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Old 03 January 2013, 09:44 PM
CenTex CenTex is offline
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Default Stupid pet questions

I know there used to be a thread, but it must have rolled off.

My SPQ is this: have any of you successfully toilet trained your cat? I don't mean with a litter box, I mean the procelain throne.

If so, how was the process? We have adopted a cat and I was considering potty training it, especially because our dog considers what comes out of the back of the cat to be "tasty morsels."

TIA for your help!
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Old 08 January 2013, 05:31 PM
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I haven't tried it, but my neighbors did. They bought the kit and did everything according to the instructions. Their female cat caught on quickly and used the toilet no problem, but the male continually pooped in front of the toilet, so the abandoned the plan. I've also heard that it's hard for cats to generalize one toilet to another, so if you plan on traveling, it could be a problem.

That said, I've heard of plenty of people doing it sucessfully.
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Old 07 February 2013, 04:45 AM
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Here's a stupid pet question for you. One I should probably know the answer to since I've had cats for 10 years. My first 2 cats were not bug chasers, so when a bug got in i could douse it in Raid and then let the thing die without worrying. But new kitten Vidia is both a chaser and eater and now that it's coming into bug season again I don't know how to kill them. There's a flying german in my kitchen but if i Raid it and it hits the ground Vidia will eat it.
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Old 07 February 2013, 01:37 PM
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A mix of a bit of detergent, some vinegar and water in a spray bottle should knock it down (or even kill it) long enough for you (or Vidia) to get it. There shouldn't be enough soap to be an issue, especially if you use a non-toxic soap. Or, better yet, start with just vinegar and water in the spray bottle.
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Old 07 February 2013, 03:12 PM
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Def. vinegar & water.

And to the above toilet training cat: a friend trained her cat to do it. She used a metal baking pan (one of the flimsy one use ones), then cut a hole in the center and gradually cut the hole bigger (well, she probably used multiple pans) until the cat was perched on the toilet.
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Old 07 February 2013, 06:12 PM
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I would not use detergent on anything a kitty might put in her mouth. $700 spent on Mabel's emergency vet visit and pet poison control call taught me that even a very small amount of detergent can have a very nasty effect on a kitty. (She got some on her paws--I rinsed them, but apparently not well enough. She had to be in intensive care overnight because she got fluid in her lungs. She went home with heavy duty narcotics because the detergent can cause extensive ulcers throughout the digestive tract. I never knew how dangerous it was until that happened).
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Old 12 February 2013, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Venus View Post
There's a flying german in my kitchen .
Call Snoopy.
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Old 13 February 2013, 12:45 AM
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Jackson Galaxy has some thoughts about toilet training cats.
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Old 13 February 2013, 05:13 PM
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We tried toilet training Serenity, but found we weren't home enough in the later stages. She was fine when there was still enough litter in the bowl (we had a bowl that fit into the toilet), but when we got to the stage where there was little/no letter and a hole in the bowl, she started using the bathtub instead.

We weren't home enough to catch her in the tub and correct the behaviour. So we gave up. She still pees in the tub sometimes, when she feels her litter needs scooping or changing (she's probably right), but as long as she doesn't poop in the tub, I don't care.
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