Should I Train my cat to use the toilet?
Cats are one of the most delightful companions that you can have. Not only are they highly entertaining pets, they are extremely neat and tidy animals that will spend considerable time and effort each day to make sure they are as clean as possible. Left to their own devices, cats will pick a place nearby your house or maybe the litter box you provide to relieve themselves and answer nature’s call. If this arrangement is fine with you, all you would ever need to do is guide your little kitten to the place where you would like it to relieve itself and it will pick up the habit pretty soon.
But a useful thing that more and more cat owners are trying to train their cats in is using the toilet. Yes, use the toilet just like anyone one of us does when we need to go. Training cats to do what they don’t want to do is a challenging task and it is no wonder that most cat owners give up the process of toilet training their cats after a few weeks of feeble attempts. If you are one of those cat owners who gave up thinking that this just involves too much effort, think again! A lot of people feel that there is not much that they are going to achieve by training their kitty cat to use a toilet, since it does its job quite discreetly. If you are on the verge of giving up your cat’s toilet training and could do with some motivation, read on!
A few reasons why you should toilet train your cat:
Eliminate litter scooping or changing
Well we all love our cats but the most undesirable thing about having a feline companion is the cleaning of the litter. No matter how clean the kitty is and how systematic it is about always doing its business in the litter box, the stinky and unpleasant job of changing that litter everyday or sometimes a few times a day due to the unbearable stench becomes your sad duty. Scooping up and disposing litter is surely the low point of having your pussy cat. With a toilet trained cat, all the cleaning you will ever need to do is a simple flush of the toilet. Not only that, you can eliminate bad odors from your home and have it smelling fresh and nice.
It’s healthier for you cat
You know that that it’s a litter box which is full of germs that are undoubtedly harmful to your kitty. But that playful pussy cat sniffing and playing around the litter box like it’s the most interesting toy, has no idea that it’s risking its health. You will not always be available to clean up the litter as soon as your cat poops in it. It’s going to stay in the litter box, stinking up the area and spread germs that make your home environment unhealthy for you and your cat. And yes, we do have lots of pet litter disinfectants and odor removers that you can use to disinfect the litter and get rid of the foul odor, but these products contain chemicals that will harm your cat in the long run. So they are best avoided.
It’s a great way to spend time with your cat
Yes, it is probably going to take a long time to get your cat to jump up on the toilet and do its business, but think of all the time you and your pet can spend together in this process. It is going to be a gradual process, where it will progress step by step, and you can feel proud of it and rejoice every time your cat advances a step, and it is going to enjoy the attention and praise (and some tasty treats) that you shower on it!
Show off your cat’s skills!
You can knock the socks off your friends and visiting family by exhibiting your kitty’s sanitary skills! They wouldn’t know what hit them when they witness your cat jump up on to the toilet like a pro and go about its business. Other cat owners will look up to you and your cat as role models!
Some useful tips!
- First, learn to be patient. It’s going to take a considerable amount of time as your cat masters each step gradually. But the end result will be worth the effort.
- Shower lavish praise on your cat; and feed it tasty treats every time it shows a little bit of progress
- Some cats might detest jumping up on the toilet at first, gently coax them into it by positioning them there manually and showering lavish praise on them until they get used to it. When they do, give them a big treat!
- Finally, a word of caution; starting toilet training too early might put your little kitten at risk of falling in the toilet. Start with a litter box, and move on to the proper toilet training when your kitty is a little bit older.