Why YOU should not train a cat to use a toilet.
There are several reasons why you should not train a cat to use a toilet.
- It can interfere with a cat's natural behavior of digging and covering their waste. Cats are natural diggers and cover their waste with litter to mask its scent. This helps to keep them safe from predators in the wild. Taking away a cat's ability to bury their waste can be stressful and lead to behavioral problems.
- It can be stressful for the cat.Straddling a toilet seat can be difficult and cause stress, particularly to elderly or very young cats — or cats who have health problems. And "accidentally falling into the toilet bowl can be traumatic for a cat," Bays pointed out.
- It can make it more difficult to monitor a cat's health issues through examining a cat's urine or poop. "Monitoring your cat's urine and feces is an important tool," Dr. Barrack said. "If your cat is using a toilet, you may not be able to see their waste as easily, and it may be more difficult to collect a sample for testing."
- It can be difficult to train a cat to use a toilet. Toilet training a cat can be a long and frustrating process. Not all cats are able to be trained to use a toilet, and some cats may simply refuse to learn.
- It can be unsanitary. If a cat accidentally falls into the toilet bowl or gets their paws wet, they could spread bacteria to other surfaces in your home.
Overall, the risks of toilet training a cat outweigh the benefits. If you are considering toilet training your cat, it is important to weigh the pros and cons carefully.