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The foremost thing majority of cat owners want to know about their cats is how to train them to go to the toilet; this is called “Pet Toilet Training”. This is especially important when you’re trying to keep it all clean around you and you’re constantly frustrated with having to scoop every now and then. This post will provide you with an array of knowledge (and the right tools, too) on cat training. As you’ll soon find out, cat training isn’t as hard as people think.
But first, let’s take a look at exactly why you should toilet train your cat. Here’s why:
Training your cat to go in the toilet means less odor around the house. You can get rid of the lingering smell, once and for all. It also keeps the cat area clean, and trust me, cats love just that.
It also means less kitty litter in your house. Cats normally leave a litter trail after using the litter box. So, train them and forget about cleaning up after each visit. Less kitty litter means no regular expensive litter buying. More money, right?
Okay, we’ve talked about the “what?” and “why?”, now let’s talk about the “how?”.
Since we’re going to talk about potty training a cat, some basics rules are meant to be observed. Most importantly, if you don’t catch the cat right in the middle of going on the floor; it doesn’t matter whatever you do to it. This is because there’s no feedback loop (that is, it doesn’t associate whatever you do as a result of its behavior to the behavior itself).
Cats have a short-term memory. Do not do anything that would harm or hurt your cat (rubbing its face in it, for instance). Doing any of these will only make the cat very afraid of you and you will have a very hard time taking care of the cat, or teaching it appropriate behavior, for that matter.
I mentioned earlier that cats love to be kept clean; yes! you heard that right. They love to be pampered and always love a little extra attention. So, it’s important to have some pet grooming tools for that. This will make your cat feel comfortable around you and bond with you.
Maybe you’re wondering why a person would want her cat to go to the toilet, rather than the litter box?
Well, feline (cat) waste, if in contact with kitty litter, can cause sickness in people of all ages (take note) and allergies in some people. When the cat comes out of the litter box and comes in contact with a person, it’s carrying some harmful microbes from the litter box. This is not advisable as it may cause the spread of some diseases.
With a cat being properly trained to do its business, the fecal matter is removed from your house and reduces the risk of diseases. There is a host of devices on the market that will help you train your cat to go. They come with helpful guides, too.
Let’s look at the training potty, to see what steps are taken to get the cat to use the toilet.
First, you will need to put the device in the toilet. It is basically a small shallow version of a toilet bowl that fits under the ring on the toilet.
It’s advisable to put a small amount of cat litter in the small portion of the plastic bowl. Then remove all other cat litter boxes, so the cat will only find litter in one place. Some devices provide attractant fragrances, to help attract the cat to that area.
Thereafter, leave the cat for a while in the bathroom, with the door closed, privacy is something that cat needs and the cat will also want to explore that litter on the toilet a bit before using it. If there seems to be a problem with the cat going, you may want to put the litter box next to the toilet, this way the cat will get used to seeing the toilet and litter box every time, before getting the training started.
In addition, when you see that the cat needs to go, pick the cat up and put it on the toilet with the device on the toilet. This way, Kitty will see both the device and the litter, and therefore associate the potty with the litter box.
Keep in mind that, all this will take time and lots of patience from you. It’s also helpful if you set up a reward program for the cat, in form of incentives. The cat does not have a natural instinct to go to the toilet; especially when a cat is older and its instincts and behavior is “set in stone,” it would not want to change. As such, patience is of the essence in older cats.
Rewards and incentives are of great importance for the success of this training; it may rarely occur that you are your cat doing its business the right way (by using the potty), but be sure to give them a reward, next time you see them “doing it right.”
Also, keep a handful of pet grooming tools at hand to freshen up your cat after each toilet visit.
At the end of the day, you and your cat will be glad to be rid of kitty litter boxes in the home.