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For everyone following Oliver’s toilet training journey, we had a very quiet and uneventful second week. He switched to level two on April 16 (day 20 of training), which is the one with a small hole in the center. I could’ve easily started him on level two a week earlier, but we’ve been traveling and I didn’t want to confuse him.

  • Day Twenty

Monday, April 16, 2018

I could hardly wait to start Oliver on the second level of training. The small hole in the center makes it looks like an actual toilet not a raised litter box, and I was very happy to see he had no trouble adjusting to the system or balancing himself over the hole.

Unlike the reviews I have followed, he didn’t try to touch the water through the hole or put his head in it. He basically acted like the hole isn’t even there. This is much easier than I thought!

  • Day Twenty One

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Oliver pees right in the center. His schedule is the same, he seems comfortable and there’s no mess around the toilet.

  • Day Twenty Two

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The first pee hour didn’t happen this morning, but I had a bunch of things to do and we had to run out the door after Oliver had his lunch, around 12:15.

He got buckled up in his car seat and silently judged all the terrible drivers on the freeway.

As soon as we got to the office, he was greeted by a bunch of people who were so happy to see him, he got a lot of attention and love as usual and then…he suddenly started peeing all over the floor! He was so calm and collected. No signs of stress or fear, he just peed everywhere, looking very relaxed and comfortable!

Did he see someone he doesn’t like? Is this his way of quietly showing his anger towards an asshole colleague?! He obviously doesn’t have a bladder problem, what could it possibly be?

Then it suddenly hit me;

He didn’t pee in the morning and I just brought him out with a full bladder. Great!

Of course, I let him finish, everyone acted like nothing happened and continued petting him to make sure he’s comfortable. I took him to the bathroom to wash his butt and paws, I dried him up and took him back to the car. I buckled him up, he looked up at me and gave me a face, with his famous tongue out.

“Did you just do that for attention?!” I asked.

He didn’t answer, because you know, he doesn’t speak English.

We stopped by at a corporate park to drop off some paperwork. He walked on a leash and sat on a table. “I peed in your office” he thought in cat “everyone loves me anyway”.

FINAL THOUGHTS OF OVERALL THREE WEEKS

This entire process is seriously easier than I had imagined. It has been a while I have the training toilet there and so far experienced no mess at all.

As I wrote before, please make sure the training toilet is always clean. The space is very limited and your cat is not going to be happy if it’s not cleaned after each use.

There is a possibility that your cat’s appetite may slightly change as their bowel movement schedule also changes to adapt to the new system. Don’t worry about this, but be aware if your cat feels constipated or hasn’t pooped in days. There are many reasons for cats not wanting to go on the training toilet:

  1. It’s not cleaned.
  2. It’s too high (if your cat is too small, use a small stool or box to help them climb to the toilet)
  3. You switched to the next level too early.
OUR RESULTS AFTER 43 DAYS

If you have followed Oliver’s journey through his toilet training you know that I started training him on March 28, exactly 43 days ago. I am in absolutely no rush to train him faster and get it over with. Toilet training your cat is not some Internet challenge, you don’t win a prize for pushing your cat to learn something outside of his nature in “30 days or less”. Give it time, and be patient. If your cat has an accident somewhere else in your house, never, ever punish them. Punishment does not teach a cat what to do. Cats often do their own thing and because of this, most people believe they are not trainable animals but this cannot be further from the truth. Any animal can be trained as long as you spend the necessary time and effort.

Toilet training is cool, but is it right for your cat?

Pooping should not be stressful.

It is important to remember that toilet training goes against your cat’s natural instinct to dig, eliminate and cover. Some people jump into the toilet training bandwagon without fully understanding what the cat has to deal with and what the owners will be facing for the next couple of months.

A common reason people are attracted to the idea of toilet training their cats is that they are tired of cleaning the litter box. But the main reason litter boxes are often smelly and disgusting is that cat owners don’t scoop them as often as they should. If you are too lazy to maintain an average litter box, don’t even think about toilet training your cat. Unlike a traditional litter box you can leave unclean for a day, a training toilet MUST be constantly clean in order for a cat to be attracted to using it.

Balancing themselves on a human toilet can be difficult for cats that are old, ill or in pain. Toilet seats have a slippery surface and using them could be challenging and stressful for less healthy cats. Keep in mind that as cats grow older, some develop problems in their joints and back. This will have an effect on successfully going through the procedure of safely eliminating waste.

