How to Toilet Train your Cat
Watching a cat using your personal toilet and flushing it after the deed may appear like a scene from one of Disney's latest pet comedy movies, however, such scenario can be brought to life in the comfort of your home by simply toilet training your cat. As difficult as it may seem to train a cat to use the toilet , there are actually many books on the subject and more and more toilet training kits are available on the market to make you dream of no more litter box cleaning come true.
Cats are intelligent creatures, under their surface reputation of being untrainable, lays a creature that only needs some guidance in order to catch on learning swiftly. If you arm yourself with the right tools, patience and consistency, you may be pleasantly surprised once your cat learns how to use your toilet while reading the morning news!
Jokes aside, toilet training is a reality. If you must see in order to believe, take a look of some of You Tube's videoson the subject. These cats may seem amazing but they are really simply the results of training, the same training owners use to teach their cat to use a regular litter box, just with a little twist. Following is a detailed explanation of how a cat may be trained to successfully use your toilet instead of its litterbox.
How to Successfully Toilet Train your Cat
The biggest advantage in toilet training your cat is the fact that you will no longer need to clean those stinky litter boxes and have those odors linger in your home.. Add on top of that that you will save lots of money in the long run because you will no longer need to purchase litter and litter boxes.
The biggest challenge for your cat in learning how to use the toilet is the fact that the toilet is much higher than a litter box and that some cats may not like being close to a source of water that flushes loudly. However, there are also many water lover cats out there that are fascinated by faucets, bath tubs and yes, even toilets.
The advantages on the other hand, are the fact that the cat will be able to squat on the toilet as when using the litter box and that cats have a great sense of balance that makes the squatting above a hole pretty easy. It is important however, to realize that not all cats may be successfully toilet trained and that in general the younger the cat the more likely he or she will succeed in toilet training. However, based on the cat's level of intelligence, it is certainly worth a try regardless of age.
A good way to start toilet training a cat is by moving the cat's litter right on top of toilet with the lid down. The litter must be attractively clean and the cat must be aware of the new location. If the cat appears to be reluctant to use this new spot, try to close the cat in the bathroom for a little while so the cat gets the chance of realizing that the bathroom can be a quiet area to use for business.
Once there is proof that the cat is using the litter box, you can try to put the lid up and placing the litter box on top. The cat should have no difficulty with this change because the concept is almost the same. He or she will not realize that the lid was down and now it is up.
The next step is to purchase some litter that is safe to flush down the toilet and use one of those disposable aluminium roasting pans. This roasting pan will be filled with some flushable litter and placed sitting in the toilet without falling down. As unusual as it may seem, your cat may give it a shot hopefully.
Once your cat is a bit familiar with this odd looking litter box, you may cut a hole in this roasting pan and dimnuish the amount of litter used. The cat at this point will get used to less and less litter being used and the noise of its urine or feces falling in the toilet. As time goes by, the hole may be enlarged up until when the roasting pan will no longer be recognizable because the hole will be large as the toilet bowl's hole.
Another method consists of replacing the roasting pan with some plastic wrap topped with litter. The litter is gradually reduced as with the roasting pan method and a hole is made in the same matter. The ideal and most effective solution however is to purchase some specific toilet training kits that can be found in major pet stores.
Most cats will still resort to scratching the toilet seat after they have done their deed, this is an instinct that may not go away. For this reason ,plastic toilet seats are preferred versus wooden ones.
Of course, you cannot force your kitty to use your toilet if he or she shows reluctance in using it. As mentioned previously not all cats may be able to learn. This is not because the cat lacks the I.Q. but simply because some cats may have more difficulties to adjust to changes, just as people...