IAMS Cat Food Review
In the 1950s, IAMS was the first pet food manufacturer to use animal-based protein as the primary protein source. At present, IAMS is a subsidiary of Mars Inc Company, and their website states Iams provides ” nutrition that is tailored to bring out their unique best”.
If you’re wondering which line of IAMS is best for your cat, there are several options to choose from depending on age, activity level or health issues, including a line of natural foods. Here we are reviewing the most popular foods purchased from the Iams cat food lines.
Iams sells pet food for cats and dogs formulated for all ages and stages of life. Its products are developed by nutritionists and veterinarians and can be found in three main formulas: ProActive Health, Healthy Naturals and Premium Protection. Veterinary formulas for pets with special dietary requirements are also available.
Pet food was not available in stores and pets were predominantly fed homemade food and table scraps. The Iams Company was founded in 1946 in a small feed mill near Dayton, Ohio by animal nutritionist Paul Iams. In 1950, he developed the world’s first animal-based protein, dry dog food and later developed cat food recipes. Prior to founding Iams, he worked for a number of companies including his father’s feed business.
Manufacturing and Sourcing
Iams manufactures their food in Ohio, Nebraska, and North Carolina. They also have a European manufacturing plant in Coevorden, Netherlands.
Iams does not provide information on where their ingredients are sourced, just that they are high quality. All Mars subsidiaries work with Mars’ Responsible Sourcing program and their Supplier Code of Conduct, meaning that the company uses third-party supplier risk assessment to choose ethical, reliable suppliers.
Mars Inc and Iams claims their food safety program is one of the most rigorous in the business, and it exceeds FDA and USDA standards. The company also states they have received superior ratings from the American Institute of Baking, an independent certification authority for the human food industry.
Analysis and Review
- In March 2007, the FDA issued a recall for several Iams Flakes canned cat food recipes and three canned dog food recipes: Iams Chunks, Iams Select Bites, and Iams Small Bites , due to potential melamine contamination.
- In June 2010, the FDA issued a recall for Iams ProActive Health canned cat and kitten food due to low levels of thiamine.
- In July 2010, the FDA issued a recall for Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal recipe due to potential salmonella contamination.
- In August 2010, the FDA issued a recall for Iams Indoor Care Weight Control with Hairball Care dry cat food due to potential salmonella contamination.
IAMS is considered a respectable cat food manufacturer and has been producing food for pets for over 50 years. With the exception of some formulas being heavy on meals and fillers, IAMS cat food is acceptable in your cats diet. I personally prefer the wet food formulas over the dry because they have a much higher protein content with less fillers. As for the Iams treats, they are a nice way to reward your kitty in small amounts, but the low amounts of fiber make it less likely to help much with hairballs.
Amy is the founder of Cat Mania and a life long cat lover. She also writes for various other pet related websites. She is passionate about helping pet parents create a healthy and happy lifestyle for their fur-babies.