Crave vs. Royal Canin

Crave vs Royal Canin

In this comparison article for Crave vs Royal Canin, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare Crave and Royal Canin, we'll use up-to-date nutritional and price information.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best pet food brand for your pet. Factors such as ingredient quality, guaranteed analysis, product safety, brand history, and cost are among the most important factors to consider.

Throughout this Royal Canin vs Crave comparison, we've utilized average data to make general comparisons. If you'd like to see individual product reviews, visit our Crave Review Page or Royal Canin Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Royal Canin vs. Crave

According to AAFCO, all pet food labels must provide a guaranteed analysis of nutrient content. The analysis must provide guaranteed minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture.

All percentages used in this comparison are averages reported on a dry matter basis.

Crave Dog Food vs. Royal Canin Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Crave Royal Canin
Crude Protein 37.8% 26.5%
Crude Fat 18.9% 15.4%
Crude Fiber 3.9% 5.2%

Crude Protein Comparison For Dog Food

Dogs require twenty-two amino acids to sustain life. Eleven of these amino acids are synthesized naturally, the remaining ten are consumed. Protein is the nutrient which provides some or all of these ten essential amino acids.

On average, Crave dry dog food recipes contain 11.30% more protein than Royal Canin recipes. Clearly, there is a significant difference between the protein content of Royal Canin and Crave.


Crude Fat Comparison For Dog Food

Like protein, fats are an essential part of a dog's body. Fats are needed for the proper development and function of the canine body.

If you look at the average percentages of crude fat, you'll notice that Crave typically guarantees 3.53% more fat. This is a fairly small difference between Crave and Royal Canin, but still worth mentioning.


As you can see, Crave and Royal Canin guarantee a similar amount of crude fiber.

Crave Cat Food vs. Royal Canin Cat Food

Dry Cat Food Crave Royal Canin
Crude Protein 44.4% 33.6%
Crude Fat 19.3% 14.6%
Crude Fiber 5.2% 7.3%
Wet/Canned Cat Food Crave Royal Canin
Crude Protein 54.5% 45.0%
Crude Fat 28.8% 14.2%
Crude Fiber 4.5% 10.4%

Crude Protein Comparison For Cat Food

Cats require twenty-two amino acids to sustain life. Twelve of these amino acids are synthesized naturally, the remaining nine are consumed. Protein is the nutrient which provides some or all of these nine essential amino acids.

When you look at the average percentages of crude protein for dry cat food, it's clear that Crave provides significantly more protein. On average, Crave guarantees about 10.89% more protein than Royal Canin. Similarly, Crave wet cat foods provide significantly more protein than Royal Canin wet foods.


Crude Fat Comparison For Cat Food

There are many ways in which dietary fat contributes to the overall health of our feline friends. Here is a short list of benefits provided by fats (not exhaustive):

  • Help transport nutrients across cell membranes
  • Fats produce metabolites, which help control inflammation
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure
  • Slow the growth of yeast infections
  • Fats improve the taste/texture of food.

The table shows that Royal Canin provides far less fat than Crave. The difference in fat content is roughly 4.67%. In addition, Crave wet cat foods also provide more fat than Royal Canin wet foods.


According to our data, Royal Canin guarantees 2.15% more protein than Crave. Although this difference is relatively small, it's still a notable difference. In addition, Royal Canin wet cat foods also provide more fiber than Crave wet foods.

Crave Pet Food Ingredients vs. Royal Canin Pet Food Ingredients

Crave and Royal Canin both use the following controversial ingredients in many of their products:

Pea Protein

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Crave.

Caramel Color

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Royal Canin.

Corn
Wheat
Corn Meal
Corn Flour
Corn Grits
Rice Hulls
Beef Plasma
Canola Meal
Pork Plasma
Brewers Rice
Wheat Gluten
Tomato Pomace
Vegetable Oil
Corn Gluten Meal
Pork By-Products
Brewers Rice Flour
Powdered Cellulose
Chicken By-Products
Dried Tomato Pomace
Venison By-Products
Duck By-Product Meal
Chicken By-Product Meal
Soybean Protein Isolate
Hydrolyzed Poultry By-Products Aggregate

We believe that certain pet food ingredients are linked to adverse health affects; these ingredients are classified as harmful.

Crave and Royal Canin both use the following harmful ingredients in many of their products:

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

Product Safety: Recall History of Crave & Royal Canin?

According to our records, Crave has never been recalled.

Royal Canin has been recalled 3 times.

  • May 11, 2007: Melamine
  • April 19, 2007: Melamine
  • Feb. 2, 2006: excess level of vitamin D3

Price Comparison: Which Brand Is More Expensive?

Dry Dog Food Crave Royal Canin
Per Pound $2.06 $3.55
Per Calorie $0.0012 $0.0021
Dry Cat Food Crave Royal Canin
Per Pound $3.10 $4.90
Per Calorie $0.0018 $0.0030
Wet Cat Food Crave Royal Canin
Per Pound $6.60 $6.66
Per Calorie $0.0125 $0.0181

The average cost-per-lb is heavily influenced by the varying amounts of moisture present in each brand's food products (wet vs. dry food, dry vs. freeze-dried food, etc). However, the average cost-per-kcal eliminates the influence of moisture. Therefore, the average cost-per-kcal is the better metric to consider.

If you'd like to calculate the average cost-per-day or cost-pet-year of feeding Crave or Royal Canin, input your pet's weight into our cost analyzer widget.

Averages price data can identify whether or not there exists a significant price difference between two brands. However, the actual price that you'll pay for Crave or Royal Canin will depend on your shopping habits.

Pet owners who use our price comparison feature typically save more than 25% off retail prices for Crave and Royal Canin. In addition, we currently have some great coupons for our readers.


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Where To Buy Crave and Royal Canin Pet Foods

You can purchase Crave pet foods from the following stores:


You can purchase Royal Canin pet food products from these retailers:

 

Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Crave Royal Canin
Dry Dog Food 3 Recipes 135 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 38 Recipes
Dog Treats 5 Treats
Dry Cat Food 3 Recipes 54 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 6 Recipes 40 Recipes
Cat Treats 5 Treats

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