Iams Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-Residue/Feline Review

Iams Dry Cat Food Review



Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood, corn and eggs

Est. Calories: 359 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Iams Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-Residue/Feline is a significantly below average cat food, earning 3 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.


Ingredient Analysis

When evaluating a cat food, the first five ingredients can tell you a lot about the quality of a product as they make up the bulk of the product. Ideally, you're looking for quality protein sources with a minimum of cheap starches, fillers or by-products. Continuing down the ingredient list, look for ingredients that resemble real food with a minimal number of unpronounceable chemicals - the same as you would for human food.

Iams Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-Residue/Feline includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken

Questionable Ingredients

  • chicken by-product meal
  • corn meal
  • corn grits

Potential Allergens

  • corn meal
  • corn grits
  • dried egg product
  • fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols

Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.

Although not the first product listed (which is the most plentiful), Iams Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-Residue/Feline does contain with its top ingredients chicken which are considered quality protein sources. In this case, Iams Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-Residue/Feline's first ingredient listed (and hence the most plentiful) is chicken by-product meal which is considered an inferior ingredient.

Additionally, Iams Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-Residue/Feline also contains as top ingredients corn meal and corn grits. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your cat's diet. However, they are sometimes used to help maintain the kibble shape in dry foods.

Allergen alert: This product contains fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, corn meal, corn grits and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, corn or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2827 cat foods in our database, Iams Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-Residue/Feline has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly less fat than average
  • significantly less fiber than average
  • significantly less moisture than an equivalent wet food
In general, cats have been shown to do better with a higher protein, medium fat, lower carb diet with sufficient moisture. However, specialty diets as recommended by your veterinarian may prioritize a different nutritional breakdown.

Calorie Breakdown

Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Iams Veterinary Formula Intestinal Low-Residue/Feline has approximately 359 calories per 100g (101 calories/ounce), which is fewer calories compared to the average of the other dry cat foods in the CatFoodDB.


All the product information on this page is based on data collected from the manufacturer's product website as retrieved on January 27, 2018.

The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.

Important Note: This product may have been discontinued by the manufacturer, as the above linked product website was no longer functioning when last checked.


Ingredients

Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:

Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Corn Grits, Chicken, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken Flavor, Brewer's Dried Yeast, Fructooligosaccharides, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Mannanoligosaccharides, Salt, 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


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
33.0%
Fat: (min)
12.8%
Fiber: (max)
1.8%
Carbs: (est)
38.4%
Ash: (est)
6.0%
Moisture: (max)
8.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.

Protein: (min)
36%
Fat: (min)
14%
Fiber: (max)
2%
Carbs: (est)
42%
Ash: (est)
7%
Calories: (est)
359/100g

*Note that some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each cat food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product's maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.

Although a high score may be indicative of a higher-quality product it is not a guarantee. Similarly, a low score may or may not indicate an inferior product. The best food for your cat is the one that meets their individual needs.


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