If you have a cat, you know how stressful it is to train her to use a litter box. A litter box for cats is like a bathroom where your cat is free to dump her wastes and urinate. But over the years, people have been training their cats to use the toilet as well. I’m pretty sure you have seen those cats sit on a toilet, take a poop and it got you thinking, “Can my own cat do that?”
Before you rush to buy a toilet training guide for your pet, let me tell you that not all cats will be able to successfully be trained to use the toilet us humans use. There are pros and cons that you should consider and these pros and cons might just dictate if you want to toilet train your cat or not.
Toilet Training Cats: PROS And Cons
PROS 1. No more poop to dispose of. Unless you wear a face mask, you will get in contact with all the bacteria in your cat’s poop by inhaling them. Inhaling them is unhealthy. But if you train your cat to use the toilet, you might as well say goodbye to those days when you should dispose off the poop from the litter box because that is no longer needed.
2. Saves time, money and space. Obviously, when your cat is toilet trained, you don’t have to worry about the litter box you’re gonna buy, whether it is out of stock or not. Likewise you don’t have to buy another bag of litter which could be costly to you, and you don’t have to think about the right place where you will put the litter box because your cat now knows how to use the toilet.
3. No more litter problems. Do you remember those days when you used to panic at the thought of your favorite brand of cat litter running out of stock and not buying it any longer? Those days will be gone because you are now teaching your cat to use the toilet. In don’t forget the fact that people buy cat litter online and the possibility of receiving the product in bad shape – spillage, leakage or the possibility it’s not on your doorstep yet because of the long shipping period. Those days will be gone, too. In other words , all your problems concerning your cat’s litter will be eradicated because you are now choosing to toilet train your cat instead.
4. No more stress for the little boxes. Litter boxes serve as your cat’s bathroom especially where she’s free to shuffle around and kick the litter around with her feet. If your cat is toilet trained, all your problems relating to your cat’s litter box will be eliminated as well.
That means no more delivery time lag, no more trying out multiple litter boxes just to see which will suit your kitty and no more spending on dollars for those litter boxes that are draining your pocket.
As wonderful as it may be to see your cat use the toilet designed for humans, things don’t go perfectly that way. Believe it or not, a lot of cat experts don’t advise cat parents to teach their feline friend how to use the toilet due to the following reasons.
CONS 1. It works against the cats natural instincts. Your cat, no matter how domesticated, still practices some things that don’t differentiate them from the cats living in the wild. When cats eliminate, they cover their wastes with surfaces outdoors to cover their tracks from potential predators that might be looking for them. You could never get her to unlearn those natural instincts even if she knows how to use the toilet. If she’s abandoned in the streets, your cat will go back to her natural instincts to survive and she will fend for herself with her own instincts too. So, toilet training doesn’t go well with how she naturally is and goes against her instincts as an animal.
2. The smell of poop will stay specially if the cat is not taught to flush the toilet. As mentioned, not all cats will be trained well to use the toilet. Even if the cat is taught well, there will be times when she will make a sloppy mess in your bathroom. What’s worse if you want to use your toilet right away, you would not have the time to clean up the mess your cat left behind.
3. Your cat will have accidents not sitting on the toilet. Let’s face it, this is probably the biggest disadvantage you should consider when thinking of training your cat to use the toilet. Your cat has amazing sense of balance but that doesn’t mean that you can rely on her to stay still on the toilet seat everytime she takes a poop. The toilet seat is designed to fit most humans but it is not designed to fit for the convenience of small cat feet. There’s always the possibility of your cat falling down the toilet and having an accident which will result to more bills just to get her treated. This will and does not happen if you train her to use the litter box instead.
4. Toilet-related accidents could cause your cat so much stress. Accidents on the toilet seat could cause your cat so much anxiety stress and fear. If this happens, your cat will be too terrified to use the toilet. This doesn’t happen if you train her to use the litter box.
5. Teaching your cat to use the toilet is time consuming. While it is true that cats could get trained because they are creatures of habit, it is still time-consuming. Cats must be taught for months before they fully understand the whole routine which is something that could get awry if your cat has an accident early on. Is she slides from the toilet seat because her feet are too small, she would be too afraid to use the toilet seat again and she would not possibly continue the training.
6. The toilet seat must be available at all times. Even when you successfully trained your cat to use the toilet you must remember that the toilet must be available at all times. So what does this mean? Let’s imagine this. What would happen if your cat is looking to eliminate but the toilet isn’t available because it’s being used by somebody else? Your cat will eliminate on the floor or somewhere else then a new habit might have been formed because of that incident. It’s so different with having multiple little boxes because you can place these litter boxes on every floor in case your cat is looking to eliminate regardless of where she is.
Teaching your cat to use the toilet has its perks and disadvantages. As always, it depends on you, her human cat parent, on what to teach your cat for her to maintain her personal hygiene. Cats are indeed meticulous, hygienic animals but you as a cat parent have the obligation to make sure her bathroom habits will not be a source of stress in her everyday life. If you can help it, teach your cat to use the litter box so she could have her own personal space without having to worry about potential mishaps or accidents.