How to Toilet Train Your Cat


So by now you probably know about my cats Cleo and Ernie.  The cats I have because I couldn’t pick out a dog.  You also know I love my cats even though I understand all the cool kids have dogs that end in “doodle”.  Having said that, you should know my cats come when I call them, play fetch and generally act as doglike as possible.  It’s quite impressive really.

Um ... my eye doesn't look quite so "elderly" in real life.

Of course, like kids, there have been some not so proud moments.  Cleo shredded my upper eyelid sending me to the ER late one Friday night.  I startled her.  Try not to startle a cat.

The late Prada used to attack people.  Usually  if he thought they were talking too loudly.   He regularly drew blood and didn’t swat like a normal cat; he opened his mouth, bared his fangs and sunk them into whatever was closest.  My boyfriend was understandably terrified of Prada.

No problems with the formerly wild Ernie yet (other than the scars left over from when I was trying to tame her).  Can’t really blame her for that though.  I mean if it wasn’t for me taming her she’d still be outside having the time of her life, living off puddle water and showing off her street cred mange to all the other cats.

The residual scars on me and my family members are bad but the worst thing about being a cat owner is the litter.  I have gone through every invention and reincarnation of litter known to catkind. There was the  motorized litterbox.  It broke; which is just as well because it would  randomly fling poo across the room.   There was the scented litter that Cleo refused to use .  Instead, in a show of defiance, it prompted her to pee right beside the litterbox while staring straight into my eyes. And finally there was the flushable litter that kindda clumped but mainly just morphed into messy thick pee pucks that were impossible to scoop.

And then there was toilet training.  Which believe it or not actually worked.  Yes.  My cats peed on the toilet.  Or in the toilet more specifically.

Absolutely fed up with the sheer amount of stuff that comes out of a cat on any given day I thought I’d look into making them go on the toilet.  Like a civilized animal.  A few searches around the Internet confirmed  I wasn’t nuts.  It could be done.  One woman trained her cat so well that she could travel with it to hotels around the country knowing her cat would just hop onto any toilet and go to the bathroom.  No mess, no fuss.  It’d be like having a 3 year old  with fur.

Another woman even taught her cat to not only use the toilet, but to flush!  This was too much.  I mean, I KNOW the Internet lies, (see my Maple Sugar Massacre) but  if there was even a remote possibility this was going to work I was willing to try it.  Even though I only had one small bathroom which I was now going to have to share with a couple of sometimes bitchy cats.   So I read all the articles on it, took the best from all of them and formulated a plan.  Get these cats using the bathroom within 3 weeks.

I did it and I swear you can too.  Everyone involved has to be dedicated but it really does work.  Like all the other things I do that seem ridiculous at first, in the long run this’ll save you time, money and make your life easier.  And it’s certainly no more stupid than putting a Santa hat on your newly tamed, and somewhat unpredictable stray.  In fact, I can tell you right now … the Santa hat thing would be wayyyyyyyy stupider.  Uh huh.

