Archive for July, 2011

Same ol’

Nothing new to report:  Duke is using the LK.  Carter is using the bathtub.  Albie’s Albie.  Love them all.  Looking forward to some QT with them at home this weekend.  Hopefully we can work on some behavior modification with lil C.


Words of Wisdom

Wise words from Albie, and in our case, Carter the Cat too…

Duke the Great

I always knew Duke was a genius.  He’s my little cat-man.  He’s sophisticated, smart, and vocal.  He knows what he wants and how to get it…  Duke also knows how to USE THE TOILET ALL BY HIMSELF!!!

I was in the guest bathroom working on the LK with Carter (after he had gone in the bathtub), and I came into my bedroom just in time to see Duke walking out of my bathroom.  No big deal, that’s where his food is, and he likes to drink out of the faucet.

Then I saw the toilet seat was up and he had used it!!!  How exciting!!!

But they say “a team is only as good as its weakest player”, and unfortunately for us, Carter is our weakling when it comes to potty training, and we’re not ready to celebrate an all-around potty training victory.  I don’t know why Carter is still using the bathtub, but I have to figure out a way to help him stop.

I’m thinking about getting a natural stain and odor remover specifically for cats like this:, except I’m worried if he stops using the bathtub that he will find somewhere else in the house to go…  and with new hardwood floors and new carpet (I had the whole condo redone in March), that is the last thing I want. 

If anyone with LK experience or general cat experience has any ideas for little C, please let me know.  I don’t want to hold Duke back, but we can’t progress with the rest of the process until Carter is ready.  I know it can take some cats years to learn, but they’re brothers… they do everything else together and at the same time.  Why not potty training?!?

Small Victories

Duke and Carter check out the new ring.  The hole is quite a bit larger than the last, and they can see everything going on in the toilet, but they can’t fit their head inside so they sit and watch from above…

While Duke immediately gets to work taking care of business…

My sweet Carter baby would rather play with the box of litter.  Sigh.

What am I going to do with him??  We did celebrate a little victory this morning waking up to a clean bathroom!  Hopefully it will last the whole day while we’re at work.  He is adorable though, isn’t he?!

These victories may be small, but we’ll take them, celebrate them, and share them on the blog!  They’re like baby, or er kitten steps, on the right track.  Hopefully there will be many more in our future!

Puppy Paws

It isn’t all Kitty Claws in our house.  While the cats progress with their potty training, Albie remains his cute, curious, and energetic self.  At the moment, he is entertaining us with his melodic Beagle howl.  Actually, we’re in the middle of a thunderstorm, and he isn’t a big fan, so he howls to make sure we all know.  I think the whole neighborhood knows by now!

He even found himself the center of the attention on Thursday when I had a friend over, and we decided to dress him up in one of his Halloween costumes.  Meet Albie the Squirrel…

Albie seems mostly uninterested in our whole Litter Kwitter Mission.  However, he had no problem finding the cat food that was relocated from the guest bathroom to the master bathroom, and he doesn’t seem to miss the litterbox where he loved to “treasure hunt”. 

Alles klar in Albie’s little world.

Ready, Set, Action!

Duke is my little LK pro.  He’s had no problem adjusting to using the toilet.  Carter is still another story.  Ideas on how to get him to stop using the bathtub and start using the LK fulltime (he uses it half the time, so I know he understands), send them my way!

Next Up

I think I’m going to move to the next size ring tonight…  I know it has only been a week on the first orange ring (from the multiple cat add-on), but they seem to understand, and they keep trying to look inside the ring to see into the toilet.  I think it will be helpful for them to see where it is going.  I have been practicing flushing while they’re nearby.  They seem pretty calm with the noise where they used to get startled.  I want them as comfortable as possible in the bathroom.  Stay tuned for update & pics.