Is teaching your cat to use the toilet a good idea?


I have a lot of my friends who have decided to teach their cats to use the human toilet. Yes, I understand that cat litter can smell, can go everywhere in the house and does cost a bit.

But teaching your cat to use the toilet? Is this really possibly and is it ok for the cat??

Some websites provide a lot of guidance on the subject, like this wiki, and I won’t lie – it all looks smooth and easy.  The idea is to move the litter box as close as possible to the seat and then replace the litter box with a “training box” on the toilet seat. I like the list of warning they include in the end, such as:

  • “Don’t force your cat, or it won’t learn.
  • Never ever EVER push your cat into the toilet because he or she will hate you!
  • Always, always, always wait until the cat is comfortable with a setup before changing it. Go slow. If you rush the cat, this will not work, and you are more likely to have accidents. Don’t ever try to force a cat to do anything that it does not want to do. For example, you should never have to pick up the cat and put it in the litter box or on the “training box”. If you must show or force a cat to do something, you’ve moved too quickly from one stage to the next. Go back to square one.” 

My friends who try to teach their cat also add that their cat didn’t appreciate the change and now goes to the toilet everywhere in the house.. So is it worth it? Have you tried teaching your cat this? I am a bit too scared to try and not sure it’s worth it! Your thoughts?



  1. I knew a cat who went to the toilet. The cat did it on her own. She wasn’t teached to do it. Now my daughters cat, a little furrball of a few month old, probably wants to go to the toilet too instead using the litter 🙂 I think when they want to do it by themselves, it’s more ‘natural’ 🙂 Pawkiss 🙂

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