5:01 am #

    I’ve fed Iams cat food since it became available (obviously, different pets).At first, before it was made available at grocery stores, it seemed like a great food. My current pets are 3 cats and a dog who manages to grab a mouth full of cat kibble, on occasion. So, rewind 3 years….siamese mix starts acting insane. She won’t cross an area rug for about a week, then she sits in the tub for a week, just total ocd behavior, all the while yowling. My dog develops balck greasy skin on his abdomen. The cat is vomiting alot, sometimes a hairball, sometimes food. The dog is vomiting a ton of foam. To the vet we go. The vet says it must be something they got into. Fast forward to 6 months ago. The dog now has hypothyroidism. The cat is still neurotic and now is obsessed with laying face down on the heather duct. She’s huge, even though she doesn’t eat any more than the normal cats. Guess what….the ultra rare adult onset hypothyroidism again. Common denominator-Iams. So, hypothyroidism symptoms in both the dog and the cat: always cold, vomiting, lethargy, incessant whining/meowing, weight gain for no apparent reason, dry itchy patchy coat, appearance of insanity/retardation (I think they call it mental dullness), and a ton of urine accidents.

  2. Terri October 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    I switched to Iams cat food, thinking I was doing a good thing, and wish I’d read the reviews first. My cat threw up every single day while on Iams, sometimes 2-3 times. I did some research and realized it was probably the food I was feeding her so thew it out. She’s fine now and isn’t throwing up anymore. I’ll never buy Iams again.

  3. Meghan September 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I WISH I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW. I made the best impulse purchase of my life when I bought my cats in 2008. After feeding them Nutro Max Kitten food, which was recommended by a vet, I soon switched them to Iams Proactive as they got older. Fast forward 5 years & I have one cat who is currently diagnosed with Cystitis, which appears to be linked to highly concentrated urine that results from being fed a WATER-DEPLETED (DRY FOOD) diet. Within the last six months alone, I’ve spent about $500 on vet bills. My cat strains to urinate (and lucky for me, so far he doesn’t go outside his box. But, he is in there straining for at least 3 to 5 minutes). He has blood in his urine and has been prescribed three rounds of antibiotics over the last 6 months…ALL BECAUSE OF HIS CRAPPY IAMS DIET. My other cat, was also recently diagnosed with a heart murmur, which was not detectable until this year. I don’t know if there is a connection with between the food & my second cat’s heart murmur. BUT, I really do suspect that IAMS PROACTIVE is what caused at least one of my poor 5-year-old cats to become VERY sick. It is beyond stressful and heartbreaking to have a sick pet, high vet bills, and having to switch foods. Since my cats were raised on Iams, they basically refuse to eat a lot of other foods. I’ve bought the best brands & some decent ones and so far I’ve had no success with getting them to eat the food & not waste my money. I am a first-time cat owner. I wish I knew better than to just feed CRAPPY UNHEALTHY DISGUSTING IAMS FOOD. It has caused my fur babies to suffer a lot of pain & stress. Please, get your cat(s) off Iams dry food before it’s too late. For being only 5-years-old, it’s ridiculous that a cat has to suffer because the crap food that Iams makes. After plenty of reading, I do now know better about what to look for in a cat food. But, seriously, cheapening out & buying this food is NOT WORTH IT. In the long-run, you will end up spending the money you thought you were saving by being cheap, on the vet. Please just feed your cats wet food (made from ingredients that are similar to their natural diet).

  4. HasAnAsthmaticCat July 3, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    First of all, EW at these ingredients. Yeah chicken is the first ingredient, but this is a dry food. Things need to be dehydrated. Also the ingredients are listed by weight, BUT since the ingredients also need to be basically void of water this causes things to weigh less. IAMS is LYING to you. The chicken might weigh more before being dehydrated, but it is about %80 water. If this is hard to think about imagine having a slice of lunch meat. Now cut it in half, then cut the half in half. The end result is a little bigger than %20 but that’s pretty much what is left to go into the food. Small, yeah? Though I will say that if you have an indoor/outdoor cat or just an outdoor cat grocery store kibble is fine, but ONLY because they are supplementing they’re OWN protein by catching all those yummy mice and moles. For indoor cats though you should be buying things that have at least 3 or more meat products listed in the top 5-7 ingredients. Such as chicken/turkey/anything that isn’t pork and chicken meal/turkey meal/anything not pork meal. The most important thing to remember is that, while little Snowball is cuddled up on your lap or chest is that his/her body still needs the same diet as the tigers in the jungle.

  5. ted turner June 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    In my opinion NONE of the canned variety of cat food which is available in a SUPERMARKET is high in quality. IT IS, HOWEVER, HIGH IN PRICE. Simply read the items ingredient labels and you will see this.
    I personally do not like having to drive all the way to PetCo just to buy quality cat food. I would prefer to buy it along with my own grocery items.
    Just because my cat will eat it does not mean it is high in quality and I think I should be getting a better quality product from Iams and Purina without raising the price even one cent!
    Complaining to the supermarket owners has produced absolutely no results whatsoever.

  6. Kristen June 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Not a good food for the price. Paying over $12 for a small bag of Iams is dumb, because its full of fillers and by products. It’s often recommended by many vets and has countless tv commercials marketing it as a premium food, which it is not. Cats were on it for a while, they didn’t like the taste and didn’t have a shiny coat or other signs of a quality food. Switched them over to a cheaper yet superior brand. They eat Kirkland signature cat food. Very good ingredients at a very good price.

  7. Gigi April 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I have tried on two different occasions to change my male cat from the Iams weight and hairball control food to a cheaper version of the same thing. The first time he started losing the fur on his belly and back of his legs, so I put him back on the Iams and his fur grew back. I thought perhaps this was a fluke and did the same thing again, buying a cheaper version of the indoor weight and hairball control food. He, again, lost the fur on his stomach and the back of his legs. I think it’s safe to say there is SOMETHING in this food that allows him to keep his fur and help with his weight (if I could keep him out of his bowl!) so I won’t be changing again.

  8. Mop April 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    I don’t know much about the manufacturing of IAMS. However, I do know that my cat CANNOT eat anything but IAMS. He won’t eat fish, chichen, red meat,tuna,only cat food.

    However, he cannot tolerate any cat food except IAMS.

    He LOVES Friskies, Purina, However, EVERY TIME he eats ANY OTHER BRAND of cat (except IAMS) he violently throws up it.

    It’s like other brands are the McDonalds (taste good) and IAMS being like vegan food.

  9. valerie arsenault November 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Iams has dried beet pulp. That, and sorghum and other cheap fillers are sugars. Cats dont need sugars. There is an increase in diabetic pets some feel is linked to high carbohydrate foods with lots of grain and especially these cheap fillers that are not needed by cats and can be harmful.

    • Rhiannon February 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Actually, dried beet pulp is used for fibre, not as a filler and the sugar is not included, they take it out. Sorghum is a starch which is needed to form the kibble. All kibble has starch in it as you can’t make a kibble wihtout some starch. If you want a food that has less starch or no starch it’s better to use a canned food.

  10. cat owner April 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    our cat loves iams indoor weight and hairball. he hasnt liked any other kind a whole lot but he immediately ate this stuff. hope its not unsafe

    • geekgirl101 February 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      The reason why cat fur looks more glossier is down to the addition of omega 3 fatty acids, it has nothing to do with “high quality ingredients”. Meat by-product is leftover unsavory parts of the animal and meat which is deemed unfit for human consumption.