Please note that CatFoodDB may earn a small commission on purchases made via links on this site. Thank you for your support!Overall, Royal Canin American Shorthair Adult is a significantly below average cat food, earning 2 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list. For more information on our cat food analysis techniques, please click here.
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 American Shorthair Adult 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.In this case, Royal Canin American Shorthair Adult includes chicken by-product meal. By-products are typically considered an inferior, lesser quality ingredient in cat food.
Additionally, Royal Canin American Shorthair Adult also contains as top ingredients corn, wheat gluten and corn gluten meal. 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, corn gluten meal and wheat gluten which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, corn or wheat gluten food allergies.
Compared to the other 2866 cat foods in our database, Royal Canin American Shorthair Adult has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Royal Canin American Shorthair Adult has approximately 367 calories per 100g (104 calories/ounce), which is 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 24, 2022.
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:
Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Wheat Gluten, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Fat, Brewers Rice, Wheat, Natural Flavors, Rice Hulls, Pea Fiber, Dried Chicory Root, Fish Oil, Vegetable Oil, Calcium Sulfate, Grain Distillers Dried Yeast, Sodium Silico Aluminate, Potassium Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Salt, Vitamins [Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Source Of Vitamin E), Inositol, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source Of Vitamin C), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement], Sodium Pyrophosphate, Fructooligosaccharides, Choline Chloride, Taurine, L-Lysine, Trace Minerals [Zinc Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Proteinate], Marigold Extract (Tagetes Erecta L.), L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract, Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid.
Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*Note that 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 and moisture in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Optionally, manufacturers may also publish a product's ash content. When they are not published an average of 3% ash for wet food, and 6% ash for dry food, will be used. Because exact nutritional percentages are not available and 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. Any other manufacturer published values in a product's Guaranteed Analysis is done at the manufacture's discretion, and is not used in any of the calculations done by CatFoodDB.
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.