What Do You Think About Toilet Training Your Cats?

| April 25, 2014 | 36 Comments

When I first got Charlie and Trigg, I saw an episode of Shark Tank, where entrepreneur, Rebecca, introduced her kit, CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit.  I had heard of cat toilet training, but had never looked into it.

She talked about the money you could save on litter and not to mention the smell, etc.

I requested her CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit to review as well as one from a UK company, Litter Kwitter , that is very similar.  We got both and I was planning on doing one kit on each toilet.  I did start the process, but ultimately decided not to move forward with it because:

  1. The process was stressing me out when I didn’t need additional stress
  2. I had been told or read somewhere that cat feces/urine is not common in our water, so they don’t have the tools to “clean it”.
  3. I had read or heard that older kitties really struggle to continue doing their business on a toilet as their bodies get older and when they haven’t used litter their entire lives, then it really becomes an issue.

I follow my gut.  My gut said no.  So I said no.  That’s what it came down to for me – and I could have been wrong.  But that’s what I decided.

Both kits were pretty understandable and came with great instructions.  The Litter Kwitter was definitely one that you could re-use later on, whereas CitiKitty was more a one time training use type of thing.

Here are links to where you can buy these kits online:

What Do You Think About Toilet Training Your Cats?

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Deidre Castellano says:

    Ah, I don’t know … isn’t it instinctive for them to deposit and cover up? I think cats using the toilet is more for the people’s convenience, not the cat’s. Further, I happen to love my litter and Litter Lifter and there is no smell coming out of my litter box. I’m happy with the traditional methods of managing cat elimination.

  2. ChristyB says:

    I was very excited by and committed to doing this! I figured I would provide steps as the Prossimo aged if that was an issue.

    After researching both I ordered CitiKitty and so happy when it arrived.

    My happiness was exhausted 7 minutes later when I realized that it won’t fit on my toilet because I have a Toto Washlet seat. Back to Amazon it went and experiment over.

  3. Coinneach says:

    I tried the CitiKitty thing last year. It didn’t work out for us.

    Angus is just too damn big for it at 25 pounds; he tried, but as soon as he settled into it, it started to collapse and he was all OH HELL NO and scrambled up and out, scattering litter all over the bathroom.

    Charlie isn’t too heavy for it, but she always faces away from the room/toward the wall when she does her business. Since she’s very tall and long, that means her butt hangs over the front edge and her output runs down the front of the toilet. Yeah, NO.

    Maisy had no problem with it, but she’s the smallest of my mob both in mass and volume. If it was just her, I’m sure she could have transitioned. So it seems to me that CitiKitty is best for single-cat homes where the cat is average-size or smaller.

    • Jenny says:

      i took a sip of water when i read, “he was all OH HELL NO” and nearly spit it all over my screen. that’s funny!

      good point on the single kitty thing- i was also worried about charlie or trigg catching on before the other one did.

  4. Gina says:

    I tried it when I got my two raggies as babies. One of them was always going in the sink so I thought, “what the heck, this might be easy.” It didn’t last too long because at the time we also had an older cat and she was NOT going to be toilet trained. It was hard to convince the boys to use the toilet when the litter box was so readily available. I had purchased the Litter Kwitter and it was really expensive (over $80). If I stuck with it, I’m sure it would have been worth it. 🙂

  5. Cindy says:

    When I was a kid, we had a tom cat that, when he decided to grace us with his presence, would use the toilet and I literally mean the toilet. No contraptions involved. We had other cats at the same time, but he never used the box. Very strange, but, as kids, we thought it was a hoot. I’ve had friends try to use toilet training devices and did not have success.

    • patricia says:

      a cat i had when i was a kid would use my sisters potty chair and then when she graduated off of that, the cat started using the toilet. i though it was great, all i had to do was walk by and flush. we laughed and laughed about it. i think certain cats will do it and some just won’t. they are all individuals, just like we are.

  6. patricia says:

    i have had a couple of cats that just started doing it out of the blue. i live alone so i don’t have to close the door when i go to the bathroom and even if i tried to, my cats always want to be in there when i’m going (why i don’t know) .. anyway i think they just watched me and then they started doing it. once i tried to “train” a cat to use the toilet and got one of those kits and he looked at me like “ummm really????” laughed and walked away. he would never use it. so i think it really comes down to (like everything else with cats) if THEY want o do it or not. i never read about the no cat poop in the water system. i just found this on the epa page

    As long as the droppings are not mixed with other materials, pet waste should be flushed down the toilet. This allows waste to be properly treated by a community sewage plant or septic system.

    no matter what.. i think the cat has to want to do it and if they dob’t want to, then you can’t make them.. and i feel shouldn’t.

