10 STEP PROGRAM: ~ 17 Weeks or 4 Months (be flexible)
1. Duration: 1 week. Position mock toilet next to real toilet (identical non-slip toilet seats on both).
Allow your cat to become comfortable using the mock toilet filled with 4-6 inches of flushable litter. You should never have less than 4 inches of litter in the mock toilet. Get acquainted with your cat’s bathroom habits, so you can be on hand to encourage them at every pit stop. Immediately scoop and flush the cat’s waste. Treat and praise the cat after every bathroom experience. Keep the mock toilet pristine, or the cat is likely to seek another loo, like the towel you left on the floor (don’t leave towels on the floor). At least once-a-week, clean the mock toilet with bleach water. Rinse well. (Bleach is turbo-toxic to cats.)
2. Duration: 1 week. Add water container #1 (test-tube) to help the cat become comfortable having water in the litter area. Securely tape the water container to the edge of the sitz bath (not pictured, but believe me, you want it taped). With every step, the water should be near to level with the litter. This will be messy, the containers will fill with litter and require rinsing, but it will prevent tipping.
3. Duration: 2 weeks. When your cat is comfortable, add water container #2.
4. Duration: 2 weeks. When your cat is comfortable, add water container #3. At this stage, your cat may have started putting 2-4 paws up on the toilet seat.
5. Duration: 2 weeks. When the cat is comfortable, add water container #4.
6. Duration: 2 weeks. When he’s comfortable, add water container #5.
7. Duration: 2 weeks. When the cat is comfortable, add water container #6.
8. Duration: 2 weeks. When the cat is comfortable, add water container #7. The cat should still have deep litter to dig in: approximately 1/2 inch wide and 4 inches deep.
9. Duration: 2 weeks. For the last bowl, either fill the sitz bath with water or, so it’s easy to remove and dump, solder a large hole in the bottom of the sitz bath, and add a much deeper (more toilet-like) bowl of water. Raise the height of the mock toilet, so it is level with the real toilet (concrete retaining wall blocks work great and only cost a couple dollars). This is the first time your cat will not have access to deep litter.
Notice the height, the toys in the tub, the 2-L bottles blocking the back of the real toilet, the stool, and the lack of drapery or rugs in Ramses’ bathroom.
10. Remove the mock toilet from the bathroom. Make sure you’re on hand to encourage your cat to use the real toilet. Notice all the love in the air. That’s what permeates the house when you don’t have to scoop poop. Love: pure, unfeigned, and glorious. Enjoy!
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