Frequently Asked Questions
Litter Kwitter comes with a universal base plate (a special kind of toilet seat that fits all standard toilets), the three training discs (red, amber and green), a comprehensive instruction booklet plus a 20-minute DVD with step-by-step training directions.
The training movies are also available to view online HERE
Read the directions and watch the step-by-step training DVD. Then make sure to take away all of the other litter trays from the house. Cats are smart, but are also creatures of habit so you need to make the Litter Kwitter is the only choice available. Show your cat where it is and help them up onto the seat so that they know it is safe. Keep the Litter Kwitter discs really clean so it is always ready to go when they are, but don’t use an ammonia-based cleaner because that can make it smell like urine to a cat’s exceptionally sensitive nose.
Litter Kwitter starts next to the toilet with a seat device and a red plastic disc full of litter – just like a regular litter box – so your cat knows what it is & where to go to use it.
Then you put it on the porcelain rim of the toilet, so your cat learns to hop up.
Once your cat gets the idea that the toilet is where the action is, you can move to the amber disc. It has a hole in the middle and room for some litter around the edges so that your cat can use it but also starts to learn how to perch on the edge of the seat itself.
It doesn’t usually take too long to get the hang of this so then it’s time to use the green disk. It has a bigger hole so that your cat can balance on the seat and go, knowing that everything will end up in the toilet.
This will depend on a number of factors like your cat’s age, temperament, sense of adventure and intelligence. Most cats figure it out in about 8 weeks or so, as long as you are patient and understanding. If your cat is older (above 8 years) or not litter trained it might take a bit longer as they have more bad habits to un-learn. Our oldest successfully trained cat so far is Oscar who started when he was 12 years old! And that’s not to mention Lucky the 3-legged cat who overcame some obvious issues to become a Litter Kwitter graduate!
Cats are nimble creatures & navigating the toilet should be easy for them. Cats successfully navigate rooftops, walls, trees and fences so a wide-rimmed toilet shouldn’t present any problems. Also, cats don’t like getting wet so they’ll try their best to avoid falling in.
No. The Litter Kwitter is not a permanent fixture on your toilet and requires no tools to fit. You just raise the existing seat & fit the Litter Kwitter onto the porcelain rim of the toilet bowl where it fits snugly.
No. The last step in the Litter Kwitter training is to lower the toilet seat on top of the Litter Kwitter to get the cat used to the feel of your regular toilet seat. Once he’s happy with that simply remove the device from the rim.
The Litter Kwitter has been designed to be easily removed & replaced on the toilet rim. Simply lift the device from the rim & put the seat down to use the toilet yourself. Afterwards, raise the seat again & replace the Litter Kwitter on the porcelain rim. It’s as easy as that, no tools required. You don’t need to remove the litter & the whole process takes 5 seconds. Remember, once your cat is toilet trained you can return the toilet to normal and both use it just like everyone else in the home.
The Litter Kwitter Training Discs have ridges – or returns – to prevent litter from falling in to the toilet pan. When using litter be sure to only fill just below the height of the ridges on the discs. It is possible small amounts of litter may still fall into the toilet pan if your cat scratches around vigorously. We recommend using either recycled paper litter or crystals which should not cause any problems in the small amounts likely to be involved.
The litter box stinks! And that means germs and mess and hassle. Your cat scratches around in its own litter, getting who knows what on its paws, then walks through your home on beds, kitchen surfaces, pillows and sofas. That’s not a nice thought.
A toilet trained cat’s paws only touch your clean toilet seat – that’s far more hygienic. And no litter box to both stink up the home and need emptying/cleaning every day.
The toilet is specially designed to deal with bodily waste in the most hygienic way possible – by immersing it in water to reduce odours & then flushing it away to be treated in a water treatment plant or septic tank. When cats use the toilet it is only their paws that come into contact with the toilet seat – the same paws that already walk on bench tops, pillows & laps. The waste goes in the toilet pan & the cat does not come into contact with it.
By contrast, the litter tray allows the cat to dig in the soiled litter, get waste on their paws & then tread it around the house – on the same food preparation areas, bedding and carpets as before. A cat with cleaner paws is a more hygienic cat. The choice is this: share a toilet seat with clean paws or share every other surface in the home with dirty paws.
Toxoplasmosis is a rare but serious disease that can be carried by infected cats (and other animals) and can affect pregnant women & other vulnerable people. The regular litter tray presents a small but significant risk of infection and special care needs to be taken when dealing with it. We also don’t recommend commencing the Litter Kwitter training if you are pregnant or nursing an infant. If you are in a vulnerable group please consult your GP for advice on cat ownership & dealing with their waste.
Do all cats carry the toxoplasmosis bug?
No, they don’t. In fact the disease is quite rare. There are some misconceptions here. The disease does not start in cats: cats can become infected only if they come into contact with the disease – by eating infected meat from wildlife for example. It is relatively difficult to become infected. However, if you have any concerns please check with your vet and your doctor before beginning the training.