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Oct 13, 2017
In the last 2 weeks, I have gradually switched Nuru's food from Blue Basics to Royal Canin Sensitive Digestion. His stools have been much firmer and I have noticed that he is more energetic. I am happy with his progress so far but he remains struggling with both constipation and diarrhea. In addition, he still isn't pooping in the litter box.; instead he goes on the floor next to it.

I have used several types of cat attract and tried treat training him but it has not worked. I am looking for general guidance on what to do from here and I have two questions:

1. Has anyone tried Purina Gentle Chow and how does it compare to Royal Canin? It was recommended to me but I'm concerned about the affects of giving him a lower end diet.

2. Is he too old to litter box train at 5 years old? Could this be unfixable?

Yoda mom

Staff member
Apr 23, 2012
@Aden, Awh love your avatar pic!

1. I have not used the purina gentle chow but others may chime in -
I have fed RC in the past and switched to something else - It takes a month or two usually for a full food trial switch -

2. Never too old to litter box train - I have always had adult adoptees - some,times it can even be the style of box and location -
Some like covered large boxes with the door flaps removed ( I always take the door flaps off)
Others like open no lid boxes , as well as no plastic litter box liners or sprinkled Deodorizers .
I refrained a 6 yr old retired stud Bengal many years ago- the treat training took awhile as well as trying different boxes and locations for him- heck he didn't even like the litter trays in front of his box - he would jump over it -

I just kept up the treat and praise and tried different style boxes
I had ome kitty that would poo in a box with yesterday news pellets in an open low profile box
And peed in a covered large box with dr elseys unscented in the blue and white bag - goofy o needed to have two boxes for her but it worked - was just her thing

So hang in there!
Let us know if you switch to the purina Senstive with a sloooow transition - keep in mind too fast amd too often food changes can cause tummy poo issues - so be sure to go really slow with transitions

Keep us updated!

Toa and Ross

Staff member
Jan 23, 2015
Good to hear Nuru's poop is more firm. I remember @Silke is feeding her girls Purina if I'm correct. Maybe she can tell more about it.

I have no experience with litterbox training. Hope with the advice of @Yoda mom you can litterbox train Nuru


V.I.P Lairian
V.I.P Lairian
Aug 21, 2015
My girls get RC Sphynx dry food, and Purina Soup (Broth, in the US, I believe) for Cats.
However, Jez has now been successfully moved onto raw. The RC Sphynx is still available for all. (Because Pixie eats nothing else, but dry and her soup) I don't think RC Sphynx is available in the US, but the Indoor 27 is practically the same, but without added L-Lysine.
Firm poops all round here atm. :)
I only really had one terrible experience with severely nasty poop. Jez reacted very badly to Animonda Carny and I ended up cleaning the bathroom wall, the floor, and the cat, at 1am...because...yuck.
What does happen a lot on other foods is poison gas attacks. I swear, those girls are related to a skunk when I try to switch to another food...