To anyone else thinking of toilet training their cats – be prepared to put in a lot of effort, make lots of mistakes and be Very Bloody Patient.
We’ve been working on training Elvis and Bear since June last year, so NINE MONTHS. Admittedly, we’ve been slack (most) times and just as we were making real progress (i.e. early orange stage) I went overseas for a month. GAH!
We’ve been struggling with Bear (aka STUBBORN CAT. Elvis is easy to train because he’s My Cat, not Dan’s Cat) and getting him to poop on the red tray while it’s on the toilet – he has some psychological issue with it. Nothing worked. I’d spend time trawling the forums at the Litter Kwitter site and would try every tip and trick (within reason).
We’ve endured with finding poop in areas of the bathroom THAT AREN’T ON TOP OF THE TOILET and we’ve become quite good at cleaning up the evidence of such poor performance. And yesterday we finally had success with Bear using the Litter Kwitter red stage appropriately, although it’s so totally gross.
You know what we did? We had to leave one “nugget” in the litter. Something about it being in there was enough for Bear to actually “toilet” properly and we were so completely stoked, you would have thought that he’d said “I LOVE MAMA AND DAD” in perfect English.
So there you go. Don’t clean up too well and Bear knows how to poop in a tray on top of the toilet. Who would’ve thought.
We’re still waiting for him to poop today, so maybe it was a one-off yesterday.
Who is the patron saint of cat toilet training? St Anthony looks after Lost Souls, so we could be on the right track with Anthony. Anthony already does a great job of finding us parking spots, so we could be in luck.