Can You Toilet Train Your Cat?

Can you toilet train your cat?

I don’t know, but Terence Lapidge says you can.

Terence is the co-inventor and president of Litter Kwitter a cat toilet training program that launched in 2005.

We spoke with Terence to learn more about the program and how this fascinating product really works.

It turns out, the infamous Mr. Jinx, the family cat from Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers was the inspiration for the company’s formation. Terence and Jo, his wife and co-founder, bought a cat, Doogie, for their kids. They quickly discovered the stinky, messy, daily litter box duty we all know and, ahem, love.

Jo and Terence were inspired to teach Doogie how to use the toilet just like Mr. Jinx adeptly does in the “Focker” movies. Of course, he can’t flush. (No thumbs!)

The couple went in search of more information about cat toilet training. They found some books and, when they couldn’t find any tools to help them, they made a toilet training device from parts they purchased from a hardware store. They consulted a local vet and behaviorist for advice and, voila! The Litter Kwitter system was born.

The system is a three-step program with “disks” that fit on your toilet seat. The disks have varying sizes of holes that get larger as your cat becomes more comfortable balancing on the seat. Your cat’s behavior is modified over time, in small increments. Terence says it takes an average of 4-12 weeks for most cats to get the hang of it.

The theory behind the Litter Kwitter is that cats bury their waste to hide the smell from predators. The water in a toilet bowl hides the odor from their waste more effectively than litter so the cat gets the same “covering” satisfaction as they would if they covered in the litter box.

Terence says almost any cat can be trained to use the toilet, but kittens tend to be easiest and smarter, more confident cats typically learn faster.

My most burning question about this system was: is this a solution for inappropriate elimination? Alas, there’s no proof that points to this. But, hey! There’s also no proof that discounts this idea either.

 

25 Comments

  1. I have 3 cats and keeping up with their litter habits is sometimes a challenge. I’ve read about this system, and it seems like the best option of the toilet training niche. I’d love to review the product!

  2. I have 8 cats indoors! And that means many litter boxes AND hundreds of pounds worth of cat litter every month. Please let me be the lucky winner of your product so I can train my cats to use the Litter Kwitter!!!!

  3. I would love to train my cat to use the potty. He is named Stinky Boy for a good reason, the whole house knows he has used the litter box. I didn’t know this product existed and always thought you would need an extra toilet to get the cats trained and I don’t have that. I will definately let you know how it works.

  4. I have heard of cats using the toilet before – not frequently, but have heard of it and seen pictures. I did not know that there was a special device to use however. I would love to try that program. We will be moving into an apartment within 9 months, and it would be nice not to have a litter box sitting around somewhere. This would be idea. Mario is still young eough (5) to learn to use it. I’d sure be willing to try it. Thanks for the contest.

  5. I would be very interested in trying the Litter Kwitter program for my two cats Bonnie and Clyde. First of all it would be so nice not to have to buy cat litter anymore. Second, the litter mess that is constantly on my floor after their litter box use gets to be a real pain to clean up and it’s always sticking to your socks or bare feet. And thirdly, Clyde can’t seem to hit the broad side of a barn when he uses the litter box so there is always a mess to clean up on the outside. So, please consider me your lucky reader for the Litter Kwitter program.

  6. I would love to try this. If any of my cats used it, it would cut down on litter box cleaning. I know at least 2 of them are fascinated with the toilet so that would be a head start.

  7. I have 4 indoor kitties and limited space, I would love to give them somewhere else to go! Cutting down on litter tracking and cost would be great, too.

  8. I’d love to try it. it would be very interesting also because one of my cats has only 3 legs but I am pretty sure he can learn it well!

  9. One of my kitties will go and do her business outside the litter box every now and then so I really want to train her to do it in the toilet…maybe that’s what she needs!

  10. I have 4 cats and would love to try to potty train them. With my busy work schedule, cleaning their litter boxes is something I try to do every day but doesn’t always happen. I have one that thinks her business needs to be buried deeper than the box allows. She makes a HUGE mess so I’m always sweeping litter off of the floor. This would be a HUGE time-saver if it works. This would be a fun experiment!

  11. There are 7 in our Posse’ ~ 2 of them Sphynx. They do double duty in the potty box! I use large 80 gallon totes with 100 pounds of litter for their convenience. I just had Open Heart Surgery a couple months ago and it is now hard to even drag the litter bags when I change the totes. If I could be the lucky reciever of your Litter Kwitter and get them all to start using the toilet, not only would this save the landfills and loads of money that pays for this litter but It would save me a whole lot of struggling and asking my visitors for help to lift the bags. I would be glad to log our daily accomplishments.

