If you are wondering how to train your cat to use toilet, there are some things you should do so that your cat can learn how to use the toilet successfully. I wish I had accomplished these things when I decided to train my cat furball. I had a new baby (human kind) and figured out how Furball used the toilet, so I wouldn’t have to worry about my child thinking the cat box was a sandbox.
Right on cue, as the universe was reading my thoughts, I received an email from Rebecca Reskett, the creator of the CityCity toilet training kit. She offered me a Citycity Kit to review on her blog about eco-friendly ideas for cats. I was game I loved that Citycity was made of recycled plastic and it lets you go back in the process if your cat needs to pick things up slowly.
The Citycity toilet training kit includes a round plastic tray that fits inside almost any toilet seat. You start with a little litter in the tray and then when your cat uses it, you pop out a small hole in the middle. When your cat becomes comfortable with the hole, you remove another ring so that the hole becomes larger. After all, the hole is the size of the toilet opening and prestige! That is when your cat is using the toilet.
Unfortunately, I gave up training before teaching my cat how to use the toilet. As a new mom, I did not yet have the right frame of mind. Since then, I have always felt that I had some unfinished business when it came to kitty toilet training, so I contacted the people at Sitticity for their best advice on how to train cat toilets.
Here are five tips from experts whose insights I have learned while toilet trained my cat.
1. Choose a good time to teach your cat to use the toilet
Looking back, I now realize my lie. My number 1 problem was that I chose the cat the wrong period in my life on the toilet train. We had a new baby at home and my mother-in-law was also staying with us. Clearly, Furball was concerned about these obstacles in his home. To set your cat up for success, make sure there are no significant changes happening in your life when you begin the potty-training process.
2. Figure out if your cat is susceptible to change in the litter box
Before training your cat to the toilet, you can preview how your cat will react by moving the litter box towards the bathroom (if it hasn’t already), and then next to the toilet. If your kitty is not bothered by these changes, there is a good chance that that cat will do well with toilet training. On the other hand, if you have a skittish cat, plan to take extra time and give very positive reinforcement. Each cat is unique and will train at a different speed. This is especially true if you are toilet training several cats at the same time.
3. Go slowly and take small steps
The Citykitty Cat Toilet Training Kit is designed so that you can remove thin concentric rings as your cat progresses. When wanting to run through things while training a cat to toilet, patience is your best ally for success. Only remove one ring when your cat has mastered the current stage with accidents for at least a week. If your cat needs to move at a slower speed, you can remove a quarter-and-half ring instead of a full ring. If your cat has an accident, you can also go back one step in the process.
4. Pay attention, praise, and rewards to your cat
Here is where I really took a wrong turn with kitty toilet training. As a new mom, I barely had time to brush my teeth, let alone pet a cat. Furball received little praise for celebrating his success and neither a tasty breakfast. Finally, I now see that this is the most important factor for successfully training the cat. Having recently trained my son, I have to say that compliments and tasty treats at the top work wonders.
5. Establish an environment that supports your cat
Since most litter boxes are much larger than the toilet seat insertion, it is often important to clean the tray. While this may sound like a lot of work, it is actually a lot easier than it sounds. Because you are using very little litter in the tray, it is a breeze to take it out.
You also want to tape the toilet lid into the bowl so that no one accidentally closes the lid, which makes it impossible for your cat to do their business. In addition, open the bathroom door open so that your cat feels a sense of privacy when they are on the toilet.
Special note about toxoplasmosis
If you live in a coastal area like California, you might want to know some facts about toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that cats may pick up and pass through their feces. If you flush the infected feces under the toilet, the parasite enters the water system, goes to sea, and damages sea otters. To make an informed decision on how to train your cat to the toilet, here are some things you should know.
Cats contract parasites from infected rodents, birds, etc., or from exposure to contaminated feces or outside soil.
Cats are kept indoors that do not hunt prey and are not given raw meat or unwanted milk, t. Gondi is unlikely to be infected.
If a cat is infected, they shed infectious oocysts (the egg phase of the parasite) for 10 to 20 days throughout their lifetime.
To read more about toxoplasmosis, see the fact sheet published by Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
If you are sure that your cat t. Gondi-free and if you train your cat any damage to the ocean will not harm it, I say fur it! Just make sure you follow these five tips so that you can latch onto the kitty litter To save money, say goodbye to cleaning the cat box, and also make a nice video of your cat using the toilet, which you can share with your friends and Catster can share with Mr. Maysters!