Originally Posted by Aussie_Dog
I fed Royal Canin to both my cats for a few months, but Buffy did horrible on it. She had such a dull coat, though my other cat did quite well on it. I've switched them to California Natural and after only a few weeks, Buffy's quite shiny again and Willow's still acting the way she was on Royal Canin (she started acting all frisky and friendly), though it's hard to tell if her coat has lost or gained shine (don't ask me how, but it's just hard to tell, with the type of coat she has). Personally I wouldn't feed Royal Canin anymore, since the ingredient list really isn't all that great. These forums are sponsored by the stuff, so the people here will praise it and recommend it if they can.
I agree that the Royal Canin doesn't have the most premium ingredient list. I tried the Wellness and the Chicken Soup Kitten for Bucky, but he wasn't all that attracted to it. My older cats all get the Wellness, and alternate occasionally to the Chicken Soup or Organix. I like the ingredients of the Wysong and the Pinnacle dry, but kitties didn't seem to care for it.
Bucky is also getting canned food four times a day and has started going to the adult Wellness which he can tell from the kitten Wellness. The canned foods we have been trying for him are the Pinnacle, Wellness, Nutro Kitten, Triumph Kitten, Evo, and Chicken Soup.
When my kitty Tiny was little, she was very picky and preferred the Royal Canin Baby Cat over everything...I had a heck of a time weaning her off of the Science Diet canned prescription diet that she started out on. She has continued to be very fussy, but has a good coat.http://tinypic.com/90rqrc.jpg
Bucky is more picky over the dry, and seems to like every single one of the wet foods he has tried.http://tinypic.com/90rrci.jpg
I am no expert, I just want to be sure he (and all my kitties) gets all the nutrition he needs, especially when no one is home to give him fresh canned food. So far it looks like he is doing well, and will transition to what my older kitties are on, the dry Wellness supplemented with small daily amounts of canned when he is older.