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How To Train Your Cat To Use the Toilet

Cats are supposed to be smart, right? So why not teach yours to use the toilet?


  • Step 1: Poke a small hole in the bottom of the pan. Slowly and subtly, start to remove the litter from the aluminum pan. The litter should get less and less, while the size of the hole in the pan keeps increasing.
  • Step 2: Once the first aluminum pan has reached the height of the toilet, place a second aluminum pan in the bowl, filling it with the flushable litter. After a few days, remove the original aluminum pan altogether.
  • TIP: This final process must be done in the tiniest increments so your cat doesn’t get spooked by having Niagara Falls beneath him.
  • Step 3: Once all the litter has been removed from the pan and only a gaping hole remains, it’s time to remove the pan. If you’ve proceeded slowly enough, allowing at least eight weeks or more for the entire transition, your cat should now be toilet trained. But he still won’t flush.
  • FACT: A cat that uses the toilet can save his owner over $200 a year in kitty litter.
  • TIP: Whatever you’re placing the litter box on –books work well – make sure the platform is safe and sturdy. If your cat tumbles out of his litter box, it’s going to be a big setback to the training.
  • Step 4: When the litter box finally reaches the toilet, begin to raise it off the ground an inch or so every few days. Again, make sure the changes are very subtle.
  • TIP: Your cat should be at least six months old before training starts.
  • Step 5: Replace your cat’s litter box with a cheap aluminum pan that will be large enough to sit securely on the toilet without falling off or in. Be sure to keep it in the same place the cat has been relieving himself since he was a kitten.
  • Step 6: Begin using flushable litter as soon as you know you are planning to toilet train your cat so he has time to get used to it.
  • Step 7: Slowly – just an inch or two every day – start moving the litter box closer to the toilet. You want to move the box so slowly that your cat hardly notices.
  • Step 8: If you have more than one toilet in your home, designate one the kitty toilet. Whatever toilet the cat will use needs to always have the lid up and the seat down.

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