by Tom Simpson
But how many times have you been to a person’s home or apartment and you know from the first step through the door, that they are a cat owner? The litter box and the smell from the litter box can be the scourge of any homeowner. But if you could get rid of the smelly cat odor, would you? You could train your cat to only go to the bathroom outdoors and this would ensure the odor would stay right there. But this is often not an option for a lot of cat owners because they are worried their cats would run away, get hit by a car or get eaten by something. So, how can this problem be fixed? You can fix this issue by toilet training your cat. By toilet training your cat you will not have to be embarrassed by the awful smell cat litter can leave in the air.
Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter how much a brand of cat litter claims it’s odorless, it still stinks. And cat litter gets pretty pricey when considered over the lifetime of your precious feline. First and foremost, you need to have a lot of patience if you are planning on toilet training your cat. Just like it takes time to potty train a child, it will also take some time to potty train a cat. If you have a cat that is advanced in age, you might find this task more difficult because they are already programmed a certain way.
If you have a younger feline, then potty training them will be easier since they are more malleable. The first thing you need to train your cat to use the toilet is let them get used to the bathroom. Don’t close the door to the bathroom. And if you can, move the cat’s litter box as close to the toilet as possible. The cat will then associate the bathroom as a place to do his business, and won’t be scared to go in there. If you are fortunate enough to have a second bathroom, a good idea would be to stick the litter box in there, on the actual toilet seat. Then your cat would get used to the idea of having to jump up to the toilet to go to the bathroom.
After the cat gets used to going to the bathroom this way, get rid of the litter box and put a plastic pan (ones used for potty training a child are great!) in it’s place. Put a little bit of the cat litter to line the bottom of the pan. Again, wait for your cat to become accustomed to this new way of going to the bathroom. Get rid of the pan once your cat has successfully learned how to go in the toilet. And now, you have a cat who is potty trained, a home that smells normal and your wallet will be a little more full. Now, if you could only teach them how to flush!
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