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Say Goodbye To Cat Litter By Toilet Training Your Kitty

Updated on April 7, 2014

How do you toilet train a cat?

Ever wondered how to toilet train a cat? You probably didn't even think it was physically possible. Cats, as a rule, don't usually take to any kind of training. After all, they are in charge, right? But believe it or not, it is not only possible to toilet train your cat, it is actually fairly easy. Many owners have successfully made the transition from litter box to toilet and are now living litter free.

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Wean your cat away from the litter box.

If you want to join the ranks of the litter liberated, you have to bear in mind that the training process is a gradual one and must proceed at the cat's pace, not your own. The last thing you want to do is try to push it or pressure kitty to learn quicker. Just like toilet training a child, you can't force the issue!

Start by getting your cat used to the idea of using the bathroom. This is accomplished by moving the litter box from its present location to a spot right next to the toilet. At the same time, you must train yourself to leave the toilet lid open and seat down as well as the bathroom door open at all times so that kitty has continual access. Make sure your guests are aware of these rules too as consistency is crucial.

Now you can move into the next phase of training. This involves gradually raising the level of the litter box by putting a series of books underneath it. Again, give kitty time to get used to the litter box being higher off the ground than usual and jumping up to do her business rather than just stepping in. Keep raising it up until it is at the same height as the toilet.

Introduce the toilet into your cat's training.

Finally, you can introduce the toilet itself into your cat's training. When it comes to using the toilet cats will usually be a bit hesitant and the next part of the process won't be easy, but hang in there, the reward will be well worth it! Place the litter box on the toilet itself and let kitty get used to the feeling of jumping up on the toilet to do her business.

This leads to the tricky part. Remove the litter box entirely and get a metal mixing bowl that can nestle comfortably inside the toilet bowl, under the seat. Put a minimal amount of litter in the bowl and let kitty have at it. Once she's gotten used to the position, then you can remove the bowl entirely and your cat will be able to use the toilet itself.

Of course, when asking how do you toilet train a cat, the answer is very carefully! She has to be comfortable with it and used to balancing or she'll get a nasty surprise. If she hesitates at any step, just back up and repeat that step until she's ready to move on.

It may seem like an awful lot of effort, but consider the end result that awaits you. You will never have to deal with messy, smelly cat litter ever again! That's right, you can be litter liberated and your cat can be even more independent, which is what all cats strive for in the end, so it's a win-win situation for both of you!

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Do you think you might like to try to toilet train your cat?

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I had an aunt whose cat used the toilet. I have never tried to train mine, but it would save money on litter.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of my cats,Nippon tends to enter the toilet and drink from the pail (although his bowl is outside)-_- Maybe I need to toilet-train him but does the tips works for squat-toilet bowl too? But anyway, thank you for sharing this :]

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      I always wanted to know more about this odd but, useful trick! Cheers~cb

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      If I am very to have another kitty, it sure will be good to know it can be toilet trained. Seems like the best way to go. :)

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I surely am impressed with all the good cats that are trained to use the toilet. Don't think I will ever be so lucky to have such a cat, but it is encouraging nonetheless.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Amazing! I've wondered how on earth one trains a cat to do this. Very good article! :)

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      I know some folks whose cat toilet trained herself--just started using it one day, and kept at it for the remaining 19 years of her life! Certainly better than cleaning out a litter box.

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      DIY Mary 6 years ago

      @Brandi Bush: That is a really good question - and you might be surprised at what they can learn! Check out the too-cute-for-words videos above (under "Can Cats Learn To Flush?") which I just posted a few minutes ago. When training your cat, I think the key is a lot of patience, plus talking to her in a sweet and loving tone of voice and rewarding her often.

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      OMG...I've heard of this, but I didn't think it was real! Do they flush it, too? :)

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      charlb 6 years ago

      A friend of mine was telling me about this the other day after he successfully toilet trained his 2 year old cat. Will definitely give it some thought...strangely enough my kitten is fascinated with the loo since she insists on hanging on the toilet seat and playing with the water inside!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      This is awesome, love the pic!