Prepare a designated bathroom for your cat.,
Gather the supplies.,
Understand how to create a training tray.,
Raise the litter box in increments each week.,
Place the litter box on top of the toilet seat.,
Replace the litter box with a training seat filled with flushable litter.,
Transition into eliminating in the toilet.,
Remove the training seat.,
Consider if toilet training is right for you and your cat.,
Familiarize yourself with the downsides to toilet training.,
Prepare for setbacks.
If you’ve decided to toilet train your cat, the first step in the process is creating a designated bathroom for the cat to eliminate. Choose the bathroom in your home that your cat has easiest access to. Move the cat’s litter box into the bathroom and place it near the toilet., You need a variety of supplies in order to toilet train your cat. Your cat will be transitioning from his regular litter box to a training seat and eventually to the toilet.
A cat training seat is a small contraption placed over the toilet bowl. A small indent in the center of the device will be filled with flushable litter. As you progress in training, you begin by cutting bigger and bigger holes in the training seat until your cat gets used to urinating and defecating straight into the toilet rather than litter. You can purchase a training seat or make one on your own.The Litter Kwitter is one brand of training seat. It has color coordinated training trays of increasing size. As your cat progresses in training, you will swap out a larger tray for a smaller one. Eventually, you’ll be able to move the tray altogether and your cat will eliminate straight into the toilet. The Litter Kwitter is highly convenient but can be somewhat expensive. It generally sells for $40 to $50.If you’d rather save money, you can create a training tray yourself. You will need duct tape, plastic liner or kitchen plastic wrap, and an aluminum roasting pan size 12 5/8″ x 10 1/8″ x 3″., If you opt to create your own training tray, the process is fairly simple. You should have know how to create a training tray before transitioning from the litter box to the toilet.
To create the training tray, simply place the aluminum roasting pan over the toilet’s rim. Secure in place with duct tape.If the tray is not big enough to fully encompass the toilet bowl, fill in any gaps with plastic wrap., In order to transition your cat from litter box to toilet, you’ll need to raise the litter box up near the toilet seat. Eventually, your cat will learn to jump onto the toilet seat when he has to eliminate each week. Using stacks of newspaper, cardboard, or old magazines raise the litter box by 3 inches each day until it’s on level with the toilet seat., Once the litter box is on level with the toilet seat, place it on top of the toilet seat. Leave it there for a few days. This is about how long it will take your cat to get comfortable eliminating on the toilet., Once your cat is comfortably using the litter box without any accidents, it’s time to use your training seat. Secure your training seat on the toilet.
If you’re using the Litter Kwitter or a similar product, use the smallest training pan. This training pan will have no hole in it and you’ll simply fill it with flushable litter.If you’re using an aluminum tray, simply put the tray in place and fill it with flushable litter. Do not cut any holes in the tray yet., Give your cat a few days to get used to eliminating in the training tray. Once he does so accident free, it’s time to start making the transition.
If you’re using the Litter Kwitter or a similar product, gradually transition into bigger and bigger training seats. Training seats will have small holes in them that get larger as your cat moves through his training.
If you’re using an aluminum, use a screw driver to cut a hole in the bottom of the pan. Every day, make the hole slightly bigger.Gradually decrease the amount of litter you’re using as well. Each time your cat eliminates in the pan, replace the litter with a slightly smaller amount than before., After about two weeks of increasing the size of the hole or training trays, you can remove the training seat completely. Your cat should now be comfortable eliminating straight into the toilet rather than a litter box., Toilet training is not for everyone. If you and your cat do not have the right mentality, you might be better off sticking to the litter box.
If your cat is very young, less than six months old, or already has issues using a litter box, toilet training might not be the best option. Cats who are older and are already comfortable with their litter box are easiest to toilet train.If your cat is skittish, he might struggle with litter box training. Shyer cats generally prefer to cover their feces and urine to protect themselves from potential predators.Toilet training takes time, organization, and dedication. If you’re not generally a well organized person or if you’re very busy, you might be better off sticking with litter., Many vets advise against toilet training cats. Familiarize yourself with the criticisms of toilet training so you can make a well informed decision about whether it’s right for you and your pet.
First off, toilet training goes against a cat’s natural instincts. Cats have a natural tendency to dig and bury when eliminating. Using the toilet, even after proper training, can cause stress for a cat. You do not want using the bathroom to be a stressful event as it can lead to behavioral and health issues for your cat.The toilet lid must always be left open. If you or a house guest accidentally closes the toilet lid, your cat will eliminate elsewhere.Older cats or cats with joint problems will have trouble reaching the toilet and maintaining balance on the rim. There is a risk for injury with toilet training, especially for senior cats., Toilet training, even when done properly, frequently causes setbacks. If your cat is resistant to a step in the process, he might begin eliminating elsewhere. If this occurs, take a step back in toilet training and see if this helps. It’s a good idea to have a lot of cleaning supplies on hand when toilet training. In all likelihood, there will be at least one accident along the way.