If I told you I fed rice and corn to my cats you’d think I’m crazy, but if you feed Royal Canin that’s what you’re doing. It doesn’t make sense to feed an obligate carnivore stuff like that, so why do we? The reasons are simple, and can be ballparked into two reasons 👉 (1) products are about profit, and (2) we’re very easily led by corporate marketing. Sad truth is many cat foods are grain-based, and Royal Canin is no exception.
Royal Canin is made by Mars. Did you know that? They make many pet food brands, and this is their most “premium”. Don’t be fooled by the breed-specific formulas either, that’s mostly marketing as well.
Let’s take a look at the Regular Fit Adult formula which can offer us insight into all products in the range…
The first ingredient is dehydrated poultry protein which I have to say sounds like a good start, but in this formula it’s possible the first five ingredients are in relatively equal proportions. Two of those ingredients are maize, but cunningly split into maize and maize gluten to make them appear less significant. If we take these as just “maize” it’s quite possible this outweighs the poultry by almost double. Throw rice into the mix and we’re looking at 3 parts grain to 2 parts animal. Are you starting to feel duped yet?
We also find wheat in the food. A terrible ingredient to feed an obligate carnivore, and one of the most prominent causes of allergies in pets.
Skip to the final ingredient and we see antioxidants. Not “natural antioxidants”, just “antioxidants”. Put it this way, if they were natural they would say so on the label, so just like other Mars products this will very likely be a chemical/synthetic alternative.
Makes you wonder why vets recommend it, but to be fair they see many cats suffering health conditions on worse supermarket kibbles so tend to see an improvement when a cat is switched to Royal Canin. The simple reason is rice and corn are marginally better than ambiguous cereal grains and cereal by-products.
Apparently Royal Canin originated with a vision to be a pet food company grounded in “science”, but what it looks like to me is how much grain you can feed a carnivore and get away with. That’s “science” for you.
dehydrated poultry protein, rice, animal fats, maize, maize gluten, vegetable fibres, hydrolysed animal proteins, vegetable protein isolate*, wheat, beet pulp, yeasts, minerals, soya oil, fish oil, hydrolysed yeast (source of manno-oligo-saccharides), marigold extract (source of lutein). ADDITIVES (per kg): Nutritional additives: Vitamin A: 14500 IU, Vitamin D3: 800 IU, E1 (Iron): 35 mg, E2 (Iodine): 3.5 mg, E4 (Copper): 11 mg, E5 (Manganese): 45 mg, E6 (Zinc): 136 mg, E8 (Selenium): 0.09 mg – Preservatives – Antioxidants. ANALYTICAL CONSTITUENTS: Protein: 32% – Fat content: 15% – Crude ash: 6.8% – Crude fiber: 4%. * L.I.P.: protein selected for its very high assimilation
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Would you feed rice and corn to your cat?
- Poultry Protein
- More Maize