Royal Canin Digestive Care Review

Royal Canin Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood, corn, wheat gluten and soy

Est. Calories: 374 cal/100g

Price: $$$$

Overall, Royal Canin Digestive Care is a significantly below average cat food, earning 2 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.


Ingredient Analysis

When evaluating a cat food, the first five ingredients can tell you a lot about the quality of a product as they make up the bulk of the product. Ideally, you're looking for quality protein sources with a minimum of cheap starches, fillers or by-products. Continuing down the ingredient list, look for ingredients that resemble real food with a minimal number of unpronounceable chemicals - the same as you would for human food.

Royal Canin Digestive Care includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • brewers rice
  • wheat gluten
  • soy protein isolate
  • corn gluten meal
  • wheat
  • corn

Potential Allergens

  • wheat gluten
  • soy protein isolate
  • corn gluten meal
  • corn
  • fish oil

Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.

Although not the first product listed (which is the most plentiful), Royal Canin Digestive Care does contain with its top ingredients chicken meal which are considered quality protein sources.

Additionally, Royal Canin Digestive Care also contains as top ingredients brewers rice, wheat gluten and soy protein isolate. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your cat's diet. However, they are sometimes used to help maintain the kibble shape in dry foods.

Allergen alert: This product contains fish oil, corn gluten meal, corn, wheat gluten and soy protein isolate which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, corn, wheat gluten or soy food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2977 cat foods in our database, Royal Canin Digestive Care has:

  • less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly less fat than average
  • less fiber than average
  • significantly less moisture than an equivalent wet food
In general, cats have been shown to do better with a higher protein, medium fat, lower carb diet with sufficient moisture. However, specialty diets as recommended by your veterinarian may prioritize a different nutritional breakdown.

Calorie Breakdown

Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Royal Canin Digestive Care has approximately 374 calories per 100g (106 calories/ounce), which is an average amount of calories compared to the average of the other dry cat foods in the CatFoodDB.


All the product information on this page is based on data collected from the manufacturer's product website as retrieved on February 15, 2018.

The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.


Ingredients

Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:

Brewers rice, wheat gluten, chicken meal, chicken fat, soy protein isolate, corn gluten meal, natural flavors, wheat, corn, dried chicory root, fish oil, calcium sulfate, vegetable oil, powdered cellulose, sodium silico aluminate, potassium chloride, salt, sodium pyrophosphate, fructooligosaccharides, choline chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin supplement, biotin, riboflavin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], psyllium seed husk, monocalcium phosphate, taurine, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite], rosemary extract, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid.


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
36.0%
Fat: (min)
13.0%
Fiber: (max)
3.7%
Carbs: (est)
39.3%
Ash: (est)
0.0%
Moisture: (max)
8.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.

Protein: (min)
39%
Fat: (min)
14%
Fiber: (max)
4%
Carbs: (est)
43%
Ash: (est)
0%
Calories: (est)
374/100g

*Note that some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each cat food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product's maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.

Although a high score may be indicative of a higher-quality product it is not a guarantee. Similarly, a low score may or may not indicate an inferior product. The best food for your cat is the one that meets their individual needs.


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