Toilet Training Cats – Why Clean A Litter Box, Train Your Cat To Use The Toilet
Toilet training cats? At first glance you would believe this is an impossible task. In reality it is a fairly easy training process, it just take time, patience, and persistence.
Before we start talking about your cat, we need to discuss you and your family. When you choose to toilet train your cat, your family’s bathroom habits have to change, too. They can no longer close the bathroom door when they exit. They must leave up the cover, and leave the seat down. You may have already been complaining to the males in the house about the necessity of leaving the seat down, now it becomes crucial. Just one or two accidents of your cat falling in the water because the seat was left up and the training is finished. They will no longer trust the toilet.
Now that you know the training your humans need to undertake we need to discuss your cat’s training. Your cat first needs to start associating the bathroom as the place to find their litter box. This is the only way to teach them to head to the bathroom. Move the litter box into the bathroom beside the toilet. If you have a spare bathroom which is less commonly used you may wish to use it.
After the cat is familiar with heading to the bathroom for using the litter box you must start moving them towards the toilet. The best way to do this is to start slowly elevating the litter box until it reaches toilet seat height. Do not attempt to change the height more then 2 inches per day, or your cat may decide they are close enough and use the floor. Your cat may take more than one day to adjust to the changing heights, so be very patient. Eventually you will have raised the litter box to the same height as the toilet seat. Let your cat adjust to this new elevated location before moving forward.
Your next step is to move the litter box inside the toilet. Yes, you heard it correctly. You need to buy a round bowl large enough to sit on the inner rim of the toilet, with the seat down over the top. Put the kitty litter in the bowl. Your cat may find this change a little unusual but will adjust to it. Give your cat time to adjust to this new location for their litter. Then becomes the big change, remove the bowl. If you are lucky while toilet training cats your cat will have been learning to squat with all four feet on the toilet seat already. For these cats the change is easy.
If your cat at any step becomes reluctant, then step back a step and let them practice there for a longer period of time. When they have become comfortable try moving forward again. Toilet training cats works for most cats, but not all. You will only know by giving it a try. If you have success you can imagine the joy of only needing to flush the toilet instead of cleaning a litter box. Your house will smell better, and you will save the money of buying cat litter all the time. Give it a try, you may be surprised at how easy the training goes with your cat.