  12. I have 2 cats. Dustin Hoffman is an 8 month old Maine Coon and Snow Ball is a tiny 3 year old Siamese mix. I have 2 litter boxes to accomodate their bathroom habits but they just seem to love the one in my bedroom the most. Unfortunately, no matter how often I clean it, it always seems to smell and DH is very fussy about cleanliness. If I don’t clean the box to his satisfaction, he’ll go on an obliging throw rug or basket of clean clothes. I would give anything in the world to be able to teach him how to use the toilet. Even if Snow never learned, I think DH could and would learn to use the toilet and what a wonderful thing that would be for me!

  13. My grandparents had 2 cats that trained themselves to use the toilet. We were all amazed at the time!! So, I know it can be done. A stray cat recently adopted me and is very curious about the toilet. My vet said she is a young cat, just past the kitten age. I thought she would be a perfect candidate for toilet training, but really didn’t know how to go about it. I was excited to learn about the Litter Kwitter and would love to have one so I can eliminate the costly litter box. I would love to come back and tell you how happy both
    Angel Kitty and I are that she successfully learned to use the Litter Kwitter.

  14. We have one cat, Salem, 5 years old who was rescue and living in one room at a veterinary clinic for years. They told us that he was very messy with his litter box, and he really loves to throw and drag the litter (and excrement) everywhere. He has feline asthma, so we have to use a pellet litter. He plays in what he leaves in the box, to the point that I have found poopy pawprints all over. His irritable bowel disease means he has very slimy and stinky feces. And he will sit in the box when he is bored, regardless of what he has left in the litter. He loves the toilet (we normally close the lid but the few times we forgot, he was hanging by his back feet like a squirrel on a feeder) so he is a likely candidate for toilet training. I have taught him four solid tricks, and we are working on a fifth, so Salem is very smart. Please consider us for the trial of a Litter Kwitter.

  15. I would love for my kitties to learn how to use the toilet so I don’t have to spend the money to buy litter any longer and so they don’t track litter all over the house. It would be a lifesaver! 🙂

  16. I want to get rid of the litter box. Have a cleaner smelling house. I have a siamese cat & have heard that they are the smartest cats & easy to train to use the toilet.

  17. Years ago (1970s) I had a cat that potty trained herself. One night I heard a tinkle and the kids were sleeping so I went to look and lo and behold it was the cat. I have two cats that are just 2 years old so think it would work. I am 75 and cleaning little boxes is not an easy job. I would love to be able to use this program to train my cats. Please include me in the drawing and I would love to review it. Thanks.
    Glory >^,,^<

  18. One of our 4 cats is fascinated by the toilet. He actually “paws” at the tank after it’s flushed. He has even managed to trip the handle and flush it himself! I’ve wondered if he might be a good cat to try this system with!

  19. I have three cats who enjoy playing in their litter box everytime they go near it. Needless to say they get the contents of the box everywhere. I would love to not have to deal with that every day.

  20. With 4 indoor cats I really could use a new way to keep the house clean smelling. My younger male cat is really smart and I would train him first then move to the two girls.

  21. My cat taught himself how to use the toilet. i was shocked to find him on the toilet doing his thing one day. He continued using the bathroom, only the one in the basement, but when I moved he quit. I didn’t try to get him to do it again, I don’t know why.

  22. Our cat, Raisin, has been a part of the family for about 5 yrs now. I tried the CityKity when she was a kitten with no luck. and because it had to be cut apart, could never use it again. The litter box has to be in my Master bath as there is no where else to put it. My kids are responsible to clean it as I threatened I would get rid of her they didn’t. Well, they do their best at 8 and 10, the cat stinks! and she is the messiest with litter all over the floor. Almost like a game for her! We are moving into a new house, and I really don’t want to have alittle box anywhere at all.

  23. I would love to have our two kitties use the toilet as our baby is beginning to crawl and will be walking soon. Toddlers are very inquisitive and I have heard horror stories regarding the litter box. We have a very old small house and no closet to put the litter box to hide it from the baby. Toilet training our kitties seems the logical solution.

  24. I would love some advice on this – I’m using a similar product and have my 2 cats mostly trained on the toilet. They are great at going #1 in the potty, but they go #2 right next to the potty! I’ve tried all the things that they recommend on the web page (going back a step, praise and treats, etc), and none of it has worked. Any advice?

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