It only takes ONE tiny incident for your cat to be scared of using the toilet forever:

Scenario One

Your friends always say you are a very impatient person, but you don’t think that’s true. You are going to prove them wrong by toilet training your kitten. Your cat is very small. You switched to level two too early. Little Cupcake isn’t strong enough to balance herself on the training toilet yet and doesn’t know what any of this means. She falls through the hole and panics. She thinks to herself: “I’m done with this shit” and poops on your bed from tomorrow.

You’re fucked.

Scenario Two

You are a busy professional who is rarely home. You decided to get a cat instead of a dog, because cats are “totally low maintenance bro”. What’s better than toilet training your cat so you don’t even have to lift heavy bags of litter all the time? You are not a big fan of scooping the litter box twice a day anyway. The toilet training kit is set. You leave in the morning and come home late at night. Your cat has been left alone all day and the training toilet was cleaned 24 hours ago. In the meantime, Joey decides to poop after lunch. He hops on the toilet and steps on his own pee. This experience is slightly unpleasant for little Joey. He thinks to himself: “I’m done with this shit” and poops on your fluffy, expensive carpet instead.

You’re fucked.

Scenario Three

You just moved to Los Angeles with a big dream of becoming an actress. It can get lonely sometimes not knowing anyone in a new city, so you get a cat to cuddle with at nights when you come home tired from your waitressing job. Your favorite movie is Meet the Fockers, so you start toilet training your kitten to be just like Mr. Jinx. Everything is going well and your cat is adapting to her new toilet. Fast forward two months and you just met a super hot guy who happens to be the lead guitarist at some unknown, local band. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t have money or most probably any future in music, because “oh my god have you seen those sexy tattoos?!” And he happens to want to take a weekend trip to Santa Barbara, but you can’t take a cat wine tasting, so you find a boarding place in Agoura Hills that has decent reviews on Yelp and drop off Miss Daisy the day before your trip. No one at the kitty hotel cares about toilet training and Miss Daisy is left in a place with a small, standard litter box. When you pick her up after four days, she is confused and not so happy you are making her climb on top of something to pee. She thinks to herself: “I’m done with this shit” and pees in the carry-on bag you left open in the middle of the living room. You think about re-training her, but you find her poop in your left shoe in the morning. This goes on for the next couple of days. You give up.

You’re fucked.

Scenario Four

You live with 17 cats in a one bedroom, one bath apartment…!

You get the idea!

Make sure you do your research, ask questions, and don’t forget to be patient because your cat WILL find a better place to poop and you will most certainly not like it.

So far for us, everything is good. I’m dealing with no mess and a cat who climbs up the toilet carefully and comfortably. He has used the training toilet in other houses when we go away for the weekends and he has had no trouble at all. Of course, I plan on finishing the training but as I’ve said before, I am in no rush to ‘get him there’. I will post more updates here and you can see some videos of him using the toilet on Instagram. Please feel free to ask any questions and share your toilet training experiences!

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Raw feeders, animal nutrition enthusiasts and self-proclaimed pet chefs all agree that feeding your animals a specie appropriate diet is commitment.

Of course, It is a little more expensive to feed a cat lamb every day, compared to buying 5lbs of mystery ingredients for $10, But how much do we really spend? This is a very common question people ask and I always ignore, because I never pay attention how much I actually spend every month on Oliver’s food. No, I’m not a Rockefeller! I just care deeply about my cat’s health and well-being, just like all of you reading this blog. After hearing this question five times this week, I decided to finally break it down and check my costs. Could I have bought another car if I didn’t have a cat?! Let’s see…

Of course, the prices of everything could vary greatly depending on where you live, how many times you feed and how, our cat’s special dietary needs and many other factors, so here are some things you should know before you continue reading:

  • Oliver is a Russian Blue who just turned one year old on March 30. He has not always been on a raw diet, but has never been introduced to commercial food from the beginning.
  • He eats three meals a day.
  • All the meats I purchase are certified organic, grass-fed and locally sourced.
  • I don’t freeze anything or do weekly meal preps. I buy enough for two days and go back to the butcher for more.
  • I don’t buy anything on sale or previously frozen.
  • There’s no canned food in Oliver’s diet. Human-grade, or cat. We are an anti-tin family!
  • We live in Southern California and besides my personal meat and egg sources, I shop from Whole Foods, Sprouts and Ralph’s as well as a few trusted local, international markets.
  • Oliver is extremely active. He constantly runs around the house and we go to the park to play daily. His vet is well aware of the portions I feed and is in complete agreement. His weight is perfect, his coat is shiny and he is incredibly healthy, so no, I’m not feeding him too much!

