Toilet Training Multiple Cats
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.
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.
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.