Thinking about toilet training a cat? Tired of cleaning up the litter box?
Here we discuss 12 reasons why you should stick with the litter.
12 Reasons Why Cat Toilet Training Is A Bad Idea
- The cat could fall off in the bowl
- It’s awkward if you have guests
- It’s even more awkward if you’re a guest
- Sharing the seat is unhygienic to humans
- It might Stress out the cat
- You should see the cat’s excrement
- It’s hard work for older cats
- Sick or recovering cats can’t jump up
- Competing for the toilet
- The door, seat, and lid logistics
- Cross infection through the pipes
- The potty is important too
Why Cat Toilet Training Isn’t a Good Idea
1. The Cat Could Fall Off In the Bowl
Cats aren’t always perfect gymnasts. They could also be clumsy and lack coordination. Case in point:
That’s why training them to use the toilet could end up in them slipping and falling inside! Cats keep their balance by clawing a rough surface. If they lose their balance on the toilet seat they wouldn’t find anything to grasp.
In that case, you wouldn’t just clean after your cat, you’d also have to wash up your cat itself. And just imagine the poor kitty’s fright!
2. It’s Awkward if You Have Guests
Your household would eventually get used to the idea that the cat uses the bathroom too. But what if you’re hosting a slumber party or your cousin is sleeping over?
They could find the idea uncomfortable.
The guests could occasionally close the door once they‘re done, or put down the lid. The cat wouldn’t be able to open the door or lift up the lid.
This often ends with the cat stressing out, and taking its business to your bed, shoes, or right outside your room. Good luck explaining that to the guests.
3. It’s Even More Awkward if You’re a Guest
Not all people are prepared to share their living spaces with pets. If you’re a guest at a house where you’re the only pet owner, then this arrangement could be pushing the limits of hospitality.
If your cat is trained to go only in the toilet, then you should inform your host ahead of time to see how this will play out.
Sometimes hosts dedicate a bathroom to the guests, and wouldn’t mind if little kitty shared it. If there’s one bathroom in the house, things could become a little awkward.
4. Sharing the Seat is Unhygienic to Humans
When your cat uses the litter box, you only come in contact with the remains with your gloves on or with the little shovel. This is not the case if your cat uses the toilet. You’ll be sharing animal wastes on an intimate level.
Several pet owners treat their cats as little kids, and they don’t necessarily feel weird when they use the same toilet seat as their pet. However, comfort isn’t the only factor to consider. Hygiene could become an issue if your cat has a parasite or any other pathogen.
Toxoplasmosis is a common parasite in cats, even the ones you keep at home and take good care of. Even frequent analyses could miss the presence of that parasite, as it’s cunning and has a way of dodging detection for a while.
Humans could catch this parasite if traces of it are left on the toilet seat. The symptoms aren’t fun at all, and toxoplasmosis could have detrimental effects on pregnant women.
Safety always comes first, and if this is the only downside of cat toilet training, it’s a good enough reason to rethink this idea.
5. It Might Stress Out the Cat
Cats and animals in general, do far more than just excretion when they urinate or defecate. The wild ancestry of felines urges them to show authority and control when they pee.
Think about this in terms of forest life; this is how animals ward off other wanderers. They leave a strong scent to mark their territory.
They also bury their waste as a matter of habit. This is not something you teach a kitten, it’s like a default setting.
Cats typically perform these excretion rituals in their litter box. But if you teach your cat to go in the toilet, you’ll essentially interfere with its natural instincts to wrap-up its business.
Several cat owners noticed that this intrusion stresses out the cat. And do you know what happens when cats become nervous? Exactly. They’ll mess up your house, and the rate of peeing and pooping in the wrong places increases drastically!
6. You Should See the Cat’s Excrement
The consistency, color, and the rate of the cat’s waste disposal are indicative of its health condition. It’s much easier to notice these states in a litter box than a toilet.
You might not even be aware that you’re monitoring these parameters, but any changes to the ‘usual’ will catch your eye. That’s improbable when the evidence is flushed away.
Several cat illnesses need like bladder infections and intestinal problems urgent attention. The only way to spot them on time is when you change the litter and monitor your pet’s excrement.
7. It’s Hard Work for Older Cats
Older cats often have joint problems and sore muscles. Pretty much like any older humans. Asking them to perform the agile moves necessary for the toilet would be pretty demanding.
The cats might also disregard the toilet training entirely as it would be associated with pain. A better option is providing a wide litter box with a low-rim. This would make going much easier for your aging cat.
8. Sick or Recovering Cats Can’t Jump Up
Cats get sick occasionally, and they often need to rest and economize their movement. An injury in their legs could complicate things further.
The last thing you need your cat to experience is toilet distress. It’s already dealing with the inconvenience and pain of its illness.
This situation too, calls for a litter box at close proximity.
If your cat is already using the toilet, you might want to provide the litter box option from time to time. Cats love their habits and aren’t big on changes, but they can adapt to more than one mode of doing their business.
9. Competing for the Toilet
Humans can ‘hold it in’ when the toilet is busy. Cats, on the other hand, don’t have that social obligation. If the toilet is occupied, they’ll probably find a nice spot like a bed or a carpet to see their business through.
The cat might feel guilty about this, and it could become stressed out as its toilet habit is derailed, but it wouldn’t hold back.
The opposite is also true. The cat might take its time in the toilet, and you’ll be forced to wait until it finishes. You’d also have to clean the toilet seat, flush the bowl, then carry on with your needs. That could be a bit much sometimes.
10. The Door, Seat, and Lid Logistics
Cats are resourceful, but they can’t open doors, put the toilet seat down, or lift up the lid. If these factors aren’t in the correct form, the cat wouldn’t be able to go.
Your household will quickly get used to what needs to be done, but any stranger to the house could miss these details and considerations.
The litter box is clearly free from these extra complications.
11. Cross Infection Through the Pipes
Cat excrement could easily carry a number of pathogens. The most common is toxoplasmosis.I mentioned earlier that it could infect humans, but unfortunately, the risks go further still.
When you flush these carrier-remains down the pipes, the parasite runs all the way to the drainage point in a lake, river, or the sea. Aquatic creatures have low immunity to this parasite, and they could suffer seriously as a result.
The wastewater systems aren’t always equipped to handle this bio-load, and it’s best not to mitigate the potential risks.
12. The Litter Box is Important Too
When cats need focused veterinary attention, they usually spend a night or more at the clinic. The cat enclosures there are typically equipped with litter boxes.
Another common situation is having to leave your cat at a boarding place. Cat owners occasionally need to do that when they travel or work. Again, these places usually have litter boxes only.
That’s why it’s essential to teach your cat how to go in the litter box, even if you intend to toilet-train it.
Rober DeNiro sure made cat toilet training seem like a good idea! Unfortunately, this applies to the big screen only.
In the real world, cats are much better off using the good old litter box. Your furry friend has traces of the wild inside it, and you wouldn’t want to twist its nature.
You’ll also be protecting yourself, your family, and the environment from potential bacterial and parasitic intrusions.
These are the facts of biology, but the facts of life are just as compelling. The logistics could get quite complicated when you share your toilet with Kitty!