Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Feline Calorie Control Dry Review

Royal Canin Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood, corn and wheat gluten

Est. Calories: 343 cal/100g

Price: $$$

Overall, Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Feline Calorie Control Dry is a significantly below average cat food, earning 3 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 Veterinary Diet Feline Calorie Control Dry includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

None

Questionable Ingredients

  • chicken by-product meal
  • brewers rice
  • corn gluten meal
  • wheat
  • wheat gluten

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • wheat gluten
  • fish oil

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

In this case, Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Feline Calorie Control Dry's first ingredient listed (and hence the most plentiful) is chicken by-product meal which is considered an inferior ingredient.

Additionally, Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Feline Calorie Control Dry also contains as top ingredients brewers rice, corn gluten meal and wheat. 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 and wheat gluten which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, corn or wheat gluten food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2977 cat foods in our database, Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Feline Calorie Control Dry has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly less fat than average
  • an average amount of fiber
  • 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 Veterinary Diet Feline Calorie Control Dry has approximately 343 calories per 100g (97 calories/ounce), which is considerably fewer 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 17, 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:

Chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, wheat, natural flavors, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, chicken fat, potassium chloride, dried plain beet pulp, fish oil, calcium sulfate, sodium bisulfate, L-lysine, taurine, choline chloride, salt, 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, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], monosodium phosphate, glucosamine hydrochloride, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate], L-carnitine, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), tea, chondroitin sulfate, rosemary extract, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
40.0%
Fat: (min)
8.0%
Fiber: (max)
5.3%
Carbs: (est)
38.7%
Ash: (est)
0.0%
Moisture: (max)
8.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
43%
Fat: (min)
9%
Fiber: (max)
6%
Carbs: (est)
42%
Ash: (est)
0%
Calories: (est)
343/100g

*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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