Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat–Not a Sour Puss

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Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat–Not a Sour Puss

Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss

  • Penguin Books

America’s favorite cat behavior expert, author of Catwise and Cat vs. Cat, offers the most complete resource for cat owners of all stripes, now fully updated and revised.

“The queen of cat behavior” – Steve Dale, author of My Pet World

Think it’s impossible to train a cat? Think again! By learning how to think like a cat, you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is. Whether you are a veteran cat lover, a brand-new owner of a sweet kitten, or the frustrated companion of a feline whose driving you crazy, Pam Johnson-Bennett will help you understand what makes your cat tick (as well as scratch and purr). Topics range from where to get a cat to securing a vet; from basic health care to treating more serious problems; choosing an inrresistible scratching post and avoiding litterbox problems.

A comprehensive guide to cat care and training, she helps you understand the instincts that guide feline behavior. Using behavior modification and play therapy techniques, she shares successful methods that will help you and your cat build a great relationship.

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CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit

CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit

  • No more messing with dirty litter or cleaning the litter box
  • Save thousands of dollars on kitty litter
  • Ideal for older cats, large cats, kittens over 3 months, and multiple-cat households
  • Works with all sizes and shapes of toilets
  • Includes training seat and insert, guide, tip card, and catnip

CK01 Features: -Cat toilet training system. -Toilet train your cat is just a few weeks and save thousands on cat litter. -Fits all toilet sizes including standard, round and elongated. -Works with cats of all ages, sizes and breeds. -Can be removed from the toilet in seconds. -Easy-to-follow training process: gradual 5-Step transition from litter box to toilet. Color: -White. Material: -Plastic. Number of Items Included: -5. Country of Manufacture: -United States. Dimensions: Overall Height – Top to Bottom: -2″. Overall Width – Side to Side: -16″. Overall Depth – Front to Back: -16″. Overall Product Weight: -1.6 lbs.

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  1. 2,672 of 2,704 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars In Progress: So far so good., November 17, 2009
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    Dennis Williams (Tulsa, OK USA) -
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    This review is from: CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit (Misc.)
    I have been using CittiKitty for a week now and I will continue to update this review as I go through the process. All you have to do is read a few reviews and you should catch on to the fact that this product will not work on every cat. Some cats are stubborn, picky, stuck in their ways, or simply do not have the brain power to make the transition. So I will not be basing my rating on whether or not it works on my specific cat, but the actual product itself and how well it functions.

    I skipped some of the opening steps because my cat was already used to having its litter box in the restroom. I simply moved the litter box onto the toilet for one day and then switched to CittiKitty. I have to give fairly high marks for the product construction. It fit my toilet perfectly and is pretty stable. I started using the same litter I have always used, basic Fresh Step clumping litter. My 1 year old cat had no problem using it and never missed a beat.

    I recommend switching to flushable litter first and then switching to CittiKitty. I did it in reverse order and it isn't that big of a deal but it is definitely much easier to clean with the flushable litter.

    Trust me when I tell you they are not over exaggerating when they talk about how big of a mess will be made using this product. You need to clean it pretty much after every use and litter gets everywhere. My cat is average I suppose when it comes to digging but if you have a cat that likes to throw litter around you better keep a broom and dustpan handy. You would also do well to invest in one of those cans of pressurized air which you can get at best buy. They are usually used to blow dust out of computer components and keyboards but it can also be used to blow litter out of toilet crevices (yes litter will end up in every crevice your toilet owns).

    The only other thing I have noticed after a week's use is pee sticking to the bottom of the tray. It isn't that big of a deal but you definitely need to scrape the bottom of the tray frequently.

    That is my experience so far and at this point I have rated the product a 4. I took a star off because it is definitely not perfect. It is doing exactly what it is supposed to however, you just have to hope your cat is willing to play ball.

    UPDATE (Week 2): Punched out the first half ring. It is a little difficult to punch out but I don't see why there is so many complaints on this. I used a pocket knife and it took a whole 2 minutes to punch out the first hole. This didn't phase my cat so I removed the insert which left the first full ring open. So far my cat has not even batted an eyelash. She still is standing in the litter to go and has not yet aimed for the hole but hopefully that will work out naturally over time. This is still the easy part. There is a hole there but at some point the cat has to learn to stand on the toilet seat and aim for water instead of litter. We will see how it goes. Updates will continue as results come in.

    UPDATE (Week 3 - Lost Count): I stayed on the last step for a very long time because the cat seemed to wait until it really had to go before it would use CittiKitti. I didn't notice it at first but she was moping around all day looking for a better spot until she couldn't take it any longer and then she used CittiKitti. Never had an accident but it took her a while to get used to it with the hole in it. But after what seems like an eternity, I saw her start going frequently so I knew she was used to it. I think she even started aiming for the hole because I saw some business go right down into the water several times. So I moved to the next step which leaves a gaping hole in the tray. Today my cat used it after sniffing around a little bit. She has 2 paws on the toilet rim and back to legs still standing on the litter but everything is hitting the hole which is so nice. I plan on staying at this point for a good while. Once she is used to this I will move on. So far the training has been completely natural and I have not had to interfere in any way. It has just taken a little time. So far so good.

