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This is a really important part of potty training your cat. When Kitty does use his litter box, praise him. Really go overboard, with a few minutes of extreme love and fuss. If he has a favorite treat, give it to him. This will positively re-enforce that using his litter box is a good thing.
So, how to potty train a cat, huh? A kitten can generally learn to litter from their mother as it is in their nature to dig and bury after they go. A mother cat generally begins training her kitten as soon as she has weaned. So waiting for a couple of weeks before you welcome your kitten into your home, anywhere from 12 to 14 weeks will be better as this is the time when the mother cat will train her kitten. Your kitten should be given the time to learn the basic skills from their mother and have some sibling time before they join your family.
Here are some inside tips from cat toilet training experts - the Kitty Goes Potty fans. Check back often - we will update this page as new tips come in.We’ve all heard about cats that have given up the old litter box for a more civilized venue in which to powder their noses. I have actually seen this phenomenon. My aunt’s beloved cat Freaky (now deceased) was a veteran potty user. Yes, it can be done. If you are interested in training your own feline, here are the basic steps. Just make sure these steps are all done very gradually.So, you’ve decided to potty train your cat or you’re just curious to know how a feline furball can be trained to use the actual toilet instead of the designated ?Now that we’ve cleared the fact that potty training your cat isn’t the best of ideas, let’s see how people on TV and the Internet actually manage to teach their cats to use the bathroom like we, humans, do.With so many differing methods and so much misinformation out there, it was a lengthy process before I figured out what works and what doesn't. I even read everything I could about feline behavioral therapy and the psychology that governs their bathroom behavior. The basic concept behind toilet training your cat is to get your cat accustomed to seeing the toilet as an appropriate place to go potty. Our goal is to transition your cat from digging and pooping into a box of sand to doing her business into a big bowl of water. If this sounds like a big change for kitty, well, you're right, it is! The key to training is to split up the process into several stages in order to make the transition as easy as possible for both you and your cat. At each stage, the cat will learn a little something new, but we'll keep the changes in each stage to a minimum to keep things manageable for her. We'll also provide "bridges" between each stage whenever necessary — cues that the cat can understand to help her move from one stage to the next. And of course, we'll move slowly with the training and only go as fast as our kitty is comfortable with. Our transition from litter box to toilet consists of 5 stages. In each stage, we'll make a small change to the potty set-up, give your cat time to adjust, and then make another small change. And if at any time your cat gets confused, or decides that the whole thing isn't worth it and poops in the bathtub, that's a sure sign that you're pushing her too fast; back up a stage or two to give her more time to get used to it before proceeding any further. Before starting each stage, make sure that your cat has done #1 and #2 at least once. It's best to proceed to the next stage right after your cat does #2. This will allow your cat to start the next stage with a #1, which is easier for cats to manage than #2, making it a bit simpler for them to get comfortable with the change. We asked some experts - Danielle Bays, community cats program manager for (HSUS), and Dr. Rachel Barrack, a veterinarian in New York City - what they think the pros and cons of potty-training a feline are. And what we found out was actually kind of surprising.