I believe that with a little creative financial juggling, anyone is able to feed their animals high quality, raw food. When you think about how many illnesses can be eliminated or prevented entirely only through proper nutrition, the dollar amounts don’t seem as alarming. Each time you feel like feeding raw is too expensive, think about it this way: by taking care of your pet’s health today, you are reducing the costs of vet bills tomorrow.

Our pets enrich our lives and by feeding them a specie appropriate diet we ensure their long-term health and happiness. This, is totally worth paying for.

The Breakdown

The meats I buy are lamb, veal, bison, beef, rabbit, duck, quail and sometimes chicken. Since Oliver isn’t too crazy about chicken, I only use chicken liver, heart and gizzards (on occasion) in his diet.

The lamb I buy from my butcher is $8.99 per pound. Veal prices vary slightly, but for the most part remain the same. One pound of lamb (or veal) gives me about four portions. Let’s say tonight’s dinner has lamb as the main protein. I will add two or three chicken hearts (1lbs $3), a piece of chicken neck ($2 each, unless you already have the whole chicken, then it’s technically free!) and some chicken liver (about $3)

The cost for one plate of food turns out to be somewhere around $3.50

Oliver eats one quail egg every day, usually for breakfast. I buy 15 fresh quail eggs from a local supplier for $4.00. That’s only $.26/Day.

To get into a little more detail, here is what I bought and prepared for the next five meals:

  • Bison steak – 8 OZ (226 g) – Vegetarian fed, free of preservatives, hormones and antibiotics – $26.95
  • Beef ribeye steak – 0.45 lbs – Grass fed, certified organic pasture, free of preservatives, antibiotics and hormones – $18.99
  • USDA Choice eye round steak – 0.57 lbs – $6.99
  • Veal 0.87 lbs – Certified organic pasture, free of preservatives, hormones and antibiotics – $9.99
Portioned out, it looks something like this:To make these meals complete I also bought: Chicken hearts – 1 lbs – From free Range and organically raised local chicken – $3.00

Chicken liver – 1 lbs – From the same small farm – $3.00

Bones – Prices vary, because some days I feed chicken neck, some days duck, chicken wings, turkey neck and sometimes egg shells. Of course, bones don’t really cost much.

The total of what I spent today comes down to $68.92. That amount has given me five complete meals plus three extra portions of eye round steak to mix with other things later.

When I did my shopping this morning, I specifically wanted to get a bunch of different things so that I can easily calculate my costs. I realized it has always been difficult for me to answer how much I spend every month because I go to the butcher almost daily and never pay attention to how much I spend. However, I wasn’t expecting to see I almost spent $70 on just a few meals today. Bison was the most expensive protein I purchased and it’s a type of meat Oliver only eats three or four times a month. Based on what I’ve calculated today, I spend an average of $200 a month for his food, including everything from meats and organs to raw, freeze dried treats and dehydrated snacks.

Now Treats!

I know that early on I’ve said we are an anti-tin family, but I do purchase a few canned items on occasion, to add to Oliver’s diet for some variety. Canned lobster is one of those items.

Even with our amazing and expansive coastline, finding fresh lobster in California can be a little tricky. Lobster is seasonal and only shows up previously frozen around Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day in Southern California markets. I like to keep some high-quality canned lobster on hand for Oliver to munch on every now and then.This canned lobster is an excellent brand directly from Maine. The only ingredient is certified premium Maine lobster meat, water and a dash of salt. I purchase these for $26 per can from my local Ralph’s. I have seen that the price of these vary a lot, depending on where you get them from. Amazon has them for $20 per can and in some online stores you can even get them for as little as $12. Unfortunately, I didn’t have this information before I started writing this blog, and I have already bought all of that ridiculously expensive canned lobster! But hey, I live within walking distance to the supermarket so at least it was convenient! (insert face palm!) Another great option is this wild sockeye salmon that contains nothing else but sea salt. The fish is caught in the Pacific Northwest, it is boneless, skinless, top quality and sustainable. I also buy these from my local Ralph’s for $8.99 per can. I consider these canned seafoods treats or as a fun occasional addition to his food, because I feed Oliver fresh fish once a week anyway and he doesn’t eat anything else from a can. These two are the only canned items I purchase for Oliver. His daily treats consists of raw, freeze-dried animal organs like chicken heart, chicken gizzards, salmon skin, pig snout and duck wings.

