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Royal Canin........??

BengalGirl
November 20th, 2005, 02:31 PM
16 wk old bengal is on Royal Canin Baby. I'm putting a tiny bit of Royal Canin Kitten in there, he really likes it.
What's the general opinion towards Royal Canin?
Any other quality food we might want to try in the future?

Thanks BG

Prin
November 20th, 2005, 02:38 PM
I'm not a fan. There are supposedly some Royal Canin foods that don't have corn and by-products in them but most do. There are better foods out there depending on your budget.

BengalGirl
November 20th, 2005, 03:02 PM
Thanks for the input Prin. What I'm looking for is the brand NAMES of food that are preferred.
I'm not looking for the most expensive food available, just high quality food that is READILY available.
In my area this includes: IAMS:yuck: Eukanuba (has been recommended- not great though) SCIENCE DIET , Royal Canin , Nutro. etc..
I have been comparing protein content and fat content.
But my decision with any of my pet food is usually based on the first 4 ingredients.

Any other suggestions....greatly appreciated!:)

Thanks BG

Lucky Rescue
November 20th, 2005, 05:27 PM
For neutered male cats (I'm assuming yours will be neutered) canned food should make up the bulk of the diet, if you want to avoid crystals, stones and other urinary tract problems.

For cats, just about any canned food is better than any dry.

PetFriendly
November 20th, 2005, 06:21 PM
However, if your cat doesn't eat wet food (mine, current and past, refuse to eat it!) kibble, of the non-grocery store variety will keep them healthy as well (but probably not as healthy).

Pringles is going on 8 years, and my brothers cat, who resides with my parents is going on 15, both are healthy, have great teeth and shiny coats, aren't fat and have lived their lives eating kibble (and the odd mouse).

BengalGirl
November 21st, 2005, 09:29 AM
Thanks for the responses so far!
My only concern with soft food (canned food) is .....too soft 'a stool;)
Seriously though, I'm concerned with how he will do with canned food. Bengals have sensitive digestive tract, perhaps alittle prone to diarrhea. My breeder said he likes chicken breast so we tried some last night.....oh my..that was the only thing we have done different since he came to me and what a mess. The poor little guy made a mess of his litter box, on his tail, his foot...good thing bengals like water. He NEEDED a bath. poor thing.
Now I'm worried about him having anything but his kibbles.
Any thoughts?

Thanks BG

badger
November 21st, 2005, 09:48 AM
Innova is an excellent kibble, not sure if they do one for kittens. It is entirely natural, no crap. Nature's Balance is also good, although my cats went off it for some reason. Both quite expensive.

You could try adding water to the kibble if you're worried about liquid intake but don't want to feed canned. You could also mix in a couple of spoonfuls of the canned with the kibble.

He's very young to be switching his food too abruptly, any change should be gradual, mixing in the old with the new and reducing it over time.

PS Chicken by itself wouldn't provide enough nutrition.

Prin
November 21st, 2005, 10:09 AM
Wet food shouldn't be harder to digest than dry. The main thing would be to avoid things that cats can't digest like fillers (i.e. corn) or just extra crap that has no nutrients (i.e. brewer's rice, etc).

Gazoo
November 21st, 2005, 10:40 AM
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I'm not looking for the most expensive food available, just high quality food that is READILY available.
In my area this includes: IAMS:yuck: Eukanuba (has been recommended- not great though) SCIENCE DIET , Royal Canin , Nutro. etc..
I have been comparing protein content and fat content.
But my decision with any of my pet food is usually based on the first 4 ingredients.

Any other suggestions....greatly appreciated!:)

Thanks BG


Of the brands you mentioned Royal Canin and Nutro are probably the best of the bunch in that class of food. Another good option is Acana. Acana has human grade ingredients for a fairly good price. It's what we feed our dogs and cats.

Another cost conscious choice but quality are the Diamond brands at Costco. Nutranuggets and the Kirkland Signature store brand.