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Australian woman has invented a toilet training system for cats

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CANBERRA (Reuters) - The line for the toilet is about to get longer.

Fed up with the mess created by kitty litter and inspired by the cat "Mr Jinks" in the Hollywood film "Meet the Fockers," an Australian woman has invented a toilet training system for cats called the "Litter-Kwitter."

Mother-of-two Jo Lapidge is flushed with success after teaching her family's Burmese cat, Doogal, to use the toilet.

"Doogal has fallen in, but he hasn't fallen in by accident, he has done it playing with the water," Lapidge told Reuters.

The Litter-Kwitter (http://litterkwitter.com.au/) is a three-step process, starting with a red toilet seat-shaped disc filled with cat litter and sitting on the floor next to the toilet, like a normal tray. Next the red disc is placed on the toilet so the cat can get used to jumping up onto the seat.

Then the red disc is replaced with an amber disc with a small hole. When the cat is accustomed to the water below, the amber disc is replaced with a green disc which has a larger hole.

The aim is that fastidious felines should eventually be able to use a normal toilet seat.

"Because the water covers the smell, it makes the burying or covering up instinct redundant ... To fully train Doogal it took about eight weeks," said Lapidge, adding that she hopes to start manufacturing the Litter-Kwitter soon.

But, unlike Mr Jinks, teaching cats to flush could be a little harder.



http://reuters.myway.com/article/200...TOILET-DC.html
post #2 of 7
It's actually been on the market about 7 years, so it isn't a new invention
post #3 of 7
i too thought to myself 'how is this a new invention?!?' when i heard it on the news this AM... anyway, i'd rather hear if any members actually toilet-trained their cats
post #4 of 7
hehe i have the book "How to toilet train your cat"
post #5 of 7
Yeh when I saw it on the news I was like HUH NOT NEW!!!

Oh well, I still refuse to leave my toilet door open because a) the boys demolish the toilet paper and b) they LOVE water and playing in it!!!
post #6 of 7
What Sarah said is so true! At my home, even the shower curtain isn't safe from my playful quartet!
post #7 of 7
I asked Scooter if he would try it, and he actually meowed back at something that sounded like "maybe." It was hilariois! I might have to get one after that. He and Pepper are so fascinated by the toilet, they might really learn.
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