How to Toilet Train a Cat

  1. Obtain a cat.
  2. Take the cat’s litter box and gradually move it closer and closer to the bathroom.  This may take a couple of days because cats don’t like it when you change where they poop.  You too would be angry if in the middle of the night you went to have a sissy and found your bum suddenly hovering over a plot of air because someone secretly moved your toilet.  If your cat adapts well to change, you can probably just move the litter box straight into the bathroom.  You just have to judge this whole litter training process based on the personality of your cat.  Some steps might take longer for you, or some shorter.  It depends on how your cat deals with things.
  3. Once the litterbox is in the bathroom (beside the toilet) and the cats are using it without incident start to raise the litterbox. Just raise it up a couple of inches every day.  Stack whatever you need to under it.  Old telephone books, boxes, your Fantasia Barrino CD collection.  Just make sure the stack is very stable and not slippery.   Once a cat’s litterbox goes sliding out from under them, their distrust of it will instantly present itself in random and rapid defecation throughout your entire house.  Your cat will also begin to eye you suspiciously.
  4. Your goal is to get the litterbox level with the seat of the toilet, with the cats jumping up into it. This could take anywhere from 1-3 weeks.  The cat will either jump right up into the litterbox, or they’ll jump up onto the toilet seat and then step into the box.   Let the cat get used to this for a few days.
  5. Move the litterbox so it is sitting on the toilet.  This will be quite a jump for them but they can do it.  They’re magestic, limber felines. When they’re not slowly nodding off and  falling off the couch.   It might be helpful if your litterbox isn’t incredibly deep so they don’t have such a huge jump.  Let the cat get used to this for a couple of days.  Make sure the litterbox is stable on the toilet!
  6. Buy a metal or strong plastic bowl that will fit on the rim of your toilet. It has to be strong enough not to move or bend when your cat is using it.  Basically it will sit on the edge of the rim of the toilet, suspended inside the bowl.
  7. Remove the cat’s regular litterbox from the top of the toilet bowl and place the purchased bowl onto the rim of the toilet and put the seat (not lid) down.  Fill this litterbowl with their most favourite litter. Now is NOT the time to make a litter change.
  8. This is where it gets exciting.  The cat will now jump onto the toilet and provided it isn’t too freaked out will use the litterbowl inside the toilet.  Your hope is that the cat will automatically “get” the fact that they should place their paws on the toilet seat, not inside the litterbowl.  The goal is all four feet on the toilet seat, but if only their front paws are on it you’re still off to a good start.  Gently place your cats paws onto the rim so they know what they have to do. Yes.  This is the dirty part.  You are touching your cat while they do their business.   You probably won’t get contaminated but wash your hands thoroughly just in case.
  9. Let your cat get used to this procedure while gradually decreasing the amount of litter you put in the bowl.
  10. You want to get down to just a teaspoon of litter in the bowl.  If your cat starts to revolt, just go back a few steps until they’re feeling safe again.  All of this can be very traumatic for the cat if you move too quickly.   There’s nothing worse than terror while they’re trying to use the facilities.  It’s kind of how you feel when you have to use the bathroom at a big party and the bathroom door doesn’t lock.  It makes you uneasy and you either can’t “make” or you start looking for somewhere else to do it.  Hopefully for you that doesn’t mean the living room rug.
  11. At this point you’re probably going to be ready for all of this to be over because of the overwhelming stink of the bathroom while your cat “goes’.  Without the litter to absorb the smell it’s a bit offensive.  So keep an eye on the cat and the litter and wash the bowl out right away.  Keep with it though.  Remember … you’ll never have to buy or scoop litter again.
  12. Here we are.  The final step.  If your cat were a kid, you’d be in the “Yay! You get a cookie” stage.
  13. Once you’re down to only a teaspoon or so of litter, remove it and start adding water.  As always, just a little bit at a time. Within a few days you should be up to about 2 inches of water in the bowl.  If you’re cat seems O.K. with this, you can move onto the final step.
  14. Take away that litter bowl! This should come as quite a relief to everyone involved, especially if you only have one toilet in the house.  Voila!  Your cat is toilet trained.

Cleo makes dirt

I should let you know that this is just a guide.  Your cat’ll let you know if  you’re doing things too slowly or quickly.  When I did this with my two cats several years ago  Cleo was just too small.

She was still a kitten and simply wasn’t big enough to be able to splay across the toilet the way she needed to.  So it didn’t really work with her.  And since then she’s taken to peeing in corners.  So it’s entirely possible I traumatized her.

