Let's face it, we all love our cats, but who wants to really deal with the litter box? After a long hard day at work, or with the kids, or even a long hard day on the couch vegging out in front of the television, nobody would really be too thrilled about sifting through dried up wads of cat dung in a box of sand . It's messy, it's dusty, and it usually doesnt smell too great, so why do it? Unfortunately, cleaning the litter box is one of the prices that we pay and there are not too many ways to get around it. You can either clean the litter box or buy one of those self-cleaning litter boxes (for however long it will last – usually not very long). Training your cat to drop its business into the toilet bowl is another alternative for your cat that you probably did not even know you had. It is possible to teach your cat to use the toilet, almost like you do!
Imagine a life with no more cleaning up after cat pee, no more litter boxes, and no more litter-stink! Cat owners around the world drooled with envy when the hit motion picture 'Meet the Parents' came out, and Jinx used the toilet and flushed it as well. You may not be able to teach your cat to pull the chain when they are done, but every thing else is possible.
If you have a well-trained, obedient cat that already knows how to use the litter box and he or she does not go to the bathroom anywhere else in your house, you are already in great shape for teaching your cat to use the toilet . Many cats are independent of their owners and still others live to please their owners and make them proud and happy. The latter group is the best group of candidates for toilet training for cats.
Really, teaching your cat to use the toilet is not as difficult as it sounds. The main obstacle to overcome is to train your cat to step outside of what it is told to do by instinct, and that is to bury their waste in dirt or sand. Instead, they would be dropping it into a glass bowl. Some cats will not take to this at all but many will, realizing that it is actually much cleaner and more convenient to them to do it this way – your cat has more sense than you think.
If you must have it, cat toilet training kits are on the market but do not waste your money, because everything you need you probably already have in your kitchen junk cupboard. It should not take any longer than about a month or so to teach your cat, and it will be one of the best things you ever did for yourself and your feline companion.
Start off slow, at first. Putting your cat's litter box next to the toilet seat is a great start, because it gets the cat used to the idea of the toilet altogether. After about a week has passed, slowly lift the litter box closer and closer to the height of the top of the toilet bowl, until eventually it is level with the seat. After that level has been reached, use one of those disposable foil roasting pans (or a kitty toilet training kit) and poke a hole in the bottom of it so that the cat can use it; if it is hard to get them to use the toilet at first, be sure to put a little bit of litter in the bottom of the pan just so that they feel something familiar under their paws – it can be removed. It should not be too long now before your cat is using the toilet with the best of them!
by Rona Limsy