Out with the litter box: The new trend of cat toilet training

Remember to keep the toilet lid up and the seat down. Tape a note on the toilet to remind yourself. It is best to have your cat use your personal bathroom as opposed to a bathroom that a lot of guests will be using – that way, guests won’t disrupt the training process by leaving the toilet lid down. Also remember to keep the bathroom door open. It will usually take between 3 weeks and 6 weeks to toilet train a cat, but may take as much as 4 months with older cats.

First, move the cat’s litter box to one side of the toilet. Take your cat into the bathroom and place it into the litter box so that the cat knows where it is. If you see your cat lingering around where the litter box used to be, immediately pick him up and put him into the litter box. Leave the box there for a day or two. After that, place a cardboard box or phonebook to raise the box and inch or two. Make sure that the box is secure. Leave it like that another day. Continue raising the box about two inches per day.

When the box is high enough, the cat will start jumping onto the toilet seat and stepping into the box. This will get your cat used to the idea of stepping on the open toilet.

Next, you are going to train the cat to go to the bathroom in the toilet. To do this, first move the litter box over so that it is covering the toilet seat, and remove the stack of boxes or phonebooks. Let your cat adjust to this for a couple days.

Next, measure the inside diameter on the top of the toilet bowl. Buy a strong aluminum roasting pan that will fit in this diameter. Place the over the toilet and put the lid down on top. You may need to duct tape it to keep it in place. If this is the only toilet in your house, this will be a slight problem because you’ll need to un-duct tape the pan every time you need to go to the bathroom. If you have another toilet in the house, however, use that one during this period instead of the one you are training the cat to use. Place a small amount of litter in the roasting pan. Poke a small hole in the center of the pan to allow liquid to drain. At this point, you should be using flushable cat litter. Enlarge the hole in the pan a little bit every day. Soon, the litter will start to fall through. Eventually, the hole will become so large that the cat cannot stand in the pan, so he will naturally start balancing himself on the toilet seat. When he becomes comfortable with the toilet seat, take the pan away. Your cat is toilet-trained!

If you feel compelled to teach your cat to flush, you can try tying a string to the toilet handle with a weight at the bottom, and coax your cat to paw the string every time he has used the toilet. However, some cats will like pulling on the string that they will pull it constantly, not just when they use the bathroom.

If your cat attempts to drink out of the toilet, lead the cat to his water bowl. Be sure and keep the water cold and fresh.

If you travel with their cats, you can either take a litter box along with you or try to get your cat to use the toilet where you travel to. It depends completely on the cat. Some cats will quickly adjust to using new toilets, and others won’t.

If your cat has balancing issues, try getting a padded seat.

Before you train the cat, remove any rugs or piles of clothes/towels from the ground. These are places where the cat is most likely to use the bathroom if they get frustrated with the toilet.

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