Prada goes number 1

My other cat, Prada took to the toilet like a man.  He in fact let me know in no uncertain terms that I was going too slowly for his tastes.  During the later stages of the process he took matters into his own hands.  My bathroom is right off my kitchen and in a cleaning fit I removed the litter bowl from the toilet but forgot to put it back.  I moved into the kitchen to start cleaning something in there when I heard the distinct sound of a man peeing in the bathroom.  Huh?  There’s no man here.  So I peeked in the bathroom and there was Prada, ignoring the bowl full of litter on the floor, sitting on the toilet.  Peeing.  Like a man.  He got a cookie.

Good luck!


71 Comments

  1. Liz says:

    That is literally amazing. Myself and OH have seen a “Train your cat to use the toilet” DVD in the petshop but refused to spend £40 on buying it. However, with your handy guide i think i shall start the process.

    Our cats only use their box for wees these days (they prefer to lay their cat eggs in the shrubberies i think) but it would definitely be awesome to not have to scoop clumpy wee pucks.

    (P.S handsome cats!)

    • Uturn says:

      If your cats are doing their business in your potted plants, put plastic forks in them with just a bit of the tips sticking up. The cats won’t go in them anymore

  2. Lori says:

    Everyone thought we were crazy too, but we toilet-trained our cat, Murray, a couple years ago. Although it was a trying couple of weeks, it was completely worth it. No more buying litter, no more scooping, no more tracking his paws through pee or worse. The only problem is if one of the kids uses Murray’s bathroom (we have three, thank God) and leaves the toilet lid down. (I’ve trained them too well.) Murray is a good boy, though, and will come crying if he can’t get to his toilet.

  3. Corinne says:

    Love it!
    Buddy (RIP) started using the toilet when I moved in with a roommate who also had a cat. Like a typical only child he didn’t like sharing, even if it was the litter box.
    We only realized it because the toilet would be unflushed, full of pee, but with no toilet paper. For a while we each thought the other was being gross – peeing without wiping or flushing until there was Buddy crouched on the seat doin’ his bidness.
    Lucky for me – that meant I was relieved of litter box duty!

  4. Danielle says:

    Genius!!!! I have a friend who has a very tempermental cat and she’s tried EVERYTHING to solve the litter debacle. Her cat even intentionally peed on the mechanism for the motorized litter box to break it…one of the many reasons I love cats.

  5. nix says:

    Hilarious! I tried to do the same thing with my cats. It worked quite well…at first. And then they staged a revolt on my couch…and my pillow. Needless to say their litterbox was returned quite promptly. I have to say, now that my couch is white, I am a little too scared to try again. 🙂

    • Julie says:

      My cat is almost at the very and of toilet training, but has also staged a revolt and has started going in the shower! Any suggestions??

  6. Harriet says:

    Just discovered your blog & almost peed myself over this one. Forwarded to all my cat owning friends & will save in case the dog ever permits one in the house. BTW, yrs. ago I too owed a siamese who was a descendant of satan.
    Thanks so much for the laughs.

  7. liz says:

    I am dying to do this with my cats! One question though. Do toilet-trained cats still have the need to scratch and “bury” their leave-behinds? Do you put a cardboard scratcher on the floor next to the toilet or anything? Thanks!!

  8. Mae says:

    hi there! i’m loving this idea, but i have five (yes, five—there was a two-for-one kitten sale at the spca!) cats of varying ages (and only one bathroom) and am wondering how it would work with all of them. any advice?

  9. Martha says:

    I would like to second Liz’s question – do they still paw around on the toilet seat, or worse in the toilet water, after they do their business?

  10. Taylor says:

    Karen!

    Check this out!
    http://www.citikitty.com/How-CitiKitty-Works-s/12.htm
    My friend just said she was toilet training her cat, so I sent her the link to this post. THEN she showed me this! Even simpler! Though, I’m sure your way is more cost-friendly 🙂

    Can you teach an old CAT new tricks? Wonder if my cat would do this….hmmm…

  11. Jenni says:

    I’m in this process now and my cat is doing very well – no accidents so far! However, he refuses to let me move his paws onto the seat. If I catch him just as he takes ‘the stance’ and move his feet, he jumps down. If I catch him in the middle, there’s not much he can do, but he is quite annoyed at me and refuses to put his feet there again. I’m just not sure what to do. Is there a way to get him to stand on the seat without me moving him?

