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I know the pet food snobs (yes, there are pet food snobs out there, just like there are coffee snobs, beer snobs, et al) like to use Science Diet as their punching bag, but in reality there is no reason to. It's good stuff and it shows.
Why "Flavour" is one of the options for me to rate is beyond me - I did not taste it. And my cats will generally eat anything we put out for them, especially if it new to their food dish.
This particular stuff is pricey though (considering it's only a 7 lb bag) but it does slowly - and I MEAN SLOWLY - bring the weight down to a more desirable and healthy weight.
It's list of ingredients is top notch and is much better value for the dollar than what the dog food snobs will tell you to buy (with a list of ingredients that are identical or very very similar), however it is still too pricey for me to purchase on a regular basis.
I almost exclusively feed my cat Hills Science Diet but this does not live up to the brands standards. Based on other reviews it seems as if the formula was recently changed for the worse so be wary - positive reviews from over 6 months ago shouldn’t apply to the product you’ll receive. I had to take my cat to the emergency vet due to constipation after she had been fed this product for under 2 weeks. She was throwing up and in obvious discomfort and while I hoped it would change when I switched out her food for wet food, she refused to eat anything by the time I noticed something was wrong. Please please do yourself a favor and either buy this in stores or find a different Hills Science variety.
I bought this trying to help my indoor kitty lose a bit of weight. This was by far the most I had spent on cat food before and was very hopeful. I loved that this was little pieces which force him to chew more. However he refused to eat it. I even mixed some of his old food in with this hoping to entice him. He literally ate every piece of his old food and would not go near this. I gave it to the hungry stray cats in our neighborhood. Unfortunately 3 out of the 5 cats we feed on our porch also did not like this. I ended up switching him to blue buffalo grain free and he has lost quite a bit of weight as well as become much more energetic. If your cat is not picky this should be fine but if you have a picky cat go to the petfood store and get a sample before spending big bucks on food that amazon will not let you return. If your cat is picky there is a fair chance they will not eat this food.
Honestly.... I have been feeding my cat this for at least a year and he just got fatter. I think the carbohydrate breakdown is too high compared to lower fat content. I switched brands and now he is losing weight with a higher fat dry food.
I recently bought it for my overweight cats. It smells not so good as I desired, my cats refuse it to eat. Actually all Hill's Science diet cat food looks and smells terrible. Even for me, it looks awful. I threw that away with other products from that line. Better find something better for that money.
I have been feeding this dry cat food to my two old rescue cats for several years. Now they thumb their noses up at this food and new picture on the bag. These kibbles seem to be as hard as rocks and better used for a rock garden.
My 12lb, 4 year old cat has been on this food for 5 months and hasn't lost a single pound. I followed the recommended feeding dose for 3 months, and on the 4th month I even lowered it further. Still lost nothing. All this food seems to do is make my cat into a grumpy food beggar, which he never was before. It is clear that the food doesn't satisfy him, but also doesn't make him lose weight. We are both unhappy. I will be switching brands once this bag runs out.
After the regular Hill's science food for indoor cats, my overweight cat will not touch this. Maybe I haven't given him enough time. I've cut back on his regular food and am enduring his begging periods which are becoming more infrequent.