CAT ANTICS: Cats Use the Family Toilet
by Daniel Deane
Question: Hi! How do you train cats to do it? (use the
family toilet instead of a cat box) I've heard this before, but I always
thought people were pulling my leg. I have a lovely Maine Coon cat, and
he's smart, but I don't know if I could train him to use the toilet.
Kathy Neufeld and Giggles! (Giggles is a Guide Dog for the blind.)
Answer: It takes effort and you have
to condition the cat to each step. - The age of the cat may not matter.
Though young adult cats might adapt better than kittens.
Place a toilet seat on top of the cat box. (In each of the following
steps the toilet seat and the other tools are bound together with tape
or other means.)
Let the cat get used to the toilet seat being on the cat box. When the
cat gets used to this, then move the cat box nearer the toilet in small
stages. As soon as the cat box is as close as possible to the toilet,
and the cat has accepted this, the cat box is then placed on a phone
Note: From here on out, please, assume a two week wait between each
step. If the cat is willing you can speed up the steps. If the cat is
slower to get used to a step then wait longer between each step.
The cat uses the phone book seat for about two weeks; then a 1" hole is
placed in the center of the cat box and another cat box is placed six
inches under the hole.
Next, place the cat litter in a dishpan instead of a cat box and phone
book and mount the cat box with the hole over the dishpan.
Every two weeks, add another phone book until the cat toilet seat is
even with the toilet seat on the toilet. Transfer the cat seat to the
toilet with the cat box that has a hole in it over the family toilet. At
this point, you are no longer using the dishpan.
Gradually enlarge the hole until the hole is as large as the toilet seat
and remove the cat box. The cat is now using the family toilet instead
of a cat box.
It is interesting to note that the cat will still go through the
instinctual motions of covering the excrement by patting the toilet seat
in the covering actions.
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