68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2011
I understand all the complaints about Science Diet. Believe me I avoided this food for quite awhile based on that information. I'm not thrilled about the filler, would prefer a food with no by-products, and yes in general think it is over priced. But my cat was throwing up everything else. And I do mean EVERYTHING else. I have tried so many top of the line foods for him and every single one he threw up. I took him to the vet, had all the xrays done, all the blood work done, put him on antibotics just in case... nothing. He is a perfectly healthy cat except that he was throwing up food 2 to 3 times a week. I talked to my mom who had 2 Siamese cats that lived into thier late teens and she said she fed them Science Diet. In fact, one of them had urninary tract problems and the SD was the only food that stopped his problems. So yes, I understand everything everyone is saying about why SD is so horrible... yet I can't argue with the results. I fed my cat this and it's been 3 weeks with no vomiting. My mom fed it to her cats and they lived long, healthy lives. I just can't argue with the results. And even if there were risks it's worth it not to have my poor kitty completely emptying his stomach 2-3 times a week from food that is making him sick. If your cat keeps throwing up, you've had the vet check him and there is nothing wrong and no other food is working... try this food. It really did work for my cat.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2011
I took in a foster cat almost one year ago and have tried almost everything to rid him of diarrhea. The vets were unable to diagnose any parasite or physical problems, and his behavior has always appeared happy and healthy. The vets said it could be a food allergy, so I began trying different foods. A couple of months ago, I bought SD Sensitive Stomach. I had been reluctant because of the ingredients - I strive to avoid foods with "meal" of any kind - as well as the price ($40 for 15.5 lbs). After a year, five other foods and several supplements, though, I was desperate. Sensitive Stomach did the trick. There was a noticeable difference within a few weeks, and the stools are completely normal now. His weight gain has been constant regardless of food, so I do not attribute that to the Science Diet brand.
The drawback is that my other two cats prefer this food to their original brand, so it's quite expensive for three cats. The other two have not gained weight with this product, and their appetite does not appear to have increased at all.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2010
I have two cats, one 6 and one 2 years old. Both are indoor cats in excellent health. I saw the negative review and talked to my vet about it. I've also asked a number of veterinary professionals what to feed my cats and they all answer the same thing: Science Diet. Sure, you'll see stories of how one person's cat had issues, but even if that's 100% true, it's 1 case out of millions. Science and fact aren't based on someone's experience.
So my point is, I love my cats and I'm very concerned about their health. I trust people who actually have medical degrees and experience with a wide range of animals. My only caution is do not fall for some hype or scare tactic that recommends some unproven or untested food or some fad diet for your pet. Don't listen to me, don't listen to the negative review. ASK YOUR VET what they recommend, and follow their instructions. My guess is you'll end up buying the Science Diet anyhow.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2011
My cat was born in August 2001, so he's almost 10 years old. Three years ago he started to throw up quite frequently. The vet ran tons of VERY EXPENSIVE tests and for the most part ruled out anything that can be treated. We tried changing food but nothing worked. I tried giving him home cooked food as well and that made throwing up even worse. So one day I was in a pet store and the clerk said he had the same problem with his cat and suggested the MOST EXPENSIVE FOOD IN STORE. I was skeptical but I had nothing to lose (but money). Three years later my cat is doing fantastic. He only throw up when I feel bad for him and give him tuna as a pity treat. He's healthy, bouncy and seems to enjoy food. The big bag lasts us for ever. We bought a bag on November 5th and today again on March 19. That's 4+ months for $40 (which is how much the bag costs in pet store). I think I can afford $10/month for my buddy. I have no idea what's in there and I don't really care. All I care is that my cat looks happy and healthy. Food purists who believe in feeding cat organic chicken and brown rice might not care for it.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2013
Okay - I am not a person who would ever think of spending this much money on a cat food but this stuff works! Let me set the stage - we invested in low-allergen kittens (Siberians) and after a few weeks, one started to show signs of, um, stomach distress. Well, it was distressing to all of us because the smell could CLEAR a room. It was AWFUL! While she was still gaining weight, I was forced to live with the terrible smell. After testing for parasites and other things, she came back with a clean bill of health but the smell and consistency (sorry) was still a problem. Our vet recommended we try this diet. I was willing to do ANYTHING. Let me tell you, after a few days, her poop resembled her sister's (NORMAL) with hardly any smell!!! Our noses thank Science Diet. Oh, and the cats LOVE the taste - we have had to be careful because they wolf it down and tend to eat more than their other food. If you have a cat with REALLY smelly poop - you may want to give this a try!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2013
