How To Train A Cat To Use The Toilet

How To Train A Cat To Use The Toilet


As any cat owner knows, one of the most tedious aspects of sharing your home with a feline is cleaning their litter box. If you’re looking to eliminate (pun intended) this messy and smelly chore, there are quite a few options out there. From purchasing self-cleaning litter boxes to scooping it yourself daily, there are many ways to handle this task. One method that might be especially interesting is toilet training your cat—yes, really! We don’t mean using an actual toilet seat (although some owners have done it), but rather training your cat to use the toilet itself instead of a litter box for its business.

Customize a Litter Box

This is the most important aspect of training a cat to use the toilet. The litter box should be large enough for your cat to turn around, squat comfortably and dig. In addition, it should be located in a quiet area of the house (such as a basement or laundry room) and away from other pets and children’s bedrooms. If you have more than one cat, consider two litter boxes instead of just one—this will reduce competition between cats who share an access point.

The location could also be improved by placing it on hardwood floors instead of carpeting; hardwood floors are easier to clean than rugs or carpets because they don’t trap dust or pet hair like carpet does. Finally, don’t forget that this training process can take some time—a few months at least!

Use Distilled White Vinegar to Neutralize the Scent

The next step is to clean the spot with vinegar. Vinegar will help neutralize the scent of your cat’s urine, and it’s also a disinfectant that can kill any germs or bacteria in the area. It’s cheap and easy to find at most grocery stores, so you won’t need to spend much time or money stocking up on it before training.

You should get a bottle of distilled white vinegar that is “5% acidity (50 grain)” or higher; this means that 99% of the liquid is water and 1% is acetic acid (which creates vinegar). The higher percentage of acetic acid means more cleaning power for your toilet bowl!

When using distilled white vinegar around cats: be sure not to breathe in vapors from liquid splashing onto your hands when applying it; if you do inhale vapors from splashing liquid, rinse your throat and mouth out immediately with warm water; leave any undiluted liquid sitting on surfaces for at least 30 minutes before wiping up so that all bacteria within reach are killed off by its antimicrobial properties

Gradually Move the Litter Box Away From the Toilet

The next step is to move the litter box away from the toilet. It’s important to do this slowly, so that your cat doesn’t feel like you’ve abandoned it and decide that it’s time for a change in residence.

If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, moving the litter box even further away from your toilet may be necessary. Your cat may not want to use its new bathroom if it has been moved too far away.

Make the Toilet More Accessible to Your Cat

The first step to training your cat to use the toilet is making sure it’s accessible. You want to make sure that the bowl is easy for your cat to reach and access, so you may want to put the seat down or even remove it entirely. The seat can be propped in place with some books until it’s time for kitty to hop up on top of it. If there are any obstacles stopping your cat from stepping onto the bowl, such as a towel or rug underneath, try removing these items temporarily as well so that they’re not in their way when they’re ready for their training lesson.

Additionally, keep in mind that if there are any issues with cleanliness regarding this area—whether there are stains on the porcelain or debris underfoot—that could also discourage them from using this area as a bathroom. Make sure both sides of everything around this spot have been thoroughly cleaned before attempting training; an extra scrubbing never hurt anyone!

Be Patient and Consistent

It’s important to keep in mind that training your cat won’t happen overnight. A cat’s brain works differently than a human’s, so you may need to be patient and consistent in order for them to understand what it is you want from them. It’s also important not to give up if your cat doesn’t get it right away—cats are creatures of habit and easily distracted, so this could take some time!

If you don’t have the time or patience for a lengthy training period, then this guide isn’t for you (sorry). However, if you’re looking for a long-term commitment with an adorable companion who will be there when you need them most (or at least until they forget we exist), keep reading!

Training your cat to use the toilet requires patience, but it can be done.

Cats are stubborn and have their own minds. They can be trained to use the toilet, but it takes time and patience.

It is important to be consistent with your training: if you decide that you’re going to train your cat, stick with it! Also, don’t get frustrated if your cat doesn’t seem interested in what you’re doing or doesn’t seem as enthusiastic about using the toilet as you’d like—they might not have much of an interest in making a change just for you!

Lastly, when it comes time for your cat to begin using the toilet full-time (or near-full-time), be prepared: there may be setbacks along the way. Many cats will start out using their new facilities at night only; then eventually they move over into daytime usage as well–a process that could take weeks or months depending on how quickly they adapt (and how patient their owner is).


Congratulations! You have now mastered the art of cat toilet training. Keep in mind that this is a process and it might take some time before your cat gets used to it. It’s important to have patience and to be consistent with these methods so your cat will learn that this is the new norm for their bathroom habits. After all, this isn’t just about you – it’s also about what’s best for them!

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