    • Elines Acevedo says:

      Since most of that waste ends up in the ocean, it isn’t the best thing to do. Researchers have found parasites and bacteria affecting marine wildlife that normally only affect animals that live with humans such as toxoplasmosis. It could be because of cat feces like the report suggested, although I think it could just as easily be sewer rats. But still, better to be safe than sorry.

    • Jenny says:

      i have a friend who flushed her kitty litter and her cat’s waste down the toilet – i don’t like it. i think it’s better to buried.

  7. Hi, Jenny! Great question and topic!

    Personally, I’m against it. It just doesn’t seem natural. Like getting a small dog to use a “doggy litter box.” Just doesn’t seem right. Maybe I’m old fashioned. 🙂

    But, if there are folks out there who have been able to do this successfully and their cats enjoy it and don’t have accidents then A BIG CONGRATS to you!

    Big hugs, head butts and purry cuddles!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3

  8. Lynn E. says:

    Interesting topic. I’ve never considered toilet training my cats for the very reason what Jenny said about older cats struggling. That said, I recently purchased the ginourmas litter pans with high sides and was checking out the “automatic” self-cleaning litter pans as well. Didn’t purchase them because I’m not sure if they work. Curious to know if anyone has used those.

  9. Vlad & Barkly's Dee says:

    I don’t have cats of my own (allergies to them just too severe), but if I did, I wouldn’t do it. I’ve seen Jackson Galaxy say a lot against it (can’t remember EXACTLY why now, but it had something to do with natural needs), and he seems to know cats better than most.

  10. patricia says:

    i need to order a higher sides litter box. i though i had a good one but one of my cats puts his front paws in now, digs and digs and then gets in and does the deed but he digs like crazy at first and throws cat litter all over my bathroom. it’s hilarious but i have to sweep constantly in there.

  11. Teresa says:

    This really does sound like a great idea – to us humans that is. When I think about the joy Gracie gets digging and digging to China, I just don’t have the heart to take that happiness away from her. Also, there are times when both boxes are being used simultaneously – so what would happen if they both needed to go at the same time? Just not a good idea to make one wait. Feel the same way as many others that it is just not natural for them to go in the toilet and that they love covering it up. I think it is best not to bother natural things that are going great. You know how kitties are sometimes – if they become stressed, they will find a way to take it out and that might be peeing in a new place besides the toilet or the box.

  12. Dementia Boy says:

    Not unless they learn to flush, too.

  13. patricia says:

    i saw a cat that would flush but i’m sure that is sooo rare. also seen ones that after they use the toilet they unroll the toilet paper into the toilet. funny as hell but you’d have to have the plunger ready all the time!

    • Dementia Boy says:

      Lalalalalaughing. There’s always a catch. I sure wouldn’t want to explain a cat-caused toilet paper-clogged toilet to a plumber. “See, my cat is toilet trained…”

  14. dseasterling says:

    Wow….
    I was planning on toilet training when I get my ragdoll! But this has given me a bit of a pause….Sure sounded like a good idea.

  15. GeoC says:

    Toilet training seems unnatural to me also, so I wasn’t interested in this. I can see how it would be great for humans, though. Ragdolls are such big cats and can be quite heavy to balance on the seat. I also think it could be problematic as cats get older.

  16. GeoC says:

    Heard how one time a guy who toilet trained his cats noticed that his water bill was really high. He couldn’t figure out why. Later he discovered that his cat was flushing the toilet over and over again all day long!

  17. chris chocallo says:

    Getting ready to pick up our new Ragdoll kitten next week. After having a rescue cat for over eighteen years, we are like brand new parents amazed by all of the toys, products, etc. We have seen the citikitty website and don’t know if we will try it on our new kitten. He will be 12 weeks old when we get him. Don’t want to overwhelm him as he will be stressed out by leaving his mama and siblings. We are retired and have lots of time to train him, but are undecided if we want to do this. Thank you for a great website!!! I am soooooo excited about getting my little Ragdoll bue bicolor! Chris Chocallo, Sarasota FL

    • Jenny says:

      Lucky you! How fun – I would suggest against toilet training a cat. I thought it was a good idea at first too – but have come to realize it’s not. You can’t monitor their urine output, which is one of the main indicators of health issues. Hope you’ll share your new baby with us on Facebook!

  18. chris chocallo says:

    Jenny: thank you for your opinion. Since our baby will be traumatized by leaving his family we will not try anything like this, but instead give him love and attention. I loved my darling Riches, a rescue that lived over eighteen years, and feel that I am transferring all of the love I had for him to this new little guy. My wonderful friends gave me a surprise “kitten shower.” How awesome is that! It is so good to be able to connect with people that love the same things that I do. Chris

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