(Closed) Toilet training cats?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

FAIL. We tried Kitty City, and our cat apparently did not like it! I guess if you have time to actually train them, it might work. But we found out that our cat was urinating outside the bathroom on the carpet and down the hallway. TOTAL FAIL. It was horrible! Never again.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We actually started by toilet training ours with a roasting pan in the toilet haha.  We would just cut a hole in the middle and slowly make it bigger. We definitely had some accidents (well, I guess they were intentional…) on the way. It takes some effort to watch them and make sure you know when they should have to go so you can get them on the toilet until they do. They usually just have a problem when you make the hole bigger on them.

Eventually we got to the point where they were too heavy for the little edge left so the cats decided they didn’t like it anymore and took a liking to our front door and our bath tub!

When that started to happen, we went out and got a Litter Kwitter on sale and just started them out on the green ring. So far we’ve had very little problems, but we’re kind of stuck at the green ring now! Oh well, it’s super nice to not have any litter though and to just be able to flush the toilet for them so we’d probably just stay at the green ring forever if needed.

Before you drop a lot of money on one of the toilet training systems, you should probably get them going into the litter box beside the toilet, at toilet level. Then you can go get a cheap roasting pan to put in the toilet at first. This’ll at least let you know if your cats are trainable! Some are really nitpicky about change 😉  We started our kittens on the toilet when they were about 3 mos old, so it might be more difficult to train an older cat.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Many people do it successfully.  I even briefly considered trying it with our cat.  What changed my mind was that Jackson Galaxy (cat behaviorist from “My Cat From Hell”) is very against doing this.  One of the biggest reasons is because peeing (and pooping) is not just elimination for cats…it’s territorial.  They have a NEED to smell “themselves” to feel they have ownership of their territory, and toilet training takes that away from them.  And taking that away can lead to them them territorially marking places you don’t WANT them to mark…the wall, the carpet, the couch…

For more information, watch Jackson’s video on the subject, (The Politics of Litter).

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

There are lots of blogs and articles on whether it’s good or bad to toilet train your cats, but I think it’s a personal choice. My cats are fine, no worse for wear but they were also raised on the toilet, so they don’t know much different anyway.

Personally, I feel the pros of toilet training my cats far outweigh the cons.  Though it’s not “natural” for cats to go in the toilet, it’s not natural for them to go in the same place every day either (i.e. litterbox indoors). Unless you have an outdoor cat that goes in other peoples’ gardens and sandboxes of course 😉 but that’s a separate topic…

They still love to try dig a hole to China in the toilet seat while “covering” their business before I flush for them, so I figure they think they’ve succeeded once it disappears.  Also, they definitely still have a smell on their Litter Kwitter because whenever I clean it, they’re more reluctant to go at first, until they get their paws all over it. So I think they still know this is their territory without having #1 and #2 remnants buried in litter. 

It’s a slow process, so you don’t just switch them over in a day and I think that’s because cats hate change and probably partly because of the territory thing @Miss Apricot mentioned, but they just seem to get used to it (cat attract litter is awesome if they decide to stray!). 

Overall though, now that we’re litter-free I save money, don’t have to sweep/vaccuum up litter mess, find a place in my tiny apartment for a litter box, or worry about dirty paws walking all over my table, counters, and pillows.  It’s much cleaner and cats love cleanliness anyway 🙂

My vet is also happier since he doesn’t have to lecture me every visit on how young women planning to have kids shouldn’t be scooping cat poop! 

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My husband really wants to do this with our cats, but I don’t have the patience to go through the training process. lol

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I believe there’s a parasite that cats carry— it’s not harmful to the cats, but it’s the reason pregnant women shouldn’t change the letterbox. If you ever plan to be pregnant, you probably don’t want the cat fecal matter flying around your bathroom. And the same parasite has been linked to the death of various animals like badgers, otters and whales. It’s debatable on how much domestic cats contribute to this by way of their waste ending up in the sewer systems, as there are always feral cats leaving wastes behind, but before the waste water is treated, it’s possible for the parasites to end up in streams etc as rain washes it away. You may want to do some real research on this topic.

http://www.oar.noaa.gov/spotlite/archive/spot_otter.html 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I have no advice, but my old family cat taught herself how to pee in the toilet. She was mean, but apparently she was smart… 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My previous cat taught himself to use the toilet too! It freaked us out when we first realized it. He didn’t do it all the time, so we still had a litter box for him, but from time to time he’d hop on the toilet and go pee.

 

I tried to teach my current cat at one point, when he was probably 4 or 5 years old. He was not amused. He might have been too old, and he’s also the ‘territorial’ type – he’ll go use his box right after I scoop it, just to claim it as his.

 

I’d say give it a shot, but realize that it might not work, and you might end up with pee where you don’t want it in the process.

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