Royal Canin Gastro - Best In Class & Works
Written: Dec 23, 2011
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Worked better than any alternative, doesn't stop working after time
Cons:Very expensive, not available everywhere, but worth finding, if you are reading this!
The Bottom Line: Needing a gastro diet is never good... Fortunately, Royal Canin GIFR works very well, and works consistently. It has improved our cats quality of life, and he's well worth it!
Royal Canin Gastro-Fiber Response is a specially formulated (formerly Rx only) cat food for cats with mega-colon and other gastro-intestinal issues. There are only a few products out there in this category, and Hills W/D diet is one of those few, for a comparison. IF you are currently using W/D, and more importantly, if W/D has become less effective over time, you should consider this Royal Canin diet, it works very well.
First off, if you're reading this, you're probably familiar with your cats disorders and to be blunt, taking care of a cat with mega-colon can be a Crappy Job!! One of our cats (a very loving Maine Coon male) has megacolon and it is just a terrible condition. He has required Vet attention a number of times, and it wasn't until we got him on a regular diet of WD that we at least got things normal and under control. Nothing against Hills - WD worked well, at first.. however it lead to a large problem later and the cat ended up being obstipated and in terrible pain. After the next trip to the Vet, we tried this Royal Canin diet and it has proven to be a much better long-term solution than WD, which only treated the symptom at first, and ultimately seemed to make the problem worse.. I'm sure this is not true of every cat, but in this case, the Royal Canin product is hands-down the winner.
This diet is formulated differently than any other out there. It is designed so if the animal becomes constipated, the colon does not dehydrate and it stays easy for them to go about their business. If this is not the case, the result is their poop ends up becoming like cement -- it can be a nasty and heartbreaking (sometimes fatal) situation..
Royal Canin Gastro-Fiber is not inexpensive, and prices have consistently gone up every year. Right now the 8.8 lb bag is over 40 dollars, which although expensive, is pretty much on par with the Hills WD diet. A word to the wise too -- Wet food does not AT ALL mean easier to pass.. If our cat would have stayed in FF cans, he would have died, very literally. Even though this is a dry food, it is the only diet that consistently works for our cat, and we are very thankful for it! Also, beware of other dry foods that claim to be "Holistic" or "Grain Free". I can personally attest to the validity of TRULY grain-free diets. The problem is 99.9% of the diets that claim to be grain free are BOGUS! The "gourmet" pet-food market has exploded and all sorts of brands are trying to capitalize on that. Read VERY carefully, and seek other opinions -- I'm not the only one with a great cat who has medical troubles.. I only mention the grain-free issue because there are even a few products out now which USED TO BE good "actually grain free" diets, but who's recipe has been changed due to budget, etc, and the end result is the diet is exactly what it purports NOT to be..
Again, Royal Canin Gastro-Fiber has proven to be the only long-term good solution for our cat, and although expensive, has worked really well without losing its effect over time. Whatever the price, there's no substitute for health and wellness, and if you are reading this review, I hope this product is a help to you!
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