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Avg. Rating: 3.25
Didn't work for my cats.
While this book is very detailed, well-researched, and well-illustrated, this toilet-training method just didn't work on my cats.
I have two cats. Both are siamese, born on the same day about 15 months ago. They've lived their entire lives indoors in the company of people. Before we tried toilet-training them, they were perfectly box-trained. As soon as we started lifting the litter box up off the floor, cat poops began appearing on the floor now and then instead of in the box. We tried giving them a couple low steps to help them climb up to the box -- no help. We tried scouring the floor with all sorts of chemicals, sprinkled it with red pepper, we even covered it with a big potted plant and some cinder blocks. Each time we'd end up finding piles of poop between the obstacles.
We ended up with a thoroughly stinky bathroom, a scraped-up floor, a dead plant (not much sunlight in the bathroom), and diappointment. (sigh) I guess you can't win 'em all.
It worked but patience is required
I was skeptical about trying to toilet train my then-four-year-old cat. But with plenty of patience and persistence (and a few unpleasant setbacks), it did work. It took about four months, a dedicated bathroom, and the alternate method described in the book, but it was so worth it. We have not had a litter box in our home since then, and that was four years ago. When my cat had surgery recently and could not jump, I gave her a temporary litter box, which she took to immediately. However, once she recovered, and I removed the litter box and pointed the way to the toilet, she returned to her toilet-trained habits. I know she would prefer a litter box but she knows the toilet is what she is supposed to use and she does that consistently. It took a bit longer (a few years) for her to realize that all toilets are for the same purpose, but now that she has figured that out, she is ready for a road trip!
Fun book for cat owners, but it doesn't work
The illustrations in the book are cute and the writing is humorous. I gave the book three stars for the quality. However it lost two stars because this didn't work for us. We followed the instructions exactly. When your cat doesn't progress you're supposed to go back a step, which we did. After a month we finally got to the part where your supposed to put clear plastic over the toilet and spread some litter over it. Our cat just scratched the litter and the litter fell into the toilet. EVERY TIME. Your supposed to help your cat at this point as well. We also tried the alternate method in the book. She was just so stressed because she just didn't get it and she is a smart cat too. I gave this two more weeks with my cat who is one year old. I was just determined not to give up. I wish we had a dedicated bathroom for the training, because let me tell you, it really wore us out. We only have one bathroom. Everytime YOU want to use the toilet, you had to take off the tape, the plastic, the litter. Disgusting. The bathroom was a mess with litter on the floor. It gets wet and sticks to the floor. I had to sweep 3 times a day in there. I think you end up training your cat to not use the litter box and go on the floor instead before their bladder bursts. I could go on... My advice is don't even try this if you only have one bathroom!
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