  12. Martha says:

    Hi again Karen,

    I am also with Jenni in the process but I can’t get one of my cats to stop standing in the bowl of litter on the toilet and put his feet on the seat. If i try to move his feet he jumps down like Jenni’s cat. The other one realized all along that the seat was the way to go. Thoughts?

  13. Sara says:

    Ooh! same here, my cat will happily ‘go’ in the litter bowl in the toilet, i keep trying to get him to sit on the edge but he doesn’t seem to want to. he often stops what he’s doing and then tries to wait until I’m not around to interfere.

    Any advice, I’m desperate to get to the next stage with him…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sara! If you’re at the point where there’s barely any litter left in the bowl, then what I would do is move on to filling the bowl with water. (not full … just an inch or so of water in the bottom) See if that helps. If the cat is ready to move on, he’ll figure out he can’t stand in the bowl anymore and must rest his feet on the edge of the toilet seat. If that doesn’t work, go back to the bowl with litter in it and get him comfortable with that again. Then, I’d cut away the side sections of the bowl. You’ll have the lip of the bowl, then four strands of plastic (assuming you’re using plastic) running down to the bottom of the bowl with a bit of *flushable* litter on it. (must be flushable cause it’ll for sure spill into the toilet) It’s hard to describe what I want you to do but in essence you’ll have a plastic plate, being held to it’s upper rim by 4, 1″ strips of plastic spaced at equal intervals. The goal is to make sure the cat can see there’s still a bottom and there’s still litter, but there isn’t anywhere for him to actually stand. Proceed with caution! LOL. ~ karen (if you can’t understand what I’m describing lemme know and I’ll draw a quick picture)

  14. OMG!! I have taught my cats to sit and shake hands, but this tops everything! Excuse me, I need to go get a litter bowl and get started right away!

    • Karen says:

      Nikki – There’s nothing like the sound of your cat using the toilet for the first time. Beats the thrill of potty training a kid by a long shot. ~ karen

  15. Lindsay says:

    We used the CitiKitty system last year and it only took about 3 weeks (Luigi was about 5 or 6 months old- still moldable) My main reason for doing it was because I was pregnant and not supposed to change the litter and my hubby was working out of town a lot. We were also in a townhome with no good place for a litter box. It was so great not having to deal with litter!

    Unfortunately when we moved we decided that we didn’t want to have to share our one bathroom with Luigi and now we have an actual basement that the box can hide in, oh ans hubby is home now to change it. When we buy our house I will most likely be trying this again though, so wonderful!!

  16. Tate says:

    Thank you very much for this list. I am definitely going to try it with my 2 cats. We are soooo tired of litter and litter box changing!

  17. Kinsey says:

    Hey Karen,
    I realize that this is an old post, but maybe you’ll see this anyway. I’ve been toilet training my cat for a week and a half or so. I was actually using this exact process before I saw it on your site, but have picked up on some tips here that I’ll definitely use. I received the metal bowl yesterday, removed the litter box from the top of the toilet, and filled the bowl with a bit of litter.

    It’s been almost 24 hours, and my cat still hasn’t used the bowl. She seemed comfortable with every other part of the process (and used the multiple times after each change). I’ve even seen her jump up on the toilet, walk around, bat at the litter, and leave. I don’t think she’s gone anywhere else..but I’m concerned that she might not use the bowl. Do you have any tips or tricks? And/or reassurance that cats can hold it forever and she’ll probably go eventually? I’m taking what I can get here.
    Thanks!

