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.

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0 thoughts on “Litter Kwitter update

  1. Yay! I’m about to attempt this training with our kitten. Thanks for the warnings, I can temper my expectations a little.

    Posted on 25 March 2008 at 10:36 pm
  2. oh, do it! kittens are meant to be so much easier to train. and will make for a great party trick when you’ve graduated

    Posted on 26 March 2008 at 7:12 am
  3. there are LITTER KWITTER FORUMS?!

    move over /mg, i’ve found a new home on the net.

    Posted on 28 March 2008 at 5:48 am
  4. it could well be a new home, but i don’t think they’d appreciate our randomness ;o)

    Posted on 28 March 2008 at 7:11 am
  5. OH, Geez. Am I ever glad to find your blog! =D All I can find on this Litter Kwitter is Litter Kwitter’s own internet spam about how perfect their product is and how happy cats are to use it.

    I’ve been attempting to toilet train my cat with Litter Kwitter for eight months, too. And it’s only ONE cat! He had no problem with the red tray on the floor or the red tray on the toilet.

    But the amber tray is a disaster. He wouldn’t use it, so I stacked it immediately on top of the red tray. He used that for #1 and #2 for a month, then I moved the red tray down into the toilet bowl. After awhile he learned to #1 in that but the #2 always ended up on the carpet, the bed, the floor, the laundry hamper, wherever. Eventually he learned #2 in that, then we moved across the country.

    I’ve contacted Litter Kwitter directly three times with questions and they’re always directing me to their newsletter for tips and telling me to be patient. When I contacted them last month they told me they were releasing an intermediate / multiple cat accessory set for the original Little Kwitter. New amber and green trays with smaller sized holes to keep the cat moving up. Oh boy, now I can spend another $40 on shipping something from Australia to North America. Whee!

    Well, after already investing so much in this first kit I’m at a quandary whether to throw more money at it, or just give up. The time investment is getting ridiculous now.

    I guess maybe I’ll try your “nugget trick” with the amber tray.

    Wishing you the best of luck! Keep us posted!

    Posted on 24 April 2008 at 2:07 am
  6. Luckily I leave in the same city as Litter Kwitter HQ, so getting the intermediate disc cost me < $10. Hope the nugget trick works for you! Otherwise, just keep trawling through the forums at which I find so so helpful when I feel like this whole training thing is just completely useless.

    Posted on 24 April 2008 at 6:54 am
  7. Yes, it’s comforting to know that other people are struggling with it, too. I thought I was the only one, so I was left wondering what was wrong with my cat. He sits on command, stays, shakes a paw, but he won’t go on a toilet? What’s up with that.

    Someone on the forum said it took her a year to toilet train. =)

    Thanks for the tips,
    Morrie Grey

    Posted on 24 April 2008 at 8:48 am