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Toilet Training Your Cat

Apr 8, 2008
It's a time consuming process and it's not for every owner or every cat, but it can be accomplished and it does make the cat and owner feel as if they have achieved something good. Potty training your cat, meaning having you cat use the toilet instead of a litter box is one of the greatest achievements you and your cat can do. You just need to know how and a cat that is willing to please you, which most cats or kittens are.

There are special 'toilet seats' for cats like there are for training toddlers to go on the potty. These are metal pans that sit under the rim of the toilet seat so you can collect the waste. You can purchase these expensive devices or just allow the cat to go in the toilet by itself. Either way is effective.

You first need to start when the kitten is about eight weeks old and they must know their name when you call for them. The indoor kittens who are spoiled and pampered and showered with love are the best candidates for potty training. Once you and the kitten have completed the training and the cat goes to the toilet to do his business, you will be living in a home that does not smell like there is a cat living in it and that will be worth all the time spent training.

Once you know your kitten is ready, they know their name and can go in the litter box without accidents, then you move the litter box into the bathroom, next to the toilet, leaving it there for a few days so he gets used to the new position of the litter box. You can use anything from bricks to stacks of old newspapers as long as they are sturdy enough to hold the box and the cat. Then, after a few days, you raise the box up a couple of inches. The cat won't mind, they like to jump.

He or she might be shy about it or intimidated with it's highest at first, but it will quickly get over that. Then after a few days, you raise the cat box again, only a couple of inches. You do this every few days until the cat box is level with the toilet.

For the next few days, you leave the litter box at the highest of the toilet but you leave the toilet lid open, if you purchased a trainer potty insert, you would place that into the toilet with a few pieces of cat litter so the cat will recognize it. if you are training your cat yourself, you can use plastic kitchen wrap spread over the toilet, poke some holes in it and sprinkle some cat litter on top of it.

Then you wait to see if the cat will move from the box to the toilet. Some cats willingly go to the toilet, balancing on the edge and doing their business, others need more time and coaxing. If you cat or kitten is not willing you may have to put more cat litter on top of the pan or plastic wrap and take away the litter box. If this doesn't work, you might have to go back to step one and start again. If after several tries, your cat just does not want to go potty in the toilet, you may have a cat that prefers the old fashioned way, the litter box.
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Tristan Andrews is a freelance author who writes articles about Cats and Cat News.
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