    • Kinsey says:

      10 minutes after posting the above comment, I forced my cat to pee in the bowl by closing the bathroom door, putting her on the toilet, and being like “lets rumble.” So she went, and I was stoked and texted my husband and was all “IT HAPPENED WE’RE WINNERS.” Not 5 minutes later, my cat shit on the rug behind me while my dog looked on worriedly. Ugh. One step forward, two steps back–literally.

      • Karen says:

        Kinsey! Oh dear. Whenever the cat gets upset like that just slow down the process. For instance, if you only have a little bit of litter in the bowl, put in a lot to make her more comfortable. You just have to make sure you do it all at her pace. Good luck! ~ karen

  18. Kayla says:

    Hi Karen,

    I am getting ready to start the training process and was wondering what your experience has been with traveling. We like to take our cat with us to visit family for long weekends and usually just drag the litter box with us. Will he know to use a different toilet if I show it to him or will he need to be re-trained?

    Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Kayla – I never travelled with my toilet trained cats, but when I did research for training them to use the toilet, several people said their cats recognized a toilet as a toilet no matter where they were. Much the same way they’d recognize a litter box. Best bet … bring the cat, show them the toilet and keep a bag of litter handy the first time you do it just in case. ~ k!

      • Brennan says:

        (Just starting to train my cat), but I read that one person brought a little bit of flushable litter and when the cat didn’t understand they put some in the toilet and the cat “got it”. Just a thought…

  19. Jackie says:

    Hi, I have never really thought about toilet training my cat before, but I have always had problems with him and peeing in most places but the litter box, But recently every time I have gone to use the toilet he has run ahead of me to follow me in and sit on the back of the toilet, I did try to put him back out but he was persistent every time so in the end I just gave in it wasn’t doing any harm, we had just moved so I didn’t know if it was a comfort thing with him and I didn’t want to make him more nervous about the move. Then this morning as I was taking clothes to be washed that he had peed all over, when I heard the sound of someone peeing knowing he was the only one in the bathroom I assumed he had found something else to pee on but when I looked in there he was sat at the side of the seat
    peeing into the bowl, I couldn’t believe it I give him loads of praise and treats, I hope he keeps it up 🙂 Just thought this might help in training your cat to do this as I did not train him in any way he still had his litter box he had just learnt it from coming with me to the bathroom.

  20. kletia says:

    Hello, my name is Kletia and my husband and i have been toilet training our cats (with a city kitty) for a while now (we have a slow learner 🙂 ). This slow learner is finally making progress, but our other cat, who has been actually been standing on the toilet seat and pooping on his own for a long time now, will not poop in the toilet anymore. In the past week, he has pooped once in the toilet and 6 times on the floor right in front of the toilet. He will urinate in there no problem and doesn’t seem “scared” of the toilet. It is very frustrating… what should i do?
    Also, with our slow learner (venus), often she sits in front of the toilet and whines and whines till she just can’t hold it anymore. Once she gets up there, she’s fine… is there anyway to make her more comfortable or get her to stop whining?

    I really love my cat’s and feel like we are almost to the finish line, but have a boulder in the way… and it’s very frustrating.

    • Karen says:

      Kletia – Hi there. Without being there and seeing the situation it’s hard to know what to do. Is it possible one of them skidded off the seat and into the toilet at one point? Maybe there’s been some sort of scare while you weren’t around. I would either leave it for another week to see what’s happening or set up a box or something beside the toilet for them to jump up on and then over to the toilet. It’s possible the toilet seat is slippy and jumping up on to it is scaring them. Give it a shot! ~ karen

  21. christyl says:

    I want to try this so bad! I’ve tried all the other boxes to. Cat #1 has decided that he will lift his butt at the end of each pee (before he’s done) so I had to go to a large plastic tote to contain it all. Cat #2 is a very cool cat but he has kinda of a bum knee…not sure how he would do with that. I may have to try tho….the thought of no more litter is too tantalizing.

