Toilet training or potty training your cats benefits you by keeping your house clean. Furthermore, you also save more on cat sand litter and on litter box cleaning time.
However, keep in mind that potty training your cats may take weeks or months until your kitty eventually grows accustomed to their new routine. You need to be willing, patient and consistent with every step-by-step process.
When not to toilet training your cat
We advise against toilet training your cat if they are younger than 6 months old, already has problem with using litter box, or if they are generally a shy cat as this type of cats are more comfortable burying their waste with cat litter. Next, cat with mobility or join problems as well as older cats with arthritis issues should not be introduced to toilet training as it can lead to injury.
If your cat have no such problems as mentioned above, potty training should be a great option. Cats are extremely intelligent animals. So long as you have them start potty training at a young age, they should be well trained in no time.
Here are 5 helpful steps to train your cat using the toilet:-
1. Put your cat’s litter box next to the toilet.
After choosing a toilet that your cat can easily access, place a litter box right next to it. Keep it there for as long as your cat needs to get used to the new placement.
Your cat may feel confused and still opt for their normal spot to “go”. In this case, take it slow by moving the litter box closer to the toilet before following the next step.
2. Gradually raise the litter tray to the toilet level
Every week, raise the litter box little by little until it finally reaches the height of the toilet seat. You can secure cardboard boxes, or stacks of books with duct tape under the litter box so it is kept intact everytime your cat jumps on or into it. It’s important to take time until your cat is used to the new height difference.
3. Put the litter box on top of the toilet seat.
Once your cat is comfortably using the litter box at the raised height, change the position of the litter box onto the toilet seat. As a precaution, secure it with the adhesive duct tape to ensure the litter box stays in place. This might be a slight nuisance as you won’t be able to use the toilet, but rest assured you only need to leave it for a maximum of 2 weeks . Accelerate the progress by rewarding your cat with a treat every time they manage to successfully use their litter box in its new position!
4. Replace litter box with a training kit.
Cat toilet training kit comes with multiple pieces and their round shape is designed to fit on your toilet, their size increasing by the wider hole in the middle. This training kit is to be filled with flushable litter.
Leave a few days on every level throughout the kit. Should they ever stop using the training kit in between the process, take a step back and wait for them to get comfy before proceeding.
5. Remove the litter tray.
Reaching the final stage of the training kit, when your cat is doing their business accident free, you can then remove the tray completely. By now, your cat should be able to go in the toilet without needing any litter.
Spurred by their instinct to cover up, your cat can learn to flush the toilet. This however, will most likely only happen if they hit the flush knob accidentally and sees that it cleans the bowl inside, thus remembering and doing it intentionally at a later time. In other instances, you will have to help flush after them.
Turn your toilet paper around so as to prevent it from rolling down if ever your cat paws it. Because they are apt to roll it into the toilet from the mere instinct of covering up; the way they would have done it with cat litter.
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