Rating: 3 star  | Price: $$$$  |  Website

Review:

Royal CaninRoyal Canin is quite a mixed bag for me. It has the potential to be a really good food, but trips over its own feet when they start using bad (and quite frankly, useless) fillers where they don’t have to.

Let’s look at what they’ve done here. First, chicken meal starts the ingredient list, and that’s great to see. Any “meal” product leading it off is very welcome. Then we have two grains, both rice. That’s fine, as rice is a great grain. The main concern is that the grain content may get a little high, but so far so good.

SO what’s next….oh, crap. Corn. Then corn gluten meal. There are few ways to derail a food from being great faster than throwing in corn gluten meal.

There’s a small rebound with chicken and pea fiber, which are both fine. Rice flour and rice hulls are about the worst way to put rice in a cat food, but it’s still better than putting in corn or wheat. Speaking of wheat, that’s what’s next. Good ol wheat gluten, since cats apparently love wheat (not really).

From there, it’s up and down. They do put in eggs and anchovy oil, which are great for proteins and omega fatty acids respectively. But then, salt is a bit high on the ingredient list too. Also, brewers yeast makes an appearance straight from your local brewery.

It adds up to a so-so food. Better than most crap in grocery stores, but not justifiable in price.


What’s good about this food….

Chicken meal is first, rice is main grain used, vegetable fiber is high, fish oils.

….and what’s not so good.

Far too much corn used, rice hulls aren’t beneficial, salt is somewhat high.

Ingredients:

Chicken meal, brown rice, rice, corn, corn gluten meal, chicken fat, chicken, natural chicken flavor, pea fiber, rice flour, rice hulls, wheat gluten, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), soya oil, sodium silico aluminate, dried brewers yeast, fructo-oligosaccharides, anchovy oil (source of EPA/DHA), calcium sulfate, salt, potassium chloride, dried egg product, choline chloride, DL-methionine, taurine, Vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin supplement, biotin, riboflavin (vitamin B2) supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], sodium tripolyphosphate, tea (green tea extract), Trace Minerals [zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], L-Carnitine, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E) and citric acid, rosemary extract.