Thursday, March 12, 2009
No really! Jim trained our cat, Pink, in about a month (Pink is one half of the band, our dog's name was Floyd, in case you were wondering). If you're patient enough and you have a cat that's willing (um, yeah, good luck with that part), it can be done! This was years ago, long before Meet the Parents came out, so I feel a little ahead of the curve. The crazy curve, that is.
Step 1: Place the litter box on top of the toilet seat to get the cat used to jumping up there.
Step 2: Once the cat is used to that (it took about a week for ours) get a metal bowl that will fit inside the toilet and fill it with kitty litter.
Step 3: Gradually decrease the amount of litter in the bowl until it's empty. This will take about another week.
Step 4: Let the cat use the empty bowl for a week.
Step 5: Gradually start adding water to the bowl. If the cat refuses to use it, give him a stern talking to or take a step back. Whatever works for you. I found that revoking tv privileges worked well in our situation. :oP
Step 6: Remove the bowl all together, and voila, you have a potty trained cat.
While the obvious perk to this is no longer needing a litter box, there is the drawback that you now have to share your porcelain throne with your cat. There's also nothing weirder than sitting in the other room and doing a double take when you hear someone peeing in the bathroom and you realize you're the only one home. You also somehow feel like you're imposing if you happen to walk in on your cat doing their business. Seriously, Step 7 should be learning to shut the door.