For the past five-ish years, the fuzzy creature in the photo above has enjoyed your hypoallergenic Prescription Diet d/d Duck & Green Pea formula. This special food practically saved this cat's life, after skin, respiratory, and digestive allergic reactions rendered many other foods absolutely useless. While others told me that I could find a better food to put Layla on, I stuck to your food, because I don't believe in fixing things that aren't broken.
I wish, Hill's, that you would have followed that same line of thought, instead of adding Ground Yellow Peas and Chicken Liver Flavor to the old d/d formula.
After contacting your company, you informed me that the Chicken Liver Flavor comes from hydrolyzed chicken liver - the same ingredient found in your popular z/d Ultra formula. It won't cause allergic reactions in an animal allergic to chicken, because the animal's body does not recognize it as chicken. The problem, Hill's, is that Layla's delicate stomach cannot tolerate z/d what so ever. It's no surprise, then, that this new d/d formula might be causing issues.
Yesterday, Hill's, Layla threw up three times. Forgive me for being graphic, but each of those times, it was the new lightly-colored d/d kibble that was present in her vomit. While I am keeping my fingers crossed that this upset stomach was just a one-day thing, I am not optimistic that that is the case, since we have been down this unfortunate road of formula changes before.
I have a few days' worth left of the old d/d kibble, which I am currently mixing in with the new formula, and have my vet's office frantically trying to locate another old formula bag, to give me more time to get Layla's diet in order.
I wish I knew the reason, Hill's, that you were so inspired to fix what wasn't broken. I assume it'd be an unsatisfactory reason, such as to boost sales, or attract more customers. I stuck by your company as a loyal customer for years, and always expressed my gratitude that you continued to manufacture the d/d line of food, even when z/d became more popular. Now, I must admit that I feel betrayed. Now, I must wait, stuck in limbo, to see what is going to happen to my cat's diet. To see if I'm going to have to change her food altogether to find something that she can digest, and risk an allergic reaction.
I know so many people who are so happy with your Prescription Diet offerings. Why, oh why, would you tamper with things?
It's so frustrating that after a recent month-long stint in the dreaded cone collar to heal a hideous nose sore, Layla is faced with yet another predicament. Can't this poor cat get a break? She's held her food down today so far, but yesterday's three hurls were pretty alarming.