Status: Controversial. I'm doubtful this could work, but some people swear it does
I'm sorry. I refuse to believe it would be possible to train a cat to use a toilet, despite what the CitiKitty company might claim. After all, you can't train cats to do anything. (At least, not my cat.) This is how the CityKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit
is supposed to work:
The specially designed training seat securely sits on your toilet filled with litter. Your cat naturally uses CitiKitty as its new litter box. The rings are removed thus reducing the amount of litter. Once all rings are removed your cat is toilet trained!
I think the cat might use the citikitty thing while it has litter in it. But once the litter is gone, the cat will not keep going back to where the litter used to be. Instead, it'll pee on your bed (or somewhere else designed to punish you and force you to bring back the litter). But in the interest of fairness, if anyone has successfully used this device, I'd be curious to hear about it.
Another problem: cats instinctively want to scratch to cover up their mess. So to train a cat to go into the toilet is going against cat instinct. Therefore, I still believe that MOST cats would resist being toilet-trained.
They will also unroll the toilet paper into a heap on the floor.
Ocelots are supposed to be especially easy to toilet-train, because they are said to naturally eliminate into streams in their rain-forest habitat. I'm not advocating keeping ocelots as pets (I've only known one person with a pet ocelot and that one was a terrible pet); I'm only repeating what I've heard and read.
I once bought a book entitled "Toilet Train Your Cat," which detailed numerous training methods and also described various case histories of cats that had taught themselves to use the W.C. I've forgotten the author's name. Another time, a friend bought me a product called "Kitty Whiz," which was fairly similar to the CitiKitty described here. I never got around to using it, though. Since I'm away from home most of the day, it just seems easier to keep scooping out the litter box (which my cats use with no prompting, as long as I keep it clean) than to try to supervise my cats and modify their behavior whenever they need to spend a penny.
Tom had been an elephant trainer at the city zoo for many years by the time I met him. He claims that it is possible to train any animal to do SOMETHING, no matter how old it is. I believe him. You just have to BE CONSISTENT (this is probably the most important thing), and you have to UNDERSTAND AND WORK WITH THE ANIMAL'S NATURAL INCLINATIONS. Food is generally the best motivator there is.
I tried to get Tom to let me video tape him and Poopy Foot for America's Funniest Home Videos or something, but he would not let me. :(
Cats are at least as smart as dogs, probably smarter in some ways. The main difference between training a cat and training a dog is that you might be able to intimidate a dog into doing something, but you'll never get a cat to do something he doesn't want to do. If the cat doesn't enjoy the routine, forget about it.
I never did get them to learn to flush.
And no, the cats never took a crap or peed on the bed for revenge. It was interesting in the middle of the night when you jumped up to run to the can and turned the light on to find the cat there taking a leak, though.
dont underestimate the power of a stubbourn cat owner.
Our little cat Simon was a bit hesitant at first, but once he realized that he had a new litter box, he had no trouble adjusting. As I said, we only set it up yesterday, so it's not 100% certain that it will work, but it looks really promising.
That is the website with pics and all.
Now, the cat did not like this at first...obviously, however, when he was bawling in the bathroom, looking around for litter, I picked him up and showed him the new source...the rest came naturally. We where strict in not bringing back anything we took away. A cat will quickly move over if there are no other options (secondary litterboxes also cause problems).
FYI, use "flushable" litter to do this training, it's much nicer to deal with and won't scratch the toilet. Also, be prepared for messes. This process is much dirtier up front, litter everywhere. They have to retrain themselves how hard to scratch when done....etc. Since then, we had him trained for 6 months and then put him back on a litter box due to traveling with him to different states. We found it hard to train him on new toilets and new environments...it was too much to ask for. The day we put the litter box back out, is the day he was litterbox trained...never went back to the toilet to use it, though we still leave it available to him.
I love living without a litterbox, you should try it.
As for peeing in the toilet, that would be awesome, I'd like to try it on mine, if they aren't too smart for me 😊
Very diappointed with this product. DO NOT BUY CITYKITTY!!