Now that we have established I probably spend way too much on cat food, here’s what I think you could do to save some money:

  • Befriend a hunter! If you live in Alaska, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Wyoming, Montana, South Carolina or anywhere else around that general region, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a friend who shoots animals! South Dakota, the pheasant capital of the world, offers hotels with hunting packages and free bird cleaning!
  • Make friends with your butcher. I find this to be extremely important and very useful when it comes to feeding raw. Real butchers are a wonderful source of information and they can be quite helpful when it comes to finding specific cuts of meat. If you like to start by feeding ground meats to your pets, knowing a butcher on a personal level can be very useful. Some places have an extra charge to ground meats, but your butcher friend will most probably do it for you at no additional charge.
  • Shop from international/ethnic markets. This is a SUPER important point to address. People from all over the world prepare all kinds of muscle and organ meats. Contrary to uneducated racist beliefs, the Middle East is not the only part of the world that consumes organs. “Lengua en escabeche” (pickled tongue) is a popular appetizer in Argentina. In Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay and all over South America people eat “Chinchulines” which is roasted or grilled small intestine of cow or pork. Bolivia has their famous kidney soup called “Jolke”. Tongue is stewed and served over rice in Peru. Every part of the cow, from it’s mouth to legs to organs are eaten in Spain. “Rabo de toro” (bull’s tail) is a typical dish from the south of Spain, dating back to 16th century when it was prepared from bulls killed during bullfighting. ” Criadillasis” another famous Spanish dish made from any animal’s testicles. Pig intestines and ears are often used in Cantonese cooking. Don’t forget, the French invented the “foie gras”, and one of the best treatments of tripe in the world also comes from France, “tripes à la mode de Caen” that consists of all four chambers of a beef cattle’s stomach as well as part of the large intestine. You will find goat brain masala and lamb kidney stew in India. Sicilians have a traditional spleen sandwich called “Pani ca meusa”. Liver and onions originated in Venice. “Menudo”, a popular Mexican hangover remedy is tripe soup. Pig feet are fried in the Philippines. People of Poland also make a tripe soup called “flaki”. Calf’s brain and feet are also popular in Polish cooking. Shredded tongue salad is a favorite Russian dish. “Smalahove” is a very traditional Western Norwegian dish made from sheep head, usually served around Christmas. The Swedish “Pölsa” is made from liver, hearts and onions, as well as “levergryta” (liver stew). “Tablier de sapeur”, a Lyonnaise specialty is made from beef tripe. An old school Viennese dish, “Beuschel” is made from heart and lungs. In Belgium, several classic dishes are made from organ meats. In Italy, consumption of entrails and internal organs is very widespread. Among the most popular, are fried or stewed brains and boiled stomach usually served in tomato sauce. In Umbria, pig’s bowls are cured with herbs. “Pajata”, A classic Roman dish is made from the intestines of an unweaned calf. In Greece, Turkey and Albania brain, eyes, spleen, lungs and kidney are prepared a variety of ways. Variety of traditional Hungarian dishes are made with offal meats, like “pacalpörkölt” made from beef tripe. In Iran, chicken or lamb liver and heart is a popular grilled dish in mountainside restaurants. People of Israel cook chicken liver, heart and spleen on a flat grill, mixed with onions and spices. THE WORLD is literally filled with people from countries who eat a wide variety of animal organs. Take advantage of that. Ask questions. Go to international markets and buy variety of foods for your pet. Step out of your comfort zone. One of the best reasons to purchase organ and muscle meats from various international markets is that they are cheap. Growing up in a Persian household, I was raised eating differently prepared chicken liver and hearts. Lamb is the national meat of Iran and what most classic dishes are prepared with. Buying lamb from a Persian market is far cheaper than Whole Foods for example, and you will absolutely get a much, much higher quality ingredient because Persians take their lamb very seriously! For us, chicken liver is not a delicacy, so it costs less. However, because we know exactly what to do with it, our markets bring only the highest quality available.
  • Mix it up. You don’t have to go full-on raw to start. If you choose to buy meat on sale and are not so comfortable feeding it raw, you can cook it to kill off some of the bacteria. Some people even mix high-quality canned food with raw meats, that way they don’t have to spend a lot of time preparing raw food, and they might save some money in process.

