It’s a dream of so many of us cat owners…how to toilet train your cat. You’ve seen the movies, heard the stories, and probably watched numerous videos on Youtube from people all over the world showing just how easy it is to toilet train a cat. But…is it really that easy? Honestly, for some cats, it just may be.
Just like humans, all cats and their abilities vary. What may be super simple for one, may not be for others. And until you try out potty-training with your cat, you’ll have no idea if it will work at all. Interest in training your cat to be toilet trained? Here are some suggested tips to give it a go!
How to Toilet Train Your Cat
These simple steps can really help to toilet train your cat!
- Start by moving the litter box into one bathroom.
Your cat needs to start associating just one location with the place for them to do their “business”. Putting their litter box in the bathroom will start to implant in their mind that that room is where the bathroom activity needs to happen. Also, place your litter box close to the toilet as well that way they can get used to the idea of having it near (and soon to be on) the toilet.
- Every week or couple of weeks, raise up the litter box higher and higher.
The end result will be to have the litter box the same height as the toilet so that your cat can then associate that height as the area to go to the bathroom. Make certain that when you are raising the litter box higher and higher that you are using sturdy items and keeping it safe for your cat as well. Honestly, take your time with this as to not rush the cat. The whole point is to make them feel comfortable.
- After the height is toilet-high, it’s time to move the litterbox to the top of the toilet.
Hopefully, you have two bathrooms in your house where the humans of your family can use one during this time of training, but if not, just remove the litter box when your family needs to use it. The rest of the time, leave the litter box sitting on top of the toilet and let your cat get used to hopping up on the toilet and using it there for a while.
- Remove the litter box and head to the pet store or look online for a training kit to use.
Now that your cat has the idea of where to go, and is fine with the height, it’s time to ditch the litterbox and add a training kit. There are a ton of options available so choose one that fits your toilet accordingly. Your cat may think it’s odd at first, but if it has the litter in it, they should be able to transition and use accordingly. (Make certain to use litter that is safe for your toilet and septic!)
- Take away the kit and let your cat use the toilet.
After all these steps, your cat should be able to start successfully using the toilet! Again, it’s important to give them time to adjust accordingly and if they are resistant, maybe take a step or two back and give them more time.
Never rush your cat to use the toilet but if you can follow these steps and help train them accordingly, you may be pleasantly surprised that your cat is able and willing to use the toilet!
Now, if only there were some way to teach them how to flush!
Is your cat toilet-trained?