“ Brand: Royal Canin / Food Type: Cat Food „
This food is designed specifically for persians. Out of all the breeds the stunning persian had perhaps the most specific needs, and this food caters for them. Because of their short faces, persians tend to eat in a slightly different way to other cats, the shape of this kibble is specifically designed to make it easier for them to eat.
The cobby body of a persian also means they have a shortened gut compared to many other breads, which means they can be prone to more digestive upsets than other cats, and with long coats, and short tongues, incidents such as these can be a grooming nightmare.
I've only kept one pure persian, as I breed Birman, but I found that the birman were not put off by the kibble shape and coat structure of my semi long hair cats improved.
However, I'm a firm believer in providing a varied diet, and this one is quite bland to feed on a continual basis, even if it is nutritionally excellent. Some of mine refused to eat it after a few weeks and I had to change to a different product/brand. However, as I have quite a few cats (don't ask how many, they are names not numbers) the bag wasn't wasted. I'd suggest getting a small bad if you only have one or two long haired cats and rotate what you offer them between other high quality dry foods and high quality pouches or raw meat.
This is an excellent addition to a persian, or any long haired cat owners cupboard, but be wary of boredom setting in.
Persian 30 by Royal Canin is a breed specific food that focuses on particular areas that certain breeds need in their food, for example in this case they prevent hairballs which Persians with their long coats suffer from. Royal Canin is a dry cat food in the form of small little biscuits, Persian 30 contains lots of things that help Persians, it helps keep a nice coat and caters for the specific needs of Persians.
My cats (which are Persians) personally love this food. If I give them a bowl of this food they will be totally full up and will spend the rest of the day asleep and behaving themselves. When I give them ordinary wet food they will constantly be hungery and wanting more as any type of wet food never seems to satisfy their appetite, so Persian 30 is better than wet food in that respect.
The only problems I have with this food is one, it is incredibly expensive especially if you have a lot of hungery cats but it does depend where you get it from, it is normally about £16-£18 a 1kg bag it really varies. And two, it is quite hard to find a place that stocks it as most pet shops don`t bother due to lack of demand.
Overall I think this is a good pet food especially for Persians, and definitely recommend trying your Persians with it, however I would recommend buying a small bag first to see if they like it as some Persians do not like dry food :-)
I have kept Persian cats for many many years. This breed specific cat food is a valued option for those Persian cats who like to eat dry cat food.
However Persians have personalities and some will only eat wet food no matter how hard you try!
I have a beautiful red Persian called Marigold who has a magnificent coat but she will only eat wet food. My other two Persians have a passion for dry biscuits and this product is on their menu every day.
So why is it good?
Royal Canine is a well respected producer of many of the illness specific foods for diseases such as kidney failure and liver problems. It is stocked in vet surgeries and the more general non prescription diets are available in retail outlets.
It has little kibbles. If you are thinking of getting a Persian you may not know that depending on how squashed their faces are they can have difficulty eating so these little kibbles are ideal. My Tom cat Sage actually likes to knock them out of his bowl to eat them with his paw.
Persians can have a lot of trouble with Fur Balls which form in their gut as a result of grooming, and this food has a combination of soluble and insoluble fibre so the hairballs pass through naturally. This is important if you don't want a hairball sicked up on your new carpet! I would say my cats on this diet produce a lot less of these than Marigold on her wet food diet but it does not totally eliminate them.
It has borage oil which gives them a lovely shiny coat. This is important as Persians have an appointment with the brush and comb more than they would like to keep in good condition as they soon knot up!
Some people say dry food is good for the teeth. I asked my vet about this recently when one of my dry food loving Persians lost half his teeth in a dental op aged 5! He said it is bad luck some cats have a problem with the bacteria in their mouths attacking their teeth whatever they eat! Having said this he still loves Royal Canine food and manages fine on a few molars!
You can buy this is a different bag for kittens and recently I emailed Royal Canine to ask what I should feed my cats after age 10 as the packet says 1-10 years. I was recommended to choose one of their products aimed at senior cats.
It works out quite cheaply and if you have never tried it if you pop into your local vet surgery you will probably find free samples there to try. As a guide the following sizes and approximate prices are available,
You won't find it in Supermarkets but it is wildly available in Petshops, garden centres and online.
One final word about Persians and about their kidneys. If you buy dry food you must provide a fresh supply of drinking water for them. They adore drinking fountains which you can buy in pet shops. This provides filtered water for them each day and they love it!
Finally if you are thinking of buying a Persian Kitten please be aware. Over 40 percent of Persian cats have PKD or Polycystic Kidney Disease, an inherited condition. It may cause clinical signs of kidney failure usually by age 6 to 8 years. Breeding Persians should be screened by ultrasound examination for PKD. Your vet will carry out an ultrasound examination or refer your cat for testing. If you are going to buy a kitten find a breeder who can show you that their breeding parents have been screened for the disease.
If you want to avoid the heartache of losing them at about 6 years I would urge anyone to do this when buying a kitten. I know this to my cost. I lost a beautiful colourpoint Persian called Teddy to this disease last year. He ate all the Royal Canine Persian food he could but he gradually lost weight and was drinking excessively. No special diets could save him. He was insured and went to London to the top vet school referral unit there but his kidneys were one mass of cysts caused by this genetic disease.
So my advice - buy a kitten from a PKD negative registered breeder. Try them on this food-if you can succeed it will save you a lot of time, give them plenty of water, and if they prefer some wet food -well that's Persians for you as individual as humans!
What a great idea - breed specific cat food! I certainly thought so when I first purchased this Persian 30 for my two, Persian (funnily enough) cats.
It is supposed to enhance coats, meet their nutritional needs, and as Persians have delicate kidneys and are prone to UTIs, cater for this too.
However, I didn't get far enough to find out. For although it comes in a good size bag, (will feed my two for about a week), Crumble and Custard just wouldn't touch it!
They aren't that fussy generally I have to say, which is unusual for Persians, they'll happily eat Go Cat (I suspect the burgers and chips of the cat food world - delicious but maybe not so great for you), or James Wellbeloved, Hills SciencePlan, Iams etc, but they couldn't be persuaded to even have a morsel. Neither cat. Needless to say I won't be purchasing again, which is a shame as its a very good idea!
Designed for the special needs of Persian cats