    UPDATE (3 months from start date): Cat finally got completely used to cittikitti. I think I finally got her to where she is actually preferring to use the toilet. Like I said previously, she was reluctantly using it but after 3 months of using cittikitti, and a good month on the same step described in week 3, she is doing awesome. I removed the next ring a few days ago which leaves nothing but a small rim of litter and a huge hole. As far as I know the cat didn't even notice the change. She just keeps using it. I really don't see why I couldn't just remove the pan outright but I am going to give it a few more weeks before I do that. I will update one more time whenever I remove the pan to let you know how it goes.
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  2. 137 of 141 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars My brother used this for his cats and they kinda ..., November 6, 2015
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    Con (Davis, CA) -
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    This review is from: CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit (Misc.)
    My brother used this for his cats and they kinda worked but this had to happen at some point
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  3. 71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars 100% Litter box free after 2+ years, some tips and additional tools needed!!, April 7, 2016
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    Ketty (USA) -
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    This review is from: CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit (Misc.)
    I used this kit to toilet train my cats 2 years ago. My cats are still using the toilet today. My cats are young cats and are 3 years old. I started toilet training 2 cats on 1 toilet in February of 2014 while they were older kittens. I would say they didn't get used to the idea until a year later. Now they use the toilet like it's natural. I initially started training with C.O.T. Cats Of Thrones Toilet Seat for Cats Starter Kit. That kit had some serious flaws and poor instructions and caused me to mess up my training (more on that later). I decided to purchase CitiKitty in May 2014. I was able to finish toilet training with the CitiKitty and some additional tools. This review will be some what of a guide to document my success. I give this kit 4 stars instead of 5 because it isn't perfect and you need to buy additional items to ensure better chance of success!

    Additional items you will need:
    --A new toilet seat SPECIFICALLY the one made by Mayfair with the detachable child seat. The child seat is relatively flat and detaches from the main adult seat should you ever decide to not use it anymore (tip: don't do this, use it indefinitely). The whole toilet seat is relatively easy to take on and off after the install so you can clean the whole seat. There is a round version and an elongated version for different toilets: Mayfair 183SLOWA NextStep Adult Toilet Seat with Built-in Child Potty Training Seat, Elongated, White. The purpose of this seat is to make the toilet seat hole smaller so you cats feel more confident using it. You also do not have to go past punchout 5 (6 total) on the CityKitty using this seat. I found out with a full sized seat, my cat fell in one time trying to poop and that deterred him from using the toilet for while (he would poop in the sink)!!
    --Flushable kitty litter. I used Cat's Pride Premium Scoopable Cat Litter Jug, 14-Pound (you can buy from Walmart) and chicken feed (buy from Tractor Supply Company, a farm supply store). Overall, I used up maybe 2 bags of chicken feed and 3 jugs of Cat's Pride Premium litter. Neither of these litter work well as actual litter for a litterbox but they are flushable and cheap and work for training purposes. You will be using a lot of litter.
    --Precious Cat Ultra Litter Attractant, 20 Ounces. This item is used to attract your cats to the foreign place to go to the bathroom as well as the new litter you might be using.

    Make sure you do the following:
    --Install new toilet seat and leave the child seat down when ever you are done using the bathroom. YES, this is an extra step you have to remember to do. Ask yourself, which is worse: having to put this child seat down every time or having to scoop the cat litter daily and have it track everywhere and have your house smell like poop? Or have your cats too scared of falling in so they stop using the toilet? I just choose to treat my cat like a child. The child seat also shields a bit of water "splash back".
    --Follow instructions for CitiKitty. Go slow with removing the rings.
    --Blend the Precious Cat Litter attractant in with the litter to send the message to your cats that the toilet is their new litter box.
    --Check the toilet and flush all urine and poop at least twice a day if you have 1 toilet shared with 2 cats. I do not recommend more than 2 cats per toilet!! During training, you MUST keep the litter and area clean all the times. This means vacuuming/sweeping/changing the litter and wiping the area with a pet stain cleaner like Nature's Miracle. You will waste a lot of litter (that's why I used chicken feed; costs $12 for 40 pounds).
    --Clean the toilet bowl and seats often. Cats will miss and can get pee on the seats. Removable seat design from the mayfair seat helps a lot!
    --Duct tape your toilet lid to the water reservoir. My one cat is aggressive with the burying action and she clawed at the lid one time and it shut the lid on the toilet. The lid might have shut on her, too, I don't know. I came home to find poop on the floor because cats couldn't use the toilet!
    --If you have to go away for a long time (a weekend) and won't be around for more than 24 hours, I recommend you bring out the litter box. If no one is there to flush, cats will poop else where with a dirty toilet! My cats have no problem going back to... Read more
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