The Puppy and the Dog They have been man’s companion through the ages and adapted to their owners, but they have their own behavioural and nutritional demands. Knowing and respectingthem will guarantee their health and well-being.

The cat’s feline nature is always a matter of fascination.He adapts with apparent ease to daily life, and yet he has behavioural and nutritional requirements of his own. Knowing them and respecting them will guarantee his well-being and his health.

Because of its composition, a Royal Canin Health Nutrition food provides all essential nutrients measured out with utmost precision in order to contribute every day and on a long-term basis to the well-being and health of every animal, according to his age, his size, his physiological condition and his breed.

Innovation for the sake of dogs and cats’ health. For over 40 years, Royal Canin has worked with breeder partners and veterinary nutritionists to go ever further into innovation and precision to enable us to formulate nutritional solutions which perfectly meet dogs and cats’ real needs.

Carbohydrates

Starches

To be digested by cats and dogs, starch must be very well cooked or it will ferment in the large intestine and cause diarrhoea. Too much starch can have the same result if the amount ingested exceeds the animal’s enzymatic digestive capacity (in Nordic dog and cat breeds for instance).

A little background information

Starches are carbohydrate molecules in which thousands of glucose molecules are linked together by simple chemicals bonds.

Its role in the body

Starches are only used to provide energy to the animal, after being degraded by the digestive process to help the intestine gradually absorb the glucose molecules.

Natural sources

Starches are reserve substances (equivalent to fats in animals) peculiar to plants: cereals (rice, maize, wheat, barley, etc), potato or manioc tubers. Starch represents 50-70% of cereal grain. In dry food, cereal starch helps obtain the typical honeycombed structure of the kibbles(expansion).