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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I added a new kitty to the household today. So far its going really well.

She is on a different kind of food, Purina Pro Plan Salmon and Rice. I don't know anything about this brand... should I start switching her over to the same food as Samuel? Or would it be best to keep her on it?
post #2 of 10
May I ask what Samuel is currently eating? I do know for sure the Pro Plan is a low quality food, so yes I would switch her over to something better. Although, you may want to wait a week or so to let her settle down before doing any switching. Switching her right now, when she is stressed and in a different enviorment, may cause diarrhea. Good luck!
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Sam gets Royal Canin Special 33. a much better deal for him I would say.
if its a low quality food I will definitely be switching her over.
post #4 of 10
Read them both side by side.... Some pro plans would rival Royal canin... see if there are by products corn( how much as Royla canin has it ) any digest then go to the protein , fat and omega % s ..
post #5 of 10
I'd switch to RC. Overall it's a comparable or better food and RC is a much better company than Purina.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by sharky
Read them both side by side.... Some pro plans would rival Royal canin... see if there are by products corn( how much as Royla canin has it ) any digest then go to the protein , fat and omega % s ..

the first ingredient in her food is salmon, but after that its a whole ton of things I can't pronounce. however, it DOES have more protein than RC.. about 5%.

I don't know.. I think I like the ingredients in RC better, but I don't know what half the stuff in the Purina is... but maybe that's a hint.
post #7 of 10
Overall, Royal Canin is better than Pro Plan, but both are low quality foods.

Purina Pro Plan Salmon & Rice Ingredients:

Salmon, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), wheat gluten, egg product, wheat flour, fish meal, soybean meal, brewers dried yeast, calcium carbonate, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, animal digest, tetra sodium pyrophosphate, salt, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, taurine, zinc sulfate, ascorbic acid (source of Vitamin C), ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.

GGGGross! Brewer's rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, animal fat, wheat gluten, egg products, soybean meal, brewer's yeast and menadione sodium bisulfite complex are all BAD ingredients! Plus, salmon should NOT be the main source of protein. It contains little nutrients. Poultry, beef, lamb, etc should be the main source of protein, not fish.

Royal Canin Special 33 Ingredients:

Chicken meal, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), rice, corn gluten meal, corn, chicken, natural chicken flavor, wheat gluten, beet pulp (sugar removed), dried brewers yeast, salmon oil, dried egg powder, soya oil, pea fiber, fructo-oligosaccharides, potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, sodium silico aluminate, DL-methionine, choline chloride, L-lysine, sodium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine, Vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C*), niacin, biotin, riboflavin (vitamin B2), d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid], Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate].

Not a whole lot better, really. Corn gluten meal, corn, wheat gluten, beet pulp, brewer's yeast and soya oil are YUCK! Atleast the two first ingredients are meat. I honestly suggest switching both to a higher quality food. Compare those ingredients to a higher quality food, Innova EVO:

Chicken Meal
Herring Meal
Chicken Fat
Turkey Meal
Natural Flavors
Cottage Cheese
Dried Chicory Root
Herring Oil
Rosemary Extract
Viable Naturally Occurring Microorganisms

As you can see, Innova EVO is much healthier than RC and Pro Plan. Actually, I don't care for any commercial pet food, but if I had to feed it, I'd feed Innova EVO. I currently feed a raw meat diet. But if you must choose between RC or Pro Plan, go with RC. Good luck!
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
ugh. this gets me so confused.
I was told by someone else that Royal Canin is a very good food, and I had such a tough time finding a food for Samuel that didn't make him sick.

post #9 of 10
I feed EVO. Although, I have heard on here that some cats get loose stools from it. If Samuel is doing fine on the RC special & you had a hard time finding a food for him, I would stick to it. IMO, RC is good for Samuel. If he has trouble with foods, I would stick to the RC. After your new kid is settled, then maybe you can try other foods. It would be tough to start trying her on different foods until Samuel finds one he can eat.
post #10 of 10
Well, you could do a lot worse. I know, it can be confusing at first. RC is mid quality, not as bad Purina, Whiskas, IAMS, etc. I honestly do not see anything in RC's sensitive formula that is different from any other regular formula. I thinks it's just a gimick, like "kitten" and "senior" formulas. They're all the same. To make things easier for you, all you need to know are things of avoid in cat foods. Look for foods without by-products, corn, wheat, soy, unknown animal protein sources (i.e. "animal" fat, "poultry" meal, etc.) and menadione sodium bisulflite complex. Look for foods that have meat as the first ingredient (preferably the second one as well) and little or no grains. I think a raw diet fits this discription best. If you'd like some links on raw food or any info on it, just PM me. Good luck!
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