I have two cats, one that has digestive issues. I tried everything, basic ingredient foods, probiotics from the vet, testing for everything under the sun. No idea what exactly is wrong with the cat, but most foods give him loose stools. (Sorry for the TMI, but it's relevant here). He would end up with some, uh, poop left on his back end after using the litter box and would walk around the house with it. If I caught him before he sat down, great, I could wipe it with a tissue. But no one's got time to chase a cat around the house, wiping it's rear. Plus, when I'm NOT home, yuck. I'd find where the cat had been sitting via a brown stain. Once on my bed. YUCK. So after trying several more brands, I read the reviews on the Hill's Science Diet Sensitive Stomach Dry Cat Food. I did the slow transition as you're supposed to do. Well the cats loved it. No problem transitioning over. And now! NO LOOSE STOOLS. No brown spots on the floor/furniture/my arm (ewwww). Please never stop making this food. Both cats love it and it's solved whatever mysterious digestive problem my cat has. Hooray!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2014
This is not the correct item. The company has a problem with this product and a new product that is sensitive stomach and "skin". If your cat has stomach issues then this new product may not work. I spent two years trying to find a food to help my cat and the original product worked. This new product has started her issues all over again and now I have to start again finding some food she can eat. The company says it is the same, but the ingredients on the bag says different. Just be sure you are buying the correct item, or you may be back to vet bills like I am.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
I have a 10 year old alpha tom who gets a bad case of cabin fever whenever he is under house arrest for murdering any of the local fauna. Lately, however, it's been the flora that's more the problem. He has always had a problem with occasional inopportune vomiting, but in the past six weeks or so the problem has become much worse.
He eats. He wanders outside. He grazes the grass. He comes back inside. And promptly regurgitates all over the carpet. My wife screams. She has never really been a cat person . . .
A friend recommended wheat grass. I bought wheat grass, cat grass, all kinds of edible shrubbery for my pal. He wouldn't touch it. . . Oh wait . . . He finally nibbled a few blades. And promptly threw up all over the carpet. Unprintable text messages from the wife. Kitty and I maybe better start looking for alternative accommodations. Someplace with no grass.
So (light bulb) I thought I'd try changing his food supply. I bought a trial sized bag of Hill's Sensitive Stomach & Skin at the local pet supply megastore. Kitty is not a finicky eater, but when we first filled his bowl with this concoction he attacked it and nearly killed the whole bowl at one sitting. He loves this stuff. That was a couple of weeks ago. Kitty seems much happier now. More importantly, for my wife at least, since the switch his food has yet to revisit this mortal coil from the wrong end. For now we have our paws crossed - but so far, so good. This food is a little more expensive, but it seems a small price to pay for a return to domestic bliss.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2015
We too, have tried many sensitive formulas and this is the one that works. Unfortunately, switching over is proving difficult because all three of our cats are addicted to Iams kitten formula which was bought when little Kevin first showed up, starving. The vet thinks, besides weight gain, the kitten formulas promote urinary crystals. However, Tiger Tubby (once troubled with crystals) has been fine on Iams kitten with respect to both urinary issues and vomiting. Anyway, this leads me to my personal thoughts about the much-maligned "fillers." The first two ingredients of this product are brewers rice and corn gluten meal. Corn gluten meal is found in this Hills Sensitive Stomach product AND in some of the prescription urinary diets. This meal is a cereal protein (not just empty calories) and is highly effective at acidifying cat urine. I know many of you are passionate about the topic of protein fillers, but because I have a cat with urinary issues I don't mind seeing corn gluten meal as an ingredient. The other filler ingredient, brewers rice, is less nutritious certainly than corn gluten meal but is clearly a concession to twitchy stomachs as it's found in many sensitive formulations. Science Diet has more of it (first ingredient) but for many, this is the only product that stays down. I'm awarding 4 stars instead of 5 because while it's not ending up on the carpet, the taste apparently isn't super appealing. I bought the small bag at a pet supermarket for a ridiculous sum. The price here on Amazon is a lot easier to swallow.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2011
My eight month old kitty, Jitterbug came to us eating Science Diet and everything was fine. I slowly switched him over to Purina indoor, which I've always fed my cats and had no problems with. Well I started noticing Jitterbug was leaving small little balls of poo all over the house! Instead of taking him to the vet and paying a lot of money on tests I thought I'd try this expensive food first and what do you know, no more poop balls! It's too bad it's so pricey, but if I don't have to deal with feces outside the litter box, I'll pay top dollar. My cat has been on this formula for a month now and I'm very pleased with the results.