Royal Canin: Pet Food Manufacturers
Last year, I switched to offering exclusively Royal Canin veterinary diets and cat food in my veterinary practice. Of all the cat food companies on the market, part of what inspired me to make the switch was the dedication to product quality that they present. The company has many different safety parameters and new technologies in place to ensure that all of their products are of the best quality for our favorite felines.
Royal Canin is devoted to making healthy food for cats that has the best taste, texture, and nutritional ingredients, and is committed to providing these elements with the least risk to your cat’s health.
I’m not the only one who has been impressed by the company's manufacturing process, the standards set at their factories, and their dedication to quality. To date, they are among the pet food manufacturers that have received many certifications from several internationally recognized organizations, including the MARS Quality & Food Safety certification and ISO 14001 certification.
The MARS certification shows their success with pest control and meeting or exceeding metal detection protocols, while the ISO certification demonstrates Royal Canin’s success with use of green technology, meeting environmental sustainability standards, and following up with the continuous improvements in technology to maintain the best operations.
Cat Food Safety: Cat Food Recall Concerns
Particularly in recent years, problems with pet food manufacturing have been a concern for many pet owners and veterinarians. With the number of pet food recall problems recently, pet food manufacturers and consumers alike know that the manufacturing process has never been more important.
Cat food manufacturers have had to issue recalls, most of which arise because of bacteria developing during or after the cooking of the ingredients that go into your cat food. Two common bacteria issues that may create a pet food recall include Listeria and Salmonella. Cat food must be manufactured through a very particular manufacturing process in order for such bacteria growth to be avoided.
Royal Canin pet food is cooked in an extruder, with temperatures high enough to kill the most commonly found bacteria in pet food. Because they control all aspects of the pet food processing, including the monitoring of the extruder, from a control room in the factory, they are further able to decrease the risk of bacterial pet food contamination by limiting human contact during the cooking process.
Every incoming ingredient into their meticulous manufacturing plants is tagged and labeled, allowing the company to tract any ingredient to a specific bag of cat food. They also maintain samples of the raw ingredients, storing them on site, to be able to reference the material at any time.
It is scary to think that many of the cat food recall issues recently were not just linked to bacteria contamination, but also to metal contamination. During the automated packaging process at Royal Canin, though, the weight of each bag is checked, and in-line metal detectors are also used, providing an additional level of safety and quality control.
Cat Feeding: Meeting Cat Nutritional Needs
Many cat lovers wonder: What do cats eat? What to feed a cat? How to feed a cat? The list of questions regarding cat dietary needs and the importance of pet food ingredients goes on and on, and for good reason. When feeding a cat, you want to know that all of his or her cat nutritional needs are being met and that you are truly feeding the best cat food for your pet health concerns. And, with so many pet food companies to choose from, it can be hard to choose the best cat foods for your feline.
One thing has become clear to me: Pet health is the top concern of Royal Canin (commonly misspelled as Royale canin, royalcanin, rayal canin, royale canine, roal canine and royal canine). They are devoted to providing wholesome ingredients to meet cat nutritional needs, ensuring that each bag of their food meets precise dietary requirements. The company also uses a state-of-the-art vertical drying system to ensure that each kibble of cat food has an even level of moisture. As you know, the moisture level in your cat’s diet is a very important factor in having healthy cats.
Prior to using any ingredient in your cat’s food, this dedicated manufacturer performs a series of up to thirty analytical tests, the most unique of which is the Near Infrared Spectroscopy System (NIRS). This system compares a “fingerprint” of the ingredient to a computerized library of standards for cat nutrition. By running this test, Royal Canin can ensure that they are working with only the best raw ingredients in your cats foods every single time.
Many of the Royal Canin foods also make use of additional ingredients such as omega fatty acids for your cat’s skin, joint, and heart health, additional beneficial vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants not found in other cat food diets, and all natural preservatives for freshness and quality. Each bag of food features an easy-to-read nutritional differences graphic panel, highlighting the special attention that has been given to that particular diet to ensure your cat’s overall health and wellbeing.
Cat Food Packaging: Preserving Taste
Among one of my big frustrations with the pet food industry has been the issue of the importance of proper pet food packaging. Overall pet health revolves greatly around what cats eat, and cats will not eat something that doesn’t taste fresh. Dry pet foods in waxed paper bags are hard to seal and will inevitably begin to go stale before you reach the bottom of the bag. But Royal Canin addressed this pet-peeve of mine as well with their intelligent packaging.
The company uses an innovative technology knows as Nitrogen flush to ensure freshness in each bag of cat food. The nitrogen flush dramatically reduces the oxidation within your cat’s food bag, ensuring that the food will taste as fresh as the day it was made when you open each bag.
I can say from personal experience that the heavy plastic on each bag of Royal Canin cat foo, and the zip-lock sea, provide an additional measure of ensuring freshness. Compared to other prescription diets and retail cat foods on the market, the Royal Canin veterinary diet packaging design does certainly provide a noteworthy step in the right direction for the importance of proper pet food storage. The storage of pet food is so important for preserving taste and freshness for our cats, and this pet food company's packaging certainly makes the process easier.
The Royal Canin Cat
Royal Canin takes pride in their manufacturing process and the quality of the pet food that process produces. They are dedicated to creating products that your cat can eat safely, will provide every nutritional ingredient your cat needs for overall health, and that your kitty will love to eat!
The cat food manufacturing process is one that has not often been covered openly by the companies making our beloved pets’ food. With so many cat food companies out there, as you can imagine, it takes a lot for me to wholeheartedly support any one pet food company.
However, by knowing and understanding all of the standards and steps that go into place before feeding my kitties or prescribing any prescription diets to my clients’ cats, I am confident that Royal Canin is doing everything possible to provide the best diets for our felines. It has been my experience, as you can read on my cat food review page about Royal Canin’s veterinary diets, that not only does this remarkable company meet all of these goals, but they have far exceeded my expectations of any pet food company.
Ultimately, Royal Canin cats, I believe, are happy, healthy cats!