    P.S. What did you find out about your cat throwing up catfood? The “toothpaste” tube of undiegested cat food. Mine does it and I’m getting ready to make him an outside kitty this summer if I can’t improve things on the inside. I want carpet!!!

  22. Elyse says:

    Ok, so I hope I don’t offend you but I think I have your cat. They are basically twins and also have the same personality. And I don’t know if Prada wore a collar but in the picture of him on the toilet it looks like he has a little white patch, which is not really a patch but like 7 white hairs. So creepy, and to push the creepy to the max my cat, Bowser, also will not swat, he stings like a viper! I have trained him not to hurt his mama but my fiance regularly “plays” with him and has many tiny teeth marks to prove it. Check out my wedding website, he adorns the guestbook page matthewandelyse.ourwedding.com

    • Karen says:

      Um. You’re right. Wow. Prada’s dead. Watch it. I might come get your cat. Is the wedding invitation only, or more of a just drop by and steal a cat kind of affair? ~ karen

      • Elyse says:

        I’m sorry the cat will not be attending the wedding, but you are still welcome to pop by if your on the Michigan side of the pond!

  23. Ruth says:

    Wow Karen!

    Thanks for sharing all this detail with us, including what to watch out for so as not to traumatize our feline friends in the process.

    I’ve been in the company of Siamese cats most of my life and often thought about their ‘smarts’ and considered attempting ‘toilet training’, but was always in a career position that took me out of the house for long hours or days on road trips, so couldn’t really start a decent program.

    I too have tried every kind of litter known to man.

    Just to encourage the other readers to consider the toilet training program:

    – clay-based clumping litter is bad for the cats’ respiratory system, as well as their human companions’ and weighs more than the waste management will consider picking up if you have a multi-cat household.

    I tried breaking my 1 bag into 2 bags, using the kitty litter bags themselves as bags, only to find that this now exceeds the 1 bag limit (or so it seems, as they only take 1?)

    – most flushable litter must be administered to the toilet by the tablespoon for low flush toilet-acceptance,

    – biodegradable, grain (corn) – based product is seriously hydrophilic and clumps into concrete-like football-sized offerings that need to be shovelled vs. scooped and to be chopped up into small pieces before they can be flushed,

    – wood pellet / shaving – based material doesn’t really clump, isn’t really flushable unless you want to feed the toilet in tablespoons fulls, and tracks all over the house; I actually find it under the covers at the foot of my bed when I’m changing the sheets!!

    The majority of the 1/4 bag of garbage I put on the curb is furry feline fecal matter.

    Would you believe that with 3 cats (one was an accident – left behind by a pregnant housemate) my 1/4 bag of garbage weighs too much for the city’s waste management crew to take away!!

    I now find myself considering weighing in at the local transfer station, but the minimum charge would suggest that this solution is neither a financially viable option nor an environmentally sustainable one!

    My feline family consists of: Suki an 8 month old applehead seal point Siamese (looks very much like Chloe, actually!), Nala – a horrifically shy 3 year old grey tabby, and Simba – my 15 year old indoor/outdoor Champaign tabby.

    P.S. Nala was named by the housemate who didn’t know that I had a Simba .. too funny 🙂

    What tips would you give to those crazy enough to try this in a multi-cat, multi-gender, multi-age household?

  24. Jen says:

    Karen- my sister is attempting this with her cat- could you provide a picture of the “bowl in the bowl” set up?
    Thanks

  25. Caroline says:

    we are trying to toilet train our cat.
    We are running into a dead end… Probably something we can solve but I just don’t know how.
    We’ve been at the bowl in the toilet part. My cat doesn’t seem to get the part where it have to put the paws on the rim. Still all 4 in the small litter box.
    I have tried to reduce the size of the “hole” she had her 2 back paws in. But then she started to pee on my doormat carpet. Poop is in the small litter… this has been going on for 5 weeks (3 wks paws in, 2 wks smaller hole).
    I went back to the bigger bowl and 4 paws in. She peed in it. I know she can do it, she did pee in with the paws out but stopped.
    We are not home all day. School and work…
    Any advise? Going back to where she is and just wait until she gets it??
    Thanks

