Toilet training cats? At first glance, you would believe this is an impossible task. In reality, it is a fairly easy training process, it just takes time, patience, and persistence.
Before we start talking about your cat, we need to discuss you and your family. When you choose to toilet train your cat, your family’s bathroom habits have to change, too. They can no longer close the bathroom door when they exit. They must leave up the cover, and leave the seat down. You may have already been complaining to the males in the house about the necessity of leaving the seat down, now it becomes crucial. Just one or two accidents of your cat falling in the water because the seat was left up and the training is finished. They will no longer trust the toilet.
Now that you know the training your humans need to undertake we need to discuss your cat’s training. Your cat first needs to start associating the bathroom as the place to find their litter box. This is the only way to teach them to head to the bathroom. Move the litter box into the bathroom beside the toilet. If you have a spare bathroom which is less commonly used you may wish to use it.
After the cat is familiar with heading to the bathroom for using the litter box you must start moving them towards the toilet. The best way to do this is to start slowly elevating the litter box until it reaches toilet seat height. Do not attempt to change the height more than 2 inches per day, or your cat may decide they are close enough and use the floor. Your cat may take more than one day to adjust to the changing heights, so be very patient. Eventually, you will have raised the litter box to the same height as the toilet seat. Let your cat adjust to this new elevated location before moving forward.
Your next step is to move the litter box into the toilet. Yes, you heard it correctly. You need to buy a round bowl large enough to sit on the inner rim of the toilet, with the seat down over the top. Put the kitty litter in the bowl. Your cat may find this change a little unusual but will adjust to it. Give your cat time to adjust to this new location for their litter. Then becomes the big change, remove the bowl. If you are lucky while toilet training cats your cat will have been learning to squat with all four feet on the toilet seat already. For these cats the change is easy.
If your cat at any step becomes reluctant, then step back a step and let them practice there for a longer period of time. When they have become comfortable try moving forward again. Toilet training cats work for most cats, but not all. You will only know by giving it a try. If you have success you can imagine the joy of only needing to flush the toilet instead of cleaning a litter box. Your house will smell better, and you will save the money of buying cat litter all the time. Give it a try, you may be surprised at how easy the training goes with your cat.
Cleaning Cat Urine
Even the best cat will have an accident occasionally. They get overly excited, or they are simply angry with you for deserting them once again. You come home and there on the carpet, on the couch, or even in your bed, you find a big yellow stain. If you own cats it is critical to know about cleaning cat urine properly and preserving your household furnishings.
They are really two directions to go with cleaning cat urine. The first way is to head to a pet supply store or even your local supermarket. Check in the pet supplies area and you will find cleaners made for getting cat urine out of your carpet or other furniture. You can check in the carpet and upholstery cleaning areas, too. Often the top cleaning manufacturers create solutions for pet urine and add them to their selection of products.
Many of these same supermarkets have steam cleaners for rent. Go to their display and check the cleaners they offer. Most of these companies will have small bottles of pet urine cleaners to be used with their cleaning equipment. If you need a really deep cleaning you may want to rent the steam cleaner and buy the special solution. While we discuss steam cleaners, for pet owners buying a home quality steam cleaner is a great choice. They are inexpensive and will save you money over the years, compared to renting cleaners. Check in the section selling the steam cleaners and see if they carry pet urine solutions for your brand.
The second direction you can do is to create your own solution for cleaning cat urine. There are some great recipes you can grab and mix up using ingredients you may have in your kitchen cabinets. These solutions can be very effective at removing the cat urine and the offensive odor. The problem comes when the urine has soaked deeply into the carpet or furniture and started to dry. Sometimes these solutions are not as effective in the deep cleaning as a steam cleaner.
The real key to all of this? You should work with your cat to eliminate as many accidents as possible. If this is a persistent problem consider using cat netting to isolate your cat while you are gone. Your cat does not enjoy living in their own urine any more than you. By keeping them in smaller confines they will use the litter box instead of making a mess of their surroundings. The best method is always avoidance.
When avoidance has failed, then the best option is to have multiple options for cleaning cat urine. Keep a homemade solution ready for those times when you can catch the cat urine quickly. It will save you money. In the cases where it has extra time to soak in and start drying keep a small steam cleaner in your home and use a good commercial cat urine cleaner to deeply clean and remove the scents. If you do not get the scents completely removed your cat will start believing this is the spot to return to time after time. This is one battle you can win with just a little persistence and a little training.