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Royal 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★ Poor protein source, used as a cheap, non-nutritive filler — causes allergies., since cats apparently love wheat (not really).
From there, it’s up and down. They do put in eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell. and anchovy oil, which are great for proteins and omega fatty acids respectively. But then, salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride. is a bit high on the ingredient list too. Also, brewers yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis. 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★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride. is somewhat high.
Chicken meal, brown rice★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive. is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive., rice, corn, corn gluten meal, chicken fat, chicken, natural chicken flavor, pea fiber, rice flour, rice hulls, wheat gluten★ Poor protein source, used as a cheap, non-nutritive filler — causes allergies., dried beet pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets. (sugar removed), soya oil, sodium silico aluminate, dried brewers yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., fructo-oligosaccharides, anchovy oil (source of EPA/DHA), calcium sulfate★ Plaster of Paris! Firming agent., salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., potassium chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., dried egg product★ Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell., choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., DL-methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., 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★ Used as rancid meat preservative., 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★★ Supplements poor meat source diets, a B-vitamin factor naturally found in meat, important in regulating fat metabolism., preserved with natural mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.) and citric acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic., rosemary extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..