How to train your cat to use the bathroom
How to train your cat to use the bathroom . Are you sick of cleaning the litter box? Here are some ways to teach your cat how to use the bathroom.
So, you’re sick and tired of scooping poop out of your cat’s litter box, throwing away the rest of the mess, and getting a gag reflex from the whole thing. Cats can be taught to use the bathroom. It works and is safe and clean. Some cats figure things out in a couple of weeks, while others need up to six weeks.
But first, you need to think about a few things.
How do you feel about cats?
If you don’t care about your cat and just see it as something you have to do, you probably don’t have the patience and love to train it to use the toilet. But you have what it takes if you think of your cat as an extended member of the family and an important part of your happiness.
Cats come in many different kinds. Is your cat only allowed to go outside? Is she a farm cat, the cat of your husband or wife, or the cat of your children? If so, there’s not much point in teaching it to use the toilet. She likes to go to the bathroom in your flower garden, on the lawn of your neighbor, or in the dirt. Being the independent creatures that they are, cats care a lot about what they want.
But if your cat lives in the house and is happy being with her human family, acts like she owns the place, and the motor runs loudly when petted and loved, you are ahead of the game.
Step-by-Step Guide to Toilet Training
So, you’ve decided to teach your cat how to use the bathroom. Let’s get down to business and figure out how to do that.
If your Muffy or Scooter is young, it will be easier to train it. How interested is your cat in the bathroom? Does she often go into the bathroom and wander around the toilet? Does she ever go into the water? The younger a cat is, the easier it is to change its ways. It won’t work to try to train a five-year-old, thirteen-pound cat. It will be easier if the cat is younger.
Put a cat trainer liner under the seat of the toilet. You can buy these at any good pet store, as well as at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc. Cat litter should be put on the liner. Your cat is probably going to play in it for a while, but that’s fine. She will figure out that this is now her litter box. When she uses the litter box, give her praise and a cat treat as a reward. Clean the litter box so she will always expect a clean place. When she’s used the liner a few times to go to the bathroom, cut a hole in it so the waste goes into the toilet. She will soon get used to the noise. About once a week, put a little less litter in the liner and make the hole bigger. Do this step until your cat goes on the seat on its own and is comfortable.
Then, get a toilet training seat for a toddler and put it on the toilet. Your cat will feel more at ease at first if you put a big of litter on the seat. This will help her because cats need to scratch something when they go potty.
After doing this last step for a few weeks, your cat will feel comfortable jumping on the toilet seat, doing her business, and then jumping off to do her next business. The whole process will take several weeks, and you’ll have to flush for her.
Every time your cat goes to the bathroom, give her a treat and tell her how good she is.
But flushing behind your cat is a small price to pay to get rid of that awful litter box that makes you want to throw up every time you clean it.
There are also litter boxes that clean themselves and even a kitty toilet that can be flushed. Here are some links where you can learn more. They can be expensive, but they are a good option if you don’t want to spend the time and energy to train your cat to use the toilet.