Overall, Royal Canin Feline Calorie Control Loaf In Gel is a below average cat food, earning 5 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.
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 Feline Calorie Control Loaf In Gel includes the following:
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 Feline Calorie Control Loaf In Gel does contain with its top ingredients chicken liver which are considered quality protein sources. However, this product also lists pork by-products within its top ingredients. By-products are typically considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients.
Additionally, Royal Canin Feline Calorie Control Loaf In Gel also contains as top ingredients wheat gluten. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your cat's diet.
Please also be aware that this product contains guar gum and carrageenan, which are additives that some experts claim may be possible contributors to certain medical conditions in cats.
Allergen alert: This product contains fish oil and wheat gluten which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or wheat gluten food allergies.
Compared to the other 2727 cat foods in our database, Royal Canin Feline Calorie Control Loaf In Gel has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Royal Canin Feline Calorie Control Loaf In Gel has approximately 46 calories per 100g (13 calories/ounce), which is compared to the average of the other wet 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
April 24, 2016.
The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.
Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:
Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken liver, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, guar gum, carrageenan, calcium carbonate, potassium phosphate, natural flavors, calcium sulfate, fish oil, taurine, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], L-carnitine, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], glucosamine hydrochloride, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), chondroitin sulfate.
Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*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.