Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cat Training

Jasper Doing Cat BusinessFor those who think cats cannot learn anything they are wrong. Here's our story. I have always had indoor/outdoor cats since I was a little girl. They come in to eat and sleep and play and do cat business outside. Right now we have Jasper, a typically finicky and stubborn siamese mix. We also have been adopted by a stray we call Flick who is mainly an outside cat. Very skittish. During the winter I tended to keep a litter box inside...just in case. And, it did get used periodically. My husband does not like cat boxes. One late night watching TV rather than a "Girls gone wild" comercial we saw one of those "as seen on TV" items we just had to check out online. It was a bit pricier than some others out there but with us having a big cat and reviews saying it was sturdier we decided to try it out. We were pleased to see that Petco carried it. It is called the Litter Kwitter. It promised to:
1. Train your cat to use a human toilet in 8 weeks or less
2. No more mess, no more germs, no more smells, no more hassle
3. The training is easy for cat owners to understand and use
4. Comes with a standard white seat that fits most standard toilet seats
With Jasper not being an indoor cat it took a little longer than they said but we are well on our way. Our steps went as follows: I placed the toilet shaped frame on the ground with the red insert and put a small amount of litter in the center. He checked it out and ignored it for a few days but one late night he used it. I scooped it. With his periodic use we went through this routine for all of November. Mid-December we moved to step 2. This meant moving the unit to the toilet. The entire toilet seat has to be up so it sits on the base. It seemed pretty secure. The first time he got up he was so big he hit the toilet seat. Bang! It fell and hit him and he flew out of the room. I thought for sure the Litter Kwitter experiment was over. But I didnt give up. Into the garage I went to see what I could find. I grabbed that miracle device known as the bungee cord. With it I strapped the seat and lid to the tank. (Good thing we have another bathroom for human use) Well, for a few days he ignored it but then up he went and he went literally. He seemed to like this arrangement. After 3 weeks of near daily use it was time for step 3. I wasn't sure how well we'd do with this phase because it involved changing the center solid insert to one with a center hole. There is a ridge about an inch from the hole to hold a small amount of litter around the hole. A couple of days later at the sound of scratching on litter I go in to find that he's used the potty and not the litter! I flush and no cleaning of litter needed. Amazing! It is now March 4th and I have had to clean the litter part only twice. Ray laughs and says "It's a funny world when people are servants to animals and our cat has his own bathroom". Of course, now it's time for the next step. The next insert has an even larger hole. After a couple of weeks of that then we go to the "no insert" phase. I'll have to post again when we are done with training but I have no doubt now that we will finish the training and Jasper will be using the, If I can only find a way to teach hm to flush!


Harry, Los Angeles said...

Congrats to you guys and Jasper! I'm looking into your website frequently and enjoy it every time, great job.

Anonymous said...

I've seen Jasper in ACTION.. It's the greatest thing I've seen.. A Cat going "Potty" on a person's potty.

You "GO JASPER".. He's s so proud of himself.. It is the strangest thing to see a Cat doing his outside business on a potty... So, anyone out there that says, cat can't be trained. Hasn't seen Jasper in "Action"

Sherry O.
visiting from Virginia

Grace said...

Wow, very impressive. I was able to get my cat to "go to the potty" up until I took the second insert out. Do let us know how it goes from here!