Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I first fell in love with the Maine Coon breed while working at an animal hospital with a doctor that specialized in show cats. She personally bred Maine Coon cats and her prize stud was named “The Artful Dodger” or Dodger for short. He was a gentle giant and sold me on the joy of befriending a Maine Coon.
As a result, our household is the proud sanctuary for a beautiful Maine Coon named Frankie. He became part of our household shortly after I had written my entrance examination for admission into graduate school.
Since the graduate program I was choosing differed significantly from my previous work experience, I utilized a quote from a famous and gifted architect, Frank Llyod Wright. Mr. Wright was once quoted to have told a certain gentleman to move his chair when the man called to complain about rainwater leaking on his head during a dinner party with friends. So, rather than complain about my current professional circumstances, I chose to move my chair into another vocational realm and named our beautiful new Maine Coon “Frankie.”
Had we better known his personality we might have considered calling him Lambert the Sheepish Lion. He wasn’t quite the same as the magical Dodger I had known as a student. Like Dodger he was large, orange, and beautiful. Unlike Dodger, brave was not in his vocabulary. Frankie is actually one of the funniest cats I have ever known. We have watched him be spooked by boots with no feet in them and random noises throughout the house. Our favorite memory of Frankie is when the wind blew, the curtain rose up and touched him on the hind end – we didn’t see him for a couple of hours…..LOL……. We love our silly giant and do our best to care for him and keep him healthy. We are hoping we will bring us laughter and love for many years to come!
Good nutrition plays a key role in helping our animals live long and healthy lives. Veterinarians know that particular breeds of cats are predisposed to particular health risks. Maine Coons are over represented in groups of cats presenting for heart problems (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) and vomiting and diarrhea (often secondary to hairballs and/or inflammatory bowel disease). They are also larger cats and therefore at risk for trouble from hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis as they age. Their coats also require unique care and can quickly became a tangled mess of oily and dull mats without proper nutrition and frequent grooming.
Given the unique health risks of certain breeds it makes sense that nutritionists have been hard at work to develop commercial pet food to address the specific needs of these beautiful animals. Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Adult Maine Coon Formula Dry Cat Food is meant for Main Coon adult cats over the age of 15 months. The kibble is larger in size than most commercial foods to encourage chewing and reduce tartar buildup on the teeth. Omega-3 fatty acids are included in the formulation to help promote joint health and the nutritional make up is geared towards supporting strong heart health.
Our Main Coon representative was more than happy to participate in a taste challenge and has reported that Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Adult Maine Coon Formula Dry Cat Food is highly palatable and well digested. There are no stomach troubles reported via the litter box patrol and no increase reported in hairballs or any other nasty long-hair cat issues.
As a veterinarian and busy mom, I am grateful that there is a product geared towards keeping Frankie happy and healthy. I do wish that Royal Canin offered a canned version of this food to help increase his water intake and potentially help reduce his susceptibility to kidney issues later in life. I also wish that the ingredients were more natural and utilized higher quality protein sources, but on the whole I think this product is appropriate nutritionally and significantly easier and less time intensive than trying to maintain him on nutritionally balanced home diets or more expensive brands. The ingredient list and food analysis follows:
Ingredient List: Chicken by-product meal, brown rice, chicken fat, corn, corn gluten meal, wheat gluten, natural flavors, pea fiber, brewers rice, rice hulls, dried plain beet pulp, vegetable oil, fish oil, psyllium seed husk, sodium silico aluminate, calcium sulfate, potassium chloride, DL-methionine, L-lysine, fructooligosaccharides, salt, taurine, hydrolyzed yeast, choline chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], glucosamine hydrochloride, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate), tea, L-carnitine, chondroitin sulfate, rosemary extract, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid.
Crude Protein (min) 29%
Crude Fat (min) 18%
Moisture (max) 8%
Crude Fiber (max) 6.9%
Royal Canin is a well respected company often utilized by veterinarians looking to feed diets specific for certain disease conditions such as kidney disease. Royal Canin also offers commercial dry food to meet the needs of healthy adult Maine Coon, Persian, Siamese, and Ragdoll cats. Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Adult Maine Coon Formula Dry Cat Food and the other breed specific formulations are available from PetFoodDirect.com.
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