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On Labor Day weekend, 2007, I brought home two cute 3-month old female Devon Rex kittens. Tanya (TAN-ya) and Chanel. This was my first time living with cats, so I prepared with books for dummies and how-to manuals. During my readings, I came across books and websites about toilet training. Yes, you teach your cat to use the toilet! I was intrigued and read multiple strategies to train my kitties to poop in the commode. The process can take anywhere from 4 weeks to a year!! It was still early, and all sources advised to wait until 6 months of age.

So I waited. In the mean time, I learned how annoying litter can be. I got the automatic LitterMaid Elite Mega Advanced Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box which scoops the poop every time the kitties go. I got it lightly used from a posting. It was worth the money and I didn't become too much of a slave to the litter box. Even though I didn't have the burden of all day scooping, I started noticing that litter traveled. I saw little litter granules beyond the laundry room (original location of the litter box). I 'd see it track out from the laundry room door and occasionally see a granule or two on the kitchen floor or on the couch. I know cats are clean animals, but litter granules on the couch can't be very sanitary.

So, as they started pushing their 6th month of life (Tanya was 6 months, Chanel was 5 1/2 months), I decided to start their training to use the toilet. I love my kitties, but I hate the litter. They are super smart, so I think they will pick it up quickly.

I'm writing this blog on Tanya, Chanel, and the Toilet so you can keep up with their (and my) daily progress (or lack thereof). I am by no means an expert. But you can see pictures and watch the brief videos that chronicle their status and the methods I've used.

You can start from Day 1 by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

May 26, 2008

Well, I've been writing less because there really hasn't been much change.
Chanel had been the same. She does well when I'm around and not well when I'm not.
This morning, I woke up to poo on the seat.
We have been on Amber for ages now and I don't know what else to do.

I rigged the set-up a little to see if it helps. I needed to restrict the areas that she likes to side-stand without prohibiting proper use. It was tough, but I came up with something. Here's a picture. I used the empty cardboard roll from wrapping paper.

Tonight, Chanel used the set-up pretty well tonight. Let's pray for consistency
Tanya doesn't aim anymore. She just stands completely on the seat and goes. It's great, except for the extra clean-up.

I can't believe it has taken us this long. I will be moving in 6 weeks, so I'm not sure what will happen. It will probably be more difficult to use a new toilet.


Anonymous said...

i dont know if this will help or not but i have a lk and my boys would not use it when i had the amber stage so i rigged the green disc so that i can gradually (clear packaging tape is a magical thing especially in 4-6 layers) increase hole size well the size now matches the amber disc....all are doing well and have not had any missteps with it..but then the problem sits of how to get them onto the seat and not just in the lk so i have flipped over the green disc (well technically amber) and have taped it down into the white part of the lk so it doesnt pop up and then added my litter on top and then put the seat down...i dont know if this will help but its working for my 3 and so far so good...well let me know if u need more infor or would like janette

Carrie said...

dude. this is taking forever. Le chat is still hit or miss at times. I am moving in about 6 weeks too... wondering what will happen with a new toilet. there have been posts about people moving (or even taking cats to hotels where they use the toilet!)and switching from litter box to toilet back and forth without problems, so i'm crossing my fingers.

hello & mimmy said...

sorry i've been MIA. i haven't checking in in awhile and i was hoping tanya and chanel would have graduated by now. i have to say that what you are going through really doesn't make me want to start training all over again with hello & mimmy. you must be so excited to be moving to NY!


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I feel that this would work.I am also trying for Cat toilet training system

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