Recently we moved to the country and for a variety of country reasons, I didn’t want our cat Atticus venturing outside (ticks, snakes, disease, wild dogs, backyard chickens, environmental damage). But as Atticus is a poos-outside cat and I like it that way, I wasn’t too keen about cleaning up kitty litter for the rest of my life (sigh). Happily, one of my Facebook friends shared that their cat had done their first poo into the toilet and intrigued, I internet searched how to achieve this.
Enter the Cat Toilet Training System By Litter Kwitter. Here’s how it works. This big white frame sits in your toilet. There are three training disks that sit in the frame with no hole (Red), little hole (Orange) and big hole (Green). The first stage is the frame and Red next to the toilet, on the floor, with litter. The cat transitions from using a tray to using this contraption. When the cat is comfortable, you fit the contraption to the toilet. When the cat is comfortable jumping up to use the litter you switch out Red for Orange. All of a sudden there’s a hole in the middle of the litter tray! You will still need to clean up cat litter, but not as frequently. When cat is comfortable, you switch out Orange for Green with a little bit of litter just around the side. Then you take green away, then you take the white frame away. That’s the theory.
Here’s my experience…
Every time a human needed to use the toilet, they had to remove the complete contraption in order to put the seat down, then replace it when done. Atticus didn’t like jumping up. He didn’t like the fact that he could see a big drop and water through the hole — OMG!
Whenever we changed training disk, he would very reliably, just do a poo/wee next to the drainage hole on the floor next to the toilet. I have never mopped any floor in any house as often as I mopped the loo.
The first few days of any training disk change would involve me sitting in the loo with Atticus encouraging him to go by patting him, putting his front paws up, physically placing him up and just staying there till he did his business. I got very attuned to his poo/wee meows and preferred timing (conveniently when we’d get home from work). Even now if he’s being particularly meow-y, I figure it’s because he needs some emotional support, so I walk him to the loo and click my fingers above the toilet bowl until he either walks away or jumps up and gets into poo/wee positioning.
It took us five months to get him to independently jump up on the toilet seat and not freak out about the water. But it’s SOOO worth it.
I hate cleaning litter. But I hate the smell and gross-ness even more. It was always an immediate job for me because eww! Using the Litter Kwitter has meant no litter cleaning ever since we got to the Green training disk. Poo and wee are dealt with just by flushing the toilet.
The biggest advantage that we’ve found has been when we go away for short times. A couple of months ago when Atticus was on the Green training disk, we went away for three nights. We had arranged a friend to keep an eye on him, but for various reasons, she wasn’t able to. When we got home, there were still biscuits and water in the big containers we’d left out for him (he self feeds) and more importantly, all his wees and poos had gone into the toilet. We just flushed three day’s worth of ablutions down the drain, gave the toilet a bit of a clean (because poo stains are gross) and it was all good. The loo didn’t smell particularly bad because most of the mess was in water. It even smelled better than smell-busting crystals.
I really recommend giving the Litter Kwitter a try. It took some time, it took lots of mopping and it took lots of bonding with my kitty (darn!). But I don’t have to clean litter anymore and we can leave him alone in the house for a couple of days without requiring someone to keep an eye on him (our chickens are a different matter though). And that’s just wonderful!