A healthy environment starts at home, and airborne allergens are a concerning factor for many. Training feline friends to use the toilet is not only a contribution to clean air, but a great savings by completely eliminating litter from your shopping list!
1. Select a bathroom to designated for "kitty" use, where the seat must be kept down and the lid kept up.
2. Move the litter box into the designated bathroom, preferably next to the toilet (keep the lid up and the seat down!). The kitty will get used to the sounds, sights and smells of the bathroom. Go to next step only when cat successfully uses litter box in the new location.
3. Securely raise the litter box slightly off of the ground next to the toilet so that the cat has to step up to get in. After successful use, raise the litter box again slightly. This step can go as slow or as quickly as your kitty cooperates. If the cat does not use the litter box, go back to the last step until successful use.
4. Once the litter box is at the same level of the toilet, leave it there for a few days at minimum, or until you feel satisfied that the cat is used to the height. This gives the cat additional time to examine the water in the bowl of the toilet (lid up, seat down) and to get used to the sounds and smells of the toilet.
5. Find a saute pan that fits in the bowl under the seat (handle under the tank) and add litter. Remove the litter box. This is the first drastic change for the cat. Make sure the bathroom door is always left open and the lid is always up!
6. Once your cat has successfully used the "new" litter pan, it is time to remove the pan and stretch plastic wrap or tape a garbage bag over the toilet. Leave it a bit loose so that if the cat tries to stand in the litter, it will be unstable so the kitty will learn to balance on the toilet seat. This is the most important step!
7. Once the kitty has successfully eliminated in the litter bag, cut a small hole in the center of the wrap or bag so that the cat can look in and see the water.
8. After each successful elimination, clean the litter and cut a larger hole until no plastic wrap and litter is necessary, and the cat is balancing on the seat!
Congratulations on reducing the carbon footprint, and providing an environment where your cat no longer smells its own feces and urine, which in nature is a signal that the cat is at the edge of its territory and signals potential danger. Not only will you be happier not having to change the litter box, but the kitty will be much happier as well!