Rated 3 out of 5 by Judy24 Helps, but cat doesn't like it much
I bought this product for my cat, who has long-standing IBD. I don't like prescription diets, but since nothing else was helping him, I decided to try it. The first few cans I got from the vet were okay, other than looking like brown Jello, but at least my cat ate it. So I bought a case of the stuff from Chewy. The new stuff was marked "improved formula," which is arguable. It is slightly less gelatinous, but my cat doesn't like it as much. I think it's going to be hard to keep his weight up on this stuff since his appetite is rather poor anyway, despite being on an appetite stimulant. I do mix some of the dried Z/D in with it, which helps him accept it a little better. Can't really say whether I recommend it or not. Yes, because it does seem to lessen his symptoms of IBD, but no because it isn't very palatable. Some of the other cats don't seem to have a problem with it, so I guess you just have to try it and see how your cat reacts.
August 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by papillon Cat loved eating the old version of Z/D.
My 14 year old cat has loved eating the older original Z/D formula for years. That formula is what I was ask to review as that is what I purchased from Chewy. Hills now has a new IMPROVED FORMULA and the amount of some of the ingredients has changed. Example-iodized salt has moved up to the 10th ingredient listed in the new formula compared with being about the 20th ingredient in the old formula. Some ingredients, calcium sulfate, cysteine, l-lysine, manganese sulfate and potassium citrate have been added. Sodium Selenite has been removed. Chewy now shows the IMPROVED FORMULA on its web site. That can has red on the label... the old can didn't. To help your cat avoid any possible digestive upset, it is best to gradually add more of the new food to the old food, for about a week, before totally feeding the new food all by itself. I think Hills recommends this also. I'll review the new formula later.
August 30, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Mikki427 NO to the "Improved" formula
My cat has been dealing with suspected food allergies since February, after many months of agony and stress and many expensive vet visits we put her on the Z/D. She was doing quite well on it, it was controlling her scratching and licking and she was just in general more herself....until the new formula came out, I noticed almost immediately the itching and licking return. I called Hills to see what they changed and they said that they did not change any ingredients but added more fiber and anti oxidants....I am not happy. They also asked if I transitioned her to the new formula, how am I supposed to do that when just one day you show up to the pet store and there is a new formula with no warning that the old was going away?!!! Going to try a LID that has better ingredients to begin with :(
September 8, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by sharr999 New Improved Formula Is Awful
Devastated. Cat with inflammatory bowel disease has been on Z/D for two years. They go and put out this "improved formula" (noted on can with red stripe) and it is horrible! It is runny, it smells to high heaven and my cat does not like it at all! Too scared to use anything else because I just got her off of 15 months of prednisone and I don't want to rock the boat. WTH did Hills do this already perfect food? I have called them, I have written to them, to no avail! Please, everyone CALL THEM!! 1-800-445-5777 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.
September 22, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Kittylover New z/d formula is terrible!
I have 10 rescued cats, three who are on z/d. I was so happy to find one wet food that they all liked. Then the Manufacturer changed it. Why? I don't even like opening the can with the new smell. Surprisingly two out of the three are eating it, at least these first three days. The other one doesn't want anything to do with it. He really does need it with his reoccurring behavior of licking all the hair off his tummy and sometimes on a leg. One thing I did like with the new was the new consistency as I always had to add water to the old kind to make it more runny to please the cats (especially for one who doesn't have teeth left) but unfortunately now I'll have to look for some other food that all three will like. That's always a pain.
September 8, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by CATS My cat hates the new "improved" formula
I never leave reivews, but the new formula is a dud. I am going to try a new food for my senior cat- She loved the old formula, but the new "Improved" version she will not eat. She takes a bite or two the begs for food because she is still hungry and does not want top eat the new z/d formula anymore. Hope this helps! Bring back the old formula!!!
September 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stephany1775 It's Helping!
My vet put my cat on this food to help with weight loss and to help her to stop scooting. It is working! She still scoots sometimes but it is significantly less. She immediately last weight. She also had dandruff and now she doesn't. I tried her on the same formula but the dry version and it was disastrous! I will only use the canned food. The two downsides are the cost and the smell. It is literally the worst smelling cat food I have ever experienced. It is also very expensive. So far I'm willing to pay the price at the expense of my nose and wallet based on the results so far.
September 12, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by butters It's not me, it's the cats.
As with any Science diet we have ever used, my cats don't like it. Sure the first plateful was gobbled up, because it was new. But by the third can they turn their noses up to it. The dry gets eaten like any dry food, limited, because I (and they) prefer wet cat food and it is better for them also.
My other pet peeve is that you usually have one "flavor". Maybe the reason my cats eat a lot of canned food is because they put out lots of flavors to choose from.
Whoever says cats don't really need variety, don't know my cats.
The texture of the z/d is like gelatin. At least the cat tried it, some of them wouldn't. Besides the z/d, we had used two other prescription diets. I know my cats need a special diet for what ails them but they deserve variety in something that is an important part of their life. So if you could work on the variety portion of it, they may cooperate.
I am willing to pay for the food they should be having, but they deserve variety. If they wont eat it, they wont eat it.
June 15, 2014