Kitty had his first accident the other day. I heard of another approache that made sense to me, but ended up not working out very well. I think it was because I had pushed him too quickly into this step after he was used to the bowl. The new method is to put plastic wrap over the toilet with some kitty litter on it. I guess the idea is that it forces the cat’s feet onto the toilet lid.
Also, I’ve had a few questions about training the cat to flush the toilet and whether or not this is transferrable (ie. the cat will use any toilet after being toilet trained). First, it isn’t recommended that you teach the cat to flush the toilet. Cats LOVE fresh cold water and this is what they get when they flush the toilet. I’ve heard horror stories about large water bills, etc.
Second, from what I have read and heard the training is transferrable and cats know from that point on to use the toilet. You basically have to do what you do with litter boxes: show them where the new toilet is and let them sniff around. I have even heard of people traveling with their cat and the cat would use the toilet in the hotel room without incident.
This is a warning to all that is trying to do this with there cat. If you or a roommate is trying to get pregnant or is pregnant, cat feces contains a chemical that can cause serious problems to your unborn child causing mental retardation. This also goes for people who scoop out cat feces and flush it in their toilet. Both cat feces and cat liter have chemicals that are bad for pregnant women. You should stop these practices if you are trying or are pregnant.
Here’s one source of a problem called Toxopolasmosis: http://www.metrokc.gov/health/prevcont/toxoplas.htm
And one last source (search and you’ll find tons more on different aspects of this) http://health.yahoo.com/health/centers/pregnancy/220
Good point Rizzo. Thankfully I don’t ever plan on having kids 🙂
kitty poo poo? sweet