Furball’s Cat Toilet Training – Day 7
I was still waiting for Furball to use the cat toilet training tray since I moved the CitiKitty onto the top of the toilet. He was whining a little more than usual in the morning and kept pacing around the house.
I was a little concerned. When I checked the toilet, the tray was still unadorned from any excrements. I enjoyed writing that sentence!
After watching Furball seem a little more anxious than normal, I thought I’d try showing him the box one more time. This time, instead of placing him directly on the tray, I put him on the stool beside the toilet. This allowed him the opportunity to stand on a familiar object, yet explore the toilet seat.
He gave the tray a couple of sniffs. Then he gingerly stepped up and walked on the pan a bit. I held my breath. He went into the familiar cat squat and I left him to do his business.
A giant sigh of relief!
Yes, as Amazon reviewers have noted, the CitiKitty pan is flimsy as compared to the Litter Kwitter. I noticed it giving a bit under Furball’s paws. He weighs about 12.5 lbs. At no point however, did it seem like the tray would not hold him or that it would break off from the toilet. It moved, but seemed secure. Like what you would expect from buildings built to withstand earthquakes.
Furball also stood exclusively on the pan and did not put his paws on the toilet seat. I could see how punching out the rings too fast would cause issues. I’m just happy he’s using the tray on the toilet. I’ll give him as much time as he needs before punching out the first ring. The first ring is quite small, so I’m not too concerned. My biggest concern was that he wouldn’t use the tray when it was moved to the toilet.
Out of habit, I went to use the bathroom a few times, but stopped when I saw the cat litter tray sitting on the toilet. I used the other washroom instead. I could see how if you only had one bathroom this would be a pain in the butt. It’s not that big a deal to move the tray, but I really didn’t want to be handling a pan full of litter every time I needed to go.