hello everyone and thank you for your comments. I just thought I could help out.............when one of my cats was caught ina trap (big metal thing, highly illegal) it severed his leg almost from the breast bone. he had been missing for two days and I was away, on the third day kris went looking before work at six in the morning and found him. he was almost dead and was in toxic shock (the cat, not kris....though he was a close 2nd after seeing the sight) a friend THANK YOU BERNICE, got him to the vet and i telephoned and said no expense was to be spared (bl**dy hell, they sure took that sentence seriously!) and he was a week in vet, hospital and survived. he had already (prior to my "owning" him) lost an ear and got a dented nose, and of course balls were the first to go.........should have called him "lucky..." but, anyway, I asked what was the very best food I could possibly give him for recovery.....and i was told by many "royal canin" it IS "canin" not "canine". so I bought some. and what a spectacular recovery it was. I started feeding all my own and my rescue temp cats on it, there coats shone, their eyes gleamed, every morning I would find a line of various rodents dead on the mat downstaires, because contrary to what every irish farmer believes, cats hunt with far greater success when they are well cared for and well fed. as with a human, thier senses are sharper and they are quicker when proper nutrition is given. royal canin cat food is the exact balance of the nutrients needed for optimum health. theres a hell of a lot of different ingredients in their foods, and they (unlike procter and gamble) do not use animals in cruel experiments to achieve their goals re exemplary care and nutrition. they care about animals. they provide me with the best food at rock bottom price and deliver it from uk to rep. of ireland, to my front door, free of charge by courier. I understand that some people think it outrageous that I pay for the best for my animals, but i do also care for people, have had seven foster children who WERE NOT payed for by any government agency to be in my care, I supported them working at home with my design business, and my eldest son helped enormously by teaching them all to play the guitar, it was a full and happy home. but I am older now, and I still love kids and I still open my door and my heart to anyone in need, but yes, I guess I have wound down a bit since the old pauseofmen kicked in ( ok, MENOPAUSE) and I am doing what I can with what I have, and the energy available. I do not amorphise these animals, just try to give them what we all need, we, after all, did domesticate them, especially in egypt, so love and affection and protection from harm and the best food I can get....well, I figure thats something good. ****, we all need that. at this very moment, there is a male cat, i think around ten years old, who is under the table near my feet. he has been loved and then left two years ago by his owner, through no fault of hers. his loneliness has caused him to lose all the fur around his neck, he is a reverse lion!. it took a few hours, but he has started to believe he is loved again, and is quite charming in his tentative acceptance of my affection. I have to go and pick up his sister tomorrow.....I need this like a hole in the head! but just leave them? no way. sorry, one of you mentioned in a post the cost of petrol if I wre to bring cat food down to bg, well, obviously, and I mean no offence, I would hardly be stupid enough (believe it or not) to be transporting cat food 3000 ks and under the impression it would save ANYONE money. my idea was simply to utilise small spaces in vehicles that wre going down to bg already, I am back and forth as finances allow as my mum is here in hospital permanently. others make the trip a few times a year, often with enough space for a bag of cat food. I was just trying to pass on the saving, thats all. goodnight.