We surrender, tiny demons.
After a long and arduous (almost) two months of toilet training, we’ve decided to wave the white flag of surrender. There is absolutely no way that both of our cats will become toilet trained. While Tab has still been doing well, other than his poor aim that results in a mess all over the toilet, Hannah has decided to fully rebel and began regularly peeing in the sink. (And yes, this was before we were able to move onto the next step again).
As frustrating as it is to have the cat peeing outside of the designated spot, it became obvious that our time with the CitiKitty has come to an end. So, last week we went out and bought a brand-spanking-new litter box. However, both Aaron and I are beyond finished dealing with the cat mess so we invested in an automatic litter box!
Pluses of auto litter box: we never have to scoop! Great success! Also, Hannah has decided that the situation is win-win for her. She’s happily using the new litter box for her bathroom and using the toilet for what she believes it’s meant for, a giant water dish. (For those of you who haven’t seen a cat try to drink out of the toilet, it’s quite entertaining.)
Minuses of auto litter box: Tab is terrified of it. He currently slinks around or runs past it, staring at the toilet longingly and waiting for his CitiKitty to reappear.
Generally, we’re happy to be finished with this poo-filled adventure. As a thank you to those of you who have followed Our Little Poopers on this journey, we would like to leave you with a comprehensive list of things we’ve learned while *trying* to potty train our cats:
- The quick 8-week training promised by CitiKitty is lies. All lies.
- Potty training a cat (or cats) is a messy, uncomfortable process for everyone. Cats were not created with any type of proper aim. This results in your bathroom needing to be cleaned each time you want to use it.
- Adding cat nip to the CitiKitty to entice your cat(s) to use it doesn’t do a damn thing.
- Cat littler will be tracked around your entire house/apartment. Arm yourself with hundreds of wet-swiffers and a powerful vacuum.
- Flushable litter makes your toilet smell REALLY bad. Much bleach will be needed to rid it of the smell.
- When your cats pee on the edge of the CitiKitty it has a tendency to get trapped between the two layers of plastic, creating one of the most foul smells you will ever encounter. Again, much bleach will be needed.
- Cats are smarter than you think. They will understand that you are trying to train them, and they will make their own decision as to whether or not they will indulge you.
- CitiKitty, if successful, will greatly reduce your cat owning costs such as no longer buying litter. However, it does not factor in the numerous new rugs, cleaning supplies and scented candles needed along the journey. Prepare yourself for the need of these items to triple. (A conservative estimate.)
- When toilet training fails and you want to revert back to a litter box, you will need to train them to use it again.
- Upon beginning the journey of toilet training your cat(s), your friends and family will tell you that cats were not meant to poo in toilets. Listen to them.