Rated 5 out of 5 by Clorox My Sick Cat Inhales This Stuff
For cats that are finicky due to illness, this food is the remedy your pet needs. It is easily syringed for assisted feeding. What a life saver!
July 15, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Mom2Rat Probably a great product if your pet can tolerate it
I had high hopes for Iams MaxCal when I ordered it. I was trying to feed a very ill kitty who desperately needed calories. I was feeding her by syringe and though the food loaded into my syringes and came out fine without clogging (I only tried this once though), the extremely gritty texture of the food was too harsh for her and I didn't even try to feed it that way.
I pureed the food for a long time, then put it through a strainer and it was still very gritty. She had some unknown issue with her throat and was having some difficulty swallowing already (she just acted like something similar to strep throat symptom-wise). She also just plain disliked it altogether.
I'm not sure what the "grit" that I strained out was, but I left it overnight dumped into the empty can and when it was dried the next morning it was hardened and I couldn't even separate it back into the "small" bits. I didn't want anything like that in my sweetie's tummy. I think that it may have also upset her GI tract in the 2 days that I tried to feed it to her.
If your pet can tolerate it, you can't beat MaxCal for calorie content though.
April 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by jshdoff High Calorie for Weight Gain
I'm told it has the highest caloric value out there, which was exactly what was needed when I was tube-feeding one my cats. When liquefying for a tube-feed diet, it's already pretty liquidy, but it's also kind of oily and gritty. I don't find that appealing. The cat who needed the extra calories didn't care for it when offered up in a bowl, but the other two knocked me out of the way to get to it. That said, my sick cat gained weight pretty quickly with this as her sole nourishment.
September 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Charlie74 This product is a life saver!
When my kitty was not eating anything on his own, I bought this food to use for assist feeding. (syringe feeding.) however I never had to do that, because he was willing to lick, and eat the food right off of my finger! He likes this food. And that makes me happy.
February 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mstelling64 My Kittie Gained Her Weight Back!
My poor 12 year old kittie Maddie started losing weight rapidly. It seems she simply lost her appetite except for tasty treats, but that is not enough for good nutrition! So I tried Iams Veterinary Formula Calorie Plus Cat Food. Feeding her two tablespoons twice a day, within a week she feels and looks heavier! She also has her energy back! I was never a fan of Iams, but I am now. I highly recommend this product to anyone who needs their babies to gain weight! It saved her life :)
January 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by aprleeh back to her old self
Thanks to iams max calorie my cat who was refusing to eat is finally gaining some weight and is back to her old self again. It is the perfect consistency to use with the syringe for force feeding. I love this product and cannot recommend it enough!
November 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dawg totally pawsome!
Mazie, my Jack Russell developed inflamatory bowel disease and would not eat. After trying numerous offerings without success, she loved the IAMS formula. It has brought her back from the brink. She thinks it is doglicious.
August 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Roxy01 Kitty likes it!
Seven year old kitty recovering from URI needs calories and something syringe-able/palatable. Was slightly hesitant hearing some cats don't care for it but tried it anyway. It went through a 30cc feeding syringe just fine and turned out to be more assist-feeding than force-feeding. He liked it! In fact, he ended up lapping the rest of the portion from a bowl.
No complains from me or him.
April 30, 2015