Royal Canin

Royal Canin focuses on healthy cat food that delights your cat. When Paws for Reflection had a chance to try out a selection of their cat foods, we jumped at the chance because we wanted to prove what we already knew.

My cats love

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • No so much and only if we have to – Seafood

Royal Canin taste test proves my cats love Chicken

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Royal Canin taste test proves my cats love chicken.

We lined up 3 bowls in the living room, from which they could choose their favorite foods. With their keen sense of smell, they went straight for the chicken. They’d sniff and nibble on the beef, and turn up their nose and walk away from seafood. Cats supposedly love fish, but my 5 felines overwhelmingly aren’t fond of any type of fish, whether it be tuna, salmon, mackerel, trout, or any kind of fish.

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Little Yellow likes beef, but prefers chicken.

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Siamese Cat Linus proves chicken is his favorite flavor in cat food.

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The empty chicken bowl says what we already knew, my kitties love chicken.

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In this taste test, my cats prove they don’t like fish of any flavor.

Royal Canin taste test proves my cats love chicken

The Paws household is not keen on changing cat food brands. Our Pink Collar has had 2 bouts of urinary tract infections, and if we change what we’ve found tried and true, we may end up with another one. That would be painful for her, and expensive for her human.

Even though pet food companies have gotten a bad rap due to a number of recalls of the food being tainted for one reason or another, we were pretty amazed at Royal Canin’s focus on scientific research. A few years ago, we went to a presentation put on by, Avi Deshmukh, DVM, MS, PhD, manager of scientific communications for Royal Canin, who explained their philosophy is that one kibble does not fit all and that’s why they tailor their pet foods to specific breeds, sizes, and needs.

Scientific Testing & Research important to getting the right kibble

They test for taste, nutritional value, and texture. They even test for the perfect size and shape of the kibble.

I for one found the presentation fascinating, and wish we had an opportunity to learn more first-hand about pet companies at their research.

Some of the more notable facts Paws walked away with included:

  • When an animal is spayed/neutered, their metabolism drops 30 percent within 48 hours.
  • There are some 300 bacterial species in the mouth of a human, dog or cat.
  •  Animals and people need antioxidants to maintain the integrity of cells.
  • One gram of protein uses 30 percent less energy than a gram of carbohydrates.
  • A lot of canned foods are 80 percent water. They should have less than one percent salt. All wet cat food has a minimum of 70 percent water.
  • A half pound on a small dog, say anything about a cat, is like 20 pounds on a person.
  • In Type 2 diabetes, cells allow some glucose to come in, but not all. If you reduce the weight, the cells are more responsive. That’s why losing weight is so important in combating diabetes.

Paws had a chance to try out some samples of Royal Canin’s cat food for this product review, and were not compensated by the company for this product review.

Do you know whether your cat prefers chicken, turkey, beef or seafood? Have you ever lined up their bowls to find out if what you think is correct? Please weigh in and share your thoughts.

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BJ Bangs is an established journalist, photographer, and an aspiring author. She loves everything about cats, including writing about them.

4 Responses to Royal Canin taste test proves my cats love chicken

  1. Kitties here love chicken first, then beef. Turkey is good if it has chicken with it. No one ever asks for seafood!

  2. Ellen Pilch says:

    Almost all my cats prefer turkey except Polar Bear, he likes beef.

    • BJ says:

      The only cat I have had that really like fish was my first kitty, Victory. She loved tuna. Since then, they all are for chicken, turkey or beef. Guess they are like us humans. Each has his own preference.

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At Paws for Reflection, we're serious about cats, writing about cat health, cat rescue and cat news. We delve into why cats are the absolute best soul mates. We spring in a little humor with lots of travel tips, photos and a few feline tales, making Paws for Reflection a must stop for cat information on the cat crazed Internet. BJ is an award-winning blogger/journalist, communications professional and photographer.

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