Toilet training for cats sounds so tempting.

I have two cats. I had two litter boxes. One preferred one, the other preferred the other.

The boys in a rare moment of sharing.

Then Taco started peeing on the couch and in my attempts to try everything to discourage this, we added a third.

They say that you’re supposed to have one box per cat plus one, but I had resisted this as there is really no good place in my house for various litter boxes. As I write this, I have one next to me, in the spare bedroom that serves as an office/craft room. Another is in my boyfriend’s bathroom under the vanity. The third, the one that I tried not to have, is in my “dining room,” which is really just a space with cat stuff. We tossed the table a year ago, we never ate at it and it was ugly. We keep meaning to get another, smaller one, but haven’t gotten around to that either.

I buy three different kinds of litter. I refuse to use clay, because, if you don’t already know, it’s incredibly bad for the environment, the cats and yourself. If you’ve ever poured a batch and inhaled the cloud of dust that ensues, you’ll understand. So I have S’wheat scoop, Feline Pine and Feline Pine clumping. Taco always preferred the pine and Moosh likes the wheat, and I did the clumping downstairs because it’s miserable to step on those f&^#&ing pellets.

Nothing really stops the stench, and now BOTH cats have taken to almost exclusively using the downstairs box…the one I would really prefer them NOT use, as it is right next to the kitchen.

I cannot fathom why. They both spend the majority of their time sleeping upstairs. Moosh’s current favorite place is in my closet, and Taco’s is under or on the bed. They have developed relationships with the boxes they’re already used to. Why is this new box so special?

They are both total opposites when it comes to USING the box, too. Moosh digs to China. He spends a good 15 minutes covering. This leads to what we have affectionately labeled “the poop face,” because he is covered in pine/wheat dust. Then he likes to do what we have affectionately labeled “the poop run,” which is running up (or down) the stairs excitedly, ending with a little prance. I assume he feels lighter and freer and wants to show it off.


Taco rarely digs. His poop run consists of dropping a deuce and then hauling ass, leaving the stench to permeate. And boy, is he stench-y.

So this is why, sometimes, I am really tempted to train my cats to use the toilet. In the end, though, I’m personally too selfish to give up the use of one of MY toilets to do so. Nor do I have the patience or time. Sigh.


  1. theh2obaby

    Hi ~ Thanks for Liking my post. I tried to toilet train Kiwi (Litter Kwitter, great product). But in the end, we failed. She has a birth defect in her spine & I wonder if it affects her plumbing or wiring “down there.” She does her ‘poop run’ ~also marching & shouting~ before the event, as if she has a mysterious sensation. Which is to say, if you ever get fed up w the litter box routine, give LK a try (Not City Kitty, it’s flimsy & your boys might collapse it. Very bad scene). ~cheers, Molly & Kiwi

    • MEOWhearthis

      Haha a PRE-poop run! Taco will howl sometimes to announce that he’s gonna go. I don’t think I will ever have the patience to do the toilet training. My cats are far too obstinate anyway. But thanks for the tip!

  2. Russel Ray Photos

    The animal shelter where I got Zoey the Cool Cat provides one pound of kitty litter with the cat. They gave me Arm & Hammer Essentials. I can highly recommend it. If I didn’t clean the litter box every day, I would never know that she used it. There is no smell whatsoever. Of course, my wise old grandmother always swore by Arm & Hammer baking soda to keep smells at bay, so I guess it’s no surprise that they make great kitty litter, too.

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