    • Karen says:

      Caroline – If I were you I’d just start reducing the amount of litter until there’s very little. Then I’d skip right to removing the bowl. She may surprise you and go right in the toilet. She’ll have nowhere to put her feet but on the rim in that case. Or … she might just pee on the bathmat. I guess you’ll find out! It’s not a science, that’s for sure. Good luck! ~ karen

  26. Jen says:

    Hi, I am amazed at all the successful stories… I on the other hand am having a really difficult time and am about to lose it. Just when I think my cat is ready to move to the next stage and there is less litter, he revolts and poops/pees on the floor either right in front of the toilet or in the den floor. We have backed up a couple of stages many times and now It’s really starting to irritate me. He doesn’t seem to want to move from the previous stages. Please anyone, HELP any advise? ~Jen

  27. Aija says:

    My little girl Callie was doing so well on the toilet, and is still urinating in the toilet perfectly. Lately she has started using the tiled floor right next to the toilet to defecate and I’m so frustrated and don’t know what to do! Any pointers please? Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Aija – In cases like that they suggest you go back to putting a litter pan in the toilet to reintroduce her to pooping on the toilet as opposed to the floor. I’d give that a shot if I were you. ~ karen!

  28. Casey says:

    Hi, I am running into a very early problem. I tried using the citikitty pan in the toilet after my cat had gotten used to jumping on top of the toilet to get to her litterbox. She will jump into her litterbox that I had set on the toilet just fine. Once she had spent a good week not messing up (she never messed up ever) I removed the litterbox then tried the first step of the citikitty pan. She HATES the lid being down and no matter what, the litter seems too shallow for her and she just jumps down and has held it in for about a day. I tried forgetting the citikitty pan and putting a litterbowl inside the toilet. She STILL hates the lid being up and won’t jump in it to use it. What do you recommend doing? -Casey

    • Casey says:

      Woops I meant she hates the SEAT of the toilet being down. I NEVER put the LID down, the toilet is always open!

      • Karen says:

        Hi Casey – In cases like that “they” say to go back a few steps to where the cat is comfortable. That may in your case mean starting over. I know. It sucks. The other thing you can try is to gently place your cat in the litter pan that’s in the toilet. (I’m sure you’ve probably already tried that) Sometimes just feeling the litter on their feet gets them in the mood to “go”. Good luck! ~ karen

        • Casey says:

          Yes, I have tried putting her in there, she just paws around for a second then jumps out. She has peed in it one time in a week but only when i raised the seat up but she can’t get used to that or it’s pointless because she can’t jump up there herself. Do I just go back to putting the litterbox on top and hope she takes to it next time I take it off after a while?

  29. shannon says:

    Hi! My cat Sheeba has been toilet trained for about 4 years now. I bought the “litter Twitter” training seat online and it took about 3 weeks for her to be comfortable using the toilet. I have had no problems until about 3 months ago when she started defacating on my bathroom rug instead of in the toilet. She had no problem urinating in it but for some reason #2 has become a huge problem! If the bathroom rug is not there (usually because I’m washing it from her poo) she has even gone on my bed!!! I need help! I don’t know why all of the sudden she is doing this! Today she peed on the rug too! If anybody has advice on what to do I would greatly appreciate it! I’m at my wits end!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shannon – I’m afraid I don’t have any advice for you! It may be that she’s getting too old to hop up on the toilet comfortably. Is that possible? You may try putting a stool beside the toilet if that’s the case. Or have you changed your toilet seat lately? Those are the only two things I can think of. Sorry! ~ karen

  30. shannon says:

    Darn auto-correct…that’s “litter kwitter”

  31. Vincent says:

    i have followed your instructions 3 months ago and my cat actually pee in the toilet now! but…… only pee. he would poo right beside the toilet on the floor. Any advise? i was thinking of reversing one step.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vincent – If he *was* pooping in the toilet when you had a bit of litter in the bowl, then revert to that. ~ karen! (and congratulations on toilet training your cat!)

