Paw Placement

You’re worried because your cat doesn’t put her paws on the seat.

Take a deep breath, and let it go.

Owners who “assist” cats with paw placement unduly stress the animal.

You: “Let me just move your paw a little . . .”

Cat: “Don’t touch me! I’m peeing!”

You’re already encouraging your cat by crowding her with water containers, and she’s patiently putting up with it. Practice excellent loo etiquette by leaving the cat to her own paw placement. She’ll figure it out before Step 8.

Happy training!


3 thoughts on “Paw Placement

  1. I have a cat that will not put her paws on the seat, or she puts her front paws in the liter after digging a lot, this leave her butt and hind legs close to or on the seat, resulting in her pooping on the seat or the edge of the mock toilet. I thought as the water bowls got bigger he would have no choice but to get her paws on the seat. Nope, she will have her front paws in what ever liter there is and still poop on the seat or worse. Any idea? Help! Ready to give it all up. Note cat #2 pees and poops in the water bowl all the time, she is ready to move on. Yes it is the same non slip seat that is on the toilet.

    • Cris,
      This crops up as an issue with some cats. First, it’s amazing that your cat wants to please you so much that she’s using the spot you’ve designated, even though it’s not meeting her needs to cover the smell. Most cats that are confused like this resort to accidents. Incredible kitty.
      While it slows you down, you do have some options if you want to continue.

      Positioning tricks:

      1. Immediately give your cat the larger litter box, where she knows how to aim and cover. Instead of jumping to the small sitz bath size, slowly reduce your box sizes over time while she continues aiming and covering, making use of the litter, and learning how to deal appropriately with the confined space.
      2. Increase the depth of your litter, so it’s nearly level with the seat.
      3. Some owners have constructed shields that force a cat away from a particular position, so their fanny is over the water.
      4. Clicker training (for putting two paws up) can be tremendously successful.
      5. Usually we don’t encourage moving paws, but see if it helps your cat if you physically move her front paws onto the seat. She may be one of the few that is relieved to discover it’s more comfortable with your help.
      6. Treats/praise

      While your other cat is ready to move on, unfortunately you have to go at the pace of the slowest cat, or it’s all for naught.
      Are there any medical issues that might make it uncomfortable for your cat to put her paws up? Like arthritis?

      Best wishes, Marian

  2. Thanks for the ideas. No medical issues, my girls are babies just under 6 months old. We have tried most of the above ideas except the shield and clicker training. Will give it a try. Thinking on how to make a kitty proof shield. This should be interesting. The Kitty that is doing so well is very adventurous an in to everything. I have a feeling she will have to shield in shreds in a matter on minutes! But, have to try.



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