Stress-Free Toilet Training For Cats, Weeks 9 & 10

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Stress-Free Toilet Training For Cats, Weeks 9 & 10

As you can tell by the housecat hang drooped over the butter tub, Jasmine still isn’t squatting with all fours on the toilet seat, even though she’s clearly running out of real estate. 

 

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Mock toilet with altered butter tub.

Smooth As Butta

With weeks 7 & 8 passing without incident, it’s time again to switch it up and add a larger water bowl to their trainer. This time we’re using a large butter tub, but because it was the same height as the sitz bath, we trimmed it down a little. 

As with the last 8 weeks, each of my Littles discover the new bowl of water in their trainer fairly quickly, and they just. don’t. care. Seriously. So far, they are completely unfazed by the whole process. They each take turns christening it and, after getting their treats, go about their merry way. 

Not For The Faint Of Heart

But, for the human in this equation, things aren’t so easy breezy, lemon squeezy.

If this is something you’re thinking of taking on, you need to be completely aware of what you’re getting into, and the time that will be required of you.

Stress-Free-Toilet-Training-Week9-5-PostAfter 9 weeks of toilet training, you kinda get a rhythm going. Every morning, while The Littles eat breakfast, I clean their bathroom and mock toilet.

The daily cleaning usually consists of emptying and washing the water container, sifting their litter, wiping down their trainer, our toilet and both toilet seats with Clorox wipes, and vacuuming up the inevitable mountain of litter on the floor. And just about the time I get everything clean, one of the three will come in and dirty it again. Usually Lily. Then the others follow. This process easily take up 45 minutes of every morning.

Every Monday morning I go through that same process, but dump the old litter and add fresh.

Every two weeks, when I tear everything down to scrub their trainer, piece by piece, and add a new water bowl and fresh litter, scrub sinks and bathtub, and mop floors, all while they are taking turns using their trainer, it can take up an hour and a half. Easily.

3 cats x 2 potties each = scrubbing their water container and sifting litter 6 times! And that’s just their morning potty schedule! Multiply that 3 times a day and that equals a whole lotta time cleaning cat poo!

The point is, this process is not for the weak or squeamish. 

So Why Do It?

Simple! If this works out the way I’m hoping, I will never again have to dig around in cat litter. Heck, I’ll never even have to buy cat litter again! Ever!

But most importantly, I’ll never have to worry about their little paws scratching around in dirty litter then walking all over us, our furniture, or counters. 

And, that, my friends, will make all 17 weeks of playing in cat poo well worth the time and effort!  

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3 Responses to “Stress-Free Toilet Training For Cats, Weeks 9 & 10”

  1. March 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I can’t believe how far they’ve come. Good job, Littles! And how freakin’ cool is this? I would have never considered doing this, never thought about it, and we had 4 cats, once. IF I ever have cats again, I’m so doing this because I don’t want them, because of the litter. Ugh, I don’t do cat boxes… ever!

    • Melissa
      April 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      They’re doing so well. And I agree, dealing with a litter box is the worst. They’re so gross!

      • maria
        March 11, 2014 at 9:25 am

        wondering if you succeeded – I have been trying for a while (16 weeks) and it is not going so well =-(

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