Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Rex: Couldn't be better. Puts ALL FOURS on the toilet seat without hesitation, even though the hole in the litter pan is not significantly bigger than before.

Pascha: Hit or Miss. Puts two paws on toilet all the time when she pees, and sometimes puts ALL FOURS on the toilet seat when she poos. This sounds good, but just yesterday she missed the toilet all together. I'm taking her to the vet.

General: This should work out in the end. If Pasch can get all fours up there sometimes, then I believe it's only a matter of time. We are already using about a fourth of the litter we used to. The cleanup has never been easier, and they are comfortable with the sounds and the view of the water in the toilet.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


According to www.kidshealth.org, potty training a human child can take between 3-6 months.

Why should a cat learn in any less time? Am I right!?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

It worked!

Not only did Pascha jump into the toilet pan without hesitation after I moved the hole back a bit, but she also put her two front paws on the toilet seat! Usually I had to place them there carefully for her, so this is truly a good sign.

Also, in other news, Rex put all fours on the toilet seat the other day. He's practically already there.

Better Placement

Getting axious to set things in the right direction again, I decided it would maybe work to make more subtle changes more frequently. This change, though not as subtle, may make Pascha more comfortable seeing as there is more front room to stand. Let's see how this works, shall we?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Scaling Back a Bit

Not too much, but I think this will be better in the long run. Pascha has already moved the litter around in this one, which means she's not worried about getting wet. I have treats ready. I mostly want proof from her that she'll use this at least.

I'll keep this on for a little longer than a week and make the hole bigger more gradually.

As long as it takes!

It's Come to This

Hunt the Hunter (or misbehaving Pee-er)

Today, I will follow Pascha around to see when (and where) she decides to use the bathroom next. She's gotta poop somewhere. That somewhere better be in a toilet. I need to know she still uses it at all. This freewheeling, unruly behavior must stop right now, mostly because I don't really know how long it's been carrying on.

Also, I will convince her that peeing in the sink, bathtub, or any other non-toilet location will get her nothing but a nice faucet full of water. Using the toilet, however, will get her a delicious Wellness brand treat.

Go ahead, Pasch, show me what's up.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


So, I just walked into the bathroom only to find Pascha peeing in the sink. Trouble is, she only used to do that when the litter pan was really dirty and she would have had to step in something. This time, the pan is clean, and I have a worry that I may need to take the litter pan hole back a little bit.

I knew this progress was too good to be true. In order to make sure I know if she's using the toilet or not, I'm going to plug up the sink and the bathtub with water. I did this at first and it worked, but I assumed she was over it.

Guess Not!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Point of no Return?

This is what the litter pan looks like!!

They use this as if there was no hole in it. It's kind of surreal to watch.

I am going to change the shape of the hole from now on. I'm going to cut away at most of the back of the pan and then slowly cut to the front. This way they'll learn how to face the right direction each time since they won't be able to put their paws in the back of the toilet.


Putting things in Perspective

I just mopped my bathroom floor with (sigh) Litter Box Disinfectant and Deodorizer.

Still worth it? Yes.