I have known about but never gave any real credit. No doubt due to the annoyance of being the only one who looks after the cats, (at least they do recognize this and I am their human looking momma) keeping the litter clean for 3 cats has proved to be a chore I loath doing.
So for me the natural progression is looking for a solution, and I have decided to give toilet training a try.
It is just way more hygienic, and I can’t wait for the final goal day to come.
I have been a good girl, I researched it up the wazoo. So I will go at their pace, not mine. I will wait till the slowest gets the groove for at the last 2 weeks to a month before I progress to the next baby step.
I am using the Litter Kwitter, as it is quality thick plastic, and with the extension kit has 5 phases. I have also learned a few tricks. Like when progressing to the next stage put the next stage on top of the last stage to progress as steady and slow as possible.
Mainly to avoid hitting a brick wall of stubborn cat.
I also got some cat yummies of fish bites, as I don’t allow them to have any fish as it lacks proper nutrition, but as cats love them i feel it would serve as a great treat for good behavior.
Also I got some enzyme cleaner both to clean the litter tray that fits on the toilet, but to also put some in the water to kill any bathroom smell what so ever.
When we got the 2 new kittens they were in the bathroom to get adjusted to the current cat, and also to get over their cold. Then after a week they were well enough, and Dar (the eldest) adjusted enough to accept them I kept the litter in the bathroom till they were old enough to use the one upstairs. I also upgraded the litter to a much larger one, with a dome for privacy. So they are already used to sharing a litter.
On saturday we hunted and bought the Litter Kwitter (petco is the only one who sells it at their physical stores, petsmart only sells them online. They don’t have the extension kit but that is fine, we ordered that online, as it will be a while before they progress past the first closed red disc.
I started first by putting the closed tray on the floor to get the cats used to it, and also to using the bathroom again. With their clay litter, I use Dr. Ensleys, and to help with the switch I did get the kitten attract.
I also took away their other litter box. It is cleaned and in the garage.
They were fine with the switch to the downstairs bathroom. Dar was overly pleased as he has been asking for a litter downstairs since it got removed. However I did get the look as to how small and shallow it was.
for half of the day it was just their clay litter, then I added the flushable litter. We got the yesterday news one, but the kittens started playing with it as it is rollable.
The next day I moved the tray to the toilet, placed the container with the litter in front of the toilet to make it more conveniant for them to access the toilet. Still with half and half, clay/paper.
That night I upped the paper, and that morning it was all paper. Always keeping an eye on them. I did notice a smell, due to the litter just being paper
I followed some advice from other users of the system to modify the red disc insert, I noticed that after I removed the clay I was getting a tad bit of pooling, yeah gross. but I did read that some people drilled holes. So I did as well, not a lot. the inner grooved got 4 holes on each corner and 4 staggered in the middle. The outer grove also received 4 holes in the corner but all near the center as I did not want a mess when I had to lift the tray to clean.
It worked it now drains to the toilet underneath, does not pool, and does not stink, As much. Paper still being paper, it did still smell. Just not as offensively.
I started to look into other flushable litters, and found crystals. figured I would give it a try, as i think it would help keep everything cleaner to assist in the training. For both the cats and I.
I did half and half news paper and crystals. They dig more with the crystals, Maybe I should put less.
So now, no odor, I just make sure to clean out immed. their other business.
So now I am progressing smoothly, still at the red closed toilet phase. But that is fine, they are getting into a new groove. Everyone still sometimes does the mad dash upstairs, announces it is potty time, I call up that it is down stairs, they rush downstairs and use the bathroom.
So far no accidents, And I make sure to clean it morning and night. I also now keep the toilet water with a bit of enzyme cleaner.
Besides the usual kitten antics, it is just fine. I figure I will be a month at this stage. I hope.
They are very tolerant of my playing with the litter ratios, in my small quest to find the right ratio.
We shall see, it is only day 4. 19 months ago