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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 craigslist.org 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.
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June 3, 2008

Once again, my favorite color is green.

I moved to the Intermediate Green tray (again) yesterday.
I did this because there is less clean-up and less times the LK itself was soiled with #1. When the LK is clean, it is used properly.
I kept one of the tube barriers in the front and the flat sheet barrier in the back. Therefore, the only free space is on the sides.


So far, things are going great!
If I can get a video this week, I will.

3 comments:

Veronica (& Fig) said...

hey!
did you notice I haven't been posting about t-training recently...we are STILL on the red disk! 3 weeks as of today. I put in the intermediate orange and after an hour of trying to coax fig to use it (and watching him stick his paw in the hole in fascination) I gave up and put the red disk back for now. I'm going out of town for the weekend so I think I'll leave in the intermediate amber while I am away and give them back the litter box. Maybe I can put some toys or something above the toilet to get them used to playing in/around it with the hole there while I am away... like tape up a hangy toy above..

Veronica (& Fig) said...

hey!
I am finally going to attempt the intermediate amber this weekend... two weeks on red with no accidents, another week on red before that..I think I am ready.
the accident happened on a bag I had similar to their "pee cubes", lol.
anya

Veronica (& Fig) said...

Hey! I didn't start them on amber yet...I was going to last weekend and then I had a party and I was out of the house for a lot of the day so I gave them back the red after only half a day (during which neither of them went).. I am getting up the courage to start them on inter-amber again soon. I just don't want figaro to make any accidents, and he hasn't had any for so long now that I am hoping he will get used to "no accidents" before I continue!
11 years after high school?? I am only on year 8 :) congrats on graduating!!!!

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