ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET Adult Gastrointestinal Dry Cat Food, 8.8-lb bag -

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Adult Gastrointestinal Dry Cat Food, 8.8-lb bag

By Royal Canin Veterinary Diet
Rated 4.7295 out of 5 stars
Veterinary Diet Item
$68.99Chewy Price
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About This Item


  • A veterinary-exclusive dry cat food for adult cats with long- or short-term digestive sensitivities.
  • Promotes digestive health and optimal stool quality with highly digestible proteins and prebiotics.
  • High calorie content allows cats to eat small meal portions and still get the nutrition they need.
  • Helps manage GI health with omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, and a blend of soluble and insoluble fibers.
  • Supports urinary health with the exclusive S/O Index, which creates an environment unfavorable to crystal formation in the bladder.

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Nutritional Information

Feeding Instructions


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About Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Health For Cats

Worried About Your Cat’s Digestion?

Your cat’s gastrointestinal (GI) system helps support the rest of the body by properly digesting food and making sure to extract the nutrients needed for overall health. Your veterinarian is the expert on your cat, so you should always consult with this trusted advisor to find the best gastrointestinal health solutions and management options for your pet.

Know Your Cat’s GI System

  1. Mouth: where ingestion of hair and formation of hairballs can occur, due to frequent grooming.
  2. Stomach: the first part of the GI tract, where inflamation may lead to vomitting.
  3. Small Intestine and Pancreas: where the small intestine is responsible for absorption of nutrients within the diet and the pancreas aids in digestion.
  4. Large Colon (Tranverse): which is responsible for forming stool.
  5. Large Colon (Descending): which is responsible for forming stool; any alteration to this process may lead to constipation or diarrhea.
  6. Rectum: where stool leaves the body

How Nutrition Can Help

Talk to your vet about your concerns for your pet's GI tract health. Your veterinarian may recommend a Royal Canin GI formula that is:

Rich in nutrients and easily digestible

Balanced for good digestion, with a blend of fibers and prebiotics to support digestive health

Highly palatable to encourage eating, even when appetite is decreased due to gastrointestinal upset

Find The Perfect Balance

With a dry and wet feeding routine, dry food supports positive oral health while wet food supports healthy hydration.


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About Royal Canin

What sets Royal Canin apart is their close collaboration with veterinarians. Through these professional partnerships, they strive to learn everything they can about pet health, including how different formulas perform for different breeds, sizes, lifestyles and therapeutic conditions. Ongoing research and development allows Royal Canin to keep providing the precise nutrition cats need for a range of medical conditions.

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Questions & Answers

9 Customer Questions

Does this diet help cats have less frequent bowel movements?
Answer by ChewyJul 09, 2017
This diet has high energy content which allows a reduction in meal volume and a decreased intestinal load. This may in turn result in smaller or less frequent bowel movements.

One of my cats is on this high energy diet. Would it be suitable to feed to my other two cats also?
Answer by ChewyMay 06, 2018
Since this is a prescription food formulated to meet specific diet restrictions from known health issues, this food should not be fed to any other animal than the one prescribed due to the restriction of specific nutrients. Prescription diets can be detrimental to an otherwise healthy pet if that pet doesn't have the ailment for which the food is designed.

What are the DRY MATTER phosphorous and protein percentages for this formula?
Answer by ChewyJul 22, 2022
This formula has a phosphorus content of 0.97% as fed and 1.06% on a dry matter basis. The protein content is 30.85% as fed and 33.53% on a dry matter basis.

Do you have a picture of the kibble?
Answer by ChewyFeb 10, 2023
This food is made with triangular shape kibble. Please refer to the attached photo.

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244 Customer Reviews

Always consult a veterinarian about your pet’s health needs. Customer reviews should not be used as medical advice.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Dodie on Apr 25, 2023

This did the trick!

Our cat had been having diarrhea for more than 5 months. We had bloodwork done, he was dewormed twice and was on probiotics for a month. Nothing worked. The next step was an ultrasound. Our veterinarian suggested we try this food. It Worked (maybe took a week total)!!! Did he like the taste? Well I put the big bag on the floor while I went upstairs briefly. When I returned he had created holes in the bag in an effort to get to the food! Not only did he love its smell, he absolutely loves the taste! A pleased customer

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MrsK on Apr 25, 2023

Expensive and oversized - but it works.

Ok. Buying this food is against every single thing I've read about feline nutrition but my 8month old Gus was having an absolute terrible time with every single "GOOD" food I bought for him..terrible tummy grumbles, gas and explosive diarrhea. Then my vet said, can we try the RC GI diet? Reluctantly, I gave in....and within a week, Gus was a normal kitty! So, if your kitty is having GI troubles this is your magic remedy.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Andre on Apr 6, 2023

still great even if ordered online from chewy

This is the first time we've ordered this particular food online .. our vet (who has retired) was kind enough to order it and keep it in stock at his clinic and the new vet sadly does not stock Royal Canin Gastrointestinal cat food which the cat member of our family needs due to colon issues... we were worried about ordering this online for the first time but we were pleased to see that kitty still eats it (particularly we were concerned about how the food would hold up being transported through the heat of the spring weather although in all fairness it probably weathered a trip through similar conditions being delivered to our former vet's office).

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sandra on Apr 28, 2023

Gastrol diet

Very expensive but worth it. I don’t know what all else I can tell you about it just that it works and it is very good diet. I would recommend it highly recommend it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on May 17, 2023

great dry food

This dry food has made a huge difference in my cat's IBD. No more throwing up and loose stool greatly reduced. And he loves it!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By crfk on Apr 19, 2023

Great service

Shipments are always quick and well packaged. The service is 5-star, but the price of this item is getting too expensive for me to afford so I’ll be looking elsewhere for it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Leah on Jan 31, 2023

Royal Canin G/I cats

My newest rescue kitty, Chief, unfortunately has IBS-D. When the volunteers at the rescue had mentioned his food is a script and specialized for these issues. I was a bit nervous. They gave me Royal Canin to take home until I got his script filled. Now, when Chief's food came, I was a bit hesitant as it looked different from what I was giving him. After a few days, Chief's diarrhea issue started to settle down and looked normal. He's happier and LOVES this food!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By WendyLouWho on Feb 3, 2023

Happy cats

Thankfully my veterinarian is as knowledgeable as he is and that Royal Canin makes exceptional cat food. Together they turned 2.5 months of in and out of emergency rooms into a year of stability and peaceful living for our beloved cat. I know her condition will do her in but at least she is comfortable, well fed and satisfied.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Babs on Apr 6, 2023

Royal Canin products.

My cat Ginger loves the canned and dry food. She has gastro problems and since being on this food, she seems to be doing quite well.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Erica on Mar 16, 2023

So far so good

Purchased this for my senior kitty who has been struggling with with IBS. So far he loves it and is looking much better than he was a week ago.