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OMG! I Don't Believe It!!

post #1 of 20
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As some of you know, Geronimo, who is my little "demon/bully" cat of the bunch , is constantly terrorizing the others - especially poor Gabriel. Gabriel "hides out" in the bedroom most of the time, and usually only comes out to eat or use the litterbox - or when Geronimo isn't around to bully him. This morning, while I was laying in bed trying to wake up, I notice Gabriel going into the bathroom; he's making a scratching sound, and then starts to meow in a weird way. So I get up to check on him thinking that something may be wrong, and I walk in to see him....

Squatting on the toilet and peeing!

I couldn't believe it! I've heard of toilet-training cats before, but I've never even tried to teach any of mine to do so! I suppose he's just getting fed up w/ Geronimo pestering him all the time, so he decided to use the toilet instead of trying to navigate around Geronimo to get to the litterbox.

But HOW did he know to use the toilet, and that that's what it's for, when I never even trained him to do so??

Well, I've had my Halloween "shock" for the day!

~KK~
post #2 of 20
Whoa! Thats crazy how you found your cat peeing on the toilet! Wonder how he learned that...
post #3 of 20
Good for him! If he's seen humans use the toilet (don't all cats like to go to the bathroom with you?), he probably figured it was an "ok" place to go. Or maybe he just smelled that it was a "litter box".
post #4 of 20
All I can say, that's one smart cat! Tiger likes to watch and be with anyone who's on the toilet so after reading this, ti won't surprise me if he starts using it.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
Good for him! If he's seen humans use the toilet (don't all cats like to go to the bathroom with you?), he probably figured it was an "ok" place to go. Or maybe he just smelled that it was a "litter box".
I think they are smart enough to associate a toilet with a litter box... well, maybe not the ones who drink out of it

I know anytime we use the bathroom, Riley jumps in his litter box at the same time. That's a bit more "togetherness" than I need but it does illustrate that he understands. Maybe he'll start using the toilet one of these days! I just hope he doesn't leave the seat up
post #6 of 20
That's hilarious
post #7 of 20
That is definately the funniest thing I have heard in a while.
post #8 of 20
Oh I wish I could get all 8 of mine to use it, look at the money we could save
post #9 of 20
can Gabriel come teach Lucky? that is so cool
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by KittKatt View Post
This morning, while I was laying in bed trying to wake up, I notice Gabriel going into the bathroom; he's making a scratching sound, and then starts to meow in a weird way. So I get up to check on him thinking that something may be wrong, and I walk in to see him....
Kitties are so smart! But you might want to keep an eye him....the fact that he was crying before he went would make me nervous about him *maybe* having an UTI.
post #11 of 20
What a smart kitty!!
post #12 of 20
I hope when you interupted him in his santuary you said excuse me and walked back out
post #13 of 20
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(don't all cats like to go to the bathroom with you?)
Yeah - ain't it the truth! Like we can't figure it out on our own.

Gabriel has always been an extremely intelligent cat (my s/o calls him "the wise old man"), but I never thought I'd see him using the toilet! He's the same cat who figured out how to get his mice toys out of a closed drawer that I used to keep them in: he'd pull open the cupboard door that was underneath the drawer where the mice were, and slip his foot up into the top of the drawer and pull them out! I have pics of him doing it: no one ever believes me when I tell them, so I have to show the "evidence".

~KK~
post #14 of 20
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Oh I wish I could get all 8 of mine to use it, look at the money we could save
I wouldn't mind if all of mine used it, either! Just think of the money you'd save on litter - not to mention the fact that you wouldn't have to clean it anymore!!

Maybe Gabriel will teach the others! With the exception of Geronimo, that is..

~KK~
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But you might want to keep an eye him....the fact that he was crying before he went would make me nervous about him *maybe* having an UTI.
I thought of that too, but I really don't think he was "crying" b/c of a UTI. I think he was just worried that he was going where he thought he shouldn't be going, and was afraid I might get mad at him or something. NO WAY! I PRAISED him for using the toilet, and told him he could use it anytime he wanted to!! I even gave him a special treat: some of his catnip that he loves so well! He deserved it!

But I will keep an eye on him, just to make sure he doesn't have a UTI.

~KK~
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by KittKatt View Post

Maybe Gabriel will teach the others! With the exception of Geronimo, that is..

~KK~
He might. I have a friend who has had "toilet-trained" cats for 27 years. She adopted an adult cat way back in 1980, and he would occasionally use the toilet instead of the litter box. She encouraged him to do so by transferring his feces from the litter box to the toilet, and soon he was just using the toilet. She adopted two young cats a year or two after him, and they learned to use the toilet by "copycatting" her alpha cat. Oddly enough, that has become the "culture" in her household. The kittens/newcomers see the older cats using the toilet, and follow suit.
post #17 of 20
Oh my goodness!!!!! That is incredible. I know there is toilet trining but not with not doing any training. Good for you.
post #18 of 20
That is so Awesome and funny at the same time!! What a smart cat!!!
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
He might. I have a friend who has had "toilet-trained" cats for 27 years. She adopted an adult cat way back in 1980, and he would occasionally use the toilet instead of the litter box. She encouraged him to do so by transferring his feces from the litter box to the toilet, and soon he was just using the toilet. She adopted two young cats a year or two after him, and they learned to use the toilet by "copycatting" her alpha cat. Oddly enough, that has become the "culture" in her household. The kittens/newcomers see the older cats using the toilet, and follow suit.
Well, I suppose anything is possible! After Gabriel used the toilet, Geronimo was sniffing around in it, and looking as if HE was considering doing the same thing, too! The reason I first stated that Gabriel wouldn't be willing to teach Geronimo is b/c he hates him so! But who can blame the poor guy? He's always terrorizing Gabriel!

I'd LOVE it if I could teach the others to go in the toilet, too! My back is getting so bad it's getting harder all the time to try and scoop out the litterbox!

Here I've been cussing out my so/ thinking it was HIM not flushing the toilet again, when it's probably been Gabriel all along!

~KK~
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
I think they are smart enough to associate a toilet with a litter box... well, maybe not the ones who drink out of it

I know anytime we use the bathroom, Riley jumps in his litter box at the same time. That's a bit more "togetherness" than I need but it does illustrate that he understands. Maybe he'll start using the toilet one of these days! I just hope he doesn't leave the seat up
and here i thought my cats where the only ones who wanted in the litter box the same time i do..

Great story and one smart cat
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