Tips For Toilet Training Your Cats
20 February, 2012
I always wondered if I could toilet train my cat, Sammy, but never took the time to try. Now that he is older, it would be really hard to get him to change his ways. However, if you have a kitten or an amenable cat, wouldn’t it be fun to toilet train your cat?? Or at least try?
Any cat owner knows how much a litter box stinks after a few days and how our beloved felines tend to track litter all over the house! So, why not try to toilet train them. And, remember, you need to keep the toilet lid up and the seat down at all times for this to be effective. As much as we would like them to, a cat can not open the lid.
Below are the five recommended steps to toilet train your cat:
1. STACK PHONE BOOKS
Stack phone books or newspapers next to the toilet and place your litter box on top of the stack. Raise the stack an inch or two each day until it is level with the toilet bowl. This gets the cat used to the height of the toilet and your cat will have to jump onto the toilet to get into the litter box once the stack is high enough. Make sure the lid stays up.
2. PLACE THE LITTER BOX ON TOP OF THE TOILET
Put the litter box on top of the toilet seat after a few days. This makes the cat realize where he needs to take care of his business.
After a day or so, remove the litter box. Throw it out or hide it so the cat can’t smell it.
I like using the toilet! It’s fun!!
3. PUT A BOWL INSIDE THE TOILET BOWL
Place a metal or sturdy mixing bowl inside the toilet bowl letting the seat hold it in place. Pour a flushable litter into the bowl and show it to your cat. Watch your cat once he starts going into the bowl. Move his feet to the sides of the seat so he learns how to balance.
Replace the litter in the bowl with a smaller amount once the cat learns to squat properly. Decrease the amount of litter each day by scooping it out daily.
4. REMOVE ALL THE LITTER
Remove all the litter. Add a small amount of water to the bowl, one tablespoon at a time. Your cat will get used to the water in the bowl rather than the litter. There is also less of a mess if the cat happens to step into the bowl.
5. REMOVE THE BOWL
Remove the bowl after the water level reaches about two inches. Wash the bowl out or throw it away. Your cat should now be comfortable enough to use the toilet. You’ll have to flush it, but you will no longer have to clean out a litter box!
I know this won’t work for all cats, but with time and patience, your cat can learn how to use the toilet!
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