BenToilet

By popular request: Videos of our cats using the toilet!

We get a lot of requests to post videos of Ben (and Desmond, RIP!) using the toilet. As most of you know, when we first adopted Ben and Desmond, we used the Litter Kwitter, a product that helps you train your cats to use the toilet. In fact, I first started this blog back in 2011 to track our progress. (If you want to read more about that, click here.) Ben took to it much […]

6 months later…

Well, it’s been six months since we accepted defeat and gave the boys the litter box to use. Since they both started using the box, they have not expressed any real interest in using the toilet again. One week ago (on Christmas morning), I’m in the bathroom, cleaning the litter box when Ben hops right up on the toilet and squats and pees right before my eyes! What??? Since then, he’s been using the toilet […]

DEFEAT

Well, I have sad news to report. In the past 2 weeks, Desmond has pooped on the living room carpet any chance he can get. If we catch him in time, we can usually coax him to go on the toilet, but we are obviously not home all day and all night. To make matters worse, I have a cat sitter stopping by each day while we go away on vacation next week. I couldn’t […]

Day 172

Well, no new news to report, but I thought I’d add that I bought an automatic flusher for the toilet and installed it recently. Now we come home to a clean toilet everyday! Of course it makes tracking who pooped when harder, but it’s so much nicer! It took me a while to calibrate it so the motion detector picked up the cats, and it doesn’t always work right because sometimes the cats jump off […]

Day 166

I realize I haven’t updated this in a longggg time! That’s mainly because we are still holding steady on that last green tray with some litter in it for Desmond. He just refuses to poop in the toilet unless it’s there. Sometimes, if he deems it unacceptable (i.e., not enough litter), he will poop on the floor right next to the toilet. This doesn’t happen often…perhaps once every 3-4 weeks or so. But often enough […]

Day 115

Both boys were neutered last week! I was so nervous bringing them home since I knew they would probably have to use the toilet right away and they were still a little drugged up. I was afraid they would fall off (or in!), so I put the intermediate green tray in for them for a little extra standing room. They both used the toilet right away with no difficulties, and we were able to switch […]

Day 103

Desmond is getting better at sitting, but is still not doing it exactly right. No accidents since we reinstated the green tray with litter. Hoping we can ditch the litter crumbs soon! I’m a little nervous for next week: they both have an appointment to be neutered. I’m not sure what will happen then…they might be too sore to jump up onto the toilet…

Day 95

I can’t believe we’re on day 95. Yikes. Well, we had a major set back yesterday. After nearly a week of no green tray, Desmond walked into the living room and pooped on the carpet, right in front of Chris. I just don’t get it! He has NEVER pooped anywhere besides the toilet or directly next to the toilet before. I can only assume he was making a bold statement–pretty much demanding we put the […]