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Iams 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.
Well, at least they have tuna as their 5th ingredient. There’s one good meat source, but if you’re buying something with the meat’s name on the bag, 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★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets.’s value as a fiber source is often debated, so I tend to leave that one alone. I DO know that brewers yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis. is worthless to cats, though. Any by-product of alcohol making isn’t exactly what you’d call highly nutritious for your cat.
All in all, it’s a very expensive food, so don’t you want to get what you pay for?
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, brewers yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., insufficient real meat.
Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Corn Grits, Animal Fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic. (preserved with mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative., a source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), Tuna, Dried Beet Pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets., Dried Egg Product★ Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell., Natural Flavor, Sodium Bisulfate, Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., DL-Methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative., a source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), Brewers Dried Yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Calcium Carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., Vitamins (Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Ascorbic Acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative., Vitamin A Acetate★★★ Standard source, needed for immune function., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude. (source of vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol★★★ Standard source, non-vitamin B-Complex metabolizes blood fats., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis.), Minerals (Zinc Oxide★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Manganese Sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Potassium Iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Cobalt Carbonate★★★ Standard source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis.), Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..