Whatever you do, DON’T:

  • Buy packaged ground meat. Ground meat does not contain all the nutrients pets need to grow. Not all ground meat is created equal, but it is no surprise that most food recalls in the United States involve ground meat. If you have the choice, buy quality cuts and grind them at home. If not, ask your local butcher and they’ll be happy to do it for you.
  • Stick with one protein forever. Chicken is easily available and the cheapest kind of meat for most people, but a chicken-only diet is not a balanced diet. A single protein source is not going to provide all the necessary nutrients needed to reach optimal health. Wild, carnivorous dies consist of multiple proteins. Not all proteins are nutritionally equal. Red meats are nutritionally more dense than white meat options, which directly relates to the muscle movement of the animal during its life. The classification of red and white meat has to do with the muscle spasm of the animal when they move. Harder working muscles contain more nutrients which is directly related to their muscle activity. What makes red meats more nutritionally favorable is the higher concentration of fat and vitamins.

Please do your research, read books, talk to your veterinarian and ask questions. There are so many different cost-effective ways to feed your animals a specie appropriate diet. Don’t give up if your pet doesn’t seem interested in the beginning. Our cats are designed to hunt, kill and eat raw meat. Don’t be selfish, don’t try to change their mature because it’s convenient and comfortable for you.

I have not been paid to promote or advertise the two seafood brands and I did not receive them as a promotional gift.
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  • Day One

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Breakfast is served at 8 AM every day and Oliver uses his litter box exactly half an hour after eating.

I wasn’t sure how he would react to the toilet training system, so I let him pee before I took away his litter box in the morning.

I cleaned the litter box like I do every day while he watched, but I think he knew something was up this time, because he kept tapping on the litter box and the floor while I was cleaning it. I took the litter box to the patio and left it there until I can get back and clean things up. Oliver was climbing on the screen door, staring at his litter box with worried eyes! “Where am I supposed to poop now?!” I’m sure he thought.

***

Ignoring the instructional DVD and reviews, I put the first step of the toilet training system on the floor instead of directly on the toilet. Considering that his new “box” is a different shape, and the litter is a completely different texture, I wanted him to get used to the new system before having to climb on the toilet to do his business.

I had prepared myself for the messiest, most horrifying first day ever. But surprisingly, he didn’t make a mess at all. All he did was walk around it and smell. He didn’t touch the litter or attempt to go inside and I didn’t make him to. I just let it be. About three hours later (11:30 AM), I decided to sprinkle a little bit of his old litter on top of the new one, just so he can smell something familiar.

Oliver eats lunch at 12:30 PM, sharp. He usually poops about an hour after lunch and pees for the second time. His lunch was grilled chicken breast pieces served in homemade bone broth and mint.

At 2:15, he peed directly in the center of his new toilet. There was no sign of scattered litter anywhere, but his urine was perfectly covered. No poop yet.

  • Day Two

Thursday, March 29, 2018

I found Oliver sitting in front of his training toilet this morning when I walked in the bathroom to put in my contact lenses. He looked up at me and stared back at the toilet.

“I’m sorry baby…” I said, as I realized how much in his life I’ve suddenly changed. The litter box he has grown to love so much is gone, the nicely scented litter he was so used to is now replaced by this strange wheat product and poor thing has to get used to it all.

He followed me out of the bathroom to get his breakfast. Instead of running around and playing with his little mouse like he normally does after eating, he watched me do yoga for one hour. It was only about half an hour before lunchtime when he decided to finally pee again. This was the first and last time he peed today, even though he stepped in and out of his training toilet a couple of times during the day. No poop yet, but I’m not worried. Because of his raw diet, Oliver doesn’t poop as much as other cats. He does however drink lots of water and broth with his food, so he pees a lot more than once a day.

I’m not sure why he doesn’t poop in the training toilet but has no problem peeing. There’s more than enough litter for him to comfortably do whatever he wants. Maybe pooping somewhere requires more trust?! I have to modify certain things in his diet if he doesn’t poop by tomorrow.

  • Day Three

Friday, March 30, 2018

Today is Oliver’s first birthday.

He’s going to turn one year old today and instead of giving him something fun to play with, what do I do?! I take away one thing he cares about; his litter box!

I thought about getting him one of those cool backpacks that makes him look like a fluffy astronaut, but he’s leash trained and has a car seat so that would’ve been a useless purchase. I just have to keep reminding myself that a toilet training kit was the best birthday present I could possibly give him!

1:15 PM – Oliver pooped on schedule, right in the middle of the training toilet, covering it perfectly. Zero mess. Party time!

