People ask Meowmy all the time how she managed to potty train me. It’s important for me to point out that not all cats will accept this training and learn to use the toilet. It isn’t really normal for cats to go to the bathroom this way and some would say it goes against nature. So if your cat isn’t picking it up, don’t punish them or force them to do it. I also think it’s important to train your felines when they are a kittens, as it’s always harder to teach an old cat new tricks. Meowmy used a cat toilet training kit by CityKitty, who were featured on Shark Tank, and I was 6 months old when she started the training with me.
The first step is to place the litter box next to the toilet, mainly to associate that room as the place to go for peeing and pooping. It helps to have a dedicated bathroom/toilet for this training as well so you don’t have to move the CitiKitty when humans are using the toilet.
Secondly, you place the CitiKitty Training Seat on the rim of your toilet basin, lower the lid, and fill the training seat with litter. The litter is used to attract your cat to the training seat. Your cat will then use the training seat just like they use their regular litter box. I recommend buying flushable litter too, like the kind that is made out of paper.
After one week or so, remove the first ring in the center of the training seat. This will allow your cat’s waste to go into the toilet. Don’t be surprised that litter will also fall into the toilet, hence why using flushable litter is important.
Continue to remove the rings as your cat adjusts to the widening center of the training seat. Your cat will begin to stand on the toilet seat for support as the hole in the training seat grows in size. Meowmy recommends removing a ring every two weeks.
When your cat is completely standing on the toilet seat and their waste is going into the toilet without accidents, remove the CitiKitty Training Seat from the toilet. You now have a toilet-trained cat!
Meowmy encouraged me using the toilet with treats after each time, so rewarding your cat helps with the training. Also, don’t be surprised if your cat resists at first or has some accidents during the training. I had three accidents during training where I missed the toilet, went on top of the toilet tank, and went next to the toilet. Like I mentioned before, it is not normal for us felines to go to the bathroom this way, so we may struggle a bit with the concept. Remember, don’t punish your cat if they have an accident. Meowmy was very patient and loving with me. Also, if your cat has problems adapting, or needs more training, the CitiKitty kit comes with an extra insert so you can start the process over again.
If you want the cat to use multiple toilets, you may have to train them using the CitiKitty kit on each toilet. Though some cats like myself will understand that a toilet is a toilet and use any toilet. I used the RV toilet once we started going on trips, though it’s a bit smaller and I have a harder time balancing on the seat.
Oh yeah, and humans, be sure to look before you sit! Meowmy almost sat on me once in the middle of the night. Luckily I hadn’t started yet, so I jumped off just in time!!
I should note that I mostly do my business outside these days. I prefer to dig a hole and then cover it up. But I know that if I’m locked inside, I can use the toilet.