Royal Canin Pet Food
On to the grains. Rice and barley, ground or not, are grains. They are used as a binder, and filler. They are not ideal, but will be found in higher end foods. Basically any food that is not grain-free will have some grains. We are not feeding a grain-free diet. I did try it, and it had adverse effects on Alice's digestive system. Grain-free is great for cats, ideal even.
This Royal Canin pet food contains rice as the second ingredient. Then it lists corn gluten meal and ground corn! Oh, no! Then it goes on to include wheat gluten. In fact, it's only meat is the chicken meal.
So, the Royal Canin pet food ingredients are the reason I won't be able to review it. I simply can't feed corn to my cats. And taking all the other ingredients into consideration, even without corn or corn gluten, there is still wheat gluten. And not as many whole or real foods high in the ingredient list.
Still have questions? Interested in another opinion? I recently read a very thorough Royal Canin cat food review. It actually graded the food based on certain criteria, using a point system. Royal Canin cat food scores 4 out of 10 possible points. It's an eye-opener. The very last two paragraphs of the review are reason enough to follow the link and read it. This review is no longer at it's previous internet location. As soon as I find it, I'll post the new link.
In case you are wondering, the same rating scale places Wellness Indoor formula at a score of 9 out of a possible 10 points. I just looked the rating up now. I didn't know it when I chose the food, I chose the food based on learning how to spot good, neutral, and harmful ingredients.
Yes, Royal Canin pet food is popular among Maine Coon cat owners. Many people use it, love it, and do well with it.
The purpose of these two articles is simply to share why we don't use what would seem to be the obvious choice, Royal Canin pet food.
Learning to read a label is one of the best gifts you can give your pet!