CitiKitty Week 3:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 27-01-2011

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Week 2 went well considering the task at hand. Knyckles didn’t seem to mind the removal of her walkway and readily used the box to get onto the toilet, however she had some technical problems with – how shall I say this – body placement (?). She still wants to have all four feet in the litter during the more serious potty business resulting in a couple of misses. I consulted a few highly unknowledgeable sources on the subject and we agreed that although she was missing, she was on the toilet and trying therefore the process shouldn’t be postponed. I’m assuming that as the CitiKitty itself becomes less and less she’ll readjust her footing and the problem will be solved. As long as she continues to get on the toilet to go to the bathroom, I’m happy.

My sources and I also decided to remove the box while the hole in the CitiKitty is still small so that she can figure out jumping and balancing without the threat of falling in, which I think would result in NEVER using the toilet again. While she had no problem using the toilet without the box, I am glad I started with the walkway. The walkway made it so much easier for her to adjust to the new litter box. Once she was familiar with using the CitiKitty, replacing the walkway with a small box and then removing that didn’t seem to hinder her in anyway.

However, there will be no photo since our week 3 will look exactly like week 2. Knyckles did famously until I didn’t clean it before she went number two leading her to do the doo on the floor – fail. She has started using the CitiKitty only at night while I’m sleeping. Why, I’m not sure. Could it seem humiliating to her? Perhaps. Would she rather have the comfort of knowing that the whole house is asleep? Apparently. Whatever the reason behind her now nightly ritual, I’m usually awakened by the constant scratching on the toilet lid, but not always. The CitiKitty directions say to wait a full week after an accident to remove the next portion; I guess that means human accident resulting in feline accident as well (?). To be safe and not rush my sweet cat, we’ll wait a week to take out the next section.

Because there is not enough litter for Knyckles to cover her nasty, it’s imperative that I clean it immediately for several reasons: the smell that not only wafts through the house but will drive her crazy if left uncovered and in case she has more business to do. It’s relatively easy to clean since the litter is flushable but in no way is enjoyable.

To get your own CitiKitty visit their website: http://www.citikitty.com/

Brenda Noble is in remission!

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 25-01-2011

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God works in mysterious ways and I know that on this Earth I will not understand many – if any – of them. What I do understand is that he is capable of performing miracles on any given day. Brenda Noble is the sweet mother of a dear friend. She was diagnosed with brain cancer (GBM – glioblastoma multiforme) on January 11, 2010 and given 2 months to live without treatment or 6 months with treatment. God has been present throughout her entire journey and is rejoicing with us now. I sobbed when Shawna told me her mom had cancer but I had tears of joy when she told me she was in remission – by golly I’ve got tears in my eyes now! My prayers are for continued good news pertaining to this battle. Congratulation Mrs. Noble! Praise God!

CitiKitty Week 2:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 20-01-2011

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Hooray for successes! Knyckles must have been ashamed of her accident being posted online for the world to see because she has yet to have another one! We removed the middle portion of the CitiKitty yesterday and a several days ago degraded her walkway to a small step/box. In a few days that will be removed entirely –yay! She’s already used the new version of the CitiKitty and I’m very proud and hopeful that in 3 more weeks we will have a toilet trained cat; I knew she could do it! KNYCKLES, YOU GO GIRL! This is what the CitiKitty looks like in week two:

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CitiKitty Day 1:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 13-01-2011

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I’ve had my fair share of potty training, however this training was solely on little persons. As big as my ego is on child rearing, it is nonexistent on the raising, training, or disciplining of a feline. To say I had my hesitancies on toilet training my cat, Knyckles, is a severe understatement. I will be posting updates on the success and/or failures of our CitiKitty experience periodically so that you too can see if both I and my cat have what it takes to potty train her.

After reading the very short and idiot proof handbook that accompanied our CitiKitty, I set up Knyckles bathroom in our guest bathroom. Yes, the cat has her own restroom. Both her previous litter boxes were removed and in place of them she had a tiny pretend litter box covering the toilet bowl. Despite my initial concerns, I was quite optimistic that Knyckles would be peeing on the pot in the minimum 4 week timeline. 36 hours later when she had yet to do her business and was meowing like a crazed animal, I was following her around the apartment making sure she didn’t just pop a squat on the laundry room floor. I even created a walkway out of a side table so that she didn’t have to jump onto the toilet but could instead walk into it like it was at the end of a runway. It was now 2:00am and I had been jumping out of bed every time she cried to stand next to her in her bathroom as she stared at the CitiKitty. Even this minuscule recognition of it earned a treat for her and she was finally getting in it and turning circles trying to make enough room for herself. And then finally, she dug out her cat courage and peed in the toilet…or into her litter box on the toilet. Hooray!

Cleaning it wasn’t the most fun I’d had all day either, although I was so elated that she’d gone in it at all that I might as well have been Snow White whistling while I worked. It wasn’t until the next morning when I found a little pile of pooh on the floor that I fully realized that this was going to be a long 4 or 5 or 10 week course in cat toilet training.

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