method used in the book is dependent on your cat being altered and litter
trained. Your cat should be at least 6 months old. A younger cat may learn
faster, but older cats are good candidates for training as well. You can
teach more than one cat to use the toilet. Start with the smartest and
most dominant cat. He or she will lead the way for the others.
does a cat learn to use a toilet anyway?
are taught to
use a litter box at increasing heights, give up their need to cover waste
and finnaly balance on the seat. The secret to training a cat to do anything
is patience on the part of the trainer.
are not trainable because they are too independendent and not fully domesticated
and don't need our approval or love. FALSE
came to be with humans on their own volition and have decided that the
relationship is a good one. It is a common misperception that cats are
aloof and not emotionally responsive. A more plausible explanation of
a cat's perceived indifference to us is it is behaving the same way it
is treated. We get back from cats what we give to them. If we are responsive
and pet and hold them, they will trust our affections and be happy to
enroll in toilet training 101.
are remarkably intelligent animals who can learn a sequence of behaviors
with minimal effort. Just think of the movie Stuart
Little. All those cats were successful in learning
a complicated sequence of behaviors. Frankly, using the toilet is just
not that complicated a challenge for most cats. Cats are very reponsive
to rewards such as praise, petting and food treats. Don't miss the
Real Time Video or Quicktime Trailer
of Stuart Little and his mishap in the dryer. Toward the end of the video
clip, Snowball, Suart's nemesis accomplishes a fairly simple walk to the
can't balance on a toilet seat. They will fall in and drown. FALSE
are nature's original Gumby. Their muscular skeletal system is so flexible
they can arch and twist their bodies in ways we can't imagine. Their coordination
and balance would make Shaquille O'Neal seem as if he had lead weights
in his sneakers. Balancing on a round piece of plastic is absurdly simple
for an animal that can vault fences and scramble up trees. Cats are so
well adapted for grasping that, if need be, a cat could cling to a brick
wall. We are not teaching cats quantum mechanics, just teaching them to
jump onto a round piece of plastic on top of a ceramic bowl to "go to
why do cats cover their waste anyway?
a cat to use the toilet is manipulating their innate instinct to cover
their waste. Over thousands of years cats learned to cover their waste
because it served a useful purpose of hiding their scent from predators.
Covering the waste also prevents the spread of bacteria and disease to
mother cat and her kittens.We
are teaching cat to drop the behavior of covering the waste with his paws.
Once he learns that using the toilet magically covers the smell, the behavioral
pressure to cover the waste will diminish.
a litter box mimics nature more than a toilet. So cats will refuse to
use the toilet.
It is certainly not nature's intent for cats to deposit their waste in
a plastic box that is filled with chemically scented clay litter. A sensitive
cat with its acute sense of smell is now dependent on our crude olfactory
nerves to decide when the smell is too much to bear. By the time we become
distressed by the aroma of the litter box, cat is reeling from the smell.
A litter box with three days of cat waste is a cat's worst nightmare.
A cat's security, comes from eliminating the smell, is compromised. Using
the toilet solves the problems of reducing, if not eliminating, the smell
and makes a cat secure, happy and safe from any predators real or imagined.
I noticed that when my cat did not have access to a litter box, she used
the bathtub drain. She correctly recognized that the drain was the best
way to rid herself of waste and attempt to cover the smell. She was right.
Using the toilet is the next logical step.
hate water. They won't go near the toilet.
most cats don't like to take a bath or shower; probably because it messes
up their fur and grooming ritual. I once had a Maine Coon who couldn't
wait to jump into the shower when he heard the water. Cats are not stupid.
They know using the toilet is for waste and not a whirlpool Jacuzzi.
notice that my cat licks the litter off his paws after using the litter
box. Can my cat become sick from ingesting the litter?
Bentonite is the naturally occurring clay material in cat litter
that when exposed to water swells to up to 15 times its size. This is
why it is used to seal dams, ponds, line landfills and a myriad of other
industrial uses. This is great stuff for
industry, but not something you want
your cat to snack on. Now imagine what happens after your cat has used
the litter box and then licks his paws clean. He is ingesting the litter.
Inside the cat's digestive tract, the clay expands, forming a mass that
causes dehydration and preventing the absorption of fluids. Your cat may
then suffer from weakness, anemia and lethargy. See
Marina Michael's well know article
Clumping Clay Kitty Litters: A Deadly Convenience? for a thorough
and thoughtful discussion of the dangers of using clumping clay litter.
Newman, a holistic health practitioner, writes that "there
has been a rise in depressed immune systems, respiratory distress, irritable
bowel syndrome and vomiting among cats… All had one thing in common...a
clumping product in their litter box." Dogs who insist on snacking from
the litter box are also at high risk.
humans who maintain a litter box risk contracting a disease?
is a disease that is carried by cats and afflicts humans and cats. Cats
are the only animal known to expel the parasite in its feces. Pregnant
women who contract toxoplasmosis may become blind. Toxoplasmosis may also
cause congenital defects, such as mental retardation in the fetus. Inhaling
the dust that is stirred up in a litter box can transmit the microorganism.
