Many new cat owners find it very difficult to toilet train their pet, though generally they litter box train themselves over time. However, the older a cat gets, the harder it becomes to toilet train them. Toilet training a cat at a young age is actually a much easier process than it may seem. The key is just to know the steps involved as well as what should and should not be done.
The Placement of the Litter Box
Make sure that the litter box is placed in a spot that is directly next to the toilet in your bathroom. This will allow your cat to get into the habit of traveling to the bathroom each time that they need to use the box. Over time, you will raise the box gradually by stacking books and other items underneath it until it is at the same height of the actual toilet. Do not forget to properly secure the litter box during this stacking process, because the last thing that you want to do is to cause your cat to be put in a risky or even life-threating position due to an instable stack.
It’s Time for the Toilet Seat
After the cat has become comfortable with that height, work towards placing the litter box directly over the toilet seat itself. This will make it easier for them to transition to the toilet once you have it setup as a “training box.” There are many cat owners that decide to add litter that is flushable within the toilet to make their cats more comfortable with the overall process. Otherwise, you can just tape wax paper within the toilet over the hole. You know that this part of the process is done correctly if your toilet looks just like a drum when you are finished. Make sure that you do not forget to clean the litter within this training setup each time that it is used and add some catnip to the litter that is still clean.
Invest in the Litter Kwitter
Another great idea that can make the average toilet training experience easier for cats and humans alike is to invest in an actual training device, such as the Litter Kwitter. The Litter Kwitter Cat Toilet Training System can be used to get your cat completely trained through following three basic steps, especially since the kit comes with a custom white seat that fits perfectly on all standardized toilets. There is also an instructional DVD and training discs that can teach you everything that you need to know in order to get your cat trained efficiently and expeditiously.
Main image by Gordon Flood, 2008. Litter Kwitter product shot by Doogie Stuff Pty Ltd, 2009.