So I mentioned the requirements that you should keep in mind in my article titled Dry Cat food: A look at the Whiskas products! That’s the main reason why I chose not to repeat myself. Since we already looked in at the Whiskas’ products, I thought it would be best to enumerate on another brand called Royal Canin. The Royal Canin Dry Cat food comes in a variety of different diets. That is precisely what we are going to talk about today!
WHY ROYAL CANIN DRY CAT FOOD?
When I originally adopted Jynx, I was told that she was fed Whiskas dry food. I wasn’t really sure what to feed her. That’s when I started asking around. A large number of people started telling me to feed her ‘something better’. That same large number of people directed me to Royal Canin dry cat food.
“Why Royal Canin dry cat food?” I asked myself. I wasn’t willing to just listen to that piece of advice without any practical information to back it up.
While browsing through a number of articles on PetMD I realized that carbohydrates are not good for cats. Cats basically need high values of protein in their diet. Now, it becomes difficult to know which brands provide adequate amounts of protein.
That is why I decided to do an analysis of how what was present in both Whiskas and Royal Canin dry cat food. Easier said than done. All that I found myself with was a list of ingredients but no quantities. Another article in the WebMD titled ‘How To Read Cat Food Labels‘ explains that by law, a company must state the ingredients listed in a decreasing manner which corresponds to their weight.
That’s how I was able to analyze the contents of the cat food. Whiskas has a large amounts of corn, rice and wheat. Meat proteins ranked last on the list of ingredients. Royal Canin dry cat food however is very different. Animal/meat protein is the base ingredient of the Royal Canin dry cat food diet. So you see why my the choice was obvious for me?
An added perk is the fact that Royal Canin dry cat food is available freely in most countries around the world!
THE ROYAL CANIN DRY CAT FOOD PRODUCTS
Unlike Whiskas, Royal Canin differentiates its products on the basis of diet and breed. Flavor doesn’t play a big role here. That however has never seemed to be a problem as I am yet to meet a cat that can resist the Royal Canin dry cat food!
Let’s take a look at the different dry food diets that Royal Canin provides.
THE ROYAL CANIN KITTEN
This is the one that I use for Jynx and I know a number of people who use it for their kittens. Now let’s dig in a little and see what makes this diet so special!
The diet has been designed to boost the immunity of the susceptible kittens. It includes both Vitamin C and Vitamin E which are well known immunity boosters. In addition to this, it also includes mannan oligosaccharides. These oligosaccharides encourage the helpful bacteria in the kittens gut to grow.
The taurine and the lutein are important for the kitten’s heart and vision. In additiion to all this, the Royal Canin dry cat food (kitten) also contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These are essential for the kitten to maintain a shiny coat and healthy skin.
While developing this product, Royal Canin kept more more important factor in mind. That is none other than the kitten’s dental health. The kibble are shaped in a crunchy pellet form that aids in the dental development and health.
ROYAL CANIN PERSIAN KITTEN
Unlike Whiskas, Royal Canin dry cat food comes with a special product designed for our Persian kittens. These kittens are probably the most popular exotic long hair cats in the country.
So what makes this product different from the Royal Canin Kitten?
Well for one thing it takes into account that Persian cats have a brachycephalic face. This means that their jaw is brachycephalic too! Now for those of you who do not understand what the word ‘brachycephalic is, let me explain.
To quote Wikipedia, the brachycephalic mutation of the Persian cat breed occurred somewhere during the time the World War II was being fought. This mutation is responsible for the way many Persians look today. The flat faces and stubbed noses are just part of the brachycephalic mutation. The shortened heads of the Persian cat invariably means that the jaw structure of these breeds are different. This makes it difficult for them to eat.
Now the Royal Canin dry cat food (Persian Kitten) is designed in such a way that it is easy for the kitten to grasp. It also encourages her/ him to chew. This will in turn help develop the muscles attached to the jaw!
ROYAL CANIN FIT 32
Royal Canin Fit 32 is probably one of the most popular products of Royal Canin dry cat food. The diet is designed for an adult cat that gets plenty of exercise. By adult, Royal Canin has been more specific and says that this is meant for cats between the age of 1-10 years.
The Royal Canin dry cat food (Fit 32) diet has been specifically planned to ensure that the cat maintains a balance of all the minerals it requires to be healthy. In addition to this, it also helps boost the cat’s immune system and helps ensure that the cat has an ideal body weight.
ROYAL CANIN PERSIAN ADULT
The Royal Canin dry cat food (Persian Adult) is made with the needs of Persian cats in mind. This means that this food minimizes the chances of your cat coughing up hairballs. We all know that hairballs are pretty common in long fur cats and anything that can reduce their incidences ranks very high on everyone’s lists!
The diet also ensures that the cat gets enough of essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are important for the cat’s coat. Cats which have enough essential fatty acids have a coat that is silky and shiny. The difference in their skin is also apparent.
SPECIAL ROYAL CANIN DRY CAT FOOD DIETS
In addition to all these different variieties of diets, there are two other important diets that Royal Canin provides. Let’s briefly glance at them before we wind up this post!
ROYAL CANIN STERILISED 37 CAT FOOD
This diet has been designed for cats that have been neutered. After neutering/spaying the cats nutritional requirements undergo a drastic change. While their appetite still remains high, their actual requirements decrease. This means that these cats are prone to overeat.
The Royal Canin dry cat food (Sterilised 37) takes care of all that. It supports healthy aging, satisfies the cat’s appetite and also helps control your cat’s weight.
ROYAL CANIN RENAL FELINE
The final Royal Canin product that we will talk about today is the Royal Canin dry cat food (Renal Feline). This diet is designed especially for those cats that have renal problems. You have to admit that managing a renal diet for a cat is hard. This product makes our lives so much easier!
After all this you will begin to understand why I prefer Royal Canin dry cat food. Even though it is more expensive than most other dry cat food, it is worthwhile. Cats eat small quantities of food. That’s why the bag of Royal Canin dry cat food that you buy lasts for a long time.