Anyone can contract toxoplasmosis. The symptoms of an acute infection
are flu-like: fatigue, sore throat, swollen glands, fever, rash and blurry
heard that cat waste has worms?
roundworms and hookworms are little critters that inhabit the feces of
cats and dogs and can be transmitted through direct skin contact or ingestion.
Larva Migrans, cutaneous (Creeping Eruption) is the result and can cause
neurological damage and disease to the lungs, liver and other internal
organs. Children's play habits and attraction to pets places them at high
risk for infection. Dogs who insist on snacking at the litter box are
also at high risk for contracting worms. See
How To Prevent Transmission of Intestinal Roundworms from Pets to People
from The Center for Disease Control for a more complete discussion
of this topic.
only thing worse than eating cat litter is breathing it. All clay-based
litter contains crystalline silica, which has been found to cause silicosis.
is a disabling, nonreversible and sometimes fatal lung disease caused
by overexposure to crystalline silica. Inhalation of crystalline silica
particles has also been associated with bronchitis and tuberculosis. The
risk is primarily associated with workers who are in the sandblasting,
drilling, mining, paint removal and construction fields. OSHA
is very strict in its rules for workers who are regularly exposed to silica,
and mandates the wearing of masks. I am not suggesting that cat owners
who clean the litter box every few days have the same exposure as Kentucky
coal miners, but why take the risk.
litter is biodegradable.?
to The U.S.
Pet Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook their are 58.2 millon
cats in the United States. According to the American
Pet Products Manfufacturers Survey
seventy-five percent or 45 million cats live indoors and are skilled at
using a litter box. Since 90% of all cat litter sold is clay-based, most
of these 45 million cats are unknowing conspirators in an environmentally
unfriendly process. Four billion pounds of the stuff are trucked to our
landfills where the waste languishes and does not decompose. Training
your kitty to use the toilet is good politics.
list of horribles associated with litter boxes goes on and on. If you
decide not to train your cat to use the toliet and can't part with your
litter box, try using a vegetable-based litter such as SWHEATSCOOP.
a cat to use the toilet is too much hassle and time consuming.
does require work and commitment. You will be surprised how quickly a
cat can learn. Some cats learn in two or three weeks. Others may take
longer. The rewards are great. It is wonderful to have an indoor cat and
not have to maintain a litter box. Just think of all the money you will
save on cat litter. I used to spend about 25.00 a month on cat litter.
People with more than one cat can easily spend more. Put that money away
for your cat's IRA or college education. Our training
manual is a super bargain that will pay for itself many times
Can I get sick from my cat if we both use the same
cat sits on the toilet seat and the waste goes in the bowl. Your cat's
paws carry the dust and crumbs from your kitchen floor. Later that night
you sit down on the toilet seat and those particles of dust are transferred
to you. Can you get sick? Not likely. Unless your house is a biohazard
you are safe. A practical solution is to keep sanitary baby wipes in the
bathroom. Before you use the toilet seat just wipe it clean.
it really practical to train a cat to use the toilet; is this for real?
was skeptical and nervous about training my first cat. Even now when I
see my cat, Mango, jump up on the seat and use the toilet, I am amazed.
For one or two weeks at the most your toilet is not practical to use without
removing the training apparatus. If
you decide to take the plunge, the only caveat is that you are now sharing
your throne with your pet cat. On the bright side, your relationship with
your cat may deepen as you both discover all the other things you have
cat is an outdoor indoor cat and uses a litter box in the house? Is my
cat a candidate for toilet training? MAYBE
outdoor cats are not good candidates for using the toilet. There is no
demand to give up the behavior of covering their waste. Each time they
go in the dirt, the behavior of covering waste is strengthened. Now cats
are funny creatures and don't care about my theories. I know an indoor
outdoor cat that uses the toilet at night for urinating, and saves the
rest for outdoors. We are in uncharted territory and I suggest you get
the manual and experiment. You have nothing to lose.
cat is lazy and fat. His favorite activities are eating and sleeping.
There is no way he can be trained to do anything!
crave novel stimulation. Sitting around the house all day can be a drag.
What better way to break up the routine than using the toilet? Maybe you
and your cat are in a rut and toilet training will expand the relationship.
Let your cat decide. They make all the decisions anyway.
cat is 12 years old. Is he too old to train?
long as your cat is healthy age should not matter. Many people have reported
good results with older cats
I teach my cat to flush? TRUE
cat can be trained to flush. You tie a string to the lever and on the
other end attach a soft padded ball or favorite play toy. Your cat will
play and pull on the ball causing the toilet to flush. Gradually shorten
the length of the string until it is gone. Your cat may enjoy the action
and sound of the flush. Beware, he may conclude that flushing is so much
fun that he will flush the toilet all day long. Best keep this job for
yourself. If you don't flush after your cat, any guest who looks in the
toilet bowl may wonder about your health and diet.