CitiKitty Week 10:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 16-03-2011

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Here we are at my joshed about 10 weeks and guess what, we are toilet trained! Surprised? Don’t be. I lied.

Going back a step has really helped Knyckles feel more comfortable with the toilet again. She was getting to where she didn’t even want to go near it. She is peeing in it regularly without needed assistance but she’s still pooping on the floor. She does try her hardest to cover it with our tile floor though.

At times I feel like I’m beating a dead horse (Good lord, that’s an awful saying. Who started that and why am I endorsing it?) but I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet (Towel? I’m not using a towel. What’s with all of the clichés today?). Remember a few weeks ago when I said that perhaps she’ll get comfortable using the toilet and correct herself? That’s what I’m hoping for again. She gets her wet food when she pees in the toilet and if she ever poops in it again I’ll probably throw her a parade. The dry treats stopped being encouraging a couple of weeks ago. Occasionally I can get her to sit on the box for a treat, but instead of staying on the box and contemplating the toilet like I desire she takes it into her mouth and eats it elsewhere – fail. She’s also learned that even if she pees just the tiniest of bits she gets some delicious wet food; therefore we are peeing several times a day. Smart cat. Frustrated human.

Perhaps we are at a stalemate. I am still hopeful. We’ll see.

CitiKitty Week 9:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 09-03-2011

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After momming up again and staying on top of Knyckles without any success, we decided to go back a step. At this point, I’ve pretty much lost hope in this whole thing. In hindsight, I should’ve taken the CitiKitty back a step earlier. At first, it was only an occasional accident and I thought “Well, this is probably normal.” It wasn’t until this past week and 1/2 that she was consistently having accidents. What happened to my positive attitude? Where did it go? I’m hoping this week is better but I’m not holding my breath, just the pooper scooper.

I also did some research this week trying to find helpful advice to no avail. I did, however, find an alternative product: The Litter Kwitter. It’s more expensive than what I paid for the CitiKitty. I got it on sale for two for $30.00 just before Christmas. Cat wise, it only has three steps vs CitiKitty’s five steps so the transitions are bigger. We had trouble with some of the transitions already so I’m not sure how the bigger ones would work out. Trainer wise, the Litter Kwitter seems to be easier to move between stages. With CityKitty you have to cut the previous section out when kitty graduates to the next level, and then use a backup tray that sits on top of the original if she/he needs to regress. The trays are perforated but it still takes me several frustrating minutes to get the section detached. The Litter Kwitter simply has a new seat to swap out with the previous one. I honestly don’t know which products works better.

CitiKitty week 8:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 02-03-2011

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*sigh* Well, we are at a standstill. Knyckles is still holding and not going as regularly as she used to. When she does go she pees in the pot and poohs on the floor. Remember when I joked about it taking 10 week to train her? I think that might have been too optimistic. Perhaps I’m not being as diligent as I was with her. There was a woman who wrote on the CitiKitty website that it took her 5 months to train her cat, can I last that long? I thought about going back a step but I’m not 100% sure if we should or not. I’m thinking when she gets comfortable peeing in it she’ll start using it for numero two. We’ll see. *sigh*

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CitiKitty Week 6:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 17-02-2011

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This phase was worse than last week. I had to sit on the floor after 1 and ½ days of no potty usage and encourage her. She finally went but still won’t take her paws out of the litter. I think she’s going to pitch a huge fit when it gets even smaller. She’s also using the edge of it rather than the middle, which I think is going to cause problems for her in weeks to come.

I hadn’t planned on removing another portion this week because of her hesitation to use it at first. I’m glad I didn’t have my heart set on it because on Monday night we had an accident so I wouldn’t have been removing it anyway. I’m monitoring her, but she’s been resisting and crying a bunch this week. Hopefully she won’t have any more accidents and we’ll be downgrading the CitiKitty next week.

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CitiKitty Week 5:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 09-02-2011

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Even though the hole looked huge to me in week 4, Knyckles wasn’t fazed by it a bit. We had zero problems this week – praise God – but now the hole seriously looks huge! It’s intimidating to look at even for me…

I guess we’ll see! 🙂

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CitiKitty Week 4:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 02-02-2011

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This is for the patient at heart. Luckily I’m very patient with small things like animals and children; it’s the large things I am impatient with like myself and appliances. After applauding myself on Knyckles using the potty without a step, we had a turn to the dark side. One day with no usage, two days with not a drop, three days without even venturing into the bathroom and in a few hours it would be four days. I was starting to panic imagining her little innards backing up and eventually exploding from her bullheadedness. I had replaced her box after the first day worried that perhaps she didn’t like jumping onto the toilet but that obviously didn’t help. As we hit the evening of the third day, I took my post next to her bathroom and encouraged away. She came and sat with me then lay on her box and thirty minutes later she was up there peeing, and peeing, and peeing, and peeing. She peed so much that it filled over half of the CitiKitty covering her back feet before leaking into the toilet. Aha! Perhaps this is why she didn’t want to go. I cleaned the CitiKitty and then followed her around from room to room until she gave up, trudged back to the toilet and finished her business. Since then she’s been going like a champ. I think she’s learned to go often so she doesn’t get her feet messed. She still won’t put her feet on the seat. We scraped by this week with no accidents, but I know for certain that if I wasn’t home and encouraging her we would’ve had one. Last night I removed the second portion and the hole looks huge! Wish us luck this next week.

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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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