Ok, I give up

by Mothership on January 15, 2013

I took Tabasco for his rabies and final FLV shot the other day and I asked our vet about the toilet training. She, apparently, had trained her Siamese cat to use the toilet.

It took her a year and a half.


No. I’m not cleaning the bathroom and picking poo off the floor every single day for eighteen months.

She also said that, on balance, if we didn’t live on a busy road (we don’t) and we ‘clicker trained’ him to come when we wanted him to, he’d be fine as an indoor/outdoor cat. It’s safer to keep them in, but if he wants to go out – and he does (and so does Husband) -then that’s what one should do.

I’ll wait until I get back from England to start the clicker training, take him out slowly, bit by bit, and then just hope for the best. We do love him so. What other cat plays ‘fetch’?

In the meantime, the litter tray is back and, compared to the toilet seat thingy, it’s really not that bad.



1 Betty M January 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I can’t believe you lasted this long! Perhaps we are cruel back in the UK but indoor only cats are a rarity in my experience. Admittedly you run the risk of the odd missing/ dead cat (I’ve had a couple and it was horrid) but still the general view is keeping them in is a bit cruel and it has the added advantage of no litter trays. I bet Tabsco will love it outside.

2 Mothership January 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I always had outdoor cats in the UK, but here in California we have coyotes roaming the neighbourhood and people regularly set out poison for gophers and such. My beloved British cat met his end eating some of that. And apparently a cougar was spotted a few blocks away in broad daylight the other day! Still, I agree, he wants to go out, we are not going to be able to keep him in, and this is what is going to happen. It’s more dangerous for him here than in England, but we’ll just do our best to have him home and locked in at night.

3 Nina January 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

We have three cats, two of them fetch. :)

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