  • Day Four

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Today started out with Oliver standing in the training toilet for a few seconds before walking away. He did that a couple of times in the morning without actually using it, he simply stood there and moved his paws around, trying to get a feel of the litter.

He peed at 2:20 PM, later than his usual schedule, but he did pee twice during the day. His appetite remains the same, however, he did not poop today. I examined his belly and he doesn’t feel bloated or constipated. I guess he just needs a little more time.

So far the only thing that the training toilet has messed up is his pooping schedule.

  • Day Five

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Oh the joys of working from home!

I can wake up and anticipate my cat poop all day! Is that going to happen today?! I think this has become some sort of a challenge, or a game for me!

Knowing that Oliver is very smart and has no difficulty learning new tricks warms my cat lady heart!

Oliver finished his breakfast and half of his lunch before walking away from his bowl and starting to run around the house and finally stopped for a nice poop!

The funniest thing I’ve ever witnessed is seeing him lie down on the bathroom floor next to his training toilet, with the funniest little grin on his face like he was so proud and satisfied of his poop!

He spent about an hour lying on the floor, admiring his work.

  • Day Six

Monday, April 2, 2018

Appetite is back to normal, he peed a lot and pooped today. Right on schedule, and absolutely no mess. I think he’s back!

  • Day Seven

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It’s been a week. The training toilet is still on the bathroom floor and Oliver is officially back on his regular pooping schedule. So far I think one of the most difficult things I had to deal with was seeing him not poop. I add fresh litter after each use because the space is very small. I noticed this helps excessive digging, leading to a cleaner bathroom. So far I have not experienced any mess at all. Maybe that’ll come when I put the thing on the actual toilet. I’m planning on doing that on Friday, that way I’ll give him some more time getting used to the whole new system.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON WEEK ONE

I researched toilet training systems for months before I made the purchase. I watched all the videos and every single review ever written, but there is still a lot of information missing.

When you first decide to toilet train your cat, the main thing you will hear and read is how terribly messy it is. Of course, this varies from one cat to another, but there are definitely some things that could be prevented.

The training toilet is very small, compared to an average litter box. This means that it needs to be cleaned multiple times during the day so that your cat has enough space if they need to use it again. You need to add more litter, more often. When the training toilet has enough litter in it, your cat is less likely to throw litter around the bathroom. Make sure to use ONLY biodegradable flushable litter.

Take your time.

Don’t rush into the steps. Remember that you have changed something pretty major in your cat’s life. Allow them to get used to it and become completely comfortable before moving to the next step. That means, leave it on the floor for as long as you think it’s necessary. The toilet training system asks that you start level one directly on the toilet. I disagree with that. Its simple; you want your cat to pee and poop in an entirely different container, filled with an entirely new litter. Is it really logical to add another extra step to learn? I don’t think so. Leave the training toilet on the floor first. Let your cat get their paws in the new litter, to feel and smell it. Take . Your . Time.

It doesn’t have to be messy.

As long as you clean up immediately after each use, replace the litter often and sweep any excess off the floor, it’s really not as messy as people say it is.

It’s better to train only one cat.

Although the system states you can train multiple cats at the same time, having only one cat to focus all your energy on is probably your best bet.

Reasons I didn’t have many of the common problems:

  • I have always closely monitored Oliver’s bowel movement. I know his schedule very well and I know how his poop looks like so I know what to expect when something is different.
  • I work from home. This gives me a lot of time and flexibility to really take care of and train Oliver the way I want. I have lots of patience, and spend a lot of time teaching him different things every day.
  • I’ve had Oliver since he was only three weeks old so he grew up experiencing things I wanted him to be exposed to; like brushing his teeth and being in the car every day has become a regular part of his life. Because of this, he is a much more flexible and trainable cat.
  • Oliver’s litter box has always been in the bathroom, in front of the toilet. I’ve heard many people having problems getting their cats to the bathroom to begin with. Many cats often fear the sound of water or toilet flushing. Oliver doesn’t have this problem since he still jumps in the shower with me and has no problem with any kind of sound in general.

Who I Recommend This To:

  • Someone who has a flexible schedule, ideally someone working from home.
  • An incredibly patient person.
  • Someone who cares a lot about cleanliness and doesn’t mind changing the litter box and cleaning it’s surroundings multiple times a day.
  • Someone with only one cat.
  • Someone who is very aware about their cat’s regular bowel movements and schedule.

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