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IamsIams may be the best known pet food out there today, and maintains a very large group of customers who are loyal to them, even after the huge pet food recall that stained them a bit. They have a ton of varities out there, so I’ve chosen a basic one: Original with Tuna. Let’s see how it does…

Iams isn’t a cheap food, and so I’d hope the ingredients would reflect that. Unfortunately, by-products are the very first ingredient and primary protein source of this food. Then, we’re confronted with two corn sources directly afterward, which we know by now aren’t beneficial to cats at all. Having filler as the 2nd and 3rd ingredients doesn’t really instill a lot of confidence. It’s also a certainty the corn ingredients will artificially inflate the protein levels in the food in a form our cats struggle to digest. Not good.

At least they have tuna as the 5th ingredient, so that’s one good protein source, but if you’re buying something with “Tuna” on the label then don’t you want it higher than 5th? It seems a little disingenuous to have a bag labelled “tuna” when “chicken by-products” are first and foremost.

Dried beet pulp’s value as a fiber source is often debated, so I tend to leave that one alone. It’s high in sugar and can cause colon issues over if consumed in high quantities over a long period of time. Brewers yeast is a bit controversial, but recent studies show it has marginal nutritional value to cats. It’s still a by-product of alcohol making.

All in all, it’s a very expensive food, so don’t you want to get what you pay for?

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What’s good about this food….

Tuna is 5th, fish oil included.

….and what’s not so good.

By products are main protein source, way too much corn, insufficient real meat.


Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Corn Grits, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Tuna, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Sodium Bisulfate, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Rosemary Extract.