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Hello catsite members
I am thinking of switching to dry only but I think it's a good quality dry food. You'll find the photo attached. (Royal Canin Gastrointestinal catbdry food)
He's doing well on both dry and wet. It's only a problem of shortage in money as I was put on hold in my Job.
I can also share that he goes nuts for dry more and he doesn't have a problem with drinking.
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Personally, I wouldn't feed RC -- this specific dry food has 2% more carbs than protein (33% protein, 35% carbs, when the ideal is 65%+ protein and under 10% carbs). Four of the first five ingredients are either filler that holds no nutritional value, or extremely poor quality protein:
Chicken by-product meal, chicken fat, brown rice, brewers rice, corn gluten meal.

I believe that it's more beneficial to transition to a cheaper all-wet diet, than a relatively expensive dry one. Not necessarily for the moisture content, but because wet food will tend to have higher protein content, as well as lower carb and filler content.

Additionally, imho RC is *very* overpriced for the quality -- I don't doubt you could find a good wet food for the same price range. If you definitely want to switch to dry-only, there are definitely better kibbles in the range, too.

Edit to note that wet food tends to have higher caloric density than high-carb dry, so you'd need to feed less of it, so it might work out cheaper than it looks on paper.

Also, I went and double-checked -- above is the old formulation of the food, and it's only gotten worse, unfortunately. Here are the first 5 ingredients in the reformulated RC dry:

Brewers Rice, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn, Chicken Fat, Corn Gluten Meal

The first ingredient isn't even protein, while the second is a poor source of it (you want chicken, not by-product meal), and either form of corn tends to have negative effects on feline digestion (and is an allergen in some cats), especially when this high up in an ingredients list. As a result, the formulation is down to only 29% protein, which, needless to say, is hardly ideal.
 
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The OP lives in Morocco so brands of foods may be limited and formulations may be different than in other countries. Royal Canin may be one of the "better" brands available in that country.

NabilBen NabilBen what other brands of dry foods are available in your country? Compare ingredients and choose one that has as few fillers and junk as possible.
 
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Thank you so much for the answers. He's on that royal canin because he has been diagnosed with sensitive tummy. Thankfully, he's doing amazing on this dry. No more vomitting (he used to do it 3 times a day) no more diarrhea and his coat is shiny. I couldn't risk changing this dry and going down that road again.
As for the brands that we have here: (royal canin, friskies, whiskas, casino, reflex)
 
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He used to have wet on a daily basis too (royal canin intense beauty)
This is just a temporary situation. Things will be back to normal as soon as I get back to work and yeah that RC gastrointestinal is pretty expensive but I can manage.
 

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You could maybe research those and see if there is a grain-free variety for sensitive stomachs and slowly transition him over. If meat is the number one ingredient and there are no grains or fillers, I don't see why it would hurt. Wet is supposedly better for the water content, but if he is drinking he will be fine. Cats have lived for a long time on nothing but dry, and the manufacturers are much more sensitive now to their needs.
 
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