Training your cat to use the toilet might not be the easiest to achieve but it can provide a practical solution when it’s done. You’ll no longer need to do special cleaning and you will not need to buy expensive litter boxes or other technical equipment. All you need is just a regular tray and the patience to make things happen. So where do you begin and how do you even tackle this training?
Establish the bathroom
The first thing you will need to do is to find the right bathroom in your home for the cat to use. This can be either the bathroom you use or a different bathroom. Whichever is closest to the room your cat spends more time in can be a good start.
The next thing you need to do is to place its litter box in this bathroom. You can place it next to the toilet and this way the cat will get used to the whole new space.
Choose your training seat
A training seat is essential if you want to train your cat to use the toilet. This can be either found in supermarkets or you can make one yourself. If you plan the easy route, you can buy one from a store and save the time as well.
These types of seats use a progressive method which finds the flushable litter whole increasing in diameter as you go. Thus, you will have the opportunity of progressively training your cat to use the toilet.
Start raising the litter
This is the first effective step you will make with the transition. This has the mental role of getting your cat closer to the toilet bowl and even to get used to an elevated position. So how can you do this? This step can be done using various boxes, newspapers, smaller chairs or any objects which can increase in height with time.
This will give the cat the opportunity to get use to the height gradually. Most cats will not jump straight to the toilet`s height and this is why you need to gradually do this.
Place the litter box on the toilet
You will then naturally progress to the toilet`s height. The next step is to place the litter box on the toilet and to find the best way to do so while getting the cat to jump that high. The best choice is just to leave the litter box on the toilet for a few days, this will give your cat the opportunity of truly getting used to the height and the position.
Place the training seat on the toilet
Now it is the moment you can actually place the training seat on the toilet instead of the litter box or litter tray. This step should only be done when your cat is already using the litter box all the time without any issues.
There are many models of flushable training seats but most of them involve using a system of integrated litters within the seats. Usually, they come in various sizes and the good news is that most of them are just easy to use.
The smallest part of these seats is usually flushable and this is why you want to train your cat to use the seat as it will be similar to the litter box or tray.
Start removing the training seat
This is the final step which will find you slowly transitioning towards removing the training seat. You can start by slowly removing the inner parts of the seat, making the usable diameter larger and larger.
This is when you’ll want to train your cat to eventually no need the seat at all. When you are confident your cat can use the regular seat instead of the training seat, you can completely turn to the regular seat.
Know what to expect
In truth, the process sounds simple enough. In reality, you may suffer many setbacks. This is why you will need extra care and patience to ensure your cat can actually use the toilet. A good advice is not to force your cat to do it, especially if it comes with an age of under 6-7 months. You will find that after this age, toilet training can be easier.
You should also show enough patience, as this type of toilet going is not the natural process cats use as they are supposed to bury the waste with earth. This is why you will need plenty of patience to begin with.
You will also have some accidents and some cleaning up to do, especially in the early stages. This is why it is important to ensure you have the right attitude towards training and try to make the cat comfortable with the toilet before going to the next step.
For example, you will want to set the height of the training boxes with care and slowly transition towards the toilet. This is when you`ll need enough patience, up to a few week, to get your cat accustomed to the increasing height.
Have the cleaning tools you need
Before starting the process, you should ensure you have enough cleaning supplies in case of accidents. Since they are bound to happen, you want to be always prepared with the cleaning supplies you need.
A good idea is to get all the supplies when you purchase your training seat, this way you will save time and even money since you can look for the best deals.
Training your cat to use the toilet is one of the steps you will need to take if you want to have a cleaner home and a cat which is fully accustomed to living with people.
To do this, you will need patience as it is not easy to achieve and it may not even be the natural process for many cats. But with dedication and the right cleaning tools, you can take the time needed to finally train your cat to use the toilet.