Leapord: I see that you enjoyed my link in a former posts recently.
That is a good informative website, I'm glad some of you have read it.
catman: What is with the rolling of the eyes?
Leapord: Not all dry food is bad, the right dry food has more high quality meat then anything else, while yes it is lower in moisture, that's just a battle which is worth it to me for healthy teeth & gums (wet food doesn't offer this) But I recommend fresh water 24/7 for cats and better yet a pet fountain, and an occasional treat of wet food so they do get enough water. Most dogs and cats do not have enough moister in their daily diet, and true enough it can cause problems.
Good luck with Ember!
Sol: I'm just curious as to what Royal Canin Formula you are feeding, cause it varies. RC is either mostly chicken and corn, or chicken rice and corn.
Koneko: The quality of foods like Iam's and SD and several others can be pretty deciving, but don't be too confused about it. Over years, I have banged my head against the wall trying to find the best cat food, but with very shallow pockets so to speak!
Then I finally realized, that for the most part, the best foods are out there, are not more expensive in the long run, some of them might even be cheaper then what you pay for low grade and medium grade commercial foods.
Tiggs: Your not the first one to have been confused before. There are a lot of varied definitions out there of what "meal" is, and can be taken out of context from it's constant association with "meat meal". There is some information out there which is incorrect, and/or outdated.
Meal is simply a term for meat with moisture removed.
Depending on the source the manufacturor desides to use, organic, human grade, etc etc, depends on if it is any good or not. If in doubt, ask said food manufactuor, they should have nothing to hide.
Here is a fairly complete lists of dry kibble in the usa, and some found in other countries of the best of the best dry kibble for cats out there.
Some you might have to search for locallly, or on an official website to find a retailer or even buy online.
Frist Grade Cat Food:
Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul - Adult, Kitten
Evolve - Kitten, Maintenance
Newman's Own Organics - Cat/Kitten
TimberWolf Organics - Serengeti Herbal
Second Grade Cat Food:
Nature's Recipe - Adult
Lick Your Chops
Third Grade Cat Food:
Breeders Choice - Avo-Derm
Bil - Jac
Flint River Ranch
Natural Life - Adult, Kitten
Nutro Natural Choice
Wysong - Uretic, Vitality