Friday, October 28, 2011

Tasty Taste Test

Try saying that 5 times real fast. HAH!

Several weeks back, the wonderfully handsome Spitty had a blog about how much he liked the Royal Canin food he was eating. I responded by saying Royal Canin is too rich for our blood. My peeps can't afford it so this little ghetto kitty does without. Turns out TW was hiding some from me! Yes, HIDING it!

While she was at Blogpaws, the nice, kind people at the Royal Canin booth, who incidentally were familiar with my blog, axed us to participate in a taste test of sorts. They were experimenting to see what attracts a cat to their food. Was it taste, aroma or protein. They knew I was just finicky enough to be an excellent subject to try their Selective foods. TW brought home a sample bag of all three, which say on the label they are for "fussy" cats. I'd rather refer to myself as "high maintenance." Since the food had an expiration day in 2012, she figured she could wait for the purrfect time to test this guinea pig, er, kitty. No money exchanged hands. We only received sample bags of the food in exchange for our honest review.

TW got identical bowls—the best store-brand styrofoam bowls money could buy, I'm sure—which probably took her the entire month she deprived me of the Royal Canin. In the first bowl, she poured the Aromatic attract, which is supposed to attract my sense of smell. The Savor sensation went into the second bowl, to stimulate my sense of taste. Into the last bowl, she poured the Protein preference. If you notice, she shorted this one a little bit. Do I like a food by how it feels in my mouth, how it smells, or how it makes me feel after eathing it? Hmmmm. Which do you think I selected?

Aromatic, Savor, Protein, left to right.
I headed straight for the center bowl, the Savor sensation, sniffed it and turned away. The Protein preference was the one I gobbled up. It was the only one that made it into my mouth. I really liked it. TW thought it was because it was the first one I saw. Wrong, woman! When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you! Later in the day, the bowls were in the kitchen. I went back, sniffed the Aroma one, then went back to the Protein. That was the only one I had any interest in, or as I like to say, that's good $h!t.


I've just about finished the bag of Protein preference, while I don't have any desire to even sample the others. I take after my Pop, who eats a protein bar every morning for breakfast.

We'd like to thank the good people at Royal Canin for allowing me to participate in this taste test. We were given the sample-size bags of kibble gratis but were not told what to say. The decision was my own and I overwhelmingly picked the Protein preference. Pops says that proves I'm a real carnivore. Hint, Hint: If Royal Canin would like to lay some Stinky Goodness on me, I'd be glad to taste test that.

NOTE: I do not normally eat out of styrofoam. I have nice stoneware dishes but TW wanted to be sure I didn't pick my favorite dish and eat the food that's in that one.

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Many thanks to everyone who has voted for me in the Sensational Cat and Best Blog categories in the Anipal Academy Awards. I much appreciate it. The voting ends tonight at 11:59 so you still have a chance to cast a last-minute vote. Now I just need a date. HAH!

18 comments:

Mariodacatsmom said...

Mario's Mom here - I'm impressed with this taste test. Mario is somewhat of a picky eater too. This week he might like something - next week he'll refuse it. I was using Royal Canin, but don't remember that it came in 3 different flavors. Oh, BTW - you are right on about the fillers. Both a pharmacist and a chemist told me the same thing.

Simba said...

Very interesting assessment. Mom thinks I would select based on aroma, but she would like to try this test some time too.

Chloe and Cecil said...

We are very, very picky eaters!!! our poor Mom tries and tries to find a good food for us..now we are eating Innova, and it isn't too bad!

Glogirly and Katie said...

Excellent review, CK! I'm sure glad you didn't have to eat your favorite stoneware dish. Crunchy is good for the teeth and gums, but stoneware is taking it a little far.

Pee S. Glad you liked the latest cliffhanger! ...and thanks for sending over you friend, Michelle. : )

xo Katie

Brian said...

That was a really great review CK and that stuff might be worth checking out!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

Cody has been a fan of Royal Canin for over a year now. He has been on their Veterinary formula (canned rabbit and dry rabbit and green pea) due to having allergies.

I just picked up a case of canned RC from the vet...are you sitting down? $52.80....that is why Cody has a job....regardless, he LOVES RC and that is all that matters.

Great review BTW

Admiral Hestorb said...

I eat RC Aromatic32 I think it's called. I LOVE it. I can't afford or mommy can't to try the others to see what I think.

Sparkle said...

I primarily eat wet food and I also am picky - I wonder if they have a canned version of the protein stuff?

Prancer Pie said...

Thanks fur sharing this! We haf nefur tried it. We've got Mom a shopping list ready! Purrs.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Well, look no further! *I* volunteer to be your date, CK. You said yourself I am handsome, and you KNOW we share a certain, joie de cattitude, right? Tell me when and where. I'll wear my best black fur.

Oh, and SCORE on the noms!

Whisppy said...

You did a great job with the taste test. The protein is a sure winner!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Not to worry, Darling. It was just the Human's idea of an amusing post. Pfft. As if!

Just name the time & place! XOXO

Tamago said...

Very interesting post! I thought you'd go for the Aromatic attract because good smell always attracts me. You went for protein one..you really know what is best for you!

Julia Williams said...

That was a great taste test! I'm afraid that if I put three bowls of food down, my kibble-addicted cats would gobble them all up so fast that I would never be able to discern a preference for one or the other. When it comes to kibble, my cats do not know the meaning of the word moderation. Or if they do, they pretend not to, MOL.

Marg said...

I have yet to meet a cat that isn't picky. Our Mom was guessing that you would go for the aroma one but I bet the protein one was extra tasty. Good test. People don't eat the same thing every day, why should we cats. Take care.

Marg said...

We are back. We just wanted to thank you so much for tweeting about Danica and Agelica. We really appreciate and so do they.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Maybe I could paint a little white vest on myself and then I'll have a TUX for the occasion? Why don't you pop over later for a taste of the Hell-broth?

Clooney said...

It was interesting that you went for the protein. Neytiri and I tend to be texture kitties, so we usually will only eat crunchies shaped funny like a starfish sort of.