Toilet Training Multiple Cats

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Toilet Training Multiple Cats
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Lily toilet training weeks 9&10

 If you’ve read my series Stress Free Toilet Training for Cats, you know I’m in the process of toilet training our 3 Littles. I’ve been asked several times over the past two and a half months if it’s easier or harder to train multiple cats and the simple answer is, I don’t know. This is my first experience toilet training cats, and I’ve never toilet trained just one cat at a time. 

Although I’d imagine it would be easier dealing with one finicky feline at a time, I can’t say it’s been particularly difficult or challenging training my three at the same time. The only challenge I’ve had to deal with, so far,  is insuring their mock toilet is cleaned after each use, especially now that we’re to the stage that their litter space is dwindling. 

When we first began this process, I thought I would likely have to go at a slower pace than what is recommended at RelaxedCat because I would be dealing with 3 personalities, and not just one. But, I have to say, they have all adjusted very well to the process and we’ve been able to progress right on schedule. 

Jasmine Toilet Training Weeks 11-12

Jasmine Toilet Training Weeks 11-12

I think an important key to successfully toilet training multiple cats is to only feed two or three times a day, depending on their age, instead of leaving food out for them all the time. What I’ve discovered is, I can better predict their potty schedules if I’m controlling their food and the time of day in which they eat. 

Establishing and maintaining a regular poo schedule has become especially important now that we’re down to the final 3 phases of their training. My Littles, like most cats, are very finicky about their litter and require a clean space to potty. If their food is left out and they’re allowed to eat overnight, they’re also going to need to poo when I’m not available to clean their mock toilet. A dirty mock toilet only increases the risk of accidents and accidents can be critical to successfully toilet training. 

Atticus Toilet Training Weeks 13-14

Atticus Toilet Training Weeks 13-14

While we can’t control everything, we need to control what we can. Keeping your cat(s) on a regular feeding schedule, feeding them a quality cat food, keeping their mock toilet well cleaned, and being patient and progressing at your cat’s pace will go a long way toward successfully toilet training, whether you’re training one cat or three! 

If you are toilet training your cat(s), or you’ve tried toilet training, I’d love to hear your experience! Please share your story in the comments below.

 

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4 Responses to “Toilet Training Multiple Cats”

  1. May 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    We have a new baby kitten in the house and this gives me something to think about. The baby came to us at 3 weeks of age and is currently only 4 weeks old. He is not litter box ready yet.

    • Melissa
      May 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Congrats on the new baby! Kittens are so fun.

      You have several weeks before you can start toilet training, as I think they recommend waiting until they’re at least 9 weeks old, if it’s something you think you might want to try.

      But if you are considering it, I would recommend you start using a flushable litter as soon as you start litter training so you don’t have to change his litter again later. Believe me, consistency is key with toilet training.

      I changed litter and feeding schedules several weeks ago, and I’m still paying the price from time to time! =(

      Thanks for stopping by, Pamela, and I hope to see you again soon.

      And if you do try toilet training, I’d love to know how it goes.

  2. July 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    This looks like a great idea. I am currently working on teaching my two cats using another method but ill bookmark this for just incase. I am blogging their progress at http://mycattoilettraining.blogspot.ca/ . Good Luck Everyone!

  3. Rebecca
    August 29, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    How many toilets do you have for your cats? Is it the same as when you just use litter boxes? One litter box per cat plus an extra one for territory issues? I’m interested in hearing how this would really work, as well as any behavioral issues that may occur. Right now we have 4 cats and the past month or so it’s been one thing after another, with going outside the litter box. First there were a few accidents with a new cat that we introduced then things calmed down, that was a while ago. Now, they have been peeing outside the box, missing the box, just recently one or more have been (pooping) outside the box in various places around the house and just tonight one we found one had peed on one of the beds in the house. I’m taking one of them to the vet tomorrow. However, I’ve almost had it with these issues. It’s getting extremely tiring. Any suggestions would be helpful by anyone! Thanks

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