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Cat Toilet Training

Toilet training cats is slightly different to toilet training dogs.

You can actually train your cat to stop using the litter box and use the toilet, just as you would. However, this is a gradual process and will require some patience and persistence on your part. Younger cats pick this habit more quickly if they are trained to use litter box.

The minimum amount of time required to toilet train a cat can range from four weeks to four months, depending upon the commitment of the trainer and the cat’s inclination. The benefits related to cat toilet training are:

  • Cat toilet training is economical in the long run as cat owners do not need to purchase a litter box again and again.
  • Cat owners do not need to clean dirty litter boxes once their cat is toilet trained.
  • By toilet training your pet cat, you can eliminate all bad odors that are associated with cat feces from your home.

How to Toilet Train Cat

Toilet training for your cat is a transition from the litter box to the toilet and so must be accomplished in a series of stages. You must take small steps to make a change and then give your cat time to adjust before you make another small change.

Here are the steps for how to make your cat toilet trained:

  • You must start with basic cat training and teach your cat how to use a litter box at an early age.
  • You can either buy a readymade litter box or you can make one at home with cardboard. You must fill your litter box with special sand to enable your cat to follow its natural instinct of covering its waste with sand to neutralize the smell.
  • Place your cat’s litter box in a secluded area. You must take care that your cat should feel comfortable and safe.
  • You should be ready yourself before you start cat toilet training. Some important things that you should keep in mind include keeping the toilet lid up, the toilet seat down, and keep the door to the restroom open.
  • Begin the training by bringing your cat’s litter box near your restroom and then literally bring it next to the toilet pan. Let it stay there for a few days so that your cat gets acquainted with the area. You must then gradually raise the height of the box by putting some magazines or newspapers beneath the litter box.
  • Once your cat can comfortably jump to the height of the litter box then replace it with a training box. Always opt for metallic training boxes which can bear your cat’s weight if it jumps onto it.
  • To prevent your cat from accidently falling into the toilet bowl, you need to paste wax paper over the toilet while the toilet seat is lifted up. After the wax paper is pasted, lower the toilet seat.
  • After that you should tape the training pan to the edges. Also, add some flushable litter.
  • For the final transition, cut a small hole in the training pan and then gradually increase the size of the hole until it is as wide as the toilet. Now you can finally remove the training pan.
  Submitted on May 7, 2010