While it may seem like a crazy idea, training your cat to use the toilet is not as impossible as it may seem.
You can go litter-free by teaching your cat to use a standard, human toilet.
Teaching your cat to leave behind his days of using a litter box will not only save your family money but also save a world of time and effort from not having to change litter on a regular basis.
Contrary to popular belief, this practice is not unsanitary, as cats are one of the cleanest species in the world.
It also stops the cat from walking through the litter box and then across the pillows on your bed.
If you are curious about trying the potty training process at home, you really have nothing to lose but time.
Not all cats readily take to using a toilet and may need extra time while some will not accept the change at all. All you can do is your best and wait to see what happens. If your cat will not change his bathroom habits, simply go back to using a litter box.
The first thing that you will need to do when you are potty training is to move their regular litter box to the bathroom that you expect it to use.
Place the cats litter pan directly next to the toilet and give your cat a few days to adjust to the move before taking any further actions.
The next step is getting the cat accustomed to using the toilet is to raise the level at which they are comfortable using the bathroom.
In order to do this, you will need to begin raising the height of the actual litter box by placing items underneath it.
Start by using a small, sturdy box or phone book to raise the box off the floor by a few inches. As with before, you will want to give your kitty a day or two to adjust to the height, moving it only after you are sure he is comfortable.
Continue to raise the height of the litter box every few days until it sits exactly level and right next to your toilet.
It is also imperative that when you are placing items under the box that you only use items that are going to keep it level and steady. Avoid using things like books or magazines that can easily slip or tumble the stack when the cat jumps onto them.
Once your litter box is level in height to your toilet, the next step to training cat to use toilet is to move their designated area from beside the toilet to directly on top of it.
This part of the training can get a little frustrating and does involve a bit of work but always try to be persistent and keep a positive attitude.
The first portion of this step is to remove the stack of items and place the litter box directly on top of the toilet seat. If you are concerned about germs from the cat box, simply lay a small towel over the seat and place the box on top.
Leave the bathroom door open at all times and only remove the box when you are using the restroom.
Again, give the cat a few days to adjust to this change before moving on to the next step.
Your next move is to get rid of your litter box completely. Clean it out and put it up in a closet somewhere.
Instead, find yourself a large, aluminum roasting pan, some flushable litter and a pair of scissors.
Take the roasting pan and use the lip on the sides to set it in the toilet bowl.
You may need to tape it to the sides of your toilet to keep it in place. Next, put your lid down, sprinkle a few handfuls of disposable litter in the pan and then leave the room.
If you don't fancy making your own litter pan to put in the toilet, there are a couple of great ready-made cat toilet training kits available. Litter Kwitter and CittyKitty are specially designed to fit 90% of standard toilets in the US, UK and Australia.
They consist of several plastic concentric rings. You simply remove a ring every so often until your cat is comfortable using the toilet with only the outer ring remaining.
Again, wait a few days before moving to the next step but after the first few times he relieves himself, try moving his feet so that all four are balancing on the seat rather than the pan.
When training your cat, you will find that introducing them to the water can be complicated.
Use your scissors to cut a small hole in the center of the pan before sprinkling cat litter on top as you did before.
Of course, give your cat some time to realize that the hole is there and he needs to be careful of it.
Once your pet has established comfort, continually make the hole larger until it is almost as wide as the toilet bowl itself.
Remember, you may need to help your cat with foot positioning so that it learns to balance but by this point, your cat should be making waste deposits directly into the water.
Photo left - this shows the final ring of the Citty Kitty toilet training device with a tiny bit of litter still around the edge.
If you choose to use this or something similar (like the Litter Kwitter), simply continue to remove the concentric rings over a period of a few weeks.
Once your cat is comfortable using what is left of the pan directly over water, it is time to remove it, allowing your cat to simply use the toilet as you trained it to do.
All that is left is to praise your cat in excess for what it has accomplished and pat yourself on the back for accomplishing the amazing feat of training cat to use toilet. No more litter or mess for you!
Mission accomplished....now all you have to do is get kitty to put the seat back down and flush! And that is training your cat to use the toilet.
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