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How to Potty Train a Cat

My two cats, Cowboy and Mini are potty trained and folks are always amazed by it. “You don’t have a litter box?!” “Wow, how did you do that?!” So here’s my post on how I went about potty training my sweet boys.

Cowboy going potty

Cowboy going potty

Staring when they are young is ideal, but not required. You do need a few things to get started toilet training your kitty:

  1. Patience
  2. Dustpan and small wisk broom
  3. Citi Kitty cat toilet training kit (or similar product)
  4. Bio-degradable cat litter (I used Swheat Scoop)
  5. Cat treats that your cat loves
  6. Clorox/Lysol wipes

Start with designating a bathroom for kitty. If you only have one, you can share, but it can get a bit messy. Be sure it’s an area they will always have access to. Think about guests coming over, children etc. The designated training bathroom will be messy with cat litter on the floor for about 4-6 weeks. Accept that.

Using toilet safe, biodegradable litter (I used flushable wheat litter) put the kitty litter box in the bathroom. Right next to the toilet. It will be messy (kittens especially fling litter everywhere) so get a dustpan and broom and keep it in the bathroom. Also wise to keep Clorox/Lysol wipes for any accidents.

After a week, open your toilet training kit. Follow the directions. It will take 4-6 weeks for kitty to get used to it, so don’t rush anything. The idea is to create a surface for the kitty to use, then slowly remove the rings so there’s nothing but a big hole to go in. Cats naturally dig a hole, go, and cover…so these kits emulate their natural instincts.

The first few times, you have to watch kitty. Do the intro phase on a time where you will be home a lot. (For me it was the weekend). Just like potty training a human, they need positive reinforcement. Keep treats in the bathroom so when they jump up and go potty, they get a treat. My cat got to the point where if he wanted a treat he’d go pee. If kitty poops/pees elsewhere, don’t scold. Clean it up IMMEDIATELY and put something in that area to deter her. Once my kitty pooped in the tub. So I cleaned it up then put about an inch of water in the bathtub to deter him from jumping back in there. Needless to say the next time he tried it he wound up with wet paws. That was the last of that! Cat’s don’t like certain smells, aluminum foil or noises. So if you find kitty going in an inappropriate place put something there where they won’t go back. I’ve also used SSSCat! Training Aid. It works wonders.

The designated bathroom and toilet must always be available! Make sure the toilet lid is always up, seat is always down and the bathroom door is always open. Kitties unfortunately don’t understand the concept of ‘holding it’ so if they have to go and the door is closed they will just poop in the hallway. Hallway poop is no fun.

Once kitty is trained, use clorox/lysol wipes to clean the potty. But be careful to ventilate and keep area smelling neutral. Be sure not to leave any smelly chemicals either in the water or on the potty (like Pinesol or toilet bowl cleaner etc) because if they come to the potty and it smells chemical-ly they won’t go. Kitty will find another spot. I have a designated kitty bathroom, no one else uses it. I clean it about once a week (their bathroom is usually pretty clean but I clean it anyway) and I make sure to use pretty neutral smelling cleaners and I keep the vent fan on while I clean.

Bam! Now you have no icky litter box! But keep in mind…kitty poops and urine still smells, so you’ve gotta flush! I haven’t trained them to do that so far.   😉