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What attacts people to Royal Canin is their range of breed-specific foods. I can’t review all of them here so will focus on Royal Canin Fit which sits in the middle as far as the entire range goes. If you want feedback on a specific recipe then say so in the comments, as they do vary in quality.
The question on my mind is this – are the breed-specific foods beneficial, or is it just clever marketing?
Something to be aware of with Royal Canin is the ingredients are vastly different with their overseas products. If you read other reviews on the web, they could be for a different recipe entirely.
Let’s take a look…
The main ingredient in this food is dehydrated poultry meat. This is good for two reasons – (1) it’s weighed after dehydration which guarantees a substantial meat content in the food, and (2) it’s not cheap and nasty by-products. On the other hand it’s slightly ambiguous, and I’d prefer to see a named meat, such as “chicken”.
Rice is a mediocre grain. It provides unnecessary carbohydrates and no real nutritional value for cats. It helps to bind the kibble, and is otherwise a cheap filler. The next two ingredients are worse, maize and maize gluten (or shall we say corn?). These falsly inflate the amount of protein in the food to make it look more appealing on the label, but cats lack the enzymes to digest vegetable proteins in the same way they digest meat. Corn is a common cause of allergies and can lead to intestinal difficulties when fed long term. There’s also wheat and wheat flour in the food, yet another source of cheap allergy-inducing grains. They’re all really cheap inclusions, which helps the pet food manufacturer increase their profit margin.
We find animal fats in the food, and although cats need fat this isn’t a quality ingredient. It’s nondescript, so could and will contain fats from a variety of poor quality sources. When a pet food manufacturer isn’t willing to state the source of an ingredient we can be assured we don’t really want to know.
It’s a mixed bag with this food. They’ve started off right with dehydrated meat as the main ingredient, but it falls short after that. Your cat should survive on this food, but he won’t thrive on it.
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* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%). For this product an estimated fibre content of 5% has been used.
Dehydrated poultry meat, rice, maize, maize gluten, dehydrated pork protein, animal fats, vegetable fibres, hydrolysed animal proteins, wheat, wheat flour, beet pulp, yeasts, minerals, soya oil, fish oil, egg powder, hydrolysed yeast (source of manno-oligo-saccharides), marigold extract (source of lutein).