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Hills p/d vs Royal Canine

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I know cat food has been discussed a million times, but I'm bringing it up again.

Does anyone have experience with Hill's Prescribed Diet cat food? How does it compare with Royal Canin? I gave a little to Nakita and she devoured it!

When we went to the vets he was suggesting this brand (all vets in this area do).

Any opinions / comments?


post #2 of 8
Is there any specific reason your vet is recommending a prescription diet?
post #3 of 8
Your cat should be on the diet that is the best health wise for her. From there you can find a comprimise out of taste tests.

I'm also curious why your cat is on a perscription diet.

I would have to see the ingredients of each exact packaging you have fed her to make a proper evaluation.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
The Hill's Prescription Diet food that he recommends is just the Growth Kitten formula (not because she has some specific problem). The vets just seem to prefer Hill's kitten over other brands.

Here is the ingredient breakdown:

Hills Prescribed Diet


Poultry by-product meal, ground corn, animal fat (preserved with BHA, propyl gallate and citric acid), corn gluten meal, brewers rice, chicken liver flavor, potassium chloride, choline chloride, salt, calcium sulfate, taurine, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, vitamin A supplement, D-activated animal sterol, niacin, vitamin E supplement, thiamine, preserved with BHT and BHA, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement.

Royal Canin


Chicken meal, chicken, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), corn flour, beet pulp, chicken flavor, powdered cellulose, fish oil, brewers yeast, potassium chloride, dried egg product, chicory extract, taurine, salt, choline chloride, DL-methionine, natural antioxidant, iron proteinate, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganese oxide, calcium pantothenate, manganese proteinate, niacin supplement, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite, vitamin B12 supplement.

I was just wondering what other's have experienced when feeding Hill's compared with other brands.
post #5 of 8
By a quick look at the ingredients I would say to go for Royal Canine. The first 5 ingredients are the most improtant.

Royal Canin has 2 meat products first, and a corn matter coming in 4th. While Science Diet has only 1 meat, and is followed in second by Corn. Which means Science diet has a higher corn content, corn in various forms is pretty much a filler, and also causes for excess poo's.
I also do not like foods with BHT, or BHA in them, they have been known to cause cancer amoung many other things in lab rats. I hope some day they will be taken off the market just like ethyoxiquin (sp?). Even in human foods, most companies choose not to use them, I normally only see them in cheaper produced foods like your grocery stores brand of cocoa puffs.

Oh how I could SHOOT myself for loosing my list of ingredient details contained in companion animal foods. But I do recall some things from memory and many years of study and just plain asking around.

At any rate, I have fed Science Diet in many forms to my own animals at one point, and I did not see any change other than what you would expect from something like pro plan or iams, eventually my cats didn't want to eat it anymore, they didn't like it. I've had clients who have fed their animals both royal canine and SD formulas, so I'm familure with the reasons why they are on them and to what effect they had.

Not to say anything bad about your vet, but some vets sell/recommend SD so highly because it's the hills company who gives them their course in nutrition while they are going through vet school. So from that, their views of SD being a great food are pretty much enforced on them, and unless the vets take it upon themselves to learn about other foods, they never really get much detail as to what might be better or worse. This is why there is animal and human nutritionist, vets on average are not specialists in these feilds.

Bottom line, I'd say Royal Canine. But feed what works best for YOUR cat. And what you feel comfortable feeding them, ingredient wise.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
After viewing the ingredients, that was my first concern also (the by-products and BHT). Plus, I am never one to just "jump" on the bandwagon when a person, such as my vet recommends something. I always figure they are getting "kickbacks" when they put "one" brand before a pile of others.

I always do my research first. That's why I posted here, to start my research!

Thanks for your reply!

post #7 of 8
By-products are beaks, feet, feathers, unusable nasties.
Corn is worthless.

Your vet generally isn't the best place for nutritional advice if you go to a regular old school vet. Some have chosen to really learn about nutrition, others haven't. Do your own research so you can decide, and also so you can be informed about whether or not you agree with your vet.

(PS That is not meant to be rude to any vets on here or put down vets at all. Human doctors specialize while vets are expected to know all about each aspect of many species' lives. I just don't feel that many vets are very good sources of nutritional advice, so you should be informed so you can know whether or not your vet is giving you good advice or not).
post #8 of 8
Hurray!!! Someone else here see's the light.

I feel so alone sometimes Ali.

I'm surprise no one has come running in here complaining to me about my vet statement yet, and now we have two.
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