  32. Layla says:

    Hi Karen,
    We recently started the process of toilet training our cat using a different method, and he was ok with us raising the litter box and putting it on top of the toilet and even going in a round plastic “box” full of litter that we set under the seat, which he was using for 2 weeks. However, when we replaced the flat bottom with a bottom containing a short tube in it so he could still have litter, he refused to use it. He held it for a while before we changed the bottom back to the flat bottom when it became obvious he wasn’t going to use it. We left it like that for about a week and a half. Then, this weekend, we decided to try just taking out the bottom all together. We sprinkled some litter in the toilet and thought it was a success when we found pee. But then today he pooped on the comforter. We think he’s just reluctant to use the toilet without scratching around in litter. Do you have any suggestions for how to transition him to whatever the next step would be at this point?

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  34. Lan says:

    I almost had my black & white tuxedo trained. Unfortunately he passed suddenly, cause unknown, before he used the toilet without litter. My current cat likes the litter and absolutely refused to cooperate with the toilet training.

    Here’s the setup I used:
    –> I cut a hole, approx 6-inch diameter, in the seat cover – I think this was my best idea for toilet training. It left my cat with a much larger surface to perch on and it probably felt more stable since it wasn’t sloped toward the water. I had to buy a replacement seat since I was renting and they probably wouldn’t have been happy with my “modification”. Note: I made sure the seat cover was completely plastic. There are some that are plastic covered wood which I didn’t think would hold up well to the water exposure.
    –> I taped sections of sandpaper, approx 2-inch by 2-inch, of whatever grit was handy to the top of the cover for that pawing at the litter feeling.
    –> I used a disposable aluminum pan in the bowl and just kept trimming it smaller so that there would always be some litter. Use either a roasting pan or a baking pan – which ever fits better. They’re inexpensive and easily replaceable if need to backtrack during training.

    There’s also an Yahoo group for toilet training your cat. Wealth of experience and knowledge there.

  35. Megan says:

    I have been trying to train my cat to use the toilet for a month now. I bought the training one from the store which the first stage is a shallow bowl that fills with litter and then the next one has a small hole cut out and the final one barley has any litter around the rim. But he has been peeing on our bed for the last couple weeks now after he has been using the toilet good and we have him set up in the bathroom in our room so they are so close. What can I do? Once they start peeing somewhere else will they always?

    • Karen says:

      Not always Megan, but they do like to start a habit of going somewhere else and once they imprint their smell on something they are more likely to do that by going back and back so make sure you get a good enzyme cleaner to get all the smell out of the bed and bedding. If you want to continue with the toilet training you have to go back a few steps to make the cat comfortable again and then continue moving forward at a slow pace. ~ karen!

  36. Betul kara says:

    Every stage has been going great however am scared that she will go pee somewhere else once i change the litter to water.

  37. Ashley says:

    Hello! I have a couple questions. I am currently in the process of potty-training a cat and am struggling. He will pee right in the litter box in the toilet but when it comes to pooping, in or right outside my shower seem to be favored. How do I know when he needs to go and what can I do to make sure he goes in the litter box and not on the floor? How do you hold a cat when they go on the toilet? I am pretty confident that if I am holding him he will not go but I see no other way to teach him how to squat. Have any helpful advice?? Thank you!

  38. Tennille says:

    I have had my two trained for about a year now after using CitiKitty but for some reason they have started to not want to go on the toilet at night every time. They are fine during the day and do find evidence of some use in the toilet but are left little stinky brown gifts on the floor of the bathroom (this morning was the worse with two poos and a wee). Nothing has changed in their routine or lives.

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