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Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Seven Steps to Toilet Training Your Cat

Cat-Toilet

Toilet training your cat is not difficult to do. It only requires some time, patience, and the right tools. We’ve outlined how to toilet train your cat in 7 easy steps. This toilet training process will mold your cat’s behavior and transition them into using the toilet gently (and hopefully cleanly!) for you.

Step One
Move your cat’s litter box to a spot right next to the toilet. Make sure your cat is comfortable using this litter box and keep it there for as long as you feel it is needed for your cat to get used to the new spot.

Pro Tip: Go slow. If your cat gets confused he or she may find a place in your home to “go” where they feel more secure. A couple of these accidents and it may be hard to break this bad habit so let the behavior of your pet dictate when to advance to the next step

Step Two
Raise the height of the litter box gradually. Every time you raise the height of the litter box, remove a little.

Pro Tip: Secure the litter box to the phone books or a stack of newspapers so that it doesn’t move when your cat jumps onto it.

Step Three
Gradually move the litter box 1 inch closer to the toilet each day until the box is directly over the seat. Continue removing the litter from the box until there is only a thin layer, no more than 1inch deep.

Step Four
Replace your litter box with a “training box”. Make sure the training box can hold your cat’s weight. There are a few options for you here. You can either make your own or buy one of the numerous commercial training devises available.
Here is how to create your own training box:

  • Lift the toilet sheet and tape a piece of wax paper covering the whole of the toilet seat.
  • Add flushable litter to the wax paper.
  • Lift the toilet seat and tape a bowl or aluminum pan to the edges. Put down the toilet seat to hold the pan in place. Add some flushable litter to the pan.

Pro Tip: Clean out the litter after each use and add some catnip to the clean litter.

Step Five
Transition to your car using only the toilet each time. Cut a hole in the wax paper or aluminum pan about one inch in the center and gradually increase the size of the hole until the cover is almost gone. As you are reducing the size of the cover, also reduce the amount of litter so that there is no litter when the paper or bowl is removed.

Step Six
Flush the toilet after each use by your cat.

Pro Tip: Do not teach your cat to flush the toilet. Although cats are able to learn to flush, they sometimes enjoy it a little too much – wasting water.

Step Seven
Give your pet a treat! Rewarding your cat for a job well done is essential to their success.
Pro Tip: If your cat is a little apprehensive about the water in the bowl add some litter to the water and your cat will associate the smell with his litter box.

Does your cat know how to use the toilet? If not, do you plan to train them how?