If you’ve ever wanted to banish litter forever, then you’ll be interested in 5 tips on how to toilet train your cat. Potty training your cat can not only save you hundreds of dollars a year, it can also divert a ton (as in 2,000 pounds) of litter from ending up in landfill sites. If your cat uses even just 100 pounds of litter a year, over the course of 20 years, that is literally a TON of litter.
I attempted to toilet train my cat a few years ago, but unfortunately had to abandon my attempts prematurely. As a result, it’s always felt like unfinished business to me. Recently, I got the chance to uncover the folly of my ways when I wrote an article for Catster.com on how to toilet train your cat.
I was originally using the CitiKitty cat toilet training system. Through some serendipitous circumstances, Rebecca Rescate, the inventor and founder of CitiKitty, sent me an email, offering me a CitiKitty to review on my blog. It just so happened that I was talking with my husband only a week earlier about whether we should try potty training our cat. When I got the email from Rebecca, I took it as a sign that I should go full steam ahead and try to train my cat to use the toilet.
I didn’t realize I was being overly ambitious. At the time, I was also looking after a new baby and was so sleep deprived and overwhelmed that I really didn’t have the time or energy to do the training properly. Poor Furball was subjected to my cat potty training experiment without having the full support of me, his cat mommy. At the first sign of a setback, instead of going back and patiently reinforcing the training, I called it quits.
Hey, if you had a baby crawling around on the carpet, the last thing you’d want to see on the floor is a little brown present from your cat.
Looking back, I really feel that I could have successfully toilet trained my cat if I had simply chosen a different time to do it so that I could do it properly. This was really why I decided to write the article for Catster.
I decided to go back to where it all began and contact the experts at CitiKitty when I began writing the article. Combined with observations from where I went wrong, I wrote up a simple guide with 5 tips on how to successfully potty train your cat.
I also added some details on toxoplasmosis, an infection that cats can get from the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. I live in California and it’s a major concern here because when infected cat feces is flushed down the toilet, it ends up in the oceans. It’s been having a really negative impact on the sea otter population. There’s a whole bunch of things that can put a cat at risk of contracting this parasite, but the main ones are exposure to infected raw meat/milk/rodents or infected feces and soil. Knowing the complete history of my cat, I knew he didn’t have T. gondii and was so confident in this that I even scooped the litter box when I was pregnant.
I’m not saying that I recommend this for others, but it was appropriate in my circumstances. And if you’re thinking of toilet training your cat and you live in a coastal region, it’s the responsible thing to do to educate yourself on toxoplasmosis too.
So, if you’re thinking of going green and saying sayonara to cat litter, and you’re ready to save hundreds of dollars on litter AND you want bragging rights on how smart your cat is, or at the very least, a real conversation starter, then please visit Catster to read the full article: How to Toilet Train Your Cat.