If you have been thinking about getting a cat, but just the thought of having to deal with litter box chores is simply appalling; not to worry! All you have to do is to learn how to train your kitty to use the toilet!
Cats trained to “do their business” using a toilet instead of a litter box makes it so much easier to own a kitty. Just think! No more outrageous litterbox odors wafting throughout the house. No longer will all those dreary and obnoxious chores, such as scooping out stinky litter boxes, washing, drying and refilling them with fresh litter; or having to carry home heavy bags of litter up the stairs will be necessary. I tell you having a cat that is perfectly potty- trained is a cat that will endear himself to you beyond your wildest dreams forever!
At least that is what some feline “experts” are telling people who simply cannot abide the thought of having to take all the proper and essential litter box care that the diminutive wild predatory animal they have willingly taken into their home requires. No matter how hard I try, it’s impossible for me to understand the suggestions that some supposed feline “experts” are making that are so contradictory to the species’ instinctual needs.
Many cats, both wild and domesticated bury their waste instinctively to conceal themselves from potential predatory animals. Dr. Eric Brotman, Ph.D., the author of “How to Toilet Train Your Cat: The Education of Mango” (Bird Brain Press), says,
“Toilet Training makes a cat more secure because the smell goes away. It fits in with their hard-wiring.”
However the learned doctor may not be giving sufficient credence to the importance of the cats’ instinctual hard-wired drive to bury their waste. How can a cat feel more secure when their instinctual drive to bury their waste has been thwarted by having to sit on a toilet seat?
Arnold Plotnick, DVM, renowned feline-only veterinarian at Manhattan Cat Specialists in New York City, thinks that toilet training a cat is extremely unwise. He says,
“Cats should not be made or expected to use a toilet designed for people. It is completely unnatural for them. Cats instinctually dig and bury their urine and feces. Toilet training robs them of this instinct.”
Dr. Plotnick continues, pointing out that toilet seats are slippery. A cat might lose his balance and fall into the toilet. Cats have to jump up onto a toilet seat. Although this may not be a problem for younger cats, elderly, sick or arthritic cats may find this very painful. Why should these cats have to experience pain and discomfort when having to eliminate? Should “bathroom” time be stressful for cats? Stress can also lead to feline behavioral problems.
Additionally, it is essential for kitty guardians to monitor their cat’s daily output. Are there traces of blood in the urine or stool? It’s easy to observe this in the litter box. Dr. Plotnick says,
“Toilet training makes it impossible to see the urine output, and the water in the toilet may change the consistency of the feces, making it difficult to assess diarrhea.”
When cats are using the toilet, owners may miss important signs of serious illness.
While toilet training kitties may at first glance appear to be more convenient for owners; it certainly isn’t for the cats. If litter box chores are too disagreeable, perhaps having a cat isn’t the best choice for a pet.
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